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National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
645 PM MDT SAT APR 9 2016

...This week 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.
8-10  In 1999...a windstorm caused 20 million dollars in damage
        along the Front Range Urban Corridor from Fort Collins
        south to Pueblo and to the east over the plains...making
        the storm equal to the costliest windstorm ever...which
        occurred in Boulder on January 17...1982.  In metro Denver...
        several homes were damaged as shingles were blown off roofs.
        Large pieces of a roof torn off a strip mall in Lakewood
        damaged several cars in a parking lot.  Most of the damage
        to homes consisted of broken fences...awnings...doors...and
        windows.  Scores of automobiles suffered broken or cracked
        windshields and paint damage from flying debris.  Multiple
        accidents were triggered as several tractor-trailer rigs
        were blown on their sides by the strong cross-winds.
        Blowing dust and dirt caused near zero visibilities at
        times.  Both I-25 and I-76 were closed north and northeast
        of Denver.  State Highway 93 was closed between Golden and
        Boulder.  Several trees...power poles...and power lines were
        downed...causing a number of outages as well as sparking a
        few small grass fires.  Highest wind gusts reached 112 mph
        atop Niwot Ridge near the Continental Divide west of
        Boulder...102 mph at Wondervu...100 mph at the National Center
        for Atmospheric Research Mesa Lab in Boulder...98 mph at the
        National Wind Technology Center near Broomfield...96 mph on
        Rocky Flats...92 mph at Jefferson County Airport near
        Broomfield and on the University of Colorado campus in
        Boulder...and 90 mph at Highlands Ranch in southwest metro
        Denver.  Winds gusted to 48 mph at Denver International
        Airport.
9-10  In 1900...rain changed to heavy snow and totaled 6.8 inches
        in downtown Denver overnight.  A thunderstorm occurred
        on the 9th.  North winds were sustained to 32 mph with
        gusts to 38 mph on the 10th.  Precipitation totaled
        1.39 inches.
      In 1933...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 9.4 inches
        in downtown Denver.  East winds were sustained to 21 mph
        with gusts to 22 mph on the 9th.
      In 1944...7.0 inches of snow fell on downtown Denver.
        Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 9th.
      In 1977...the two warmest days of the month resulted in two
        temperature records being set.  High temperature of 81
        degrees on the 9th set a new record maximum for the date.
        High temperature of 80 degrees on the 10th equaled the
        record maximum for the date.  The unusually warm weather
        for so early in April produced a late afternoon
        thunderstorm on the 10th.
      In 1993...strong downslope winds occurred along the Front
        Range.  While the strongest winds were in the foothills
        north of Denver...wind gusts to 69 mph were recorded at
        Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield.  Northwest winds
        gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2004...a spring storm brought heavy snow to metro Denver.
        The heaviest snow fell in the foothills and over and near
        higher terrain.  Snowfall totals included:  20 inches
        near Jamestown; 18 inches atop Gold Hill; 17 inches near
        Evergreen; 15 inches at Nederland and Eldora; 13 inches
        at Blackhawk; 11 inches at Aspen Springs; 9 inches in
        Louisville; 8 inches at Ken Caryl; 6 inches at Niwot...
        near Sedalia...and in Thornton; 5 inches in Lakewood...
        Lyons...and Westminster.  Snowfall was 4.4 inches at
        Denver Stapleton.  Northwest winds gusted to 21 mph
        at Denver International Airport.
      In 2008...A very moist storm brought heavy snow to parts
        of the Front Range Foothills.  Storm totals included:
        12.5 inches at Aspen Springs...11 inches just southwest
        of Conifer; with 10.5 inches near Central City and
        6 miles southwest of Evergreen.  Lesser amounts of 5
        to 9 inches were observed elsewhere.  North winds
        gusted to 43 mph at Denver International Airport on the
        10th...and 1.8 inches of snow fell at the former Stapleton
        International Airport.
9-11  In 1951...heavy snowfall totaled 9.4 inches at Stapleton
        Airport.  The storm was accompanied by strong northeast
        winds gusting to 43 mph.
      In 1953...heavy snowfall occurred at Stapleton Airport where
        7.9 inches of snow were measured.  North winds gusted to
        29 mph.
