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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED MAR 7 2018

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

6-7   In 1981...a storm dumped 4 to 8 inches of snow over higher
        elevations between Denver and Colorado Springs.  At
        Stapleton International Airport...north winds gusted to
        16 mph and snowfall totaled only 2.5 inches.
      In 1998...heavy snow fell over portions of metro Denver
        and the adjacent foothills.  Snowfall totals included
        11 inches at Chief Hosa...10 inches near Evergreen...8.5
        inches in Broomfield...8 inches at Bailey...and 7 inches
        at both Standley Lake and Thornton.  Elsewhere...snowfall
        across metro Denver ranged from 3 to 6 inches with
        4.9 inches measured at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.  North winds gusted to 26 mph
        at Denver International Airport on the 7th.  Several
        accidents occurred along area roads and highways when
        they became icy and snowpacked.
6-8   In 1932...snowfall totaled 6.3 inches in downtown Denver.
        Most of the snow...5.2 inches...fell on the 8th.  Northeast
        winds gusted to 20 mph on the 6th.
7     In 1872...heavy rain started shortly after midnight and
        soon turned to sleet...which continued to just after
        sunrise...the ground at that time not even being white.
        At about 7:00 AM the worst snow storm of the winter
        commenced and continued until 10:00 PM...snowing heavily
        nearly all the time.  North winds averaged a sustained
        speed of 25 mph.  About 8 inches of snow fell...but it
        drifted too much to obtain a direct measurement.
      In 1901...northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with
        gusts as high as 58 mph.  The strong chinook winds
        warmed the temperature to a high of 70 degrees.
      In 1902...northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with
        gusts to 53 mph.
      In 1950...strong north winds at 40 mph with gusts as high
        as 60 mph produced a dust storm across metro Denver.  At
        Stapleton Airport...blowing dust reduced visibility to as
        low as 1/4 mile for most of the day.
      In 1972...northwest winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.  The chinook winds warmed
        temperatures to a high of 64 degrees.
      In 1984...a wind gust to 63 mph was recorded at Golden Gate
        Canyon west of Denver.  West winds gusted to 39 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport.
7-8   In 1878...snow from the evening of the 7th until noon of
        the 8th totaled only 5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Apparent heavier snow over the plains along with strong
        winds drifted the snow into high drifts...which delayed
        trains for several days and caused a great loss of
        livestock.  Melting of the snow caused a rise in Cherry
        Creek...which resulted in much damage.  Precipitation
        from the storm totaled only 0.50 inch in Denver.
      In 2000...high winds developed in and near the Front Range well as parts of the northeast Colorado
        plains as another Pacific storm system moved across the
        area.  Several trees and power lines were downed near
        Blackhawk...Boulder...and in Coal Creek Canyon.  About
        30 homes in the Pinebrook Hills subdivision in Boulder
        were evacuated when downed power lines sparked a
        grassfire.  The winds eventually shifted the fire onto
        itself...thus allowing firefighters to contain the two
        acre blaze.  Several roofs were blown off barns...sheds...
        and garages.  Two semi-trailers were blown
        along C-470 between Golden and Morrison and another
        north of Denver on I-25.  Wind gusts reached 101 mph
        on Rocky Flats...100 mph at the nearby National Wind
        Technology Center...90 mph at Blackhawk and atop Blue
        Mountain...92 mph in south Boulder...73 mph in Coal Creek
        Canyon...72 mph in Golden...and 70 mph at Louisville.
        Northwest winds gusted to 45 mph on the 7th and to
        49 mph on the 8th at Denver International Airport.

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