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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
645 PM MDT SAT MAR 29 2014

...THIS WEEK IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

28-30 IN 1949...A MAJOR WINTER STORM DUMPED 11.3 INCHES OF SNOW OVER
        DOWNTOWN DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 10.4 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT.  NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 17 MPH.
      IN 1985...A SLOW MOVING SNOW STORM MOVED ACROSS THE STATE.
        DENVER RECEIVED ONLY 4.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WITH AMOUNTS IN
        THE FOOTHILLS TOTALING 1 TO 2 FEET.  STILL...THIS WAS ENOUGH
        SNOW IN DENVER TO CAUSE FLIGHT DELAYS OF UP TO 6 HOURS AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE NIGHT OF THE 29TH.
        EAST WINDS GUSTED TO 28 MPH ON THE 28TH.
29-30 IN 1938...OVERNIGHT HEAVY SNOWFALL WAS 6.3 INCHES OVER
        DOWNTOWN DENVER.
      IN 1982...STRONG WINDS BUFFETED METRO DENVER...BREAKING WINDOWS
        AND DAMAGING ROOFS.  WIND GUSTS TO 90 MPH WERE RECORDED IN
        BOULDER AND 51 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  THE STRONG WINDS
        FLATTENED A CONDOMINIUM UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN LAKEWOOD.
      IN 1991...1 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW FELL ACROSS METRO DENVER WITH
        THE HEAVIEST SNOW CONFINED TO THE FOOTHILLS.  SIX INCHES OF
        SNOW WAS RECORDED AT SOUTH PLATTE IN THE FOOTHILLS
        SOUTHWEST OF DENVER AND 3 INCHES AT CASTLE ROCK.  SNOWFALL
        TOTALED ONLY 0.7 INCH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        WHERE NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 33 MPH ON THE 29TH.
29-31 IN 1970...SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.0 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATION IN BOULDER
        ON THE 29TH CAUSED THE COLLAPSE OF A CARPORT AT AN APARTMENT
        BUILDING...DAMAGING 11 AUTOMOBILES.  NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED
        TO 24 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
30    IN 1895...RAIN CHANGED TO SLEET...THEN SNOW...AND TOTALED 8.0
        INCHES IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.  STRONG POST-FRONTAL NORTHEAST
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 48 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 61 MPH.
        TEMPERATURES HOVERED AROUND 30 DEGREES ALL DAY.
      IN 1968...MICROBURST WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH VIRGA AND BRIEF
        LIGHT RAIN GUSTED TO 46 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
      IN 1983...WINDS GUSTED TO 82 MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR
        ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN BOULDER WITH PEAK GUSTS OF 70 TO
        80 MPH IN THE FOOTHILLS.  MINOR DAMAGE OCCURRED AT A
        CONSTRUCTION SITE AND TO SOME HOMES IN BOULDER.  WEST
        WINDS GUSTED TO 39 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
30-31 IN 1896...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 7.5 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 26 MPH.
      IN 1897...RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW DURING THE EARLY MORNING OF
        THE 30TH AND TOTALED 6.2 INCHES BEFORE ENDING DURING
        THE LATE MORNING OF THE 31ST.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE
        SUSTAINED TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 46 MPH.
      IN 1929...HEAVY SNOWFALL OF 7.0 INCHES WAS RECORDED OVER
        DOWNTOWN DENVER.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO
        23 MPH ON THE 30TH.
      IN 1953...HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.6 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 23 MPH.
      IN 1955...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT PRODUCED NORTH WINDS AT 40 MPH
        WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 54 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  RAIN
        AND SNOW SHOWERS AND BLOWING DUST ACCOMPANIED THE FRONT.
        SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 0.1 INCH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT ON
        THE 31ST.
      IN 1988...SNOW BEGAN FALLING ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 30TH AND
        CONTINUED THROUGH THE 31ST...BURYING METRO DENVER.  TWELVE
        TO 18 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS TO THE WEST OF
        DENVER AND BOULDER WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES ACROSS THE REST OF
        METRO DENVER.  THE STORM DISRUPTED AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALED
        7.1 INCHES AND NORTH WINDS GUSTING TO 32 MPH REDUCED THE
        VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN 1/4 MILE AT TIMES...CAUSING AIR
        TRAFFIC DELAYS OF 2 TO 3 HOURS.
      IN 2000...HEAVY SNOW ONCE AGAIN DEVELOPED OVER THE FOOTHILLS
        AND THE HIGHER TERRAIN TO THE SOUTH OF METRO DENVER.
