... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
20-27 in 2002... lightning sparked a wildfire near Deckers. Extremely
dry conditions and very strong winds the following day
allowed the fire... known as the Schoonover... to consume 3850
acres before it could be contained. Thirteen structures
were destroyed... including 4 homes... resulting in 2.2 million
dollars in damage.
26-31 in 1995... a cool period with light morning showers and
moderate to heavy afternoon showers and thunderstorms
pushed rivers already swollen from mountain snow melt
over their banks causing minor flooding. Streams and
rivers such as the South Platte and Boulder Creek flooded
Meadowlands... bike paths... roads near streams... and other
low lying areas. No significant property damage was
reported and crop damage was unknown. Rainfall totaled
1.79 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport and only 1.51 inches at Denver
27 in 1874... an apparent thunderstorm gust front reached the
city at 6:40 PM. Strong southwest winds sustained to
48 mph for a few minutes produced large columns of
dust in the city and on the prairie. There was no
rain in the city.
In 1942... a duststorm swept into the city... but no damage
was reported. West winds were sustained to 23 mph.
In 1953... a heavy hailstorm caused an estimated 100 thousand
dollars damage across Metro Denver. Larger than Golf Ball
size hail fell in Westminster and north Denver. Only 1/8
inch hail was measured at Stapleton Airport.
In 1955... west-northwest winds at 35 mph with gusts as high
as 58 mph briefly reduced the visibility to 1/2 mile in
blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
In 1981... lightning damaged power lines west of Lakewood and
blew up a transformer at the Denver Federal Center. Hail
1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter was reported in Lakewood and
on I-25 south of Denver.
In 2001... hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter was measured
near Commerce City.
In 2003... hail to 3/4 inch in diameter fell near Central
In 2006... unusually warm weather for late may produced two
temperature records. The high temperature of 93 degrees
was a record maximum for the date. The low temperature
of 59 degrees equaled the record high minimum temperature
for the date. Both previous records occurred in 1895.
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