Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 120859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT TUE APR 12 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
7-12 In 1959...snow falling over a 5-day period totaled 20 to 30
inches just east of the mountains...while over the plains
blizzard conditions closed schools and blocked highways.
The second big storm in two weeks dumped 16.4 inches of
snowfall on Stapleton Airport with the most...11.6 inches...
occurring on the 8th. East winds gusted to 37 mph on the
9th. Temperatures dipped into the single digits on the
mornings of the 7th and 12th when 7 degrees were
registered. The cold temperatures caused streets to
glaze with ice...resulting in the death of a pedestrian
who was struck by a car in Denver. Three people died from
heart attacks while shoveling the heavy...wet snow.
9-12 In 1901...rain changed to snow and totaled 10.8 inches in
downtown Denver over the 4 days. Northeast winds were
sustained to 28 mph with gusts to 31 mph on the 11th.
Temperatures hovered in the 30`s.
10-12 In 1997...a Pacific storm produced heavy snow on the 10th and
the 11th in and near the foothills with 6 to 8 inches at
Louisville and Turkey Creek Canyon...5 inches at Morrison...
and only 3.5 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport. Northeast winds gusted to 24 mph
at Denver International Airport. The storm also brought
unseasonably cold weather with 5 new temperature records
equaled or broken. Record low temperatures of 8 and
6 occurred on the 11th and 12th. Record low maximum
temperatures of 20...19...and 30 occurred on the 10th...11th...
and 12th respectively. This was also only the second
time on record that the temperature had failed to reach
the freezing mark for 3 consecutive days in April.
10-14 In 1927...post-frontal rain on the 10th changed to snow on
the 11th and continued through the 14th. Snowfall totaled
8.5 inches from precipitation of 1.28 inches. North winds
were sustained to 26 mph with gusts to 29 mph on the 13th.
11-12 In 1876...heavy snow began during the late afternoon of the
11th and continued through the night. Light snow ended
around mid-morning of the 12th. The amount of snow was
not measured...but precipitation totaled 0.70 inch...which
would be around 7 inches of estimated snowfall. Strong
winds accompanied the heavy snowfall.
In 1896...post-frontal light rain changed to light snow
overnight...but totaled only a trace. Northeast winds
were sustained to 45 mph with gusts as high as 62 mph
on the 12th.
In 1991...a strong Pacific storm dumped heavy snow across
metro Denver with amounts of 6 to 15 inches at lower
elevations and up to almost 2 feet in the foothills west
of Denver. Snowfall reports included: 21 inches at Idaho
Springs...19 inches at Aspen Springs...15 inches in Arvada...
14 inches at Rollinsville...10 inches in Boulder...8 inches
in Aurora...and 7.3 inches at Stapleton International
Airport where northeast winds gusted to 24 mph on the 11th.
12 In 1906...north winds were sustained to 52 mph in the city.
In 1916...post-frontal north winds were sustained to 40 mph
with gusts to 42 mph. Light rain also occurred.
In 1964...strong gusty winds raked metro Denver. Wind gusts
estimated to 60 mph or higher caused widespread damage to
buildings and power lines. Blowing dust closed some roads.
A wind gust to 46 mph was recorded at Stapleton
In 1967...microburst winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
In 1982...wind gusts to 60 mph were reported in and near the
foothills. Wind gusts to 44 mph were recorded at Stapleton
In 1987...snow fell over metro Denver...causing traffic tie-ups
on the roads and at Stapleton International Airport where
some flights were delayed for 90 minutes. I-25 south of
Denver was closed for a time due to numerous traffic
accidents. While only 4.2 inches of snow fell in Denver...
foothills to the southwest received 6 to 12 inches of snow.
North winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International
Airport where the maximum snow depth on the ground was
only 2 inches due to melting.
12-13 In 1922...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow...which
totaled 7.0 inches in downtown Denver. This was the
second snow in 3 days. North winds were sustained to
29 mph with gusts to 31 mph on the 12th.
In 1993...heavy snow occurred in the foothills northwest of
Denver with 21 inches recorded at the Eldora ski area.
Only 1.9 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
Airport where northeast winds gusted to 32 mph on the 13th.
Most of the precipitation from the storm fell as rain across
the city with 0.62 inch of precipitation measured at
Stapleton International Airport.
12-14 In 1933...heavy snowfall of 5.6 inches occurred in downtown
Denver on the 12th and 13th behind a vigorous cold front...
which presented an awe-inspiring spectacle as it approached
the station during the late afternoon of the 12th. Brilliant
white wind-torn cumulus clouds were sandwiched by a brownish-
tan dust cloud at the surface and dark blue cumulus clouds
above. The dust cloud storm rapidly enveloped the station
with northeast winds sustained to 38 mph and gusts to 44 mph
producing much blowing dust...which was accompanied by rapidly
falling temperatures and rising pressure. Moist snowfall
started in about an hour and continued to midday on the 13th.
Record low temperatures of 17 and 15 degrees occurred on the
13th and 14th respectively. The high temperature of only 27
degrees on the 13th was a record low maximum for the date.
12-15 In 1927...snowfall totaled 8.5 inches in downtown Denver.
Most of the snow fell on the 14th. Northwest winds
were sustained to 27 mph during the storm.