        SNOWFALL TOTALS FROM THE STORM INCLUDED:  16 INCHES ATOP
        SQUAW MOUNTAIN...15 INCHES NEAR ROLLINSVILLE...13 INCHES
        NEAR EVERGREEN...12 INCHES NEAR MORRISON...11 INCHES IN
        COAL CREEK CANYON...10 INCHES NEAR BLACKHAWK AND IN
        ELDORADO SPRINGS...9 INCHES AT KEN CARYL RANCH AND LARKSPUR...
        AND 8 INCHES NEAR ELIZABETH.  SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 4.1
        INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.  NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 32 MPH AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 30TH.
      IN 2005...A STRONG SPRING STORM INTENSIFIED OVER THE
        EASTERN PLAINS OF COLORADO AND PRODUCED NEAR-BLIZZARD
        CONDITIONS TO THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST OF DENVER OVERNIGHT.
        NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS FROM 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 50 MPH PRODUCED EXTENSIVE BLOWING SNOW AND CAUSED
        NEAR ZERO VISIBILITIES AT TIMES AND SNOW DRIFTS FROM
        2 TO 4 FEET IN DEPTH.  SNOWFALL AMOUNTS INCLUDED:
        12 INCHES NEAR BENNETT...8 INCHES AROUND CASTLE ROCK...
        7 INCHES NEAR SEDALIA...AND 6 INCHES NEAR PARKER.
        ONLY 0.3 INCH OF SNOW WAS REPORTED AT DENVER STAPLETON.
        AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO
        37 MPH ON THE 30TH AND 36 MPH ON THE 31ST.
31    IN 1873...HIGH WINDS DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN THE CITY.
        NORTHWEST WINDS WITH SUSTAINED VELOCITIES TO NEAR 40 MPH
        BLEW FROM 9:00 AM UNTIL SUNSET.
      IN 1937...NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 25 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 32 MPH PRODUCED A LIGHT DUST STORM IN THE CITY
        DURING THE AFTERNOON.
      IN 1971...WIND GUSTS TO 92 MPH WERE RECORDED IN THE SOUTH
        HILLS AREA OF BOULDER.  AT THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS
        IN BOULDER SUSTAINED WINDS OF 46 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 83 MPH
        WERE MEASURED.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED
        TO 41 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1983...HIGH WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH IN BOULDER CAUSED
        MINOR DAMAGE.
31-1  IN 1876...HEAVY SNOW BEGAN DURING THE NIGHT AND LASTED ALL
        DAY ON THE 31ST AND THROUGH THE MORNING OF THE 1ST.  THE
        AVERAGE DEPTH OF SNOW FALL WAS 10 TO 12 INCHES...BUT STRONG
        WINDS WHIPPED THE SNOW INTO DRIFTS OF 8 TO 10 FEET DEEP ON
        THE STREETS OF THE CITY.  PRECIPITATION FROM THE STORM WAS
        1.03 INCHES ON THE 31ST AND 0.37 INCH ON THE 1ST.
      IN 1891...HEAVY MOIST SNOWFALL TOTALED 18.0 INCHES IN THE
        CITY.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 24 MPH ON THE 31ST.
      IN 1936...NORTHEAST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 21 MPH PRODUCED A
        LIGHT DUST STORM IN THE CITY.
      IN 1975...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 9.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTHWEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 41 MPH.  RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW ON THE AFTERNOON
        OF THE 31ST...REDUCING THE VISIBILITY TO AS LOW AS 1/8 MILE.
        SNOW CONTINUED ALL DAY ON THE 1ST AND ACCUMULATED TO A DEPTH
        OF 8 INCHES ON THE GROUND.  THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 10
        DEGREES ON THE 1ST SET A NEW RECORD LOW FOR THE DATE.
31-2  IN 1980...THE SECOND MAJOR BLIZZARD IN 5 DAYS BURIED MUCH OF
        EASTERN COLORADO UNDER 6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW.  SOME DRIFTS
        WERE UP TO 22 FEET HIGH.  HUNDREDS OF TRAVELERS WERE
        STRANDED.  OVER 3000 FAMILIES WERE WITHOUT POWER.
        LIVESTOCK LOSSES WERE HIGH.  METRO DENVER ESCAPED THE
        MAIN BRUNT OF THIS STORM.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT...ONLY 6.3 INCHES OF SNOW FELL OVER THE 3-DAY PERIOD
        AND NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 22 MPH ON THE 1ST.
