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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
259 AM MST FRI JAN 16 2015

...TODAY IN METRO DENVER WEATHER HISTORY...

13-16 IN 1888...A COLD AIR MASS SETTLED OVER THE CITY AND CAUSED
        TEMPERATURES TO PLUNGE WELL BELOW ZERO ON FOUR CONSECUTIVE
        DAYS...BUT ONLY ONE TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS SET.  MINIMUM
        TEMPERATURES DIPPED TO 4 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 13TH...
        19 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 14TH...20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO
        ON THE 15TH...AND 11 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 16TH.  THE
        MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 4 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE
        14TH WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.  NORTH WINDS
        WERE SUSTAINED TO 30 MPH ON THE 13TH.
14-21 IN 1930...A PROTRACTED COLD SPELL OCCURRED WHEN LOW TEMPERATURES
        PLUNGED BELOW ZERO ON 8 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.  THE COLDEST LOW
        TEMPERATURES OF 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 17TH AND 19
        DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 16TH WERE RECORD MINIMUMS FOR
        THE DATES.  HIGH TEMPERATURES DURING THE PERIOD RANGED FROM
        18 ON THE 18TH TO ZERO ON THE 20TH.  TWO DEGREES ON THE
        15TH WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE DATE.
15-16 IN 1967...A MAJOR WINDSTORM STRUCK BOULDER.  THE STORM WAS
        DESCRIBED AT THE TIME AS THE WORST SINGLE WINDSTORM IN THE
        HISTORY OF BOULDER IN TERMS OF DAMAGE.  WINDS REACHED 125
        MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH AND AT
        BOULDER AIRPORT.  WINDS GUSTED TO 84 MPH DOWNTOWN.  DAMAGE
        TOTALED A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN BOULDER WHERE SOME MINOR
        INJURIES WERE REPORTED.  AT THE BOULDER MUNICIPAL AIRPORT...
        14 LIGHT AIRPLANES WERE SEVERELY DAMAGED.  THE SECOND FLOOR
        OF A WAREHOUSE WAS BLOWN DOWN...DAMAGING TWO NEARBY MOVING
        VANS.  A MOBILE HOME WAS BLOWN OVER SOUTH OF BOULDER...
        INJURING ONE WOMAN.  THE ROOF OF A DEPARTMENT STORE WAS
        BLOWN IN.  THERE WAS WIDESPREAD DAMAGE TO HOUSES...AUTOS...
        AND POWER LINES FROM WIND AND FLYING DEBRIS.  STRONG WINDS
        ALSO OCCURRED IN DENVER AND GOLDEN...BUT DAMAGE WAS ONLY
        MINOR.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT...WEST WINDS
        GUSTED TO 43 MPH ON THE 15TH AND TO 45 MPH ON THE 16TH.
      IN 1981...HEAVY SNOW OF 6 TO 10 INCHES ACCUMULATED ACROSS
        METRO DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 1.8 INCHES AT STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE EAST WINDS GUSTED TO 21 MPH ON
        THE 15TH.
      IN 1991...A PACIFIC STORM SYSTEM MOVED ACROSS METRO DENVER.
        SNOWFALL TOTALED 3 TO 7 INCHES WITH 3 INCHES IN AURORA...
        DENVER...AND CASTLE ROCK...4 INCHES IN ARVADA...AND 7 INCHES
        AT SOUTH PLATTE STATION JUST SOUTHWEST OF DENVER.
        SNOWFALL TOTALED ONLY 2.9 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 21 MPH ON THE 16TH.
      IN 2001...HEAVY SNOW FELL ACROSS THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS
        AND URBAN CORRIDOR.  THE COMBINATION OF CARELESS DRIVING
        AND SNOWPACKED HIGHWAYS RESULTED IN 3 MULTI-VEHICLE
        ACCIDENTS INVOLVING 30 VEHICLES...ALONG I-25 IN DOUGLAS
        COUNTY.  ELEVEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED AND ONE WAS KILLED.
        SNOW AMOUNTS INCLUDED:  11 INCHES IN EVERGREEN; 10 INCHES
        AT ELDORADO SPRINGS AND GENESEE; 8 INCHES AT BROOMFIELD...
        KEN CARYL RANCH...AND THORNTON; AND 5 TO 7 INCHES IN
        ARVADA...BAILEY...CROW HILL...GROSS RESERVOIR...LAKEWOOD...
        LOUISVILLE...WESTMINSTER...AND NEAR LOVELAND.  SNOWFALL
        TOTALED 2.7 INCHES AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON
        INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
