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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MDT SAT MAR 31 2018

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

29-31 In 1970...snowfall totaled 6.0 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport.  Heavy snow accumulation in Boulder
        on the 29th caused the collapse of a carport at an apartment
        building...damaging 11 automobiles.  Northeast winds gusted
        to 24 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
30-31 In 1896...heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches in downtown
        Denver.  Northwest winds gusted to 26 mph.
      In 1897...rain changed to snow during the early morning of
        the 30th and totaled 6.2 inches before ending during
        the late morning of the 31st.  Northwest winds were
        sustained to 35 mph with gusts to 46 mph.
      In 1929...heavy snowfall of 7.0 inches was recorded over
        downtown Denver.  Northwest winds were sustained to
        23 mph on the 30th.
      In 1953...heavy snowfall totaled 8.6 inches at Stapleton
        Airport where northeast winds gusted to 23 mph.
      In 1955...a vigorous cold front produced north winds at 40 mph
        with gusts as high as 54 mph at Stapleton Airport.  Rain
        and snow showers and blowing dust accompanied the front.
        Snowfall totaled only 0.1 inch at Stapleton Airport on
        the 31st.
      In 1988...snow began falling on the afternoon of the 30th and
        continued through the 31st...burying metro Denver.  Twelve
        to 18 inches of snow fell in the foothills to the west of
        Denver and Boulder with 6 to 12 inches across the rest of
        metro Denver.  The storm disrupted aircraft operations
        at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled
        7.1 inches and north winds gusting to 32 mph reduced the
        visibility to less than 1/4 mile at times...causing air
        traffic delays of 2 to 3 hours.
      In 2000...heavy snow once again developed over the foothills
        and the higher terrain to the south of metro Denver.
        Snowfall totals from the storm included:  16 inches atop
        Squaw Mountain...15 inches near Rollinsville...13 inches
        near Evergreen...12 inches near Morrison...11 inches in
        Coal Creek Canyon...10 inches near Blackhawk and in
        Eldorado Springs...9 inches at Ken Caryl Ranch and Larkspur...
        and 8 inches near Elizabeth.  Snowfall totaled only 4.1
        inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport.  North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 30th.
      In 2005...a strong spring storm intensified over the
        eastern plains of Colorado and produced near-blizzard
        conditions to the east and southeast of Denver overnight.
        North to northwest winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts
        to 50 mph produced extensive blowing snow and caused
        near zero visibilities at times and snow drifts from
        2 to 4 feet in depth.  Snowfall amounts included:
        12 inches near Bennett...8 inches around Castle Rock...
        7 inches near Sedalia...and 6 inches near Parker.
        Only 0.3 inch of snow was reported at Denver Stapleton.
        At Denver International Airport...north winds gusted to
        37 mph on the 30th and 36 mph on the 31st.
      In 2014...on the evening of the 30th...high based showers
        and thunderstorms produced microburst winds over northern
        Jefferson...eastern Boulder and southwest Weld Counties.
        Peak wind reports included: 77 mph at White Ranch Open
        Space; 72 mph...2 miles north of Longmont; 67 mph near Erie
        and Firestone; 60 mph near Mead and 59 mph...5 miles
        northwest of Henderson; with 53 mph at Denver Internatinal
        Airport. The wind downed power lines in Weld County which
        sparked a small fire. High winds then developed in the
        Front Range Foothills and Urban Corridor through the
        morning of the 31st. Peak wind gusts included:  98 mph
        near Gold Hill; 77 mph near Eldorado Springs; 61 mph at
        Centennial Airport; 59 mph at Buckley Air Force; with 44
        mph at Denver International Airport.
31    In 1873...high winds damaged buildings in the city.
        Northwest winds with sustained velocities to near 40 mph
        blew from 9:00 AM until sunset.
      In 1937...north to northeast winds sustained to 25 mph with
        gusts to 32 mph produced a light dust storm in the city
        during the afternoon.
      In 1971...wind gusts to 92 mph were recorded in the South
        Hills area of Boulder.  At the National Bureau of Standards
        in Boulder sustained winds of 46 mph with gusts to 83 mph
        were measured.  Damage was minor.  Northwest winds gusted
        to 41 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1983...high winds with gusts to 70 mph in Boulder caused
        minor damage.
31-1  In 1876...heavy snow began during the night and lasted all
        day on the 31st and through the morning of the 1st.  The
        average depth of snow fall was 10 to 12 inches...but strong
        winds whipped the snow into drifts of 8 to 10 feet deep on
        the streets of the city.  Precipitation from the storm was
        1.03 inches on the 31st and 0.37 inch on the 1st.
      In 1891...heavy moist snowfall totaled 18.0 inches in the
        city.  Northeast winds were sustained to 20 mph with gusts
        to 24 mph on the 31st.
      In 1936...northeast winds sustained to 21 mph produced a
        light dust storm in the city.
      In 1975...a major storm dumped 9.3 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds
        gusted to 41 mph.  Rain changed to snow on the afternoon
        of the 31st...reducing the visibility to as low as 1/8 mile.
        Snow continued all day on the 1st and accumulated to a depth
        of 8 inches on the ground.  The minimum temperature of 10
        degrees on the 1st set a new record low for the date.
31-2  In 1980...the second major blizzard in 5 days buried much of
        eastern Colorado under 6 to 12 inches of snow.  Some drifts
        were up to 22 feet high.  Hundreds of travelers were
        stranded.  Over 3000 families were without power.
        Livestock losses were high.  Metro Denver escaped the
        main brunt of this storm.  At Stapleton International
        Airport...only 6.3 inches of snow fell over the 3-day period
        and north winds gusted to only 22 mph on the 1st.
31-3  In snowfall of 6.6 inches was measured at
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 31 mph on the 31st.  The greatest accumulation of snow
        on the ground was 3 inches on the 1st.
31-4  In 1905...much rain and some snow occurred over the 5 days
        behind an apparent cold front.  Precipitation totaled 2.00
        inches.  There was a thunderstorm on the 3rd.  Snowfall
        totaled 3.0 inches on the 4th.  North winds were sustained
        to 34 mph on the 1st and 2nd and to 30 mph on the 3rd.
        High temperatures during the period ranged from the upper
        30`s to the lower 40`s.  Low temperatures were in the upper
        20`s and lower 30`s.

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