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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT JUL 9 2016

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

29-15 In 2000...the 29th marked the beginning of a near record hot
        streak for metro Denver.  The high recorded
        at Denver International Airport...exceeded the 90 degree mark
        for 17 consecutive days from June 29th through July 15th.
        The record of 24 consecutive 90 degree or above days was
        set from July 13th through August 5th...2008.
1-18  In 1874...a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak that was later set
        in the summer of 1901. The record of 24 consecutive days
        was established in the summer of 2008.
1-31  In was the hottest July on record in Denver since
        weather records began in 1872.  The average temperature for
        the month was 78.9 degrees which was 4.7 degrees above
        normal. There were 27 days in which the high temperature
        equaled or exceeded 90 degrees...which established a new
        record.  There were also 7 days in which the temperature
        equaled or exceeded 100 degrees which tied the record
        set in 2005.
6-23  In 1901...a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak set in the summer of
        1874. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in
        the summer of 2008.
7-25  In 1934...a streak of 15 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        ranked 5th on the list of hot streaks.  The record of
        24 consecutive days was established in the summer of
9     In 1872...a very brisk wind between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
        spread a cloud of dust and sand into the city.
      In 1874...northeast winds at sustained speeds up to 36 mph
        blew immense clouds of dust from the prairie through the
        streets of the city around mid-morning.  The houses
        across the street from the weather station were not
        visible at the peak of the storm.
      In 1875...heavy thunderstorm rains caused stream flooding...
        which damaged nearly all railroads into the city.  Rainfall
        in the city was only 0.14 inch.
      In 1953...heavy thunderstorm rains caused an estimated
        2 million dollars damage from flooded stores and basements
        across metro Denver.  The flood waters reached a depth of
        3 feet on streets in some sections of the city...damaging
        streets and automobiles.  The heavy rainfall at Lowry Air
        Force Base totaled 3.90 inches.  At Stapleton Airport where
        the heavy rain briefly reduced the surface visibility to
        1/2 mile...only 1.05 inches of rain were measured.  North
        winds gusting to 52 mph caused some damage in east Denver.
      In 1982...two small tornadoes were spotted east of Rocky Flats...
        and a tornado touched down briefly 5 miles east of Brighton.
        No damage was reported.
      In 1984...heavy rain fell over southern sections of metro
        Denver.  Rainfall totaled 1.50 inches in just 15 minutes
        between Littleton and Sedalia.
      In 1987...a thunderstorm microburst produced a wind gust of 58
        mph at Erie north of Denver.
      In 1988...hail to 3/4 inch in diameter piled up 2 to 4 inches
        deep in Idaho Springs.  Some basements were flooded and
        several thousand gallons of fuel were contaminated when
        water flooded a gasoline storage tank.  A tornado sighted
        near Manilla 5 miles west of Bennett remained on the
        ground for 9 minutes.  No damage was reported.
      In 1990...a severe thunderstorm produced a tornado and heavy
        rain over northeast metro Denver.  As much as 4 inches of
        rain fell in just 20 minutes in Commerce City...causing the
        South Platte River to rise quickly and flood lowland areas.
        The raging flood waters caused extensive damage to a 30-foot
        stretch of railroad track embankment...destroyed a railroad
        trestle and a nearby garage...and washed away a vintage
        1960`s show car near east 58th Avenue and York Street.  The
        car was found a couple of miles downstream in a pool of deep
        mud and murky water.  Rainfall totaled 1.34 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where 1/2 inch diameter hail
        fell.  The same thunderstorm produced a brief tornado in a
        vacant field near 64th Avenue and Tower Road just east of
        the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.  No damage was reported from the
        twister.  Lightning from the storm caused power outages to
        as many as 7 thousand homes and businesses.
      In 1996...a tornado (F0) was reported 5 miles south of Hudson.
        No damage was reported.  Twin weak tornadoes (F0) formed
        for a short time near the northeast runways at Denver
        International Airport.  Less than 15 minutes later...a weak
        tornado (F0) touched down in the employee parking lot at
        DIA.  Several car windows were blown out...and a few vehicles
        sustained minor body damage from flying debris.  Several
        signs were also blown down.  Later...twin weak tornadoes (F0)
        touched down again in open country between DIA and Watkins.
      In 2004...severe thunderstorms produced hail to 3/4 inch in
        diameter near Tiny Town and wind gusts to 66 mph in Bennett.
        A thunderstorm wind gust to 56 mph was measured at Denver
        International Airport.
      In 2005...a thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 54 mph at
        Denver International Airport.
9-10  In 1980...a series of severe thunderstorms hit metro Denver...
        dumping heavy rain and producing a spectacular lightning
        display lasting for several hours.  A number of homes were
        damaged by lightning.  Winds gusted to 60 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport where about half an inch of rain fell
        in just 10 minutes along with 1/4 inch diameter hail.  The
        evening thunderstorms continued into the early morning hours
        with total rainfall of 1.35 inches at Stapleton International
      In 1998...thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.04 inches at the
        site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

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