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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT APR 14 2018

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

10-14 In rain on the 10th changed to snow on
        the 11th and continued through the 14th.  Snowfall totaled
        8.5 inches from precipitation of 1.28 inches.  North winds
        were sustained to 26 mph with gusts to 29 mph on the 13th.
12-14 In 1933...heavy snowfall of 5.6 inches occurred in downtown
        Denver on the 12th and 13th behind a vigorous cold front...
        which presented an awe-inspiring spectacle as it approached
        the station during the late afternoon of the 12th.  Brilliant
        white wind-torn cumulus clouds were sandwiched by a brownish-
        tan dust cloud at the surface and dark blue cumulus clouds
        above.  The dust cloud storm rapidly enveloped the station
        with northeast winds sustained to 38 mph and gusts to 44 mph
        producing much blowing dust...which was accompanied by rapidly
        falling temperatures and rising pressure.  Moist snowfall
        started in about an hour and continued to midday on the 13th.
        Record low temperatures of 17 and 15 degrees occurred on the
        13th and 14th respectively.  The high temperature of only 27
        degrees on the 13th was a record low maximum for the date.
12-15 In 1927...snowfall totaled 8.5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Most of the snow fell on the 14th.  Northwest winds
        were sustained to 27 mph during the storm.
13-14 In 1968...high winds struck Boulder.  Sustained winds of 50
        mph with gusts as high as 102 mph were recorded at the
        National Center for Atmospheric Research...while in downtown
        Boulder winds peaked to 73 mph.  The winds damaged
        a building under construction and some homes in
        south Boulder.  Northwest winds gusted to 35 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport on the 13th.
      In 1996...a potent spring storm strengthened just east of
        Denver.  Blizzard conditions developed over eastern Adams
        and eastern Arapahoe counties.  Strong northerly winds
        ranging from 25 to 50 mph...cold temperatures...and heavy
        snowfall combined to create very hazardous conditions.
        The strong winds whipped snow in drifts 3 to 4 feet high.
        High winds and heavy wet snow downed power lines and
        caused traffic accidents.  Some roads were closed.
        Snowfall totaled 15 inches at Strasburg...while only 2.1
        inches of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.  North winds gusted to 40 mph at
        Denver International Airport on the 13th.
      In 2011...a potent spring snowstorm brought heavy snow to
        Front Range mountains and foothills.  Storm totals
        included:  16.5 inches near Blackhawk; 16 inches at
        Nederland; 15.5 inches at Coal Creek Canyon and 5 miles
        northeast of Ward; 15 inches at Allenspark; 12.5 inches...
        5 miles northwest of Idaho Springs; 12 inches at Echo
        Mountain Ski Area; and 10.5 inches near Georgetown.
13-15 In 1945...heavy snowfall totaled 9.8 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Most of the snow...4.8 inches...fell on the 14th.
        Snow fell for a total of 53 consecutive hours.  This
        was the second big snow in less than 2 weeks.  The air
        mass was very cold for April.  High temperatures of 21
        degrees on the 14th and 32 degrees on the 15th were
        record low maximums for the those dates.
13-17 In 2001...a huge dust storm over southern and inner Mongolia
        during April 3rd through the 6th lifted desert dust into
        the jet stream.  This dust cloud moved over metro Denver
        on the 13th and persisted through the 17th.  The cloud
        created widespread the sky a milkish cast
        due to the scattering of incoming solar radiation.
14    In 1872...high winds damaged buildings in the city.  At
        9:00 AM west winds commenced to blow a perfect gale...
        averaging 40 mph sustained until 9:00 PM.
      In 1904...west winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 48
        mph warmed the temperature to a high of 74 degrees.
      In 1918...a thunderstorm produced hail that covered the
        ground to a depth of 1/2 inch.  The stones varied in
        size from small shot to a cherry stone.  Rain and melted
        hail totaled 0.70 inch.  There was no reported damage.
      In 1935...northeast winds sustained to 30 mph caused a
        dust storm across the city.  The visibility was greatly
        reduced by blowing dense dust.
      In 1970...strong winds caused mostly light but widespread
        damage to trees...roofs...power lines...and other property
        across the northeastern Colorado plains.  Wind gusts of 45
        to 60 mph were common.  Southwest wind gusts to 44 mph
        occurred at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1995...high winds spread from the foothills onto the
        plains.  West winds gusted between 70 and 90 mph in the
        foothills and 50 to 70 mph on the plains.  West winds were
        clocked to 51 mph at Denver International Airport.  Most
        of the significant wind damage occurred north and east of
        metro Denver.
14-15 In 1873...north winds blew a gale during the afternoon on
        both days.  Winds were brisk throughout each day.
      In 1902...snowfall totaled 6.0 inches in downtown Denver.
        Most of the snow melted as it fell.  Northeast winds
        were sustained to 20 mph.
      In 1910...strong winds occurred on both days.  Northeast
        winds were sustained to 52 mph on the 14th.  North winds
        were sustained to 44 mph on the 15th.
      In 1921...heavy snowfall and strong winds produced near-
        blizzard conditions in the city.  Snowfall totaled 10.0
        inches.  Strong north winds sustained to 48 mph with
        gusts to 54 mph on the 15th produced drifts to several
        feet in depth.  The heavy wet snow caused extensive damage
        to trees...utility poles...and buildings.  Precipitation
        from the storm was 1.73 inches.  Very heavy snow also fell
        in the foothills.  At Silver the mountains west of
        Boulder...95 inches of snow fell in 32.5 hours on the 14th
        and 15th.
      In 1935...dense dust...apparently behind a dry cold front...
        enveloped the city at 1:00 PM on the 14th and persisted
        through the night.  The dust blew into the city on
        northeast winds sustained to 30 mph with gusts to 32 mph.
        By mid-morning on the 15th...the dust had become light and
        continued as such into the evening.  North winds were
        sustained to only 13 mph on the 15th.
      In 1999...a spring storm dumped heavy snow over portions of
        metro Denver.  Nearly 2 feet of snow fell in the foothills
        with half a foot to a foot over western and southern
        suburbs.  The heavy snow alleviated drought conditions
        and associated high fire danger that prevailed during much
        of the winter season.  Snowfall totals included:  22 inches
        in Coal Creek Canyon...20 inches at Wondervu...19 inches at
        Genesee...17 inches near Evergreen and Nederland and at Idaho
        Springs and Tiny Town...14 inches at Georgetown...13 inches at
        Morrison...10 inches near Sedalia...9 inches in south Boulder...
        8 inches at Highlands Ranch and Wheat Ridge...and 7 inches at
        Littleton and Parker.  Only 3.4 inches of snow fell at the
        site of the former Stapleton International Airport.  North-
        northwest winds gusted to 41 mph on the 15th at Denver
        International Airport.

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