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Statement as of 7:45 PM MDT on July 04, 2015


... This week in Metro Denver weather history...

29-15 in 2000... the 29th marked the beginning of a near record hot
        streak for Metro Denver. The high temperatures... as recorded
        at Denver International Airport... exceeded the 90 degree mark
        for 17 consecutive days from June 29th through July 15th.
        The record of 24 consecutive 90 degree or above days was
        set from July 13th through August 5th... 2008.
1-18 in 1874... a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak that was later set
        in the Summer of 1901. The record of 24 consecutive days
        was established in the Summer of 2008.
1-31 in 2012... it was the hottest July on record in Denver since
        weather records began in 1872. The average temperature for
        the month was 78.9 degrees which was 4.7 degrees above
        normal. There were 27 days in which the high temperature
        equaled or exceeded 90 degrees... which established a new
        record. There were also 7 days in which the temperature
        equaled or exceeded 100 degrees which tied the record
        set in 2005.
4-5 in 1875... nearly every Railroad running into the city was
        damaged by heavy thunderstorm rains. The heavy rains
        washed out wooden bridges over normally dry creeks.
        Some trains were entirely suspended. In the city... heavy
        thunderstorm rain totaled 1.05 inches on the 4th... but
        only 0.28 inch on the 5th.
4-8 in 1989... one of the most intense heat waves on record roasted
        Metro Denver. The temperature reached 100 degrees or more
        on 5 consecutive days. The city had previously never
        recorded more than 2 straight 100-degree days since records
        began in 1872. Water and electricity usage reached all time
        highs. The heat wave created extremely dry weather
        conditions... which contributed to a major Forest fire in
        Boulder Canyon on July 9th. The temperature reached 103
        degrees on the 8th... and the Mercury climbed to 101 degrees
        on both the 4th and 5th... and to 102 degrees on both the
        6th and 7th. The low temperature of 68 degrees on the 8th
        equaled the record high minimum for the date.
5 in 1908... a late evening thunderstorm produced sustained north
        winds to 40 mph... hail... and 0.45 inch of precipitation.
      In 1949... a dust devil... possibly a small tornado... was observed
        3 miles to the northwest of Stapleton Airport.
      In 1973... the temperature reached 100 degrees at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1974... strong thunderstorm winds damaged a Mobile home... a
        barn... two houses... and several sheds near Watkins.
      In 1975... a thunderstorm wind gust to 53 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport. Hail up to 3/4 inch in
        diameter fell over the northwest suburbs and in northwest
        Denver.
      In 1977 three houses in Denver were struck by lightning.
        Some heavy damage and fire occurred.
      In 1990... lightning caused minor damage to houses in Castle
        Rock... Louviers... and Littleton.
      In 1996... lightning caused only minor damage when it struck
        a home in Evergreen. Lightning from a fast moving
        thunderstorm blasted a large hole in the side of a house
        in Lakewood. Lightning triggered a minor power outage in
        the Boulder area. About 200 homes were affected.
      In 2001... severe thunderstorm winds gusted to 60 mph at Denver
        International Airport and to 70 mph... 7 miles southwest of
        the Airport.
      In 2008... microburst winds downed a large tree and some power
        lines near a Denver apartment complex. Several of the
        tenants' vehicles were damaged.
      In 2009... a wet microburst produced very strong winds in and
        just east of Denver. A peak wind gust of 69 mph was
        measured 1.5 miles east of Denver. In addition... 1.50
        inches of rain fell in 30 minutes. A peak wind gust to
        68 mph was also observed near Byers. Southwest winds
        gusted to 31 mph at Denver International Airport. The
        Airport also recieved 0.30 inches of rainfall.
6 in 1876... the high temperature reached 101 degrees in
        downtown Denver.
      In 1943... four people were injured by lightning in Denver
        during a severe early evening thunderstorm. At least
        two houses were set on fire by the lightning. One house
        had $1500 in damage and the other $1000.
      In 1959... wind and lightning caused some damage in Metro
        Denver. Wind gusts to 67 mph blew down power lines... signs...
        and trees. Lightning struck several transformers... leaving
        many areas without power.
      In 1971... a microburst wind gust to 68 mph was recorded at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1973... the temperature reached a high of 103 degrees.
