Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:59 am MST on December 12, 2013
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
2-17 in 1939... more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather
made the month the 3rd warmest on record. Seven daily
temperature records were set... including the all time
record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on
the 5th. Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the
60's and 70's. Low temperatures dipped to freezing or
below on only 5 days. The period was dry with only a
trace of snow on the 12th.
3-15 in 1972... a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on Metro
Denver when maximum temperatures never reached above
freezing for 10 consecutive days from the 3rd through
the 12th and minimum temperatures dipped below zero on
eleven consecutive days from the 5th through the 15th.
Daily low temperature records were set with 15 degrees
below zero on the 5th... 17 degrees below zero on the 6th...
and 18 degrees below zero on the 10th. Daily record low
maximum readings were set with 3 degrees on the 6th and
6 degrees on the 9th. The very cold temperatures were
caused by 3 to 5 inches of snow cover and a Canadian air
8-12 in 1932... the second longest sub-zero period on record in
Denver occurred. The temperature fell below zero shortly
after 1:00 PM on the 8th and remained below zero for 92
hours until 9:00 am on the 12th. The lowest temperature
recorded during this period was 13 degrees below zero on
both the 9th and 11th. That temperature on the 11th was
a record low for the date. High temperatures of 4 on the
8th... 5 below zero on the 9th... 1 below zero on the 10th...
and 6 below zero on the 11th were record low maximum
temperatures for those dates. Light north winds at 5 to
10 mph were accompanied by occasional light snow... which
totaled only 2.2 inches.
9-13 in 1961... cold Arctic air produced a protracted cold period.
The temperature plunged to 16 degrees below zero on the
10th... establishing a new record for the date and the
coldest reading since 25 degrees below zero on February 1...
1951. Low temperatures dipped below zero on 5 consecutive
days with 9 degrees below zero on the 9th... 16 below on the
10th... 10 below on the 11th... and 12 below on both the 12th
and 13th. High temperatures reached only 3 degrees on the
10th and 6 degrees on the 11th.
11-12 in 1903... a sharp cold front on the 11th plunged temperatures
from a high of 59 degrees to a low of 15 degrees... produced
northeast winds sustained to 42 mph along with gusts as
high as 60 mph... and produced 1.3 inches of snow overnight.
The high temperature on the 12th was only 25 degrees.
In 1968... strong winds buffeted the eastern foothills and
plains and caused light... but widespread property damage.
Wind gusts of 50 to 75 mph were reported. West winds
gusted to 52 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
11-13 in 1940... 5.4 inches of snow fell across downtown Denver.
This was the only snowfall of the month. Temperatures
were quite cold on the 13th with a high of 6 degrees and
a low of 2 degrees below zero.
In 1984... up to 6 inches of new snow fell over Metro Denver...
hampering flight operations at Stapleton International
Airport where snowfall totaled 3.8 inches and east winds
gusted to 25 mph on the 11th.
12 in 1937... a thunderstorm... rare in December... produced 0.09
inch of rain in advance of a cold front.
In 1973... high winds occurred across all of Metro Denver
with the foothills area being hit the hardest. A wind gust
to 120 mph was recorded in Boulder where damage to
residences... Mobile homes... fences... and buildings totaled 100
thousand dollars. A northwest wind gust to 66 mph occurred
at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1988... strong winds were recorded in Boulder. Peak wind
gusts reached 70 mph at Table Mesa and 61 mph in east
Boulder. West winds gusted to 31 mph at Stapleton
12-13 in 1916... snowfall totaled 5.7 inches in downtown Denver.
Northeast winds were sustained to 27 mph with gusts to
28 mph on the 12th.
In 1992... an upslope snowstorm whitened Metro Denver. While
snowfall totaled only 4.1 inches at Stapleton International
Airport... 7 inches of new snow fell in Morrison... with 12
inches measured in Castle Rock. North winds gusted to
23 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 13th.
In 1995... strong winds gusting to nearly 100 mph whipped
across the foothills west of Denver. The strongest wind
gusts included 98 mph atop Squaw Mountain and 75 mph at
the Eldora ski area. West-northwest winds gusted to 41
mph at Denver International Airport on the 13th.
12-15 in 1921... downslope Chinook winds produced warm temperatures
in the city... which resulted in 4 temperature records.
High temperatures of 72 degrees on the 13th and 68 degrees
on the 15th were record maximums for the dates. Low
temperatures of 47 degrees on both the 12th and 13th were
record high minimums for the dates. West winds were
sustained to 38 mph on the 12th and to 25 mph on the