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Statement as of 6:45 PM MDT on March 28, 2015
... This week in Metro Denver weather history...
27-29 in 1948... high winds raked Boulder. A wind gust to 75 mph was
recorded at Valmont. Sustained winds in excess of 35 mph
were estimated in Boulder. Minor damage was reported.
In 1961... heavy snowfall totaled 9.5 inches at Stapleton
Airport over the 3 day period. Most of the snow... 5.3
inches... fell on the 28th. Winds were generally light
and gusted to only 22 mph from the north.
28-29 in 1891... rain changed to snow and totaled 9.7 inches in the
city. Northeast winds were sustained to 12 mph with gusts
to 28 mph on the 28th.
In 1910... a strong cold front brought much wind... rain... and
and snow to the city. Rain on the 28th changed to snow
early on the 29th. Snowfall totaled only 2.8 inches... but
north winds were sustained to 50 mph on the 29th.
Precipitation from the storm totaled 0.96 inch.
In 1994... moist upslope winds combined with an upper level
system to dump 5 to 7 inches of snow along the eastern
foothills and across Metro Denver. Snowfall totaled
6.3 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
northeast winds gusted to 39 mph. Thirteen inches of
new snow were measured at the Eldora ski area west of
28-30 in 1949... a major winter storm dumped 11.3 inches of snow over
downtown Denver. Snowfall totaled 10.4 inches at Stapleton
Airport. North to northeast winds were sustained to 17 mph.
In 1985... a slow moving snow storm moved across the state.
Denver received only 4.0 inches of snowfall with amounts in
the foothills totaling 1 to 2 feet. Still... this was enough
snow in Denver to cause flight delays of up to 6 hours at
Stapleton International Airport on the night of the 29th.
East winds gusted to 28 mph on the 28th.
29 in 1887... west winds sustained to 44 mph warmed the
temperature to a high of 62 degrees.
In 1921... Post-frontal northeast winds were sustained to
46 mph with gusts to 52 mph.
In 1925... southeast winds were sustained to 46 mph with
gusts to 48 mph. These were the strongest winds of the
month that year. The winds warmed the temperature to a
high of 72 degrees.
In 1934... a construction worker was killed by lightning as
he walked with a shovel on his shoulder along Cherry
Creek in the city. The thunderstorm produced light rain.
In 1967... a southwest wind gust to 52 mph was recorded at
Stapleton International Airport. The warm Chinook winds
warmed the temperature to 79 degrees equaling the record
for the date.
In 1979... a tornado touched down 4 miles southwest of Parker...
but caused no reported damage.
In 1998... four children attending a birthday party in Denver
were injured when an apparent dry microburst produced a
sudden strong wind gust which blew an inflatable playhouse
they were occupying into a neighbors yard. The playhouse
scraped the roof of the host's two-story house... then landed
in the adjoining yard. The children were treated for minor
head injuries and cuts.
29-30 in 1938... overnight heavy snowfall was 6.3 inches over
In 1982... strong winds buffeted Metro Denver... breaking windows
and damaging roofs. Wind gusts to 90 mph were recorded in
Boulder and 51 mph at Stapleton Airport. The strong winds
flattened a condominium under construction in Lakewood.
In 1991... 1 to 6 inches of snow fell across Metro Denver with
the heaviest snow confined to the foothills. Six inches of
snow was recorded at South Platte in the foothills
southwest of Denver and 3 inches at Castle Rock. Snowfall
totaled only 0.7 inch at Stapleton International Airport
where northeast winds gusted to 33 mph on the 29th.
29-31 in 1970... snowfall totaled 6.0 inches at Stapleton
International Airport. Heavy snow accumulation in Boulder
on the 29th caused the collapse of a carport at an apartment
building... damaging 11 automobiles. Northeast winds gusted
to 24 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
30 in 1895... rain changed to sleet... then snow... and totaled 8.0
inches in downtown Denver. Strong Post-frontal northeast
winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts to 61 mph.
Temperatures hovered around 30 degrees all day.
In 1968... microburst winds associated with virga and brief
light rain gusted to 46 mph at Stapleton International
In 1983... winds gusted to 82 mph at the National center for
atmospheric research in Boulder with peak gusts of 70 to
80 mph in the foothills. Minor damage occurred at a
construction site and to some homes in Boulder. West
winds gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
30-31 in 1896... heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches in downtown
Denver. Northwest winds gusted to 26 mph.
