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Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 020959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST FRI DEC 2 2016
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
30-2 In 1975...very strong chinook winds up to 100 mph caused
damage to homes...aircraft...aircraft hangars...mobile homes...
cars...and power lines along the eastern foothills. Strong
northwest winds gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International
Airport on both the 30th and the 1st.
1-2 In 1933...apparent post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 8.0
inches across downtown Denver. North winds were sustained
to 17 mph with an extreme velocity to 18 mph on the 1st.
In 1981 strong winds gusted to over 70 mph along the
foothills. A peak gust to 100 mph was recorded at
Wondervu. A gust to 94 mph was recorded just west of
Boulder. Roofs on houses were damaged in the Evergreen
area...and some mobile homes also were damaged. At
Stapleton International Airport...northwest winds gusted
44 mph on the 1st and 37 mph on the 2nd.
1-5 In 1913...the 1st marked the start of the heaviest 5-day
total snowfall in the city`s history. During this period
snowfall totaled 45.7 inches. Starting on the 1st...snow
fell intermittently for 3 days and accumulated a little
over 8 inches. On the 4th and 5th...an additional 37.4
inches of snow fell. At Georgetown in the foothills west
of Denver even more snow fell...86 inches over the 5 days
with the most...63 inches...on the 4th. In Colorado...snowfall
was heavy along the eastern slopes of the mountains from the
Palmer Divide north. High winds during the storm caused
heavy drifting...which blocked all transportation. Snow
cover of an inch or more from the storm persisted for
60 consecutive days from the 1st through January 29...1914.
Additional snowfall in December and January prolonged the
number of days. This is the third longest period of snow
cover on record in the city.
2 In 1893...northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts
to 46 mph. Snowfall was only 1.4 inches in the city.
In 1895...0.01 inch of melted snow from 0.7 inch of snowfall
was the only measurable precipitation of the month in
downtown Denver...ranking the month the 3rd driest December
In 1899...post-frontal northeast winds sustained to 44 mph
with gusts to 59 mph caused the temperature to plunge
from a high of 55 degrees to a low of 15 degrees.
Snowfall was only 1.0 inch.
In 1902...apparent post-frontal northwest winds were sustained
to 45 mph with gusts to 53 mph. A trace of snow fell.
In 1905...only a trace of snow fell in downtown Denver.
This was the only snow and precipitation for the month...
ranking the month the second driest and the second least
snowiest December on record.
In 1921...snowfall was 5.5 inches in downtown Denver.
Northwest winds were sustained to 24 mph with an
extreme velocity of 25 mph.
In 1951...a vigorous Pacific cold front produced a northwest
wind gust to 51 mph at Stapleton Airport where brief
blowing dust was observed.
In 1957...a strong Pacific cold front produced northwest wind
gusts to 54 mph at Stapleton Airport where the surface
visibility was briefly reduced to 1 1/2 miles in blowing
In 1977...high winds in Boulder lifted a warehouse from its
foundation and ripped it apart. Wind gusts from 60 to 103
mph toppled and injured a man while walking. Winds were
clocked to 104 mph at Nederland...100 mph at Morrison...and
62 mph at Rocky Flats. Northwest winds gusted to 41 mph at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1996...for the second day in a row high winds ripped the
Front Range foothills. Winds gusted to 81 mph in Golden
Gate Canyon. West-northwest winds gusted to 37 mph at
Denver International Airport.
In 2013...high winds developed ahead of an approaching storm
system. The strong winds downed several trees around
Evergreen. Peak wind gusts included: 79 mph...4 miles
west-southwest of Eldorado Springs; 78 mph...3 miles south
of Evergreen; 75 mph and the NCAR Mesa Lab; and 69 mph in
2-3 In 1955...snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton
Airport. This was the only measurable snowfall of the
In 1973...post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 7.6 inches at
Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusting to 37 mph caused some blowing snow.
In 1990...strong downslope winds raked the eastern foothills
and most of metro Denver. A wind gust to 87 mph was
recorded at Rollinsville with wind gusts to 58 mph in
Arvada and 55 mph in Lakewood. West winds gusted to
48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 2nd.
In 1997...heavy snow fell in the foothills. Conifer
received 10 inches of new snow. Snowfall totaled
only 2.4 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport on the 1st...2nd...and 3rd. North
winds gusted to 24 mph at Denver International Airport
on the 2nd.
2-4 In 1909...post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.1 inches in
downtown Denver. Most of the snow...5.9 inches...fell
between 6:00 PM on the 2nd and 6:00 PM on the 3rd.
North winds were sustained to 18 mph on both the 2nd
2-17 In 1939...more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather
made the month the 3rd warmest on record. Seven daily
temperature records were set...including the all time
record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on
the 5th. Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the
60`s and 70`s. Low temperatures dipped to freezing or
below on only 5 days. The period was dry with only a
trace of snow on the 12th.