Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 040859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON APR 4 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
31-4 In 1905...much rain and some snow occurred over the 5 days
behind an apparent cold front. Precipitation totaled 2.00
inches. There was a thunderstorm on the 3rd. Snowfall
totaled 3.0 inches on the 4th. North winds were sustained
to 34 mph on the 1st and 2nd and to 30 mph on the 3rd.
High temperatures during the period ranged from the upper
30`s to the lower 40`s. Low temperatures were in the upper
20`s and lower 30`s.
2-4 In 1934...snowfall totaled 8.2 inches in downtown Denver
from the afternoon of the 2nd through the early morning
of the 4th. Most of the snow...6.8 inches...fell on the 3rd.
Rain changed to snow behind a strong cold front on the
afternoon of the 2nd. The cold front first appeared as a
long-cigar shaped squall cloud to the north of the city.
Strong north winds at sustained speeds of 33 mph with
gusts to 43 mph produced much blowing dust and an abrupt
fall in temperature...from a high of 68 on the 2nd to a
low of 22 on the 3rd.
In 1964...a major storm dumped 10.9 inches of heavy wet snow
on Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusted to 35 mph. Most of the snow...10.0 inches...fell on
2-5 In 1918...snowfall totaled 12.4 inches over downtown Denver.
Most of the snow fell on the 3rd and 4th. Temperatures
were in the 20`s and 30`s. Northwest winds were sustained
to 24 mph on the 2nd.
3-5 In 1996...the foothills west of Denver received 6 to 8 inches
of new snow. Only 0.8 inch of snow fell at the site of
the former Stapleton International Airport...along with
some freezing drizzle on the 4th and 5th. North-northeast
winds gusted to 30 mph at Denver International Airport
on the 3rd.
3-6 In 1898...snowfall totaled 8.7 inches in downtown Denver
over the 4 days. Northeast winds were sustained to
48 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph on the 3rd.
In 1983...a prolonged heavy snow storm blanketed the area
along with very cold temperatures. The greatest amounts
of snow fell in the foothills where 24 to 42 inches
were measured. A foot of snow fell in Boulder. Snow
fell for 50 consecutive hours at Stapleton International
Airport on the 3rd through the 5th with a total snowfall
of 8.8 inches and a maximum accumulation on the ground of
6 inches on the 5th. In Denver...the mercury failed to rise
above freezing for 3 consecutive days...on the 4th...5th...and
6th...for the first time ever in April. Five daily
temperature records were set from the 4th through the 6th.
Record low temperatures of 12 degrees occurred on the 5th
with 7 degrees on the 6th. Record low maximum temperatures
of 25 degrees occurred on the 4th...27 degrees on the 5th...
and 28 degrees on the 6th.
4 In 1888...southwest winds were sustained to 40 mph.
In 1915...chinook winds from the northwest were sustained
to 40 mph with gusts to 43 mph. The winds warmed the
temperature from a low of 44 degrees to a high of 67
In 1935...light dust enveloped the city during the day
on southwest winds sustained to 23 mph with gusts to
In 1985...north winds gusted to 53 mph at Stapleton
International Airport where the visibility was briefly
reduced to less than a mile by blowing dust and a snow
In 1987...microburst winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
In 1997...heavy snow developed over western portions of metro
Denver and along the Palmer Divide. As a strong surface
low pressure system intensified over the plains...moist
upslope flow developed across metro Denver producing
strong north winds at 20 to 40 mph and some blowing snow.
Snowfall totaled 12 inches at Conifer with 4 to 7 inches
at Crowhill...Evergreen...and Morrison. Thunderstorm rain
changed to snow across the city with 2.0 inches of snowfall
measured at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport where precipitation (rain and melted snow) totaled
0.70 inch. North-northwest winds gusted to 43 mph at Denver
4-5 In 1900...rain changed to heavy snow and totaled 7.8 inches in
downtown Denver overnight. A thunderstorm on the 4th
produced hail. Precipitation totaled 1.50 inches.
In 1911...north to northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph
on the 4th and to 41 mph on the 5th.
In 2002...a whitish-colored haze engulfed metro Denver on both
days. The haze was the result of a huge wind storm that
kicked up dust and sand from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia
and China during the latter half of March. Westerly winds
aloft transported the dust cloud across the Pacific Ocean
and over the western United States...depositing some of it
In 2009...a blizzard developed over the Northeast Plains of
Colorado. Most of the Urban Corridor was spared from the
blizzard...with the exception of eastern Adams and eastern
Arapahoe Counties. The combination of strong wind and
heavy snow snapped 14 power lines along State Highway 36...
near Strasburg. In Arapahoe County...7 poles were snapped
in Bennett. Interstate 70 was closed in both directions
east of Denver. At Denver International Airport...a peak
wind gust of 63 mph was observed from the north...breaking
the previous record of 62 mph established in 1986.
Officially...only 0.3 inches of snowfall was measured at
Denver International Airport.
4-7 In 1909...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow on the
afternoon of the 4th and continued through mid-morning of
the 7th. Total snowfall was 18.7 inches...but most of the
snow...14.0 inches...fell from 6:00 PM on the 4th to 6:00 PM
on the 5th. North to northeast winds were sustained to
32 mph on the 4th and to 30 mph on the 7th. Total
precipitation from the storm was 1.78 inches.