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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST WED DEC 2 2020

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

30-2  In 1975...very strong chinook winds up to 100 mph caused
        damage to homes...aircraft...aircraft 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 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
        on record.
      In 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 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 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
        and 3rd.
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.

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