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Statement as of 2:59 am MDT on August 23, 2014

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

19-30 in 1875...grasshoppers appeared in great numbers at 10:00 am on the 19th. Thousands landed on the ground. The streets were literally covered with them. Swarms of grasshoppers were seen on each day. All gardens in the city were devastated...and in the Countryside the grasshoppers were very destructive to ripened grain. On the 30th the grasshoppers were so numerous as to almost darken the sun. 22-24 in 1987...some locations in Metro Denver had a total 3-day rainfall of 2 to 4 inches. Rainfall totaled 0.96 inch at Stapleton International Airport. 23 in 1900...northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts to 49 mph. In 1921...a thunderstorm cloudburst produced 2.20 inches of rainfall in an hour over downtown Denver. This is the greatest 1 hour rainfall on record at the official observing site in the city. Precipitation totaled 2.93 inches...which is the greatest calendar day precipitation ever recorded in August. In 1941...one man was killed by lightning about 2 miles from the official weather station in downtown Denver. In 1962...a home near Boulder was destroyed by a lightning- caused fire. In 1968...strong winds buffeted Boulder briefly during the early morning hours. At the National center for atmospheric research...winds averaged 55 mph with gusts to 85 mph. Damage was minor. Northwest winds gusted to 31 mph at Stapleton International Airport. In 1977...lightning damaged at least 6 homes in Aurora. In 2008...a landspout touched down near Westcreek in Douglas County. One man was seriously injured when he tried to escaped several falling trees in his atv. One of the trees struck his back and broke two vertebra. Another Camper narrowly escaped injury. Seconds after he back up his truck...a tree came down where it had been parked.

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