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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT DEC 30 2017

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

25-31 In 1980...temperatures were unusually warm during the week
        between Christmas and New Year`s.  High temperatures for
        the week ranged from the mid-50`s to the mid-70`s.  Four
        temperature records were set.  Record highs occurred on
        the 26th with 68 degrees...the 27th with 75 degrees...and
        the 30th with 71 degrees.  A record high minimum
        temperature of 41 degrees occurred on the 27th.
29-30 In 1898...heavy snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Northeast winds were sustained to 35 mph with
        gusts to 40 mph on the 29th.
      In 1912...strong winds buffeted Boulder...causing hundreds of
        dollars damage.  The winds were described as one of the
        most terrific in the history of the city.
      In 1923...a cold wave caused temperatures to plunge 58
        degrees in 24 hours.  The temperature was 54 degrees at
        2:00 PM on the 29th and only 4 degrees below zero at the
        same time on the 30th.  The low temperature of 14 degrees
        on the 29th was the high temperature on the 30th.  The low
        temperature on the 30th dipped to 10 degrees below zero.
        Light snowfall totaled only 0.7 inch.  Northeast winds
        were sustained to 23 mph on the 29th.
      In 2008...very strong Chinook winds blasted areas in and near
        the foothills of Boulder and Jefferson Counties.  The wind
        blew down trees and power poles...downed electrical lines
        and fences...and damaged homes and vehicles.  Scattered
        power outages were reported along the Front Range.  In
        Metropolitan Denver alone...24000 Xcel customers were
        affected by the outages.  Four planed were damaged at the
        Vance Brand Municipal Airport in Longmont...one was heavily
        damaged.  Insurance companies estimated up to 7 million
        dollars in damage.  Peak wind gusts included 87 mph at the
        National Wind Technology Center...86 mph...2 miles north of
        Longmont; 77 mph at Erie...and 75 mph at Lafayette.  On the
        30th...a peak wind gust to 47 mph was recorded at Denver
        International Airport. .
30    In 1875...snow fell from the early morning into the early
        evening.  While the amount of snowfall was not recorded...
        precipitation from melted snow totaled 0.53 inch.
        Good sleighing was reported...so snowfall must have been
        5 inches or more.
      In 1895...northwest winds were sustained to 60 mph in the
        city.
      In 1897...west winds sustained to 52 mph with gusts to 60
        mph warmed the temperature to a high of 55 degrees.
      In 1912...west winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts to
        52 mph.  The chinook winds warmed the temperature to a
        high of 50 degrees.
      In 1928...snowfall was 0.1 inch in downtown Denver.  This
        was the only measurable snow of the month...ranking the
        month the third least snowiest on record in the city.
      In 1990...strong downslope winds buffeted the eastern
        foothills.  Wind gusts to 91 mph were recorded atop Table
        Mesa in southwest Boulder...while a gust to 94 mph was
        clocked at Rollinsville.  The high winds caused whiteout
        conditions due to blowing snow along some highways south
        and north of Boulder.  The high winds downed power lines
        near the Rocky Flats plant south of Boulder.
      In 1998...high winds continued to buffet areas in and near
        the foothills.  Near Evergreen...a 100-foot-high blue
        spruce crashed down on the roof of a home...splitting the
        corrugated metal roof in half.  Fortunately...the tree...
        which measured 10 feet in circumference...only penetrated
        the home`s interior in a few places.  Peak wind reports
        included:  90 mph at Wondervu...88 mph at the Rocky Flats
        Test Facility...83 mph near Conifer...and 82 mph atop Blue
        Mountain near Coal Creek Canyon.  West winds gusted to
        39 mph at Denver International Airport.
30-31 In 1887...heavy snow totaled 6.5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Most of the snow...4.5 inches...fell on the 31st.  North
        winds were sustained to 18 mph.
      In 1928...snowfall of 0.6 inch was the only measurable snow
        of the month in the city.
      In 1947...post-frontal heavy snow totaled 6.3 inches over
        downtown Denver.  Most of the snow fell on the 30th.
        North winds were sustained to 17 mph on the 30th.
      In 1995...the foothills west of Denver received 5 to 9 inches
        of new snow...except for Bailey where 11 inches of snow were
        measured.  No snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.

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