31-3  IN 1979...TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 6.6 INCHES WAS MEASURED AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED
        TO 31 MPH ON THE 31ST.  THE GREATEST ACCUMULATION OF SNOW
        ON THE GROUND WAS 3 INCHES ON THE 1ST.
31-4  IN 1905...MUCH RAIN AND SOME SNOW OCCURRED OVER THE 5 DAYS
        BEHIND AN APPARENT COLD FRONT.  PRECIPITATION TOTALED 2.00
        INCHES.  THERE WAS A THUNDERSTORM ON THE 3RD.  SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 3.0 INCHES ON THE 4TH.  NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED
        TO 34 MPH ON THE 1ST AND 2ND AND TO 30 MPH ON THE 3RD.
        HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING THE PERIOD RANGED FROM THE UPPER
        30`S TO THE LOWER 40`S.  LOW TEMPERATURES WERE IN THE UPPER
        20`S AND LOWER 30`S.
1     IN 1987...A VIGOROUS COLD FRONT PRODUCED 2.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 39 MPH.  THE TEMPERATURE DROPPED FROM A MAXIMUM OF
        59 DEGREES AT MID-MORNING TO A LOW OF 25 DEGREES AT MIDNIGHT.
1-2   IN 1963...STRONG WINDS BUFFETED METRO DENVER...WHILE WIND-
        WHIPPED FIRES CONSUMED GRASSLAND ON THE PLAINS.  A CHILD
        WAS INJURED BY A WIND BLOWN FALLING TREE IN CASTLE ROCK.
        SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 52 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT...
        CAUSING SOME BLOWING DUST.  THE WORST FIRE STORM BURNED
        OVER 25 THOUSAND ACRES OF GRAZING LAND IN SOUTHERN WELD
        COUNTY NEAR ROGGEN NORTHEAST OF DENVER.
      IN 1984...A SNOWSTORM WITH NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OVER
        EASTERN COLORADO CLOSED MANY ROADS...INCLUDING I-70 AND I-76
        EAST OF DENVER AND I-25 BETWEEN DENVER AND COLORADO SPRINGS.
        AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY
        2.5 INCHES...BUT NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 45 MPH ON THE 2ND.
      IN 1999...MOIST UPSLOPE CONDITIONS ALLOWED HEAVY SNOW TO
        DEVELOP IN THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALS
        INCLUDED:  10 INCHES AT ASPEN PARK AND EVERGREEN; 9 INCHES
        AT TURKEY CREEK; 8 INCHES AT IDAHO SPRINGS AND GENESEE;
        7 INCHES AT ASPEN SPRINGS...CROW HILL...INTERCANYON...AND
        LAKE GEORGE.  IN METRO DENVER SNOWFALL TOTALS INCLUDED:
        10 INCHES SOUTH OF SEDALIA; 8 INCHES IN LITTLETON; 7 INCHES
        AT MORRISON; 6 INCHES AT HIGHLANDS RANCH; AND 4 TO 5 INCHES
        IN NORTHGLENN...PARKER AND NEAR LOUISVILLE.  SNOWFALL TOTALED
        4.7 INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
1-3   IN 1945...SNOW FELL ACROSS METRO DENVER FOR A TOTAL OF 51
        CONSECUTIVE HOURS.  WHILE THE STORM WAS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY
        EXCESSIVE SNOW...THE LONG DURATION MADE THE EVENT A HEAVY
        SNOW PRODUCER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 10.7 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN
        DENVER WITH 9.5 INCHES RECORDED AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  NORTH
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 21 MPH ON THE 1ST; OTHERWISE WINDS
        WERE NOT STRONG.  THE AIR MASS WAS VERY COLD FOR APRIL.
        THE HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 26 ON THE 2ND AND 17 ON THE 3RD
        WERE RECORD LOW MAXIMUMS FOR THE DATES.  THE LATTER WAS ALSO
        A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE MONTH.  WARM WEATHER FOLLOWING
        THE STORM QUICKLY MELTED THE SNOW.
      IN 1973...HEAVY SNOW FELL AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        WHERE 8.7 INCHES WERE MEASURED.  SNOW BEGAN LATE ON THE 1ST
        AND CONTINUED THROUGH EARLY MORNING ON THE 3RD.  THUNDER
        ACCOMPANIED THE SNOW DURING THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON
        OF THE 2ND.  NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 33 MPH ON THE 2ND AND
        37 MPH ON THE 3RD.  SNOW ONLY ACCUMULATED TO A DEPTH OF
        5 INCHES ON THE GROUND DUE TO MELTING.
      IN 1977 A FOOT OF SNOW FELL IN BOULDER AND BROOMFIELD.  THE
        DENVER-BOULDER TURNPIKE WAS CLOSED FOR AN HOUR AFTER
        NUMEROUS MINOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS.  AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.7 INCHES AND
        SOUTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 32 MPH ON THE 2ND.  THE GREATEST
        DEPTH OF SNOW ON THE GROUND WAS ONLY 3 INCHES DUE TO
        MELTING.
