Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT FRI JUL 8 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 temperatures...as 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 2012...it 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.
4-8 In 1989...one of the most intense heat waves on record roasted
metro Denver. The temperature reached 100 degrees or more
on 5 consecutive days. The city had previously never
recorded more than 2 straight 100-degree days since records
began in 1872. Water and electricity usage reached all time
highs. The heat wave created extremely dry weather
conditions...which contributed to a major forest fire in
Boulder Canyon on July 9th. The temperature reached 103
degrees on the 8th...and the mercury climbed to 101 degrees
on both the 4th and 5th...and to 102 degrees on both the
6th and 7th. The low temperature of 68 degrees on the 8th
equaled the record high minimum for the date.
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
8 In 1905...a thunderstorm produced 0.82 inch of rainfall and
northeast winds sustained to 48 mph.
In 1977...strong winds turned over 2 light aircraft at Arapahoe
County Airport...now Centennial Airport.
In 1987...a weak tornado was observed near Bennett.
In 1988...three separate tornadoes were sighted near Bennett.
No damage was reported. One inch diameter hail was also
In 1991...lightning started three house fires in Castle Rock.
Damage totaled 13 thousand dollars. No injuries were
In 1993...a dry thunderstorm microburst wind gust to 55 mph
briefly reduced the surface visibility to 3 miles at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1997...one construction worker was killed and two others
injured when a strong thunderstorm wind gust caused the
scaffolding they were standing on to collapse near Parker.
A dry microburst produced a wind gust to 54 mph at Denver
In 1998...heavy thunderstorm rain forced the closure of
Hampden Avenue between I-25 and Havana Street in southeast
Denver. The high water made 2 or 3 lanes of the street
In 2001...severe thunderstorms produced large hail...damaging
winds...and heavy rain across south metro Denver. Two
people received minor injuries when a severe thunderstorm
wind gust to 58 mph blew over several tents at the Cherry
Creek Arts Festival. The same storm caused the roof of a
hardware store in Tamarac Square to collapse. One employee
received minor injuries when she was struck in the head by
falling debris. The combination of intense rain and wind
downed trees and power lines. Electrical power outages
affected 35 thousand homes and businesses. At least 50
trees in city parks across south Denver were damaged. Up
to 4.50 inches of thunderstorm rain fell across portions of
southeast metro Denver. The underpass at I-25 and Parker
Road was inundated with 5 feet of water. Several other
streets and underpasses in Aurora were also closed due to
high water. Heavy rain caused extensive damage to several
exhibits at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Flash flooding
occurred when heavy thunderstorm rainfall caused Toll Gate
Creek to jump its banks. Several underpasses across south
Denver had to be closed due to high water. A man received
minor injuries when lightning struck a nearby tree at the
Wellshire Golf Course. Hail as large as 1 1/4 inches in
diameter fell in Englewood with 1 inch hail in the City of
Denver...and 3/4 inch hail in Littleton. Thunderstorm winds
gusted to 63 mph at Denver International Airport and to 62
mph in Englewood.
In 2005...a tornado touched down briefly near Brighton...but
caused no damage.
In 2011...severe thunderstorms produced hail...up to 1 inch
in diameter...and wind gusts to 60 mph across parts of
Adams...Broomfield and Denver Counties. At Denver
International Airport...a peak wind gust to 59 mph from the