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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
259 AM MDT SUN JUL 27 2014

...TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

13-5  IN 2008...A STREAK OF 24 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 90 DEGREES
        SHATTERED THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 18 CONSECUTIVE DAYS
        ESTABLISHED IN 1901 AND 1874.   IRONICALLY...NO NEW SINGLE
        DAY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES WERE SET IN THE MONTH OF JULY.
        IN AUGUST HOWEVER...A RECORD OF 104 DEGREES WAS SET ON THE
        1ST...AND ANOTHER RECORD OF 103 DEGREES WAS SET ON THE 2ND.
        IN ADDITION...A RECORD LOW MIN OF 70 DEGREES WAS SET ON
        AUGUST 2ND.
18-2  IN 1987...A STREAK OF 16 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF 90 DEGREES
        RANKED 4TH ON THE LIST OF HOT STREAKS.  THE RECORD OF
        24 CONSECUTIVE DAYS WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE SUMMER OF
        2008.
26-27 IN 1885...HEAVY CLOUDBURSTS ON THE PALMER DIVIDE SOUTH OF
        DENVER CAUSED FLOODING ON CHERRY CREEK IN THE CITY
        OVERNIGHT.  THE HIGH WATER WASHED AWAY STREET AND RAILROAD
        BRIDGES AND A FEW HOUSES.  THE FLOOD WATERS COMPLETELY
        INUNDATED THE RAIL YARDS IN LOWER DOWNTOWN.  THIS WAS THE
        WORST FLOOD ON CHERRY CREEK SINCE MAY 19-20...1864...BUT THE
        DAMAGE WAS MITIGATED BY STREAM IMPROVEMENTS AND FEWER
        STRUCTURES NEAR THE CHANNEL.  THERE WAS ALSO NO SIMULTANEOUS
        FLOOD ON THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER TO SLOW THE FLOW OF WATER
        THROUGH THE CITY.  RAINFALL IN THE CITY WAS ONLY 0.08 INCH
        ON THE 26TH.
27    IN 1897...AN APPARENT DRY MICROBURST PRODUCED SUSTAINED WEST
        WINDS TO 48 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH AND A TRACE OF RAIN.
      IN 1901...A THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED NORTH WINDS TO 38 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 41 MPH AND RAINFALL OF ONLY 0.01 INCH IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.  THIS WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE RAINFALL OF THE MONTH...
        MAKING THIS THE DRIEST JULY ON RECORD.
      IN 1953...AN UNCONFIRMED TORNADO IN SOUTH LAKEWOOD TOUCHED DOWN
        BRIEFLY AND ABRUPTLY DISSIPATED.  NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED
        FROM THE TWISTER.
      IN 1955...THE PUBLIC SIGHTED A FUNNEL CLOUD ESTIMATED AT 500
        FEET ABOVE THE GROUND NEAR THE WESTERN EDGE OF LOWRY FIELD.
        WIND ESTIMATES UP TO 60 MPH WERE REPORTED IN THE VICINITY.
      IN 1956...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED 3/4 INCH DIAMETER HAIL
        AND WIND GUSTS TO 48 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE RAIN
        FALL TOTALED 1.08 INCHES.
      IN 1965...A TORNADO WAS SIGHTED 21 MILES SOUTH OF DENVER IN
        DOUGLAS COUNTY.  NO DAMAGE WAS REPORTED.
      IN 1977...A THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST TO 51 MPH WAS RECORDED
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  A FUNNEL CLOUD WAS
        SIGHTED BY AN AIRCRAFT EAST OF PARKER.
      IN 1982...HEAVY RAIN DOUSED BOULDER WITH 1 1/2 TO 3 INCHES OF
        RAIN OVER A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME...CAUSING EXTENSIVE STREET
        FLOODING.
      IN 1984...STRONG THUNDERSTORMS DRENCHED SEVERAL AREAS.
        RAINFALL OF 1.04 INCHES OCCURRED IN JUST 20 MINUTES AT
        BOULDER.  DOWNPOURS ALSO HIT AURORA AND NORTHEAST DENVER...
        DELAYING FLIGHTS AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR AN
        HOUR.  UP TO 3/4 INCH OF RAIN FELL IN CENTRAL AURORA IN 15
        MINUTES.
      IN 1989...LIGHTNING HIT A HOME IN LITTLETON...SETTING A BED ON
        FIRE.  DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO THE BEDROOM.
      IN 1994...LIGHTNING STRUCK A FURNITURE STORE IN BOULDER...
        IGNITING A FIRE WHICH CAUSED MAJOR DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING
        AND CONTENTS.
      IN 1997...LIGHTNING SPARKED A FIRE...CAUSING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE
        TO A HOME IN WATKINS.  HEAVY RAIN CAUSED LENA GULCH TO
        SURGE 2 FEET OVER ITS BANKS IN GOLDEN.  THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
        HAD TO RESCUE A MAN WHEN HIS VAN STALLED IN HIGH WATERS.
        HIGH WATERS FROM SWOLLEN CREEKS AND STREAMS WASHED OUT
        BRIDGES AND SEVERAL SECTIONS OF ROAD IN SOUTHEAST AURORA.
        A 200-TO-300 FOOT SECTION OF ROAD WAS WASHED AWAY WHERE
        PICADILLY STREET DIPS ACROSS COAL CREEK.  THREE YOUTHS
        HAD TO BE RESCUED WHEN THEY BECAME STRANDED BY RAPIDLY
        RISING WATER IN ANOTHER NORMALLY DRY CREEK BED.
      IN 1999...LIGHTNING WAS SUSPECTED OF IGNITING A FIRE WHICH
        CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO A FARM IN HUDSON.  THE BLAZE
        DESTROYED A 10-FOOT BY 60-FOOT METAL POLE BARN...A PICK-UP
        TRUCK...A SUV...A BOAT AND TRAILER...3 FOUR WHEELER VEHICLES...
        AND OTHER FARM EQUIPMENT.
      IN 2007...A MAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY LIGHTNING WHILE
        JOGGING AT MATTHEWS WINTERS PARK IN MORRISON.
27-31 IN 1956...96 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH
        OF JULY OCCURRED OVER THE LAST FIVE DAYS OF THE MONTH.
        HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED 4.00 INCHES OF RAINFALL AT
        STAPLETON AIRPORT.  THIS AMOUNT OF PRECIPITATION IN 5 DAYS
        OR LESS HAD BEEN EXCEEDED ONLY 3 TIMES IN PREVIOUS RECORD.
        THE LAST TIME HAD BEEN IN DECEMBER OF 1913 AS SNOW.
        CONSIDERABLE PROPERTY DAMAGE OCCURRED ACROSS METRO DENVER
        FROM FLOODING.

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