      In 1994...6 to 14 inches of heavy snow buried much of eastern
        Colorado...closing many schools and I-70 from east of Denver
        to the Kansas border.  Rain changed to snow on the 9th...and
        snow continued through the 11th.  Snowfall totaled 5.7
        inches at Stapleton International Airport...but maximum
        snow depth on the ground was only 3 inches on the 10th due
        to melting.  East winds gusted to 26 mph on the 9th.
      In 1995...a major spring storm dumped 8 to 16 inches of snow
        in the foothills west of Denver.  Snowfall totaled 8.3
        inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport...but most of the snow melted as it fell with the
        maximum snow depth on the ground of only 2 inches.  Five-to
        6-inch snow accumulations occurred over southern portions
        of metro Denver and eastward onto the plains.  Northeast
        winds gusted to 36 mph at Denver International Airport on
        the 10th.  I-70 was closed for several hours east of
        Watkins to the Kansas border due to drifting snow and near
        whiteout conditions.  High temperature of only 29 degrees
        on the 10th was a record low maximum for the date.
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    In 1896...southwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with
        gusts to 60 mph.  The apparent chinook winds warmed the
        temperature to a high of 76 degrees.
      In 1899...northwest chinook winds were sustained to 45 mph
        with gusts as high as 60 mph.  The downslope winds warmed
        the temperature to a high of 73 degrees in the city.
10-11 In 1979...a heavy snow storm produced near-blizzard conditions
        across eastern Colorado with 10 to 20 inches in the
        foothills and 4 to 8 inches over the plains.  Winds to
        35 mph combined with the snow to produce drifts at least
        3 feet deep...closing many roads and causing power outages.
        Travel was interrupted south of Denver when the storm
        closed both I-25 and State Highway 83.  Snowfall totaled
        only 3.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
        northeast winds gusted 37 mph...causing some blowing snow on
        the 11th.
      In 2001...a potent spring storm dumped heavy snow over metro
        Denver and the adjacent foothills...while a blizzard roared
        across the plains to the east of Denver.  Snowfall amounts
        ranged up to a foot and a half across metro Denver and in
        the foothills.  North to northwest winds at sustained speeds
        of 40 to 50 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph piled the
        snow into drifts of 3 to 6 feet deep.  I-25 southbound was
        closed at Lincoln Avenue.  I-70 to the east was closed at
        Gun Club Road.  The combination of heavy wet snow and
        damaging winds resulted in widespread electrical outages.
        Denver International Airport was completely shut down for
        the first time in its brief 6-year history.  Power surges
        and outages crippled the airport`s massive computer systems.
        The airport was closed at 5:00 AM and did not re-open until
        mid-afternoon on the 11th.  The power outages resulted in
        businesses and schools closing.  Over all of northeastern
        Colorado...there were 220 thousand customers without power...
        the worst outage in Xcel Energy`s history.  Repairs totaled
        1.6 million dollars.  Across metro Denver...snow totals
        included:  18 inches in southeast Aurora...16 inches at
        Centennial Airport and Parker...14 inches at Broomfield...
        13 inches in Louisville...12 inches at Lakewood and Morrison...
        11 inches at Ken Caryl and Thornton...10 inches at the site
        of the former Stapleton International Airport and in Wheat
        Ridge...9 inches in Westminster...and 8 inches in Littleton.
        Thunderstorms preceded the start of the snow on the
        afternoon of the 10th and were embedded in the snow storm
        during the early morning hours of the 11th at Denver
        International Airport where northwest winds gusted to
        60 mph on the 11th.  Snow storm totals in the foothills
        included:  17 inches at Genesee...16 inches at Rollinsville...
        14 inches at Intercanyon...13 inches in Coal Creek Canyon
        and near Evergreen...11 inches at Aspen Springs and Chief
        Hosa...10 inches at Blackhawk...and 9 inches atop Crow Hill.
      In 2005...a strong spring storm produced blizzard conditions
        in areas to the east of Denver and south of I-76 and near-
        blizzard conditions across metro Denver.  The combination
        of heavy snow and strong winds forced the closure of Denver
        International Airport...stranding thousands of travelers.
