Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 150859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT OCT 15 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
13-16 In 1873...smoke from several large forest fires in the mountains
made the air very hazy in the city.
15 In 1871...a terrible wind occurred during a snow storm in the
foothills above Boulder. Damage was minor.
In 1878...high winds reached sustained speeds of 60 mph at
In 1911...post-frontal northwest winds were sustained to
41 mph with gusts to 43 mph.
In 1948...strong winds struck the Boulder area. Winds
averaged 50 mph at Valmont just east of Boulder. Wind
gusts in excess of 60 mph were recorded at the Boulder
airport. Wind gusts to 40 mph briefly reduced the
visibility to 1 1/2 miles in blowing dust at Stapleton
In 1980...a rare October tornado touched down in Boulder...
damaging a vocational training building and throwing three
nearby cars together damaging them extensively. A mile and
half away several camper vehicles were thrown 200 feet.
The storm also produced 1 inch diameter hail in the Boulder
15-16 In 1928...a thunderstorm produced hail shortly after midnight
on the 15th. Rain changed to snow by evening. Through the
afternoon of the 16th...the heavy snowfall totaled 7.3 inches
in the city. North winds were sustained to 23 mph on the
In 1984...the heaviest October snowstorm in several years hit
eastern Colorado with a vengeance. The storm was known as
the "Bronco Blizzard" since it occurred during a nationally
televised Monday night football game in Denver; they held
on and defeat Green Bay by a score of 17-14. One to two
feet of snow fell near the foothills in west metro Denver
with 2 to 3 feet in the foothills. Wind gusts up to
55 mph whipped the snow into drifts as high as 4 feet.
The storm closed schools...roads...and airports. I-70
was closed both east and west of Denver. I-25 was closed
south to Colorado Springs. Flights were delayed for
several hours at Stapleton International Airport. Power
outages were widespread. Snowfall totaled 9.2 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusting
as high as 40 mph caused frequent surface visibilities of
1/4 to 1/2 mile in moderate to heavy snow and blowing snow
overnight. The high temperature of only 35 degrees on the
15th was a record low maximum for the date.
15-17 In 1989...an autumn snowstorm hit metro Denver with 2 to 6
inches of snow. Snowfall totaled 4.4 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where the maximum snow depth on the
ground was only 3 inches due to melting and north winds
gusted to 25 mph on the 15th. The heavy wet snow caused
leafy branches to sag onto power lines...resulting in a
number of power outages. Five thousand homes were blacked
out in Boulder on the 16th. Up to a foot of snow fell in
the higher foothills with 19 inches recorded at Echo Lake.