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Statement as of 6:45 PM MST on January 24, 2015


... This week in Metro Denver weather history...

22-26 in 1948... the longest period of snowfall on record (92 hours
        and 3 minutes) occurred in downtown Denver where a total of
        13.6 inches of snow fell. At Stapleton Airport... 19.0 inches
        of snow fell... making it the heaviest snow in January and the
        5th heaviest snow of record at that time. North winds were
        sustained to a velocity of 23 mph on the 25th... but generally
        the winds were light throughout the storm. The snow
        disrupted traffic... but street clearing was begun soon after
        it became apparent that the snow would be heavy. Over the
        5 days... temperatures ranged from a high of 48 degrees on
        the 22nd to a low of 1 degree on the 26th. Most readings
        were in the teens and 20's during the storm.
24-25 in 1916... a trace of light rain... rare in Denver for January...
        occurred on both days.
      In 1946... high winds occurred in Boulder and along the
        foothills to the north. A wind gust to 72 mph was recorded
        at Valmont.
      In 1947... strong winds were measured in Boulder. Hourly wind
        gusts averaged 72 mph at Valmont east of Boulder.
      In 1950... heavy snowfall totaled 7.1 inches at Stapleton
        Airport and 6.8 inches in downtown Denver.
24-26 in 1970... a wind gust to 122 mph was recorded at the National
        center for atmospheric research in Boulder on the 24th.
        Winds also gusted to 109 mph at ncar on the 26th. Most
        winds were estimated between 60 and 70 mph in Boulder.
        Damage... in most cases... was from broken windows and tree
        limbs and downed power lines. A roof was blown off a
        house in Eldorado Springs south of Boulder. A building
        under construction was damaged in Boulder. Reported
        damage totaled 25 hundred dollars in Boulder. Northwest
        winds gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport
        on the 24th. In Denver... the Chinook winds warmed the
        temperature to a record high of 68 degrees on the 24th.
25 in 1872... the greatest temperature change in one day... 66
        degrees... from a low of 20 degrees below zero... a record
        low for the date... to a high of 46 degrees... occurred.
      In 1888... west winds sustained to 42 mph warmed the
        temperature to a high of 58 degrees.
      In 1890... northwest Chinook winds gusting as high as 48 mph
        resulted in two temperature records. High temperature
        of 72 degrees was a record maximum for the date. Low
        temperature of only 48 degrees was a record high minimum
        for the date.
      In 1914... Chinook winds from the northwest sustained to 46
        mph with gusts as high as 60 mph warmed the temperature
        to a high of 52 degrees. The low temperature was only
        39 degrees.
      In 1923... snowfall of 1.3 inches was the only measurable
        snow of the month.
      In 1931... snowfall of 0.1 inch was the only measurable
        snow of the month. The melted snow totaled only
        0.02 inch of precipitation... which was the only
        measurable amount of the month. This resulted in the
        4th driest January on record.
      In 1964... high winds occurred in Boulder... Golden... and
        Broomfield where a wind gust to 80 mph was recorded at
        Jefferson County Airport. Some power lines were downed.
        Damage to buildings and vehicles was also reported.
        West-northwest winds gusted to 46 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1971... the highest recorded wind gust in the state of
        Colorado... 147 mph... occurred at the National center for
        atmospheric research on The Mesa in southwest Boulder.
        Wind gusts to 91 mph were measured at the National Bureau
        of standards and to 87 mph in downtown Boulder. A wind
        gust to 75 mph was recorded at Jefferson County Airport in
        Broomfield. The strong winds caused widespread minor
        damage in Boulder. Northwest winds gusting to 32 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport warmed the temperature
        to a high of 55 degrees.
      In 1980... a blizzard struck Denver right at the evening rush
        hours... causing massive traffic snarls and forcing the
        closure of I-25 north of Denver and I-70 east of the city
        as well as many other roads. Hundreds of travelers were
        stranded. Multi-car accidents involving as many as 50 cars
        were common. Air traffic at Stapleton International Airport
        was stalled for 3 hours. Winds gusted to 50 or 60 mph with
        visibility reduced to zero at times. The high winds
        knocked out electrical power in Broomfield. During the
        height of the storm... temperatures plunged from the freezing
        mark at mid-afternoon to only 5 degrees before midnight.
