Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 110959
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
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
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
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.