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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT THU MAY 12 2016

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

10-12 In 2011...a spring snowstorm brought heavy snow to the Front
        Range Foothills and Palmer Divide. Storm totals included:
        18 inches...4 miles south-southeast of Pinecliffe; 16 inches
        in Coal Creek Canyon; 15 inches...4 miles west-southwest of
        Eldorado Springs; 13 inches at Gold Hill...12 inches...4
        miles west-southwest of Conifer and 4 miles northwest of
        Elizabeth; 11.5 inches...6 miles southwest of Evergreen and
        4 miles east-northeast of Nederland; 11 inches...3 miles
        east of Jamestown and 10.5 inches...3 miles east of
        Franktown and 3 miles south of Golden and 10 inches...10
        miles north of Elizabeth. At Denver International Airport...
        1 inch of snowfall was observed.
11-12 In 2014...A strong storm system moved from southwest Colorado
        and produced heavy snow in and near the Front Range Foothills
        and metro Denver.  The snow was heaviest in the foothills
        where up to 2 1/2 feet of snow was observed. In the foothills...
        storm totals included: 30 inches near Pinecliffe; 29 inches...
        8 miles northeast of Four Corners; 28 inches near Pingree
        Park; 27 inches near Allenspark; 20.5 inches near Idaho
        Springs; 19.5 inches at Gold Hill; 19 inches near Genesee; 18
        inches near Blackhawk; 17 inches at Aspen Springs; 16.5 inches
        near Ward; 13.5 inches at Bergen Park; with 11 inches at
        Evergreen.  Along Urban Corridor and Palmer Divide...storm
        totals included: 10.5 inches at Eldorado Springs; 10 inches at
        Ken Caryl; 9 inches at Superior; 8 inches near Morrison; 7.5
        inches in Broomfield and Highlands Ranch; 7 inches in Denver...
        near Franktown...Golden...Lakewood and Highlands Ranch; 6
        inches...5 miles northeast of Westminster...7 miles south of
        Lyons and near Parker; with 5.5 inches at Aurora. At Denver
        International Airport...1.1 inches of snowfall was observed...
        along with 0.9 inches of water.
12    In 1875...two forest fires on the eastern slope of the
        foothills were visible from the city.
      In 1904...north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
        to 48 mph.
      In 1950...brilliant and complete primary and secondary
        rainbows arching across the sky were observed from
        Stapleton Airport.
      In 1951...a wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at Stapleton
      In 1984...winds gusted to 69 mph in Boulder.  Northwest winds
        gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1987...a small weak tornado touched down for about 2
        minutes in southeast Denver.  The twister hit a car
        dealership...blowing about a dozen windows out of cars and
        shattering four skylights on the building.  Some tin
        roofing was blown off a patio a block and a half away.  The
        tornado also downed a power pole.  Damage at the dealership
        was estimated at 10 thousand dollars.  A man was slightly
        injured by lightning in northwest Aurora.
      In 1995...several funnel clouds were sighted near Parker.
        One of the funnels produced a short-lived debris cloud
        on the ground in an open field.  No damage was reported.
12-13 In 1907...the temperature warmed to a high of 73 degrees on
        the 12th...before a cold front produced a thunderstorm...
        northeast winds sustained to 40 mph...and rain changing to
        light snow overnight.  Snowfall totaled only 2 inches...but
        the high temperature on the 13th was only 39 degrees.
      In 1961...a storm that covered metro Denver with rain and snow
        started as thunderstorms on the evening of the 12th.  Hail
        to 1 1/2 inches in diameter was reported 10 miles northwest
        of Stapleton Airport.  Rain continued overnight and changed
        to snow on the 13th.  Snowfall totaled 6.4 inches and
        precipitation (rain and melted snow) 1.96 inches at
        Stapleton Airport where north winds gusted to 39 mph.  The
        rain and heavy wet snow caused icing damage to utility
        lines.  Heavy snow occurred in the foothills.
      In 1982...a major storm dumped 1.50 to 3.50 inches of rain
        across northeast Colorado and deposited prodigious amounts
        of snow in the foothills.  Coal Creek Canyon southwest of
        Boulder was buried under 46 inches of snow with 39 inches
        at Nederland.  The heavy wet snow downed many powerlines in
        the foothills.  In Thornton...the roof of a school was
        damaged by water from the heavy rain.  At Stapleton
        International Airport...1.49 inches of rain were measured
        over the two day period.  The heavy rain ended a severe and
        prolonged drought.
      In 2004...a winter storm produced heavy snow in excess of a
        foot in the foothills above 6 thousand feet while heavy
        rain fell across the city.  The heaviest snow occurred in
        the high country of Boulder County.  Storm total snowfall
        was 14.5 inches near Jamestown.  Rainfall totaled 0.81 inch
        at Denver International Airport with 0.94 inch recorded at
        Denver Stapleton.  A trace of snow was recorded at both
        locations.  East winds gusted to 24 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 12th.

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