2     IN 1894...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 48 MPH.  THE WARM CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE
        TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 70 DEGREES.
      IN 1925...NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 42 MPH.
      IN 1957...A HEAVY SNOW STORM DUMPED 17.3 INCHES OF SNOW AT
        STAPLETON AIRPORT.  STRONG GUSTY NORTH WINDS TO 31 MPH
        REDUCED VISIBILITIES TO 1/8 MILE AT TIMES AND CREATED
        BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.  THE 24-HOUR SNOWFALL HAD BEEN
        EXCEEDED ONLY TWICE IN PREVIOUS RECORDS...AND THE 24 HOUR
        PRECIPITATION OF 2.05 INCHES WAS THE THIRD HEAVIEST OF
        PREVIOUS RECORD DURING APRIL.
      IN 1959...A COLD FRONT PRODUCED STRONG GUSTY WINDS ACROSS
        METRO DENVER.  NORTH WINDS GUSTING TO 50 AND 60 MPH CAUSED
        SOME MINOR DAMAGE TO POWER LINES AND SIGNS AND CAUSED DUST
        STORMS ON THE PLAINS EAST OF DENVER.  A WIND GUST TO 49 MPH
        WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.
      IN 1966...NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 52 MPH PRODUCED BLOWING
        DUST...WHICH BRIEFLY REDUCED THE VISIBILITY TO 1 MILE AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1975...THE ALL-TIME LOWEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN APRIL...
        2 DEGREES BELOW ZERO...OCCURRED.  THIS IS ALSO THE LATEST
        BELOW ZERO READING FOR THE SEASON.
      IN 1982...A STRONG WINDSTORM STRUCK ALL OF METRO DENVER...
        CAUSING MINOR DAMAGE.  WIND GUSTS TO 127 MPH WERE RECORDED
        AT ROCKY FLATS SOUTH OF BOULDER...116 MPH AT WONDERVU...100
        MPH AT JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT IN BROOMFIELD...AND 56 MPH AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE STRONG WINDS WHIPPED
        UP BLOWING DUST...BRIEFLY REDUCING THE VISIBILITY TO 3/4 MILE.
      IN 1986...HEAVY THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCED WIND GUSTS TO ABOUT 70
        MPH IN BOULDER.  A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WIND GUST TO 62 MPH
        WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE STRONG
        WINDS KICKED UP THICK CLOUDS OF BLOWING DUST SEVERELY
        RESTRICTING SURFACE VISIBILITY.
      IN 1997...A PACIFIC STORM LEFT HEAVY SNOW IN THE FOOTHILLS WITH
        LESSER AMOUNTS ACROSS THE CITY.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 12 INCHES
        NEAR BLACKHAWK...11 INCHES AT GOLDEN GATE CANYON...10 INCHES
        AT CONIFER AND CROWHILL...9 INCHES AT EVERGREEN...5 INCHES
        AT SEDALIA...AND 4 INCHES AT CASTLE ROCK AND MORRISON.  ONLY
        2.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 21 MPH
        AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1998...A MAJOR SPRING STORM BROUGHT HEAVY SNOW TO METRO
        DENVER AND THE FOOTHILLS.  SNOWFALL TOTALS RANGED FROM
        12 TO 22 INCHES IN THE FOOTHILLS WITH 4 TO 12 INCHES ACROSS
        METRO DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALS INCLUDED:  22.5 INCHES NEAR
        CONIFER; 13 INCHES IN COAL CREEK CANYON; 12 INCHES NEAR
        BLACKHAWK...ELDORA...AND GENESEE; 10 INCHES NEAR EVERGREEN
        AND NEDERLAND; 9 INCHES IN LAKEWOOD; 8 INCHES IN BROOMFIELD
        AND NORTHWEST DENVER; AND 7.0 INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE
        FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  NORTHEAST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 31 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2002...SNOWFALL WAS ONLY A TRACE AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THIS WAS THE ONLY SNOWFALL
        OF THE MONTH...RANKING THE MONTH...ALONG WITH PREVIOUS MONTHS...
        THE 2ND LEAST SNOWIEST ON RECORD.
