Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 010859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT MON AUG 1 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
18-2 In 1987...a streak of 16 consecutive days of 90 degrees
ranked 4th on the list of hot streaks. The record of
24 consecutive days was established in the summer of
1 In 1888...heavy rain in the mountains and foothills caused
flooding on Clear Creek in Golden. The high waters also
washed away portions of the railroad tracks in the canyon
between Idaho Springs and Golden.
In 1901...the temperature reached a high of 100 degrees in
In 1902...the high temperature climbed to 100 degrees in
In 1914...a thunderstorm produced 1.00 inch of rainfall in
just 21 minutes and north winds sustained at 43 mph with
gusts to 50 mph. Rainfall totaled 1.17 inches.
In 1938...the temperature climbed to a high of 100 degrees
in downtown Denver...which is the record maximum for the
date. The temperature was also recorded on this date in
In 1976...flight operations at Stapleton International Airport
were suspended for 90 minutes when the airport tower radar
was knocked out and water reached a foot deep on some taxi
ramps after 1.50 inches of rain fell in one hour. Heavy
rain also caused minor flooding in east Denver and Aurora
where lightning damaged the roof of a home and injured the
owner. One young man was swept down a flooded ditch...but
was rescued by firemen. A number of rafts were floated in
flooded streets. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 1.71 inches
at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1978...a tornado damaged a house and broke a power pole
5 miles northwest of Parker. A microburst wind gust to
52 mph briefly reduced visibility to 1 mile in blowing
dust at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1985...heavy thunderstorms roared through the southern and
western sections of metro Denver...producing large hail
and heavy rain. Lightning hit a recreational vehicle
trailer causing it to burn. There was a lot of street
flooding over western suburbs where rainfall totaled
over 2 inches in some areas. One inch diameter hail was
reported in Littleton and near Evergreen. Hail piled 4
to 6 inches deep at Tinytown in the foothills southwest
In 1990...a small rope-like tornado was spotted in open
country 15 miles southeast of Centennial Airport.
No damage was reported from the twister.
In 1992...pilots reported a funnel cloud near the
construction site of the new Denver International
Airport. A few minutes later...a tornado was reported
near Bennett. The tornado remained on the ground for
about 18 minutes and was visible from the National
Weather Service office at Stapleton International
Airport. Thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph were
reported near Bennett and Watkins with a wind gust
to 60 mph at Brighton. Two men were injured when
struck by lightning. A young man sustained serious
injuries when struck by lightning while jet skiing on
Cherry Creek Reservoir. A man received only minor
injuries when struck by lightning while golfing in
In 1994...heavy thunderstorm rains in the foothills west
of Denver caused the closure of the Virginia Canyon
road north of Idaho Springs by rocks and debris.
In 2001...a 34 year old man on the South Platte River bike
path in Denver received minor injuries when lightning
struck a nearby tree. Lightning...coupled with strong
thunderstorm winds...knocked out electrical power to
about 10 thousand homes and businesses in Golden.
In 2006...strong thunderstorms hit southern metro Denver.
A severe thunderstorm wind gust estimated to 71 mph
knocked down a tree in Aurora near Cherry Creek.
Lightning sparked a fire in a home near Lone Tree and
struck a transformer at an RTD Light Rail station at
Interstate 25 and Yosemite Street. Heavy thunderstorm
rainfall forced the closure of Arapahoe Road between
Holly and Quebec streets due to high water. Flooding
was also reported near Park Meadows Mall and Greenwood
Village. Heavy rainfall also caused flooding in
Highlands Ranch...Lone Tree...and Parker. Water up to
6 inches deep was reportedly running over the roads.