Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 150859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT FRI APR 15 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
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.
13-15 In 1945...heavy snowfall totaled 9.8 inches in downtown
Denver. Most of the snow...4.8 inches...fell on the 14th.
Snow fell for a total of 53 consecutive hours. This
was the second big snow in less than 2 weeks. The air
mass was very cold for April. High temperatures of 21
degrees on the 14th and 32 degrees on the 15th were
record low maximums for the those dates.
13-17 In 2001...a huge dust storm over southern and inner Mongolia
during April 3rd through the 6th lifted desert dust into
the jet stream. This dust cloud moved over metro Denver
on the 13th and persisted through the 17th. The cloud
created widespread haze...giving the sky a milkish cast
due to the scattering of incoming solar radiation.
14-15 In 1873...north winds blew a gale during the afternoon on
both days. Winds were brisk throughout each day.
In 1902...snowfall totaled 6.0 inches in downtown Denver.
Most of the snow melted as it fell. Northeast winds
were sustained to 20 mph.
In 1910...strong winds occurred on both days. Northeast
winds were sustained to 52 mph on the 14th. North winds
were sustained to 44 mph on the 15th.
In 1921...heavy snowfall and strong winds produced near-
blizzard conditions in the city. Snowfall totaled 10.0
inches. Strong north winds sustained to 48 mph with
gusts to 54 mph on the 15th produced drifts to several
feet in depth. The heavy wet snow caused extensive damage
to trees...utility poles...and buildings. Precipitation
from the storm was 1.73 inches. Very heavy snow also fell
in the foothills. At Silver Lake...in the mountains west of
Boulder...95 inches of snow fell in 32.5 hours on the 14th
In 1935...dense dust...apparently behind a dry cold front...
enveloped the city at 1:00 PM on the 14th and persisted
through the night. The dust blew into the city on
northeast winds sustained to 30 mph with gusts to 32 mph.
By mid-morning on the 15th...the dust had become light and
continued as such into the evening. North winds were
sustained to only 13 mph on the 15th.
In 1999...a spring storm dumped heavy snow over portions of
metro Denver. Nearly 2 feet of snow fell in the foothills
with half a foot to a foot over western and southern
suburbs. The heavy snow alleviated drought conditions
and associated high fire danger that prevailed during much
of the winter season. Snowfall totals included: 22 inches
in Coal Creek Canyon...20 inches at Wondervu...19 inches at
Genesee...17 inches near Evergreen and Nederland and at Idaho
Springs and Tiny Town...14 inches at Georgetown...13 inches at
Morrison...10 inches near Sedalia...9 inches in south Boulder...
8 inches at Highlands Ranch and Wheat Ridge...and 7 inches at
Littleton and Parker. Only 3.4 inches of snow fell at the
site of the former Stapleton International Airport. North-
northwest winds gusted to 41 mph on the 15th at Denver
15 In 1874...light snow developed around daybreak and became
moderate to heavy by mid-morning and continued into the
early evening. While most of the snow melted as it fell...
total precipitation from the melted snow was 0.95 inch.
This would make the estimated snowfall nearly 10 inches.
In 1963...high winds were widespread across metro Denver.
West winds gusted to 63 mph in Denver at Stapleton Airport
with sustained winds of 35 mph and gusts to 70 mph in
downtown Boulder. The winds caused extensive damage to
buildings and other property. Visibility was briefly
reduced to 1/2 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
In 1998...another spring storm brought heavy snow to the
foothills. Thirty to 40 vehicles were involved in
accidents along I-70 near Georgetown. The combination
of poor visibilities...slick roads...and careless drivers
led to the multi-car pileups. Only minor injuries were
reported. The accidents forced the closure of all of
I-70`s eastbound lanes. Snowfall totals included 12
inches at Genesee and 10 inches at Aspen Springs...Chief
Hosa...Georgetown...near Morrison...and on North Turkey
Creek. Only 0.1 inch of snow fell at the site of the
former Stapleton International Airport. East winds
gusted to 30 mph at Denver International Airport.
In 2002...unseasonable warm weather resulted in two records
being broken. The high temperature of 84 degrees was a
record maximum for the date. The low temperature of 57
degrees was a record high minimum for the date.
15-16 In 1900...heavy rainfall totaled 2.33 inches. A trace of
snow was mixed with the rain at times.
In 1950...thunderstorms and heavy rain behind a cold front
produced 2.13 inches of rain in 24 hours at Stapleton
In 2003...a fast moving Pacific storm system moved across
Colorado allowing strong winds to develop over the eastern
foothills and metro Denver. Northwest winds gusted to 59
mph at Denver International Airport late in the evening of
15-17 In 1922...heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches in downtown
Denver. Most of the snow...6.0 inches...fell on the 16th.
This was the third major snow storm in a week. Northwest
winds were sustained to 43 mph with gusts to 47 mph on the