... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
30-1 in 1929... heavy snow blanketed the city. Snowfall totaled
9.8 inches downtown. North winds were sustained to 32
mph with gusts to 37 mph on the 30th.
In 1970... high winds blasted Boulder and the eastern plains.
In Boulder... a wind gust to 112 mph was recorded at the
National center for atmospheric research with a gust to
96 mph at the National Bureau of standards. In downtown
Boulder... wind gusts reached 76 mph. At Stapleton
International Airport... winds gusted to 47 mph. The high
winds caused widespread light to moderate property damage
across most of Metro Denver. Roofs... signs... trees... power
lines... and other property were damaged. Blowing dust
reduced visibility to near zero over most of eastern
Colorado. Several Mobile homes... campers... and semi-
trailers were blown off the highways north of Denver.
In 1985... an intrusion of cold Arctic air into Metro Denver
resulted in setting 3 temperature records. The temperature
climbed to only 17 degrees on the 30th... setting a record low
maximum for the date. On the 1st... the temperature plunged
to 6 degrees below zero... setting a record low for the date...
and warmed to only 7 degrees... setting a record low maximum
for the date.
30-2 in 1975... very strong Chinook winds up to 100 mph caused
damage to homes... aircraft... aircraft hangars... Mobile homes...
cars... and power lines along the eastern foothills. Strong
northwest winds gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International
Airport on both the 30th and the 1st.
1 in 1899... northwest Chinook winds were sustained to 47 mph
with gusts to 60 mph. The strong Chinook winds warmed
the temperature to a high of 61 degrees... the warmest
of the month. The low temperature dipped to only 39
In 1972... strong Chinook winds gusted in excess of 65 mph in
Boulder. There were no reports of damage. Northwest
winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton International
In 1992... strong winds continued through the early morning
hours. Wind gusts to over 70 mph were measured at
reporting sites in the foothills west of Denver. In west
Boulder... wind gusts reached 71 mph with 77 mph measured at
Rollinsville. At Stapleton International Airport northwest
winds gusted to 39 mph. The Walker ranch... an historic site
west of Boulder... burned down overnight during the high wind
event. Although the winds did not cause the fire... they did
hamper efforts to extinguish the blaze.
In 1996... high winds howled in and near the Front Range
foothills. Winds gusted to 105 mph at Wondervu southwest
of Boulder and to 70 mph at Jefferson County Airport near
Broomfield. West winds gusted to only 24 mph at Denver
1-2 in 1933... apparent Post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 8.0
inches across downtown Denver. North winds were sustained
to 17 mph with an extreme velocity to 18 mph on the 1st.
In 1981 strong winds gusted to over 70 mph along the
foothills. A peak gust to 100 mph was recorded at
Wondervu. A gust to 94 mph was recorded just west of
Boulder. Roofs on houses were damaged in the Evergreen
area... and some Mobile homes also were damaged. At
Stapleton International Airport... northwest winds gusted
44 mph on the 1st and 37 mph on the 2nd.
1-5 in 1913... the 1st marked the start of the heaviest 5-day
total snowfall in the city's history. During this period
snowfall totaled 45.7 inches. Starting on the 1st... snow
fell intermittently for 3 days and accumulated a little
over 8 inches. On the 4th and 5th... an additional 37.4
inches of snow fell. At Georgetown in the foothills west
of Denver even more snow fell... 86 inches over the 5 days
with the most... 63 inches... on the 4th. In Colorado... snowfall
was heavy along the eastern slopes of the mountains from the
Palmer Divide north. High winds during the storm caused
heavy drifting... which blocked all transportation. Snow
cover of an inch or more from the storm persisted for
60 consecutive days from the 1st through January 29... 1914.
Additional snowfall in December and January prolonged the
number of days. This is the third longest period of snow
cover on record in the city.
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