In 1897... rain changed to snow during the early morning of
the 30th and totaled 6.2 inches before ending during
the late morning of the 31st. Northwest winds were
sustained to 35 mph with gusts to 46 mph.
In 1929... heavy snowfall of 7.0 inches was recorded over
downtown Denver. Northwest winds were sustained to
23 mph on the 30th.
In 1953... heavy snowfall totaled 8.6 inches at Stapleton
Airport where northeast winds gusted to 23 mph.
In 1955... a vigorous cold front produced north winds at 40 mph
with gusts as high as 54 mph at Stapleton Airport. Rain
and snow showers and blowing dust accompanied the front.
Snowfall totaled only 0.1 inch at Stapleton Airport on
In 1988... snow began falling on the afternoon of the 30th and
continued through the 31st... burying Metro Denver. Twelve
to 18 inches of snow fell in the foothills to the west of
Denver and Boulder with 6 to 12 inches across the rest of
Metro Denver. The storm disrupted aircraft operations
at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled
7.1 inches and north winds gusting to 32 mph reduced the
visibility to less than 1/4 mile at times... causing air
traffic delays of 2 to 3 hours.
In 2000... heavy snow once again developed over the foothills
and the higher terrain to the south of Metro Denver.
Snowfall totals from the storm included: 16 inches atop
Squaw Mountain... 15 inches near Rollinsville... 13 inches
near Evergreen... 12 inches near Morrison... 11 inches in
Coal Creek Canyon... 10 inches near Blackhawk and in
Eldorado Springs... 9 inches at ken caryl ranch and Larkspur...
and 8 inches near Elizabeth. Snowfall totaled only 4.1
inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
Airport. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
International Airport on the 30th.
In 2005... a strong Spring storm intensified over the
eastern plains of Colorado and produced near-blizzard
conditions to the east and southeast of Denver overnight.
North to northwest winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts
to 50 mph produced extensive blowing snow and caused
near zero visibilities at times and snow drifts from
2 to 4 feet in depth. Snowfall amounts included:
12 inches near Bennett... 8 inches around Castle Rock...
7 inches near Sedalia... and 6 inches near Parker.
Only 0.3 inch of snow was reported at Denver Stapleton.
At Denver International Airport... north winds gusted to
37 mph on the 30th and 36 mph on the 31st.
In 2014... on the evening of the 30th... high based showers
and thunderstorms produced microburst winds over northern
Jefferson... eastern Boulder and southwest Weld counties.
Peak wind reports included: 77 mph at white ranch open
space; 72 mph... 2 miles north of longmont; 67 mph near Erie
and firestone; 60 mph near Mead and 59 mph... 5 miles
northwest of henderson; with 53 mph at Denver internatinal
Airport. The wind downed power lines in Weld County which
sparked a small fire. High winds then developed in the
Front Range foothills and urban corridor through the
morning of the 31st. Peak wind gusts included: 98 mph
near Gold hill; 77 mph near Eldorado springs; 61 mph at
Centennial airport; 59 mph at Buckley air force; with 44
mph at Denver International Airport.
31 in 1873... high winds damaged buildings in the city.
Northwest winds with sustained velocities to near 40 mph
blew from 9:00 am until sunset.
In 1937... north to northeast winds sustained to 25 mph with
gusts to 32 mph produced a light dust storm in the city
during the afternoon.
In 1971... wind gusts to 92 mph were recorded in the South
Hills area of Boulder. At the National Bureau of standards
in Boulder sustained winds of 46 mph with gusts to 83 mph
were measured. Damage was minor. Northwest winds gusted
to 41 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1983... high winds with gusts to 70 mph in Boulder caused
31-1 in 1876... heavy snow began during the night and lasted all
day on the 31st and through the morning of the 1st. The
average depth of snow fall was 10 to 12 inches... but strong
winds whipped the snow into drifts of 8 to 10 feet deep on
the streets of the city. Precipitation from the storm was
1.03 inches on the 31st and 0.37 inch on the 1st.