        This was the second consecutive day with a temperature
        of 100 degrees or more.
      In 1984... a weak tornado moved through eastern Aurora. About
        10 homes sustained minor damage to roofs; some sections of
        fence were thrown more than a block. Soft hail... an inch in
        diameter... fell over central Aurora... and 1.35 inches of rain
        fell in just 45 minutes... 5 miles east of Buckley field.
        Torrential rain and hail stopped traffic on I-225 in central
        Aurora for 15 minutes. Street flooding was widespread. A
        wind gust to 57 mph was recorded in southeast Aurora. A
        wind gust to 66 mph was reported at Front Range Airport near
        Bennett. Northwest winds gusted to 44 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport where only 1/8 inch hail fell.
      In 1986... one inch diameter hail fell near Conifer in the
        foothills west of Denver. The storm produced 1.50 inches of
        rain in an hour with a storm total of 2.15 inches. Nearby
        Buffalo Creek was drenched with 0.80 inch of rain in
        just 10 minutes.
      In 1996... 3/4 inch diameter hail fell in Bennett... east of
        Denver. Hail... as large as 1 1/2 inches in diameter...
        damaged several vehicles in the parking lot of the
        Colorado Speedway Race Track near Dacono north of Denver.
        Several trees were also damaged.
      In 2001... a severe thunderstorm wind gust to 59 mph was
        recorded at Denver International Airport... along with small
        hail.
      In 2009... hail up to 1 inch in diameter was observed near
        Longmont.
      In 2010... heavy rain caused flash flooding near Interstate 70
        at the Byers Exit. Two feet of water was observed moving
        across the bottom of exit ramp. One car was washed into a
        tree but no one was injured. In addition... severe
        thunderstorms produced hail up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter
        near Franktown. At Denver International Airport... only 0.01
        inches of rainfall was observed. A peak wind gust to 45
        mph from the west was also recorded.
6-23 in 1901... a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        tied for second with another streak set in the Summer of
        1874. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in
        the Summer of 2008.
7 in 1905... a thunderstorm produced sustained northeast winds
        to 40 mph... but only a trace of rain.
      In 1933... heavy cloudbursts during the afternoon in the
        Idledale area and on Saw Mill gulch caused flash flooding
        on Bear Creek resulting in 7 deaths. Flooding in Morrison
        was compounded when a wall of water as high as 15 feet
        swept down Mount Vernon creek. The flooding caused
        extensive damage to The Bear Creek Canyon Highway.
      In 1959... wind gusts to 45 mph at Stapleton Airport... but higher
        in other areas... damaged power lines and buildings and caused
        widespread minor damage from falling trees and broken limbs.
        A field house under construction at Adams County High School
        in Commerce City sustained severe damage.
      In 1963... farm buildings east of Boulder were possibly damaged
        by a small tornado as there were unconfirmed reports of a
        funnel cloud in the area.
      In 1967... a storm of cloudburst proportion caused damage from
        flooding in southwest and south Denver. Unofficial reports
        indicated rainfall of 2.00 inches in 30 minutes and more
        than 3.00 inches total from the storm. Streets and
        buildings were flooded by the heavy run-off. Hail in some
        areas contributed to flooding by blocking storm drains.
        Water accumulated 12 to 14 feet deep in several underpasses
        and some street intersections. A Young woman drowned when
        she tried to cross a flooded street and was swept off her
        feet and trapped under a parked car. Water reached a depth
        of 5 feet in the street. Police rescued numerous stranded
        motorists. The roof and wall of a flat roofed store
        building collapsed under the weight of deep water on the
        roof. Cars were washed over curbs in many areas. In
        southwest Metro Denver... 100 to 150 homes were flooded.
        Hail caused damage in other areas of Denver and in Aurora.
        Wind toppled trees in several areas. Snowplows were called
        out to clear hail from some highways and runways at
        Stapleton International Airport. Lightning damaged trees
        and power lines and started a fire... which extensively
        damaged an automobile dealership. Thunderstorm rainfall
        totaled 0.83 inch at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1981... severe thunderstorms produced 3/4 inch hail over
        east Denver. About 1 1/2 inches of rain fell in
        Littleton. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 45 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1983... tennis Ball size hail fell about 5 miles north of
        boulder; it was soft and caused no damage.