        Initial snowfall from the storm was only 3 to 5 inches
        across Metro Denver with 4.1 inches measured at Stapleton
        International Airport where north wind gusts to 58 mph were
        recorded.
      In 1988... high winds pummeled the eastern foothills with a
        peak gust to 96 mph recorded near Rollinsville. A gust to
        109 mph was recorded at Echo Lake. West winds gusted to
        48 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1996... heavy snow fell along the Front Range foothills.
        Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were measured from
        I-25 west into the foothills with lighter accumulations
        reported elsewhere. Snowfall totaled only 0.9 inch at
        the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2004... locally heavy snow fell across Metro Denver. The
        heaviest snow was south of Denver and in the foothills.
        Snowfall totals included: 9 inches near Indian HIlls...
        8.5 inches near Franktown and 9 miles southwest of
        Sedalia... 8 inches 7 miles southwest of Aurora... and 6
        inches in Highlands Ranch. Snowfall was only 2.8 inches
        at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.
        North winds gusted to 35 mph at Denver International
        Airport
      in 2008... strong westerly winds blew out three windows at a
        chipolte restaurant in Louisville. Two people were taken
        to the hospital for minor cuts. At Denver International
        Airport... northeast winds gusted to 35 mph.
25-26 in 1910... gale force westerly winds of great velocity struck
        Boulder. Some damage was reported. West winds were
        sustained to 45 mph in Denver on the 25th.
25-27 in 1897... a cold spell resulted in three temperature records.
        Low temperature of 14 degrees below zero on the 27th was
        a record minimum for the date. High temperatures of only
        3 degrees on the 25th and 2 degrees on the 26th were record
        low maximums for the dates. Very light snow or flurries
        fell on the 25th and 26th at times.
26 in 1902... the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero.
      In 1916... sleet... grains of ice... a rare occurrence in Denver...
        fell for 3 hours and 15 minutes... covering the ground.
      In 1999... high winds developed in and near the foothills.
        Peak wind reports included: 82 mph in Boulder and at
        Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield... 79 mph at
        the Rocky Flats environmental test facility... and 72 mph
        at the National center for atmospheric research Mesa lab
        near Boulder. West winds gusted to 40 mph at Denver
        International Airport where the temperature warmed to a
        high of 54 degrees.
26-27 in 1944... heavy snowfall totaled 8.0 inches in downtown
        Denver. Most of the snow... 7.0 inches... occurred on the
        26th when northwest winds were sustained to 17 mph.
      In 1973... at Stapleton International Airport... only 3.8 inches
        of snowfall were measured and north winds gusted to 40 mph
        causing some blowing snow... while over the Colorado eastern
        plains heavy snow accompanied by high winds created
        widespread blizzard conditions closing many highways.
      In 1994... the combination of an upper level storm system
        and moist upslope winds brought heavy snow and cold
        temperatures to Metro Denver and much of eastern Colorado.
        Snowfall across Metro Denver averaged 5 to 7 inches.
        Snowfall totaled 3.8 inches at Stapleton International
        Airport where east winds gusted to 21 mph on the 26th.
      In 2000... snow... heavy in the mountains... spread over the
        foothills and Metro Denver. Eight inches of snow were
        measured at Bergen Park and near Evergreen. Snowfall
        totaled 3.8 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.
26-1 in 1888... a protracted warm spell lasted a week. Maximum
        temperatures ranged from 62 degrees on the 29th to an
        all time record high for the month of 76 degrees on the
        27th. Daily record high temperatures of 76... 69... and 71
        occurred on the 27th... 28th... and 30th respectively.
        Record high minimum temperatures of 47 and 34 occurred
        on the 26th and 27th.
27 in 1888... the highest recorded temperature in January... 76
        degrees... occurred.
      In 1967... strong winds caused a power outage in Boulder.
      In 1984... this was the last day of 63 consecutive days
        with snow cover of one inch or more in Denver. This
        longest period of snow cover on record began with the
        Thanksgiving weekend blizzard on November 26-27... 1983...
        when 21.5 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport. Additional snowfall during December and
        January prolonged the event. Snow depth on the ground
        to the nearest inch was measured once daily at 5:00 am MST.