15-23 IN 1962...A PROTRACTED COLD SPELL KEPT METRO DENVER IN THE
        DEEP FREEZE FOR MORE THAN A WEEK.  FROM THE 15TH THRU THE
        23RD...LOW TEMPERATURES WERE ZERO OR BELOW FOR 9 CONSECUTIVE
        DAYS...BUT A DAILY RECORD LOW WAS SET ONLY ON THE 22ND WHEN
        THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO 14 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.  A RECORD
        LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE WAS ALSO SET ON THE 22ND WHEN THE
        TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO ONLY 11 DEGREES.  THE COLDEST HIGH
        TEMPERATURE WAS 3 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO ON THE 21ST...WHICH DID
        NOT BREAK THE RECORD.  THE PROTRACTED COLD WAS BROKEN FOR
        ONLY A FEW HOURS ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 20TH WHEN CHINOOK
        WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 38 DEGREES BEFORE
        ANOTHER SURGE OF COLD ARCTIC AIR PLUNGED TEMPERATURES
        BACK INTO THE DEEP FREEZE THAT EVENING.  THE SEVERE COLD
        CAUSED MUCH DAMAGE TO WATER SYSTEMS.  A WOMAN WAS FROZEN TO
        DEATH AT MORRISON.  THERE WERE OTHER DEATHS ATTRIBUTABLE TO
        THE WEATHER...INCLUDING TRAFFIC DEATHS AND HEART ATTACKS
        FROM OVEREXERTION.
16    IN 1911...A TRACE OF RAIN FELL...A RARE EVENT IN JANUARY.
      IN 1935...RAINFALL WAS 0.01 INCH DURING THE AFTERNOON...A
        RARE EVENT IN JANUARY.
      IN 1989...WIND GUSTS TO 80 MPH WERE REPORTED IN SOUTHWEST
        BOULDER.  WINDS REACHED 100 MPH AT ROLLINSVILLE IN THE
        FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER.  IN GOLDEN...THE WIND BLEW
        A 25-FOOT TRAILER THROUGH A FENCE AND FLIPPED IT OVER.
        WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 37 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL
        AIRPORT WHERE THE CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE
        TO A HIGH OF 49 DEGREES.
16-17 IN 1886...A BRIEF COLD SPELL RESULTED IN TWO TEMPERATURE
        RECORDS.  HIGH TEMPERATURES OF ZERO DEGREES ON THE 16TH
        AND 2 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 17TH WERE BOTH RECORD
        LOW MAXIMUMS FOR THE DATES.  LOW TEMPERATURES OF
        8 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 16TH AND 16 DEGREES BELOW
        ZERO ON THE 17TH WERE NOT RECORDS.
      IN 1930...TEMPERATURES PLUNGING WELL BELOW ZERO RESULTED
        IN TWO RECORDS.  LOW TEMPERATURES OF 19 DEGREES BELOW
        ZERO ON THE 16TH AND 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 17TH
        WERE RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES FOR THE DATES.  HIGH
        TEMPERATURES WERE 4 DEGREES ON THE 16TH AND 15 DEGREES
        ON THE 17TH.  LIGHT SNOWFALL TOTALED 4.0 INCHES.  NORTH
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 18 MPH ON THE 16TH.
      IN 1964...HIGH WINDS STRUCK THE EASTERN FOOTHILLS.  GALE
        VELOCITY WINDS WERE RECORDED IN BOULDER WITH GUSTS TO 83
        MPH MEASURED AT ROCKY FLATS.  SEVERAL AIRPLANES WERE
        DAMAGED AT THE JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT IN BROOMFIELD.
        ROOFS...WALLS...AND PARTS OF BUILDINGS WERE BLOWN AWAY AT
        VARIOUS LOCATIONS.  POWER POLES AND TREES WERE BLOWN OVER.
16-18 IN 1943...LIGHT SNOWFALL TOTALED 3.2 INCHES OVER THE 3 DAYS.
        THIS WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOW OF THE MONTH.  NORTH
        WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 20 MPH ON THE 16TH.
      IN 2011...VERY STRONG WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH AN UPPER LEVEL
        JETSTREAM OVER COLORADO PRODUCED BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN
        THE MOUNTAINS ABOVE TIMBERLINE.  PEAK WIND GUSTS
        INCLUDED:  99 MPH ATOP LOVELAND PASS...94 MPH...2 MILES
        SOUTHWEST OF MARY JANE...80 MPH ATOP BERTHOUD PASS AND
        79 MPH ATOP NIWOT RIDGE.  STORM TOTALS IN THE SKI AREAS
        WEST OF DENVER RANGED FROM 8 TO 14 INCHES.

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