In 1891... heavy moist snowfall totaled 18.0 inches in the
city. Northeast winds were sustained to 20 mph with gusts
to 24 mph on the 31st.
In 1936... northeast winds sustained to 21 mph produced a
light dust storm in the city.
In 1975... a major storm dumped 9.3 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds
gusted to 41 mph. Rain changed to snow on the afternoon
of the 31st... reducing the visibility to as low as 1/8 mile.
Snow continued all day on the 1st and accumulated to a depth
of 8 inches on the ground. The minimum temperature of 10
degrees on the 1st set a new record low for the date.
31-2 in 1980... the second major blizzard in 5 days buried much of
eastern Colorado under 6 to 12 inches of snow. Some drifts
were up to 22 feet high. Hundreds of travelers were
stranded. Over 3000 families were without power.
Livestock losses were high. Metro Denver escaped the
main brunt of this storm. At Stapleton International
Airport... only 6.3 inches of snow fell over the 3-day period
and north winds gusted to only 22 mph on the 1st.
31-3 in 1979... total snowfall of 6.6 inches was measured at
Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 31 mph on the 31st. The greatest accumulation of snow
on the ground was 3 inches on the 1st.
31-4 in 1905... much rain and some snow occurred over the 5 days
behind an apparent cold front. Precipitation totaled 2.00
inches. There was a thunderstorm on the 3rd. Snowfall
totaled 3.0 inches on the 4th. North winds were sustained
to 34 mph on the 1st and 2nd and to 30 mph on the 3rd.
High temperatures during the period ranged from the upper
30's to the lower 40's. Low temperatures were in the upper
20's and lower 30's.
1 in 1987... a vigorous cold front produced 2.3 inches of snowfall
at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
gusted to 39 mph. The temperature dropped from a maximum of
59 degrees at mid-morning to a low of 25 degrees at midnight.
1-2 in 1963... strong winds buffeted Metro Denver... while wind-
whipped fires consumed grassland on the plains. A child
was injured by a wind blown falling tree in Castle Rock.
Southwest winds gusted to 52 mph at Stapleton Airport...
causing some blowing dust. The worst fire storm burned
over 25 thousand acres of grazing land in southern Weld
County near Roggen northeast of Denver.
In 1984... a snowstorm with near-blizzard conditions over
eastern Colorado closed many roads... including I-70 and I-76
east of Denver and I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs.
At Stapleton International Airport... snowfall totaled only
2.5 inches... but north winds gusted to 45 mph on the 2nd.
In 1999... moist upslope conditions allowed heavy snow to
develop in the Front Range foothills where snowfall totals
included: 10 inches at Aspen Park and evergreen; 9 inches
at Turkey creek; 8 inches at Idaho Springs and genesee;
7 inches at Aspen Springs... Crow Hill... intercanyon... and
Lake George. In Metro Denver snowfall totals included:
10 inches south of sedalia; 8 inches in littleton; 7 inches
at morrison; 6 inches at Highlands ranch; and 4 to 5 inches
in Northglenn... Parker and near Louisville. Snowfall totaled
4.7 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International
1-3 in 1945... snow fell across Metro Denver for a total of 51
consecutive hours. While the storm was not accompanied by
excessive snow... the long duration made the event a heavy
snow producer. Snowfall totaled 10.7 inches in downtown
Denver with 9.5 inches recorded at Stapleton Airport. North
winds were sustained to 21 mph on the 1st; otherwise winds
were not strong. The air mass was very cold for April.
The high temperatures of 26 on the 2nd and 17 on the 3rd
were record low maximums for the dates. The latter was also
a record low maximum for the month. Warm weather following
the storm quickly melted the snow.
In 1973... heavy snow fell at Stapleton International Airport
where 8.7 inches were measured. Snow began late on the 1st
and continued through early morning on the 3rd. Thunder
accompanied the snow during the late morning and afternoon
of the 2nd. North winds gusted to 33 mph on the 2nd and
37 mph on the 3rd. Snow only accumulated to a depth of
5 inches on the ground due to melting.
In 1977 a foot of snow fell in Boulder and Broomfield. The
Denver-Boulder Turnpike was closed for an hour after
numerous minor traffic accidents. At Stapleton
International Airport... snowfall totaled 4.7 inches and
southeast winds gusted to 32 mph on the 2nd. The greatest
depth of snow on the ground was only 3 inches due to
2 in 1894... northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with
gusts to 48 mph. The warm Chinook winds warmed the
temperature to a high of 70 degrees.