2-3   IN 1955...STRONG WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS RAKED METRO DENVER ON
        BOTH DAYS.  SUSTAINED WINDS AS HIGH AS 37 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
        60 MPH WERE RECORDED AT STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE THE
        VISIBILITY WAS REDUCED TO 1/4 MILE IN BLOWING DUST.
      IN 1974...A HEAVY SNOWFALL OF 6.7 INCHES WAS ACCOMPANIED BY
        NORTHEAST WIND GUSTS TO 33 MPH WHICH PRODUCED SOME BLOWING
        SNOW ACROSS METRO DENVER.  OVER EASTERN COLORADO MANY
        HIGHWAYS AND SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED DUE TO NEAR-BLIZZARD
        CONDITIONS FROM THE STORM.
      IN 1986...THE WORST SNOW STORM OF THE SEASON BLASTED METRO
        DENVER.  HEAVY SNOW AND HIGH WINDS COMBINED TO CLOSE ROADS...
        SCHOOLS...AND AIRPORTS.  PORTIONS OF ALL INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS
        OUT OF DENVER WERE CLOSED AT TIMES.  THE SNOW CAME AFTER AN
        EXCEPTIONALLY MILD LATE WINTER AND EARLY SPRING;  TREES AND
        BUSHES HAD ALREADY BLOOMED AND LEAFED OUT.  THE SNOW AND
        WIND SNAPPED MANY OF THESE...CAUSING POWER OUTAGES.  TOTAL
        SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN METRO DENVER RANGED FROM 1 TO 2 FEET
        WITH 2 TO 3 FEET IN THE FOOTHILLS.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 12.6
        INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS
        GUSTING TO 39 MPH REDUCED THE VISIBILITY TO 1/8 MILE IN SNOW
        AND BLOWING SNOW.  MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON THE 3RD WHEN
        TEMPERATURES HOVERED AROUND 30 DEGREES FOR MOST OF THE DAY.
        THE HEAVY SNOW HALTED TRAFFIC AND CLOSED BUSINESSES.  A 59-
        YEAR-OLD MAN WAS FOUND DEAD FROM EXPOSURE IN NORTHWEST
        DENVER.  THE ROOF OF A TOY STORE IN NORTHGLENN COLLAPSED.
        A 100 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT SECTION OF A GREENHOUSE ROOF
        COLLAPSED IN GOLDEN...DESTROYING OVER A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH
        OF PLANTS.
      IN 2000...A COMBINATION OF STRONG INSTABILITY AND MOIST UPSLOPE
        WINDS ALLOWED FOR A HEAVY...WET SPRING SNOWSTORM TO DEVELOP
        IN AND NEAR THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS.  THE HEAVIEST SNOW
        OCCURRED IN SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY.  STORM TOTALS
        INCLUDED:  14 INCHES NEAR CONIFER...12 INCHES NEAR EVERGREEN
        AND ON FLOYD HILL; 11 INCHES NEAR BLACKHAWK...MORRISON...AND
        TINY TOWN; 10 INCHES AT ASPEN SPRINGS AND ELDORA SKI AREA;
        9 INCHES AT CHIEF HOSA; AND 8 INCHES AT BOTH GOLDEN GATE
        CANYON AND ROLLINSVILLE.  ONLY 2.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT
        THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
        NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 36 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT ON THE 2ND.
2-4   IN 1934...SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.2 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN DENVER
        FROM THE AFTERNOON OF THE 2ND THROUGH THE EARLY MORNING
        OF THE 4TH.  MOST OF THE SNOW...6.8 INCHES...FELL ON THE 3RD.
        RAIN CHANGED TO SNOW BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT ON THE
        AFTERNOON OF THE 2ND.  THE COLD FRONT FIRST APPEARED AS A
        LONG-CIGAR SHAPED SQUALL CLOUD TO THE NORTH OF THE CITY.
        STRONG NORTH WINDS AT SUSTAINED SPEEDS OF 33 MPH WITH
        GUSTS TO 43 MPH PRODUCED MUCH BLOWING DUST AND AN ABRUPT
        FALL IN TEMPERATURE...FROM A HIGH OF 68 ON THE 2ND TO A
        LOW OF 22 ON THE 3RD.
      IN 1964...A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 10.9 INCHES OF HEAVY WET SNOW
        ON STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTHEAST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 35 MPH.  MOST OF THE SNOW...10.0 INCHES...FELL ON
        THE 3RD.
2-5   IN 1918...SNOWFALL TOTALED 12.4 INCHES OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER.
        MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON THE 3RD AND 4TH.  TEMPERATURES
        WERE IN THE 20`S AND 30`S.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED
        TO 24 MPH ON THE 2ND.
3     IN 1872...SKIES WERE CLOUDY AND THREATENING UNTIL 11:30 AM
        WHEN IT COMMENCED TO RAIN AND CONTINUED TO RAIN UNTIL
        3:00 PM...WHEN IT TURNED INTO HEAVY SNOW WITH A VERY BRISK
        NORTH WIND.  SNOW CONTINUED ALL NIGHT.  TELEGRAPH WIRES
        WERE DOWNED BETWEEN DENVER AND CHEYENNE...AND THE NIGHT
        REPORT COULD NOT BE SENT.  PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED
        SNOW) MEASURED 0.82 INCH.
      IN 1887...NORTH WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 43 MPH.
      IN 1894...NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 41 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 50 MPH.  THE WARM CHINOOK WINDS ON THE 2ND BECAME A
        BORA AS THE TEMPERATURE WARMED TO A HIGH OF ONLY 52 DEGREES.
      IN 1900...SOUTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 52 MPH WITH GUSTS
        AS HIGH AS 61 MPH.
      IN 1945...THE TEMPERATURE WARMED TO ONLY 17 DEGREES...THE
        ALL-TIME RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE MONTH.
      IN 1968...A SNOW STORM OF UNUSUAL SEVERITY FOR SO LATE IN THE
        SEASON CAUSED GROUND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WITH NEAR ZERO
        VISIBILITY IN SNOW AT TIMES AND SEVERE DRIFTING OF SNOW
        OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN COLORADO AND METRO DENVER.
        HIGHWAYS WERE BLOCKED TO THE NORTH OF DENVER AND TO
        COLORADO SPRINGS.  RAIN AT THE START OF THE STORM
        CONTRIBUTED TO POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES.  IN
        METRO DENVER...SNOWFALL TOTALED 7.0 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 45 MPH.
      IN 1978...A TORNADO WAS SIGHTED BY A NATIONAL WEATHER
        SERVICE OBSERVER 3 MILES NORTH OF STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT NEAR THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL.  SECURITY POLICE
        ON THE ARSENAL CALLED IT A LARGE DUST DEVIL...BUT FOUR
        COMMERCIAL AIRLINE PILOTS CONFIRMED THE PHENOMENON AS A
        TORNADO OR FUNNEL CLOUD.
      IN 1981...A SNOWSTORM HIT NORTHEASTERN COLORADO...DUMPING 6 TO
        12 INCHES OF SNOW IN THE FOOTHILLS AND 4 TO 8 INCHES ON THE
        PLAINS NORTH OF DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 2.0 INCHES AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED
        TO 24 MPH.
      IN 1985...STRONG WINDS OF 60 TO 70 MPH OCCURRED IN THE
        FOOTHILLS.  THE DRIVER OF A CAR IN NEDERLAND WAS SLIGHTLY
        INJURED WHEN THE WIND TOPPLED AN UTILITY POLE ONTO HIS
        VEHICLE.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 53 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE VISIBILITY WAS BRIEFLY
        REDUCED TO 2 MILES IN BLOWING DUST.
      IN 1989...A NORTHWEST WIND GUST TO 51 MPH WAS RECORDED AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2011...HIGH WINDS DEVELOPING ALONG THE FRONT RANGE DURING
        THE EARLY MORNING HOURS.  PEAK WIND GUSTS INCLUDED:  92 MPH...
        7 MILES NORTHWEST OF BERTHOUD; 75 MPH...2 MILES WEST OF
        CASTLE ROCK; AND 65 MPH...2 MILES WEST OF ELBERT.  WEST
        WINDS GUSTED TO 49 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
3-5   IN 1996...THE FOOTHILLS WEST OF DENVER RECEIVED 6 TO 8 INCHES
        OF NEW SNOW.  ONLY 0.8 INCH OF SNOW FELL AT THE SITE OF
        THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...ALONG WITH
        SOME FREEZING DRIZZLE ON THE 4TH AND 5TH.  NORTH-NORTHEAST
        WINDS GUSTED TO 30 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
        ON THE 3RD.
3-6   IN 1898...SNOWFALL TOTALED 8.7 INCHES IN DOWNTOWN DENVER
        OVER THE 4 DAYS.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO
        48 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 60 MPH ON THE 3RD.
