Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 120859
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
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
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.