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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT APR 29 2017

...Today in metro Denver weather history...

28-29 In 1950...snowfall totaled 6.3 inches at Stapleton
        Airport...but only 3.5 inches over downtown Denver.
      In 1960...heavy snow fell at Stapleton Airport where
        8.6 inches of snow were measured.  North winds gusted to
        38 mph.  Most of the snow...6.9 inches...fell on the 29th.
29    In 1898...apparent thunderstorm winds were sustained from
        the southwest to 58 mph with gusts to 66 mph.
      In 1909...north winds were sustained to 44 mph behind an
        apparent cold front.  These were the strongest measured
        winds of the month that year.
      In 1962...heavy snowfall totaled 6.4 inches at Stapleton
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to only 17 mph.
        Snow fell all day...but the most on the ground was only
        1 inch due to melting.
      In 1991...two men were struck by lightning while golfing in
        Cherry Hills just south of Denver.  The two received only
        minor burns.  Shortly afterward...lightning struck a home in
        Cherry Hills Village several times...leaving numerous holes
        in the roof.  No injuries were reported.
      In 1993...localized strong winds occurred at Jefferson County
        Airport near Broomfield where gusts to 63 mph were recorded.
        The strong winds were the result of a probable microburst.
      In 2000...several severe thunderstorms producing large hail
        and destructive winds rumbled across northern metro Denver.
        Thunderstorm wind gusts reached 81 mph near Hudson with
        hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter at Longmont.  Several
        homes and vehicles sustained damage.  The strong winds
        uprooted trees and downed utility poles...causing scattered
        outages.  Lightning sparked a house fire in Boulder.  The
        fire damaged a portion of the roof and a bedroom on the
        third floor.  Thunderstorm winds gusted to 53 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
      In 2003...lightning struck a chimney at a residence in Hiwan
        in Evergreen...sending stones flying as far as 150 feet.
        Electrical equipment in some nearby homes also failed.
        Damage to the addition to electrical
        equipment...was estimated at 100 thousand dollars.
        Severe thunderstorms produced large hail to 1 inch in
        diameter near Hudson and Sedalia and to 3/4 inch near
        Parker.  Hail as large as 1 3/4 inches was measured 9 miles
        north of Sedalia.
      In 2014...high winds occured east of Interstate 25. Peak wind
        gusts included: 71 mph just north of Strasburg; 68 mph at
        Denver International Airport; 62 mph near Elizabeth; 58 mph
        at Front Range Airport in Watkins and 11 miles east of Parker.
29-30 In 1964...several weeks of dry weather and windy conditions
        across the Great Plains to the east caused noticeable
        suspended dust to invade metro Denver.  At Stapleton
        International Airport east winds gusted to 28 mph and
        visibility was reduced to 5 miles.
      In 1989...a late season snowstorm dropped 2 to 4 inches of
        snow across metro Denver with 6 to 12 inches in the
        foothills.  Snowfall totaled 3.9 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where northeast winds gusted to
        23 mph and the greatest snow depth on the ground was
        2 inches due to melting.
      In 1991...a Pacific storm dumped heavy wet snow across metro
        Denver.  The foothills were hit the hardest where snowfall
        amounts ranged from 16 inches at Evergreen to 5 inches at
        Idaho Springs.  Lower elevations of metro Denver received
        5 to 9 inches of snowfall with 5 inches in Boulder and 7.0
        inches at Stapleton International Airport where northeast
        winds gusted to 25 mph.  The weight of the snow caused
        power lines to fall and tree limbs to snap...producing power
        outages in parts of Denver...Aurora...and Westminster.
      In 1999...heavy snow fell overnight in the foothills above
        7500 feet elevation.  Snowfall totals included:  13 inches
        near Rollinsville...10 inches near Evergreen...8 inches at
        Blackhawk and Nederland...and 7 inches at Conifer.  Only
        rain fell across the city with 2.13 inches recorded at
        Denver International Airport.
29-2  In 1954...a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton Airport.  Most of the snow...7.5 inches...fell on
        the 29th and 30th.  The maximum snow depth on the ground
        was 5 inches on the 30th due to melting.  No strong winds
        accompanied the storm.

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