      IN 1983...A PROLONGED HEAVY SNOW STORM BLANKETED THE AREA
        ALONG WITH VERY COLD TEMPERATURES.  THE GREATEST AMOUNTS
        OF SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS WHERE 24 TO 42 INCHES
        WERE MEASURED.  A FOOT OF SNOW FELL IN BOULDER.  SNOW
        FELL FOR 50 CONSECUTIVE HOURS AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT ON THE 3RD THROUGH THE 5TH WITH A TOTAL SNOWFALL
        OF 8.8 INCHES AND A MAXIMUM ACCUMULATION ON THE GROUND OF
        6 INCHES ON THE 5TH.  IN DENVER...THE MERCURY FAILED TO RISE
        ABOVE FREEZING FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS...ON THE 4TH...5TH...AND
        6TH...FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN APRIL.  FIVE DAILY
        TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET FROM THE 4TH THROUGH THE 6TH.
        RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES OF 12 DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 5TH
        WITH 7 DEGREES ON THE 6TH.  RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES
        OF 25 DEGREES OCCURRED ON THE 4TH...27 DEGREES ON THE 5TH...
        AND 28 DEGREES ON THE 6TH.
4     IN 1888...SOUTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 40 MPH.
      IN 1915...CHINOOK WINDS FROM THE NORTHWEST WERE SUSTAINED
        TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 43 MPH.  THE WINDS WARMED THE
        TEMPERATURE FROM A LOW OF 44 DEGREES TO A HIGH OF 67
        DEGREES.
      IN 1935...LIGHT DUST ENVELOPED THE CITY DURING THE DAY
        ON SOUTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 23 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
        27 MPH.
      IN 1985...NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 53 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE VISIBILITY WAS BRIEFLY
        REDUCED TO LESS THAN A MILE BY BLOWING DUST AND A SNOW
        SHOWER.
      IN 1987...MICROBURST WINDS GUSTED TO 51 MPH AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 1997...HEAVY SNOW DEVELOPED OVER WESTERN PORTIONS OF METRO
        DENVER AND ALONG THE PALMER DIVIDE.  AS A STRONG SURFACE
        LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM INTENSIFIED OVER THE PLAINS...MOIST
        UPSLOPE FLOW DEVELOPED ACROSS METRO DENVER PRODUCING
        STRONG NORTH WINDS AT 20 TO 40 MPH AND SOME BLOWING SNOW.
        SNOWFALL TOTALED 12 INCHES AT CONIFER WITH 4 TO 7 INCHES
        AT CROWHILL...EVERGREEN...AND MORRISON.  THUNDERSTORM RAIN
        CHANGED TO SNOW ACROSS THE CITY WITH 2.0 INCHES OF SNOWFALL
        MEASURED AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT WHERE PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED SNOW) TOTALED
        0.70 INCH.  NORTH-NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 43 MPH AT DENVER
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
4-5   IN 1900...RAIN CHANGED TO HEAVY SNOW AND TOTALED 7.8 INCHES IN
        DOWNTOWN DENVER OVERNIGHT.  A THUNDERSTORM ON THE 4TH
        PRODUCED HAIL.  PRECIPITATION TOTALED 1.50 INCHES.
      IN 1911...NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH
        ON THE 4TH AND TO 41 MPH ON THE 5TH.
      IN 2002...A WHITISH-COLORED HAZE ENGULFED METRO DENVER ON BOTH
        DAYS.  THE HAZE WAS THE RESULT OF A HUGE WIND STORM THAT
        KICKED UP DUST AND SAND FROM THE GOBI DESERT IN MONGOLIA
        AND CHINA DURING THE LATTER HALF OF MARCH.  WESTERLY WINDS
        ALOFT TRANSPORTED THE DUST CLOUD ACROSS THE PACIFIC OCEAN
        AND OVER THE WESTERN UNITED STATES...DEPOSITING SOME OF IT
        ON COLORADO.
      IN 2009...A BLIZZARD DEVELOPED OVER THE NORTHEAST PLAINS OF
        COLORADO.  MOST OF THE URBAN CORRIDOR WAS SPARED FROM THE
        BLIZZARD...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF EASTERN ADAMS AND EASTERN
        ARAPAHOE COUNTIES.  THE COMBINATION OF STRONG WIND AND
        HEAVY SNOW SNAPPED 14 POWER LINES ALONG STATE HIGHWAY 36...
        NEAR STRASBURG.  IN ARAPAHOE COUNTY...7 POLES WERE SNAPPED
        IN BENNETT.  INTERSTATE 70 WAS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
        EAST OF DENVER.  AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...A PEAK
        WIND GUST OF 63 MPH WAS OBSERVED FROM THE NORTH...BREAKING
        THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 62 MPH ESTABLISHED IN 1986.