        Long stretches of I-25...I-70...and I-76 were also closed
        due to extensive blowing and drifting snow.  Snow amounts
        ranged from 1 to 2.5 feet in and near the eastern foothills
        and over the Palmer Divide.  Drifts were 2 to 5 feet in
        depth.  Downed power lines caused scattered electrical
        outages.  Storm total snowfall amounts in and near the
        foothills included:  31 inches near Conifer; 27.5 inches in
        Aspen Springs; 25.5 inches near Sedalia and Blackhawk; 25
        inches near Bergen Park and around Genesee; 24.5 inches at
        Pine Junction and Roxborough Park; 24 inches southwest of
        Boulder; 23.5 inches at Ken Caryl; 23 inches atop Crow
        Hill and near Larkspur...Evergreen...and Nederland; 21 inches
        at Eldora Ski Area; 18 inches at Eldorado Springs and near
        Castle Rock; 17 inches near Chatfield Reservoir and Perry
        Park; and 16 inches near Jamestown.  Across the city storm
        total snow amounts were:  22.5 inches in Aurora; 22 inches
        at Bennett; 20 inches near Arapahoe Park and in Centennial...
        Littleton...and south Denver; 17.5 inches near Bennett; 16
        inches in Thornton; 15 inches in Lakewood; 14.5 inches in
        Wheat Ridge and near Englewood; 14 inches at Lone Tree and
        in Arvada; and 9.9 inches at Denver Stapleton.  North winds
        were sustained from 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 46 mph at
        Denver International Airport on the 10th.
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    In 1954...strong and gusty southeast winds blew all day.
        Winds as high as 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph produced some
        blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
      In 1966...a tornado was sighted in an open area of southeast
        Denver.  Slight wind damage in the area was not directly
        attributable to the tornado.  Later in the day...a pilot
        reported a funnel cloud 10 miles southwest of Denver.
        Hail to 1/2 inch in diameter fell at Stapleton International
        Airport.
      In 1984...strong chinook winds gusted to 72 mph at Rocky
        Flats south of Boulder; speeds reached 70 mph in both
        Lakewood and Boulder.  At Stapleton International Airport...
        northwest wind gusts to 52 mph were recorded.
      In 2004...an afternoon cold front produced north winds
        sustained to 36 mph with gusts to 53 mph at Denver
        International Airport.  Light snowfall was 1.1 inches
        at Denver Stapleton through the evening.
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
        International Airport.
      In 1967...microburst winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1982...wind gusts to 60 mph were reported in and near the
        foothills.  Wind gusts to 44 mph were recorded at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      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.
13    In 1873...heavy snow started with fresh and brisk north
        winds around 9:00 AM...and continued heavy until 2:00 PM
        and lightly until 7:00 PM.  Temperatures were below
        freezing for most of the day...but the snow melted
        almost as fast as it fell.  Precipitation from the
        melted snow totaled 0.70 inches.  This would be
        around 7.0 inches of estimated snowfall.
      In 1912...a severe wind and dust storm struck the city.
        West winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 42
        mph.
      In 1967...a late season snow storm affected areas along the
        eastern foothills from Denver south.  Snowfall between 2
        and 3 feet closed I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs.
        In Denver...snowfall was only 3.6 inches...but precipitation
        from the storm totaled 3.25 inches...the greatest 24-hour
        precipitation ever recorded during the month of April.
        North winds gusted to 35 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport.  Temperatures across the city were in the 30`s
        most of the day.
      In 1974...a major spring snow storm dumped 8.5 inches of heavy
        wet snow at Stapleton International Airport where north
        wind gusts to 38 mph produced some blowing snow.  The storm
        caused minor damage to public utilities.
      In 1986...strong winds howled across metro Denver.  Boulder
        reported a peak gust of 79 mph.  Wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph
        were common across all of metro Denver.  There were power
        outages.  The wind toppled a brick wall under construction
        in Arvada...and also damaged luxury sky boxes under
        construction atop Mile High Stadium in Denver.  Road signs
        in Arvada were damaged.  West winds gusted to 56 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2014...a storm system brought heavy snow to areas in and near
        the Front Range Foothills.  Storm totals included: 13 inches
        near Conifer; 12.5 inches near Ward; 11.5 inches near
        Nederland; 10 inches near Allenspark...Golden and Gold Hill;
        with 8.5 inches at Roxborough State Park.
13-14 In 1968...high winds struck Boulder.  Sustained winds of 50
        mph with gusts as high as 102 mph were recorded at the
        National Center for Atmospheric Research...while in downtown
        Boulder winds peaked to 73 mph.  The winds damaged
        a building under construction and some homes in
        south Boulder.  Northwest winds gusted to 35 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport on the 13th.
