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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI NOV 11 2016

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

10-11 In 1911...a strong cold front produced snow and a cold wave.
        The temperature dropped 68 degrees from a high of 66 degrees
        at 12:40 PM on the 10th to a low of 2 degrees below zero at
        7:15 AM on the 11th.  The low temperature of 23 degrees at
        midnight on the 10th was also the high temperature on the
        11th.  Northeast winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts
        to 51 mph.  Snowfall was only 2.5 inches.
      In 1982...up to 4 inches of snow fell over the higher terrain
        between Denver and Colorado Springs.  Winds gusted to 50
        mph along the foothills.  Rainfall totaled 0.27 inch
        with only 0.1 inch of snow on the 11th at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to 39 mph.
        Dense fog with visibilities as low as zero persisted all day
        on the 10th.
10-13 In 2014...an Arctic cold front associated with a strong storm
        system over the northern Rockies blasted into northeastern
        Colorado.  The temperature in Denver plummeted from the high
        of 64 degrees at 4:37 pm to 34 degrees by 5:53 pm.  The
        temperatures continued to fall and dropped into the teens
        by early evening.  The Arctic airmass remained entrenched
        over the region...with the high temperatures failing to reach
        the teens from the 11th through the 13th.  This was the first
        time since records have been taken in Denver...dating back to
        1872...that there were three consecutive days with the
        maximum temperatures remained below 20 degrees in the month
        of November.  In addition to the frigid temperatures...0.1
        inch of snowfall was observed on 11th at Denver International
        Airport...which marked the first measureable snowfall for the
        season. An additional 2.2 inches of snowfall was measured on
        the 12th.  Several temperature records were broken.  A
        record low max of 16 degrees on the 11th broke the previous
        record of 19 set back in 1916.  A record low max of 6 degrees
        on the 12th broke the previous record of 9 degrees...also set
        in 1916.  The record low of -13 on the 12th...shattered the
        previous record of -4 degrees set back in 1872.  Even more
        impressive...the record low of -14 degrees on the 13th broke
        the previous record of -3 degrees set back in 1916.
11    In 1901...a trace of rain fell in the morning...and a trace of
        snow fell in the afternoon.  This was the only snowfall and
        precipitation for the month...ranking it the driest November
        on record...along with November of 1899 and 1949.  The month
        also ranks as the second least snowiest November...along with
        Novembers in other years.
      In 1903...northwest winds sustained to 45 mph with gusts to
        56 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 56 degrees.
      In 1912...rain changed to snow...which became heavy...and totaled
        6.5 inches over downtown Denver.  Precipitation was 1.02
        inches...the greatest calendar day precipitation ever recorded
        in November.  Northeast winds were sustained to 27 mph with
        gusts to 29 mph.
      In 1919...light snow fell from an apparent clear sky during the
        early afternoon.  The first snow was observed at about 12:40
        PM and continued at least 30 minutes before clouds could be
        seen forming...followed by the sky becoming totally cloudy.
        During this time the temperature fell from 50 degrees at
        noon to only 18 degrees at 100 PM and plunged to 6 degrees
        at 5:45 PM.  A low temperature of 2 degrees was recorded
        overnight.  Northeast winds were sustained to 33 mph with
        gusts to 36 mph between noon and 1:00 PM behind an apparent
        Arctic cold front.  Snowfall was only 0.1 inch.
      In 1949...north winds gusted to 50 mph at Stapleton Airport.
        A trace of rain fell.  Another trace of rain on the 15th was
        the only precipitation of the month...making the month one of
        the driest Novembers on record and the least snowiest with
        no snow.  This was the first November since 1882 without
        snow.
      In 1959...strong northwest winds struck Boulder and the
        foothills causing some damage.  West winds gusted to
        37 mph at Stapleton Airport.
      In 1995...strong downslope winds gusting to 84 mph blew out
        a few car windows in Boulder County.  Winds gusted to
        69 mph at Golden...Lakewood...and Table Mesa in Boulder.
        West-northwest winds gusted to 43 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
      In 2000...heavy snow occurred in the foothills southwest
        of Denver and over Monument Ridge south of Denver.
        Snowfall totals included:  6.5 inches near Parker...
        6 inches near Bergen Park...5 inches at Genesee and
        near Sedalia...and 4 inches at Coal Creek Canyon and
        St. Mary`s Glacier.  Snowfall totaled 1.6 inches at
        the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2003...strong downslope winds developed along the Front
        Range.  Peak wind reports included 91 mph atop Blue
        Mountain near Wondervu and 75 mph in Boulder.
        Damaging winds downed power lines in Boulder County.
        North of Golden...a semi-truck was blown over by the
        winds near the intersection of State Highways 72 and 93
        atop Rocky Flats.  At the same location...blowing rocks
        shattered several car windows at an RTD Park and Ride.
        West winds gusted to 40 mph at Denver International
        Airport.
11-12 In 1922...a major storm dumped 14.1 inches of snowfall
        over downtown Denver.  The most snow on the ground
        was 10.5 inches at 6:00 PM on the 12th.  North winds
        were sustained to 21 mph on the 11th.  Temperatures
        were generally in the teens and 20`s.
      In 1964...strong winds in Boulder caused power outages and
        minor damage.  Winds gusted to 42 mph in downtown Boulder.
        At Stapleton International Airport west winds gusted to
        36 mph on the 11th and 35 mph on the 12th.
      In 1976...snow and freezing drizzle caused icing on bridges...
        overpasses and some main roads.  The elevated portion of
        I-70 was closed for a time during the afternoon of the
        11th.  Snowfall totaled only 0.8 inch at Stapleton
        International Airport...where northeast winds gusted
        to 20 mph on the 11th.
      In 1989...the temperature climbed to a maximum of 76 degrees
        on both days...setting new record highs for each day.
      In 1995...hurricane force downslope winds whipped across the
        Front Range foothills overnight.  The National Center for
        Atmospheric Research in Boulder registered a peak wind
        gust to 124 mph with several more wind gusts over 100 mph.
        Utility poles and power lines were downed...leaving several
        hundred homes in Boulder without power.  Windows were blown
        out of cars in Boulder.  Other reports of strong wind gusts
        included:  108 mph atop Squaw Mountain west of Denver...104
        mph at Table Mesa in Boulder...99 mph at Golden Gate Canyon...
        85 mph at the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site...
        69 mph at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield...and
        62 mph in Lakewood.  West-northwest wind gusts to 40 mph
        were recorded at Denver International Airport on the 12th.
11-14 In 1970...heavy snowfall totaled 7.2 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where northeast winds gusted
        to 22 mph on the 12th and 14th.  Most of the snow...
        4.2 inches...fell on the 12th.

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