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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT FRI MAR 16 2018

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

9-19  In extended cold and blustery period occurred with
        light snow totaling 14.4 inches over 11 consecutive days.
        The greatest amount of snow on a single day was 4.0 inches
        on the 15th.  Only a trace of snow fell on the 12th and 17th.
        High temperatures were below freezing for the entire period.
        The coldest were 14 degrees on the 16th and 18 degrees on the
        17th.  Both readings were record low maximums for the dates.
        Low temperatures were mostly in the single digits.  The
        coldest were 2 degrees below zero on the 16th and 5 degrees
        below zero on the 19th.  Northeast winds were sustained to
        22 mph on the 9th.  North winds were sustained to 36 mph on
        the 10th...32 mph on the 13th...and 22 mph on the 15th.
12-16 In 1880...a protracted cold spell resulted in 8 temperature
        records being set.  Record low temperatures for the date
        were set when the temperature dipped to 10 degrees below
        zero on the 13th and 14th...8 degrees below zero on the
        12th and 15th...and 4 degrees below zero on the 16th.
        Daily record low maximum temperatures were set with 11
        degrees on the 12th...12 degrees on the 13th...and 19 degrees
        on the 15th.
14-16 In 1908...a warm spell resulted in daily record high minimum
        temperatures on 3 consecutive days:  54 degrees on the
        14th...52 degrees on the 15th...and 56 degrees on the 16th...
        also the all-time record high minimum for the month of
        March.  High temperatures ranged from 65 degrees on the
        14th to 72 degrees on the 16th.
      In 1983...a heavy wet snowstorm buried metro Denver with the
        foothills receiving the most.  Conifer recorded 34 inches
        of snow with 4 feet measured at Coal Creek Canyon in the
        foothills northwest of Denver.  The storm left 6 to 10
        inches of snow across metro Denver.  Boulder received 12 to
        18 inches.  Flight operations at Stapleton International
        Airport were limited to one runway for a time.  Some roads
        and schools were closed...and power outages occurred when
        wet snow downed lines.  Snowfall on the 15th and 16th
        totaled 7.2 inches at Stapleton International Airport
        where north winds gusted to 30 mph.  Maximum snow depth
        on the ground was only 6 inches due to melting.
15-16 In 2000...heavy upslope snowfall occurred in and near the
        Front Range foothills and over the Palmer Divide to the
        south of metro Denver.  Snowfall totals from the storm
        included:  17 inches at Idaho Springs; 16 inches at
        Aspen Springs; 12 inches in Boulder; 11 inches at Bailey...
        Chief Hosa...Coal Creek Canyon...Eldorado Springs...Evergreen...
        and near Morrison; 10 inches at Intercanyon...Ken Caryl
        Ranch...and near Nederland; 9 inches near Sedalia and in
        Wheat Ridge; and 8 inches in Arvada.  Snowfall totaled 5.4
        inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.  Northeast winds gusted to 28 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 15th.
16    In 1902...north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
        48 mph.
      In 1908...the low temperature dipped to only 56 degrees...the
        record high minimum for the month.
      In 1963...high winds struck metro Denver causing heavy damage.
        Winds gusted at 90 to 100 mph in Boulder.  Wind gusts to 98
        mph were recorded at Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield
        where hangars and several light planes were severely
        damaged.  Wind gusts to 87 mph were recorded southwest of
        Littleton.  A west wind gust to 55 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton Airport.  Trees were uprooted...signs blown
        down...and utility lines disrupted.  Damage totaled nearly
        5 thousand dollars in Boulder alone.
      In 1987...a storm dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow across metro
        Denver with higher amounts in the foothills.  Most of
        the snow on the plains melted as it fell.  Only 1.9 inches
        of snow fell at Stapleton International Airport where
        southeast winds gusted to 30 mph.
      In 2015...the temperature at Denver International Airport
        reached 81 degrees.  It broke the previous record of 75
        degrees and also made it the earliest the 80 degree day on
        record.  The previous 80 degree day record was the 18th.

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