      In 1996...a potent spring storm strengthened just east of
        Denver.  Blizzard conditions developed over eastern Adams
        and eastern Arapahoe counties.  Strong northerly winds
        ranging from 25 to 50 mph...cold temperatures...and heavy
        snowfall combined to create very hazardous conditions.
        The strong winds whipped snow in drifts 3 to 4 feet high.
        High winds and heavy wet snow downed power lines and
        caused traffic accidents.  Some roads were closed.
        Snowfall totaled 15 inches at Strasburg...while only 2.1
        inches of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.  North winds gusted to 40 mph at
        Denver International Airport on the 13th.
      In 2011...a potent spring snowstorm brought heavy snow to
        Front Range mountains and foothills.  Storm totals
        included:  16.5 inches near Blackhawk; 16 inches at
        Nederland; 15.5 inches at Coal Creek Canyon and 5 miles
        northeast of Ward; 15 inches at Allenspark; 12.5 inches...
        5 miles northwest of Idaho Springs; 12 inches at Echo
        Mountain Ski Area; and 10.5 inches near Georgetown.
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    In 1872...high winds damaged buildings in the city.  At
        9:00 AM west winds commenced to blow a perfect gale...
        averaging 40 mph sustained until 9:00 PM.
      In 1904...west winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 48
        mph warmed the temperature to a high of 74 degrees.
      In 1918...a thunderstorm produced hail that covered the
        ground to a depth of 1/2 inch.  The stones varied in
        size from small shot to a cherry stone.  Rain and melted
        hail totaled 0.70 inch.  There was no reported damage.
      In 1935...northeast winds sustained to 30 mph caused a
        dust storm across the city.  The visibility was greatly
        reduced by blowing dense dust.
      In 1970...strong winds caused mostly light but widespread
        damage to trees...roofs...power lines...and other property
        across the northeastern Colorado plains.  Wind gusts of 45
        to 60 mph were common.  Southwest wind gusts to 44 mph
        occurred at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1995...high winds spread from the foothills onto the
        plains.  West winds gusted between 70 and 90 mph in the
        foothills and 50 to 70 mph on the plains.  West winds were
        clocked to 51 mph at Denver International Airport.  Most
        of the significant wind damage occurred north and east of
        metro Denver.
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
        and 15th.
      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
        International Airport.
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
        Airport.
      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
        the 15th.
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
        15th.
16    In 1960...a wind storm struck all of metro Denver.  Estimated
        wind gusts up to 80 mph were registered in Boulder.  At
        Stapleton Airport sustained west-northwest winds over
        50 mph with gusts as high as 70 mph produced some blowing
        dust.  The high winds damaged buildings...power and telephone
        lines...and signs.  Five people were injured in metro Denver
        as a result of the wind storm.  Blowing dust reduced
        visibility at times.  The winds were strong and gusty for
        most of the day.
16-17 In 1944...heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Northwest winds were sustained to 18 mph on
        the 16th.
16-18 In 2009...a potent spring storm brought heavy snow to locations
        in and near the Front Range Foothills.  A deep easterly
        upslope produced nearly 5 feet of snow in parts of the
        foothills.  The heavy snow resulted in the closure of
        Interstate 70...from Golden west to Vail...for approximately
        16 hours.  The heavy snow snapped power lines in Evergreen
        and Nederland.  The ensuing outages affected 14200
        residents.
        In the Front Range Foothills...storm totals included:  56
        inches...3 miles south of Rollinsville; 54 inches...3 miles
        southeast of Pinecliffe...43 inches at Aspen Springs...42
        inches at Evergreen...38 inches near Conifer; 37 inches at
        St. Mary`s Glacier...and 34 inches near Nederland.
        Along the Urban Corridor and Palmer Divide...the heaviest
        snow occurred above 5500 feet on the 17th.  Storm totals
        included:  22 inches...8.5 miles southwest of Franktown; 18
        inches...10 miles south-southeast of Buckley Air Force Base;
        17 inches near Cherry Creek and 7 miles south of Sedalia...
        16 inches...6.5 miles southwest of Castle Rock; 15 inches
        near Beverly Hills; 12 inches near Highlands Ranch and
        Lafayette...with 11 inches in Broomfield.  Elsewhere storm
        totals ranged from 4 to 10 inches.  Officially...only 2.6
        inches of snow was observed at Denver International Airport.
        The 24-hr precipitation for the day however was 1.16 inches...
        which established a new record for Aprtil 17th.

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