In 1925... north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts
to 42 mph.
In 1957... a heavy snow storm dumped 17.3 inches of snow at
Stapleton Airport. Strong gusty north winds to 31 mph
reduced visibilities to 1/8 mile at times and created
blizzard conditions. The 24-hour snowfall had been
exceeded only twice in previous records... and the 24 hour
precipitation of 2.05 inches was the third heaviest of
previous record during April.
In 1959... a cold front produced strong gusty winds across
Metro Denver. North winds gusting to 50 and 60 mph caused
some minor damage to power lines and signs and caused dust
storms on the plains east of Denver. A wind gust to 49 mph
was recorded at Stapleton Airport.
In 1966... northwest winds gusting to 52 mph produced blowing
dust... which briefly reduced the visibility to 1 mile at
Stapleton International Airport.
In 1975... the all-time lowest recorded temperature in April...
2 degrees below zero... occurred. This is also the latest
below zero reading for the season.
In 1982... a strong windstorm struck all of Metro Denver...
causing minor damage. Wind gusts to 127 mph were recorded
at Rocky Flats south of Boulder... 116 mph at Wondervu... 100
mph at Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield... and 56 mph at
Stapleton International Airport. The strong winds whipped
up blowing dust... briefly reducing the visibility to 3/4 mile.
In 1986... heavy thunderstorms produced wind gusts to about 70
mph in Boulder. A severe thunderstorm wind gust to 62 mph
was recorded at Stapleton International Airport. The strong
winds kicked up thick clouds of blowing dust severely
restricting surface visibility.
In 1997... a Pacific storm left heavy snow in the foothills with
lesser amounts across the city. Snowfall totaled 12 inches
near Blackhawk... 11 inches at Golden Gate Canyon... 10 inches
at Conifer and crowhill... 9 inches at Evergreen... 5 inches
at Sedalia... and 4 inches at Castle Rock and Morrison. Only
2.1 inches of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton
International Airport. Northwest winds gusted to 21 mph
at Denver International Airport.
In 1998... a major Spring storm brought heavy snow to Metro
Denver and the foothills. Snowfall totals ranged from
12 to 22 inches in the foothills with 4 to 12 inches across
Metro Denver. Snowfall totals included: 22.5 inches near
conifer; 13 inches in Coal Creek canyon; 12 inches near
Blackhawk... Eldora... and genesee; 10 inches near Evergreen
and nederland; 9 inches in lakewood; 8 inches in Broomfield
and northwest denver; and 7.0 inches at the site of the
former Stapleton International Airport. Northeast winds
gusted to 31 mph at Denver International Airport.
In 2002... snowfall was only a trace at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport. This was the only snowfall
of the month... ranking the month... along with previous months...
the 2nd least snowiest on record.
2-3 in 1955... strong west to southwest winds raked Metro Denver on
both days. Sustained winds as high as 37 mph with gusts to
60 mph were recorded at Stapleton Airport where the
visibility was reduced to 1/4 mile in blowing dust.
In 1974... a heavy snowfall of 6.7 inches was accompanied by
northeast wind gusts to 33 mph which produced some blowing
snow across Metro Denver. Over eastern Colorado many
highways and schools were closed due to near-blizzard
conditions from the storm.
In 1986... the worst snow storm of the season blasted Metro
Denver. Heavy snow and high winds combined to close roads...
schools... and airports. Portions of all Interstate highways
out of Denver were closed at times. The snow came after an
exceptionally mild late winter and early spring; trees and
bushes had already bloomed and leafed out. The snow and
wind snapped many of these... causing power outages. Total
snowfall amounts in Metro Denver ranged from 1 to 2 feet
with 2 to 3 feet in the foothills. Snowfall totaled 12.6
inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds
gusting to 39 mph reduced the visibility to 1/8 mile in snow
and blowing snow. Most of the snow fell on the 3rd when
temperatures hovered around 30 degrees for most of the day.
The heavy snow halted traffic and closed businesses. A 59-
year-old man was found dead from exposure in northwest
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