27-28 in 1899... snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in the city. Northeast
        winds were sustained to 36 mph with gusts to 40 mph on the
        28th.
      In 1965... high winds raked the Front Range foothills. West
        winds gusted to 89 mph on Table Mountain in Boulder... 87 mph
        at Rocky Flats... and 54 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport. Damage and minor injuries occurred in Boulder and
        western Metro Denver. Four men were injured by wind-
        caused accidents while working on construction... 2 in Denver
        and 2 in Boulder. There was extensive damage to power lines...
        buildings... signs... and trees. Some minor accidents were
        caused by blowing dust and debris. Blown dust accumulated
        2 to 3 feet deep on some lawns in northern Metro Denver
        suburbs. Dust blew into buildings and homes.
      In 1989... the heaviest snowstorm of the winter dumped 9 to 15
        inches of snow across Metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 8.8
        inches at Stapleton International Airport with most of the
        snow... 8.6 inches... falling on the 28th. Strong north winds
        gusting to 46 mph whipped the snow into 2-foot drifts and
        reduced visibility in blowing snow. The foothills received
        up to 18 inches of snow. The snow fell on a weekend... so
        closures and other disruptions were minimal. The public
        reported thunder in Arvada... Wheat Ridge... and Boulder on the
        evening of the 27th. A thunderstorm produced snow pellets
        at Stapleton International Airport during the early morning
        hours of the 28th. This was the first thunderstorm in the
        city during January since 1932.
      In 1996... winds to hurricane force were reported across the
        Front Range foothills in the wake of a Pacific storm system.
        Recorded wind speeds included: 86 mph at the National center
        for atmospheric research southwest of Boulder... 86 mph atop
        Squaw Mountain west of Denver... and 75 mph at Jefferson
        County Airport in Broomfield. West-northwest winds gusted
        to 48 mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.
      In 2009... high winds buffeted the foothills of Boulder and
        Jefferson counties. Peak wind gusts included: 101 mph at
        Eldora ski resort... 100 mph... 6 miles northwest of boulder;
        84 mph at ncar Mesa lab... 79 mph... 5 miles northwest of
        boulder; and 75 mph at the National wind technology center.
        In Nederland... a wind turbine recently installed was damaged
        by the high winds. A peak wind gust of 38 mph occurred at
        Denver International Airport on the 28th.
27-31 in 1951... a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow... 8.3 inches... fell on
        the 29th. Cold Arctic air accompanied the snow. Several
        temperature records were set... including record low maximum
        temperatures of 4 on the 28th and 4 below zero on the 29th
        and record low temperatures of 12 below zero on the 29th
        and 24 below zero on the 31st. Temperatures were below
        zero for 45 consecutive hours.
28 in 1872... the low temperature dipped to 22 degrees below zero...
        a record minimum for the date.
      In 1909... gale force north winds were sustained to 45 mph
        behind an apparent cold front... which also produced a trace
        of snow.
      In 1986... a wind gust to 67 mph was recorded in Boulder.
        West winds gusted to 41 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport.
28-29 in 1956... snowfall totaled 5.5 inches at Stapleton Airport
        where east winds gusted to 32 mph on the 28th.
      In 1972... cold west winds buffeted Boulder. A wind gust to 92
        mph was recorded at the National Bureau of standards... while
        a gust to 76 mph was measured in downtown Boulder. Two
        Mobile homes were overturned in Boulder. Other damage was
        minor. Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport on the 28th.
      In 1987... strong winds buffeted the Front Range foothills and
        spread east over the plains. The highest wind recorded was
        99 mph on the 29th at both the National center for
        atmospheric research in Boulder and the Rocky Flats plant
        south of Boulder. Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph were
        common. A northwest wind gust to 54 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport on the 28th with a gust to
        41 mph on the 29th. Planes were damaged at both the Boulder
        and Jefferson County airports. Hangars were also damaged at
        Jefferson County Airport. Many windows were broken... signs
        toppled... and trees downed. A brick wall was blown onto
        parked cars in Lakewood. A couple of houses in Lakewood
        were unroofed... while falling trees damaged others. Two
        people were injured by flying debris in Lakewood and Golden.
        Total insured damage along the Front Range was 10 million
        dollars making the wind storm the second most costly on
        record in Colorado at the time.
