Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 210859
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT TUE MAR 21 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
18-21 In 1907...a warm spell resulted in 6 daily temperature
records. Record maximum temperatures of 82 degrees
occurred on the 18th with 81 degrees on the 19th and
80 degrees on the 20th. Record high minimum temperatures
of 52 degrees occurred on the 19th and 20th with 54
degrees on the 21st.
19-21 In 1888...heavy snowfall totaled 8.6 inches over downtown
Denver. North winds were sustained to 27 mph on the 19th.
20-21 In 1878...warm days with high temperatures in the lower
70`s in the city...caused snow to melt on the Palmer
Divide...which caused the waters in Cherry Creek to rise.
The high...rapid running water damaged a home and eroded
bridge footings and abutments. Some bridges became unsafe
for the passage of trains.
In 1904...southwest winds sustained to 48 mph with gusts
to 60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 68 degrees
on the 20th. The high was only 42 degrees on the 21st
behind a cold front...which produced 1.3 inches of snow
and northeast winds sustained to 27 mph overnight.
In 1923...post-frontal rain changed to heavy snow and
totaled 8.2 inches over the city. North winds were
sustained to 27 mph with gusts to 29 mph on the 20th.
This was the second major snow in a week.
In 1932...rain changed to heavy snow...which totaled 6.2
inches in downtown Denver. North winds gusted to 22 mph
on the 21st.
In 1948...heavy snowfall totaled 7.2 inches over downtown
In 1952...a major snow storm produced north wind gusts to 35
mph and dumped 16.9 inches of snowfall on Stapleton
Airport. The maximum snow depth on the ground was 13
inches due to melting.
In 2000...heavy snow fell in and near the foothills of
Douglas and Jefferson counties. Snowfall totals
included: 9 inches near Tiny Town and 7 inches in
Littleton. Snowfall totaled only 1.8 inches at the
site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
North winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International
Airport on the 20th.
20-22 In 1944...heavy snow fell over metro Denver for a total of
36 hours. The storm dumped 18.5 inches of snowfall over
downtown Denver and 12.2 inches at Stapleton Airport.
Fortunately...there were no strong winds with the storm.
North winds to only 19 mph were recorded on the 21st.
21 In 1898...an apparent Canadian cold front produced strong
winds and plunged temperatures from a high of 56 degrees
to a low of 8 degrees late in the day. North winds were
sustained to 48 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
In 1908...light snowfall of 1.3 inches produced 0.10 inch
of precipitation. This...along with the 0.01 inch of
precipitation on the 8th...resulted in the driest March
on record with a total of 0.11 inch of precipitation.
In 1916...southwest winds were sustained to 46 mph with a
gust to 48 mph. The chinook winds warmed the temperature
to a high of 62 degrees.
In 1923...heavy snowfall totaled 8.0 inches in downtown
In 1953...northwest winds gusting to 57 mph briefly reduced
visibility to 3/4 miles in blowing dust at Stapleton
In 1981...rain changed rapidly to snow...but totaled only
2.8 inches at Stapleton International Airport. North
winds gusting to 35 mph produced much blowing snow and
reduced the visibility to a half mile at times. Over the
higher elevations of south metro Denver...4 to 6 inches of
snow were measured.
21-22 In 1955...wind gusts to 98 mph were recorded at Rocky Flats
south of Boulder. Some damage and a few minor injuries
were reported in Boulder. Northwest winds were sustained
to 28 mph with gusts to 39 mph at Stapleton Airport on the
In 1966...a vigorous cold front produced only 1.7 inches of
snowfall at Stapleton International Airport...but northeast
winds gusted to 49 mph on the 21st. Temperatures cooled
from a maximum of 66 degrees on the 21st to a minimum of
14 degrees on the 22nd. Strong winds occurred on both
In 1992...an Arctic cold front produced upslope snow across
metro Denver mainly west of I-25. Castle Rock reported 6
inches of snow with 3 inches at Evergreen. At Stapleton
International Airport...only 1.5 inches of snowfall were
measured and northeast winds gusted to 18 mph on the 21st.