        OFFICIALLY...ONLY 0.3 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WAS MEASURED AT
        DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
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     IN 1873...A HEAVY RAIN AND HAIL SHOWER IN THE AFTERNOON
        CHANGED TO SNOW...AND ACCUMULATED TO 6 INCHES ON THE
        STREETS AT 9:00 PM.  PRECIPITATION (RAIN AND MELTED SNOW)
        TOTALED 0.56 INCH.
      IN 1925...SOUTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 46 MPH WITH GUSTS
        TO 50 MPH.  THIS WAS THE STRONGEST WIND OF THE MONTH THAT
        YEAR.
      IN 1950...A WELL DEVELOPED DUST DEVIL WAS OBSERVED 4 TO 5
        MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF STAPLETON AIRPORT FOR ABOUT 8
        MINUTES.
      IN 1977...THE EARLIEST DATE OF THE LAST FREEZE OF THE SEASON
        OCCURRED WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO A LOW OF 31 DEGREES.
      IN 1988...A WIND GUST TO 74 MPH WAS RECORDED AT ROLLINSVILLE.
        WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 35 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT.
      IN 1990...A HEAVY...WET SNOW FELL IN MANY AREAS IN AND ALONG
        THE COLORADO FRONT RANGE.  SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 7
        INCHES WERE COMMON AROUND THE BOULDER AREA WITH LESSER
        AMOUNTS ELSEWHERE.  ONLY 2.0 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT
        STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED
        TO 28 MPH.  ICY ROADS CONTRIBUTED TO NUMEROUS FENDER-BENDERS
        AND A 20-VEHICLE PILEUP NEAR THE JUNCTION OF I-70 AND I-25
        IN THE CITY.
      IN 2000...HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED IN THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS...
        FROM ABOUT I-70 NORTHWARD.  PEAK WIND GUSTS INCLUDED:  83
        MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN
        BOULDER...75 MPH NEAR LOUISVILLE...AND 70 MPH AT THE NATIONAL
        WIND TECHNOLOGY CENTER...SOUTH OF BOULDER.  WEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 41 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
      IN 2005...A SURFACE LOW PRESSURE CENTER DEEPENED OVER EASTERN
        COLORADO AND PRODUCED DAMAGING HIGH WINDS ACROSS METRO
        DENVER.  THE STRONG WIND GUSTS RANGING FROM 50 TO 70 MPH
        DAMAGED ROOFS AND FENCES.  CROSS-WINDS BLEW SEVERAL EMPTY
        SEMI-TRAILERS ON THEIR SIDES ALONG I-70 AND I-76 EAST OF
        DENVER.  PEAK NORTH WIND GUSTS INCLUDED:  60 MPH NEAR
        BENNETT AND KEENESBURG...59 MPH NEAR BRIGHTON...AND 53 MPH
        AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  OVER THE PALMER DIVIDE
        SOUTH OF DENVER...THE HIGH WINDS COMBINED WITH HEAVY SNOW
        TO PRODUCE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.  SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS
        RANGED FROM 3 TO 8 INCHES OVER EASTERN DOUGLAS AND WESTERN
        ELBERT COUNTIES.  SNOWFALL TOTALS INCLUDED:  8 INCHES AT
        SEDALIA...4 INCHES NEAR CASTLE ROCK...AND 3.5 INCHES NEAR
        FRANKTOWN.
5-6   IN 1939...3.0 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN DOWNTOWN DENVER.  NORTH
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 34 MPH ON THE 5TH AND TO 26 MPH ON
        THE 6TH.  THE STRONG WINDS CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DRIFTING OF
        SNOW.  SEVERAL HIGHWAYS LEADING INTO THE CITY WERE CLOSED
        DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM DUE TO POOR VISIBILITY.
        STREETS AND HIGHWAYS BECAME COATED WITH ICE IN PLACES.
        THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO 11 DEGREES EARLY ON THE 6TH.
        THIS WAS THE COLDEST READING OF THE MONTH THAT YEAR.
        MOST VEGETATION WAS NOT FAR ENOUGH ADVANCED TO BE INJURED
        BY THE COLD TEMPERATURES...ALTHOUGH A FEW BUDS FROZE ON
        EARLY SHRUBBERY.
      IN 1949...STRONG WINDS IN BOULDER CAUSED LIMITED MINOR DAMAGE.
        WEST-NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 24 MPH WITH SOME
        HIGHER GUSTS AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.
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.

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