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Statement as of 2:59 am MST on January 27, 2015

...Today in Metro Denver weather history...

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. 26-27 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.

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