      In 1987... a weak tornado touched down in Castle Rock. Several
        weak tornadoes were observed in the area. No damage was
        reported.
      In 1988... lightning struck a sign at a bank near Louisville...
        damaging it and causing a smoldering fire that resulted in
        smoke damage to the bank and an adjacent building. Heavy
        thunderstorm rain... accompanied by 1/2 inch diameter hail at
        Stapleton International Airport... briefly reduced the
        visibility to 1/4 mile. Rainfall totaled 1.41 inches...
        but 1.12 inches fell in 32 minutes.
      In 2001... severe thunderstorms dumped large hail across North
        Metro Denver. Hail to 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell near
        Erie with 7/8 inch hail measured in Thornton.
      In 2004... a 9-year-old boy was struck by lightning while at
        a playground in Arvada. The Umpire at a nearby baseball
        game... along with 2 passers-by... administrated cpr and
        resuscitated the boy who had quit breathing. The boy
        suffered first and second degree Burns... but was released
        from the hospital in less than 24 hours. A dry microburst
        over Denver International Airport produced a peak wind gust
        to 61 mph.
      In 2006... up to 3 inches of heavy thunderstorm rainfall in
        the Hayman wildfire burn area produced destructive flash
        flooding along West Creek between the towns of Deckers and
        Westcreek in southwest Douglas County. Horse Creek... which
        drains into West Creek... swelled from a normally small creek
        into a raging torrent... 25 to 30 feet deep and 300 feet wide.
        The wall of water damaged or destroyed about 30 sections of
        a 5 mile stretch of State Highway 67... which parallels West
        Creek. Several homes were extensively damaged or destroyed.
        No injuries were reported... but several people had to be
        rescued... due to extensive damage to access roads and bridges
        in the area. Reconstruction was estimated at 13.3 million
        dollars.
      In 2011... heavy rain associated with a wet microbursts produced
        over 3 inches of rain in 90 minutes across southeast Denver.
        In Denver... some underpasses were flooded with several feet
        of water which stranded motorists. As a result... the Fire
        Department conducted at least 10 water rescues. Some
        basements were inundated with up to 4 feet of water which
        caused extensive flood damage. The Platte valley and
        western model Railroad club's model train display in Union
        Station was also damaged when 3 to 4 inches of mud and water
        spilled over some of the command and control systems. Several
        display modules and scenery pieces in a storage room were
        also damaged. The entire display spanned more than one
        thousand feet of track in a room that was once used as the
        jail at Union Station in the 1900s. Urban and Small Stream
        flooding was reported across the surrounding Denver suburbs.
        The storm left about 28000 xcel customers without power when
        the storm snapped trees and power lines. In addition... heavy
        rain produced flash flooding in the Four Mile Canyon burn
        scar. Four debris slides occurred along Four Mile Canyon
        drive... including one that was 100 yards wide and 4 feet deep.
        Several Rockslides were reported in lefthand and Boulder
        canyons. At Denver International Airport... 1.04 inches of
        rain was observed. A peak wind gust of 46 mph from the
        southeast was also observed.
      In 2012... heavy rain produced flash flooding in Boulder County
        near Jamestown. James Canyon drive was closed after heavy
        rain washed out a section of the roadway. Heavy rain washed
        out a section of Magnolia Road... east-southeast of Nederland.
        Nearby... a trained spotter 4 miles east-northeast of Nederland...
        measured 2.20 inches of rainfall. Flash flooding was also
        reported in the Fourmile burn area along Summerville Road.
        In Dacono... in southern Weld County... the Colorado Department
        of Transportation used snowplows to clear standing water... up
        to 6 inches deep... from a section of Interstate 25. The
        Interstate was closed in both directions for nearly two hours.
        South of the Denver... in central Douglas County... flash
        flooding was reported near Perry Park... where 2.5 inches of
        rain fell in one hour.
7-25 in 1934... a streak of 15 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        ranked 5th on the list of hot streaks. The record of
        24 consecutive days was established in the Summer of
        2008.
8 in 1905... a thunderstorm produced 0.82 inch of rainfall and
        northeast winds sustained to 48 mph.
      In 1977... strong winds turned over 2 light aircraft at Arapahoe
        County Airport... now Centennial Airport.
      In 1987... a weak tornado was observed near Bennett.
