Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SUN FEB 19 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
17-19 In 2006...a cold spell resulted in 4 temperature records.
Low temperatures of 10 degrees below zero on the 17th...
13 degrees below zero on the 18th...and 4 degrees below
zero on the 19th were record minimums for those dates.
The high temperature of only 7 degrees on the 18th was
a record low maximum for the date. Light snow fell on
the 17th...but totaled less than half an inch at Denver
18-19 In 1954...a vigorous cold front produced north winds gusting
to 56 mph and a trace of snowfall at Stapleton Airport on
the 18th. Strong and gusty winds to 55 mph persisted
through the next day and caused some blowing dust.
In 1955...a storm dumped heavy snow across metro Denver. At
Stapleton Airport where north winds sustained to 28 mph
produced some blowing snow...snowfall totaled 8.8 inches.
18-20 In 1913...post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.9 inches in downtown
Denver over the 3 days. Most of the snow fell on the 19th.
Northeast winds were sustained to 21 mph with a measured
extreme velocity to 24 mph on the 18th.
In 1924...light snowfall totaled 4.6 inches over the 3 days.
This was the only measurable snowfall of the month. High
temperatures plunged from 45 degrees on the 18th to 17
degrees on the 20th. Low temperatures dipped from 31
degrees on the 18th to only 8 degrees on the 20th.
Northeast winds were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.
In 1953...a major blizzard dumped 10.6 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Strong north winds at sustained speeds
of 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 44 mph frequently
reduced visibilities to 1/4 mile in blowing snow during the
day of the 19th. The strong winds caused much drifting
snow...making accurate snowfall measurements almost
impossible. Precipitation from the storm totaled 1.13
inches. The 1.01 inches of precipitation on the 19th
was the greatest calendar day and 24 hour precipitation
ever recorded in the city during the month of February.
In 1987...large amounts of new snow fell in the Front Range
foothills. The foothills received 10 to 20 inches of new
snow with 4 to 8 inches on the adjacent plains. On the
19th...flight delays occurred at Stapleton International
Airport where snowfall totaled 4.2 inches and east winds
gusted to only 18 mph on the 19th. Schools were closed
in the foothills above Boulder.
19 In 1899...northwest winds sustained to 42 mph with gusts
to 45 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 56 degrees...
the highest reading of the month that year.
In 1980...high winds were reported in Boulder. Sustained
speeds of 50 to 60 mph with gusts to 85 mph were measured.
West winds gusted to 31 mph at Stapleton International
In 1986...chinook winds continued to buffet the eastern
foothills. Winds gusting from 60 to 75 mph were common
in the foothills. West winds gusted to 41 mph at Stapleton
In 1996...high winds gusting from 70 to 75 mph were reported
atop Table Mesa near Boulder. West winds gusted to 44 mph
at Denver International Airport.
In 2007...this was the last day of 61 consecutive days with
snow cover of 1 inch or more in Denver. This second
longest period of snow cover on record began with the
blizzard on December 20-21...2006...when 20.7 inches of snow
fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport where official snow measurements were taken.
Additional snowfall during December...January...and February
prolonged the event. Snow depth on the ground was measured
to the nearest inch once daily at 6:00 AM MST.
19-20 In 1937...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 8.4 inches over
downtown Denver. Most of the snow...6.6 inches...fell on the
20th when north winds were sustained to 16 mph with gusts
to 18 mph. The temperature dipped to a low of 9 degrees
on the 20th.
In 1939...post-frontal snowfall totaled 5.4 inches in the
city. The snow covered streets and highways with a coating
of ice as the temperature fell from 36 degrees at 2:00 PM on
the 19th to a low of 4 degrees at 3:00 AM on the 20th. Many
motorists were marooned for several hours. Northeast winds
were sustained to 24 mph on the 19th.
19-21 In 1971...heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport where north winds gusted to only
16 mph. Most of the snow occurred on the 19th and 20th.
The 24 hour snowfall of 8.2 inches was the greatest in
February since 1953.