Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 070859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT FRI APR 7 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
4-7 In 1909...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow on the
afternoon of the 4th and continued through mid-morning of
the 7th. Total snowfall was 18.7 inches...but most of the
snow...14.0 inches...fell from 6:00 PM on the 4th to 6:00 PM
on the 5th. North to northeast winds were sustained to
32 mph on the 4th and to 30 mph on the 7th. Total
precipitation from the storm was 1.78 inches.
5-7 In 1916...rain changed to snow behind a cold front on the
5th and totaled 4.5 inches in the city. A thunderstorm
produced snow on the 6th. North winds were sustained to
35 mph with gusts to 38 mph on the 7th.
6-7 In 1872...rain changed to snow overnight. Snow with high
north winds continued all day on the 7th. Precipitation
(rain and melted snow) totaled 0.50 inch. Due to problems
on the lines...the morning weather report was not sent by
telegraph until 3:10 PM and the midnight report was not
sent at all.
In 1957...heavy snowfall totaled 6.6 inches at Stapleton
Airport where north winds gusted to 46 mph. This was the
second heavy snow event in less than 4 days.
In 1969...winds gusting as high as 50 to 60 mph caused only
light damage along the eastern foothills. The strong
winds contributed to the spread of a forest fire near
Boulder. Sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts to 53 mph
were recorded in Boulder. Southwest winds gusted to 38
mph on the 6th and 44 mph on the 7th at Stapleton
In 1980...high winds howled along the foothills each day. A
wind gust to 72 mph was recorded in Lakewood. The strong
winds blew a camper top off a pickup truck in Denver. At
Stapleton International Airport...west winds gusted to 41
mph on both days.
In 1998...a spring storm brought a mix of snow and thunder
to metro Denver...the foothills...and Palmer Divide. Conifer
and Elizabeth both measured 4 inches of new snow. On the
6th...only 0.1 inch of snow fell at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport where thunder was heard
on both days. Precipitation totaled 0.60 inch at Denver
International Airport where west winds gusted to 43 mph
on the 6th.
6-8 In 1973...a major spring snow storm dumped 11.6 inches of
snowfall over metro Denver. North wind gusts of 30 to 35
mph produced some blowing snow. Most of the heavy wet snow...
10.1 inches...fell on the 7th when temperatures remained
in the 20`s. Snow accumulated on the ground to a maximum
depth of 9 inches. Low temperature of 5 degrees on the
8th was a new record minimum for the date and the lowest
for so late in the season.
7 In 1906...north winds were sustained to 48 mph in the city.
In 1958...strong south winds blew most of the day across metro
Denver. A wind gust to 52 mph was recorded at Stapleton
In 1962...strong gusty winds associated with a cold front
caused considerable damage to power lines...signs...
buildings...and trees across metro Denver. In Boulder...an
outdoor movie screen...valued at 10 thousand dollars...was
wrecked. In Denver...a youth was injured when a car was
blown off a jack...pinning him underneath. Wind gusts to
61 mph were recorded at Stapleton Airport where visibility
was reduced to 1/2 mile in blowing dust. Snowfall totaled
2.6 inches at Stapleton Airport.
In 1971...wind gusts to 69 mph were recorded at the National
Bureau of Standards in Boulder. In downtown Boulder...winds
peaked to 54 mph. West winds gusted to 31 mph at Stapleton
In 1989...high winds occurred in the foothills west of Denver.
At Nederland west of Boulder...high winds damaged roofs...
toppled trees...and caused power outages. Winds estimated
as high as 90 mph in Georgetown overturned campers and even
semi-trailers on I-70 and damaged road signs. Three trailer
homes were blown off their foundations and a 50-foot tree
toppled onto the roof of a home...causing considerable
damage. Winds reached 94 mph at Rollinsville southwest of
Boulder. Northwest winds gusted to 43 mph at Stapleton
7-9 In 1913...heavy snowfall totaled 10.9 inches in downtown Denver
behind a cold front. Most of the snow fell on the 8th.
Northeast winds were sustained to 35 mph with gusts to 38
mph on the 9th.
In 1935...moderate dust blew into the city around 9:00 PM on
the 7th and persisted until early afternoon on the 9th.
Southeast winds were sustained to around 20 mph on the 7th
and 8th. Winds shifting to the west at sustained speeds
to 20 mph cleared the dust from the air on the 9th.
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.