      In 1988... three separate tornadoes were sighted near Bennett.
        No damage was reported. One inch diameter hail was also
        reported.
      In 1991... lightning started three house fires in Castle Rock.
        Damage totaled 13 thousand dollars. No injuries were
        reported.
      In 1993... a dry thunderstorm microburst wind gust to 55 mph
        briefly reduced the surface visibility to 3 miles at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1997... one construction worker was killed and two others
        injured when a strong thunderstorm wind gust caused the
        scaffolding they were standing on to collapse near Parker.
        A dry microburst produced a wind gust to 54 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
      In 1998... heavy thunderstorm rain forced the closure of
        Hampden Avenue between I-25 and Havana street in southeast
        Denver. The high water made 2 or 3 lanes of the street
        impassable.
      In 2001... severe thunderstorms produced large hail... damaging
        winds... and heavy rain across south Metro Denver. Two
        people received minor injuries when a severe thunderstorm
        wind gust to 58 mph blew over several tents at the Cherry
        Creek arts festival. The same storm caused the roof of a
        hardware store in Tamarac square to collapse. One employee
        received minor injuries when she was struck in the head by
        falling debris. The combination of intense rain and wind
        downed trees and power lines. Electrical power outages
        affected 35 thousand homes and businesses. At least 50
        trees in city Parks across south Denver were damaged. Up
        to 4.50 inches of thunderstorm rain fell across portions of
        southeast Metro Denver. The underpass at I-25 and Parker
        Road was inundated with 5 feet of water. Several other
        streets and underpasses in Aurora were also closed due to
        high water. Heavy rain caused extensive damage to several
        exhibits at the Cherry Creek arts festival. Flash flooding
        occurred when heavy thunderstorm rainfall caused Toll Gate
        creek to jump its banks. Several underpasses across south
        Denver had to be closed due to high water. A man received
        minor injuries when lightning struck a nearby tree at the
        wellshire Golf course. Hail as large as 1 1/4 inches in
        diameter fell in Englewood with 1 inch hail in the city of
        Denver... and 3/4 inch hail in Littleton. Thunderstorm winds
        gusted to 63 mph at Denver International Airport and to 62
        mph in Englewood.
      In 2005... a tornado touched down briefly near Brighton... but
        caused no damage.
      In 2011... severe thunderstorms produced hail... up to 1 inch
        in diameter... and wind gusts to 60 mph across parts of
        Adams... Broomfield and Denver counties. At Denver
        International Airport... a peak wind gust to 59 mph from the
        west.
9 in 1872... a very brisk wind between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM
        spread a cloud of dust and sand into the city.
      In 1874... northeast winds at sustained speeds up to 36 mph
        blew immense clouds of dust from the prairie through the
        streets of the city around mid-morning. The houses
        across the street from the weather station were not
        visible at the peak of the storm.
      In 1875... heavy thunderstorm rains caused stream flooding...
        which damaged nearly all railroads into the city. Rainfall
        in the city was only 0.14 inch.
      In 1953... heavy thunderstorm rains caused an estimated
        2 million dollars damage from flooded stores and basements
        across Metro Denver. The flood waters reached a depth of
        3 feet on streets in some sections of the city... damaging
        streets and automobiles. The heavy rainfall at Lowry Air
        Force base totaled 3.90 inches. At Stapleton Airport where
        the heavy rain briefly reduced the surface visibility to
        1/2 mile... only 1.05 inches of rain were measured. North
        winds gusting to 52 mph caused some damage in east Denver.
      In 1982... two small tornadoes were spotted east of Rocky Flats...
        and a tornado touched down briefly 5 miles east of Brighton.
        No damage was reported.
      In 1984... heavy rain fell over southern sections of Metro
        Denver. Rainfall totaled 1.50 inches in just 15 minutes
        between Littleton and Sedalia.
      In 1987... a thunderstorm microburst produced a wind gust of 58
        mph at Erie north of Denver.
      In 1988... hail to 3/4 inch in diameter piled up 2 to 4 inches
        deep in Idaho Springs. Some basements were flooded and
        several thousand gallons of fuel were contaminated when
        water flooded a gasoline storage tank. A tornado sighted
        near Manilla 5 miles west of Bennett remained on the
        ground for 9 minutes. No damage was reported.

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