      In 1995... deepening upslope winds along the eastern foothills
        on the 28th gave way to periods of heavy snow during the
        night and early morning hours of the 29th. Snow fell to a
        depth of 8 inches in both Golden and Boulder with up to a
        foot in the foothills. Only 1.9 inches of snow fell at
        Stapleton International Airport... where east winds gusted
        to 22 mph on the 28th.
      In 2001... heavy snow fell across Metro Denver. The heaviest
        snowfall occurred from just south of Denver to around
        Castle Rock. Snow amounts included: 12 inches east of
        Parker... 9 inches near Elizabeth and in Littleton... 8 inches
        near Castle Rock and in Parker... and 7 inches in Aurora.
        Snowfall totaled 6.0 inches at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport.
28-30 in 1887... winds were strong and gusty for three days in the
        city. West and northwest winds were sustained to 56 mph
        on both the 28th and 29th and to 44 mph on the 30th.
        Temperatures warmed to a high of 57 degrees on the 29th.
29 in 1900... northwest winds were sustained to 45 mph with an
        extreme velocity of 46 mph.
      In 1914... this was the last day of 60 consecutive days
        with snow cover of one inch or more in Denver. This
        third longest period of snow cover on record began with
        the record breaking snow and blizzard on December 1-5...
        1913 when a total of 45.7 inches of snow fell in downtown
        Denver. Additional snowfall during December and January
        prolonged the event. Snow depth on the ground to the
        nearest tenth of an inch was measured once daily at 6:00
        PM MST.
      In 1927... west winds were sustained at 40 mph with gusts to
        42 mph.
      In 1942... heavy snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in downtown
        Denver. North winds were sustained to 17 mph.
      In 1965... strong winds occurred in Boulder for the third
        consecutive day. Only limited minor damage was reported.
        Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport.
      In 1984... highs winds in and near the foothills produced wind
        gusts as high as 71 mph in Boulder. A plane was flipped
        over at Jefferson County Airport and damaged beyond repair.
        In Lakewood... two construction trailers were damaged by the
        gusts. North winds gusted to only 38 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1990... gale to hurricane force winds gusts raked the
        foothills. Wind gusts of 50 to 90 mph were common in
        Boulder County. A peak wind of 94 mph was clocked at Table
        Mesa in southwest Boulder. Scattered power outages and
        minor property damage were reported. West winds gusted to
        46 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
29-30 in 1985... an Arctic air mass with snow closed I-70 for a time
        in Denver and east of Denver. Snowfall totaled 5.4 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 29 mph on the 29th.
29-31 in 1883... a major winter storm dumped 19.3 inches of snow on
        downtown Denver. Most of the snow... 12.2 inches... fell
        on the 31st. This was the heaviest snowfall to hit the
        city in years. Temperatures plunged from a high of 52
        degrees on the 29th to a low of 13 degrees on the 31st.
        Precipitation from the storm totaled 2.23 inches. The
        1.22 inches of precipitation on the 31st was the greatest
        calendar day and 24 hour precipitation ever recorded in
        the city during the month of January.
30 in 1886... west winds were sustained to 42 mph and were the
        strongest winds of the month that year. The winds warmed
        the temperature to a high of 52 degrees in the city.
      In 1890... west winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to
        48 mph in the city.
      In 1971... a wind gust to 102 mph was recorded in Boulder at
        the National center for atmospheric research. Elsewhere in
        Boulder... winds gusted to 76 mph. Northwest winds gusting
        to 46 mph at Stapleton International Airport warmed
        temperatures to a high of 66 degrees.
      In 1976... a rapid moving cold front produced wind gusts
        50 to 70 mph causing visibilities to be reduced to
        less than 1/2 mile in blowing dust for 1 to 2 hours
        closing some major highways. A north wind gust to 55 mph
        was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 2003... strong winds developed in and near the foothills.
        Recorded wind gusts included: 86 mph near Rollinsville...
        76 mph in Evergreen... and 75 mph in central Boulder.
        West winds gusted to 43 mph at Denver International
        Airport.
30-31 in 1908... an apparent strong cold front plunged temperatures
        45 degrees in 24 hours from 47 degrees at noon on the 30th
        to only 2 degrees at noon on the 31st. North winds were

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