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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on August 01, 2014


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

18-2 in 1987... a streak of 16 consecutive days of 90 degrees
        ranked 4th on the list of hot streaks. The record of
        24 consecutive days was established in the Summer of
        2008.
1 in 1888... heavy rain in the mountains and foothills caused
        flooding on Clear Creek in Golden. The high waters also
        washed away portions of the Railroad tracks in the canyon
        between Idaho Springs and Golden.
      In 1901... the temperature reached a high of 100 degrees in
        the city.
      In 1902... the high temperature climbed to 100 degrees in
        downtown Denver.
      In 1914... a thunderstorm produced 1.00 inch of rainfall in
        just 21 minutes and north winds sustained at 43 mph with
        gusts to 50 mph. Rainfall totaled 1.17 inches.
      In 1938... the temperature climbed to a high of 100 degrees
        in downtown Denver... which is the record maximum for the
        date. The temperature was also recorded on this date in
        previous years.
      In 1976... flight operations at Stapleton International Airport
        were suspended for 90 minutes when the Airport Tower radar
        was knocked out and water reached a foot deep on some taxi
        ramps after 1.50 inches of rain fell in one hour. Heavy
        rain also caused minor flooding in east Denver and Aurora
        where lightning damaged the roof of a home and injured the
        owner. One Young man was swept down a flooded ditch... but
        was rescued by firemen. A number of rafts were floated in
        flooded streets. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 1.71 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1978... a tornado damaged a house and broke a power pole
        5 miles northwest of Parker. A microburst wind gust to
        52 mph briefly reduced visibility to 1 mile in blowing
        dust at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1985... heavy thunderstorms roared through the southern and
        western sections of Metro Denver... producing large hail
        and heavy rain. Lightning hit a recreational vehicle
        trailer causing it to burn. There was a lot of street
        flooding over western suburbs where rainfall totaled
        over 2 inches in some areas. One inch diameter hail was
        reported in Littleton and near Evergreen. Hail piled 4
        to 6 inches deep at Tinytown in the foothills southwest
        of Denver.
      In 1990... a small rope-like tornado was spotted in open
        country 15 miles southeast of Centennial Airport.
        No damage was reported from the twister.
      In 1992... pilots reported a funnel cloud near the
        construction site of the new Denver International
        Airport. A few minutes later... a tornado was reported
        near Bennett. The tornado remained on the ground for
        about 18 minutes and was visible from the National
        Weather Service office at Stapleton International
        Airport. Thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph were
        reported near Bennett and Watkins with a wind gust
        to 60 mph at Brighton. Two men were injured when
        struck by lightning. A Young man sustained serious
        injuries when struck by lightning while jet skiing on
        Cherry Creek Reservoir. A man received only minor
        injuries when struck by lightning while golfing in
        Westminster.
      In 1994... heavy thunderstorm rains in the foothills west
        of Denver caused the closure of the Virginia Canyon
        Road north of Idaho Springs by rocks and debris.
      In 2001... a 34 year old man on the South Platte river bike
        path in Denver received minor injuries when lightning
        struck a nearby tree. Lightning... coupled with strong
        thunderstorm winds... knocked out electrical power to
        about 10 thousand homes and businesses in Golden.
      In 2006... strong thunderstorms hit southern Metro Denver.
        A severe thunderstorm wind gust estimated to 71 mph
        knocked down a tree in Aurora near Cherry Creek.
        Lightning sparked a fire in a home near Lone Tree and
        struck a transformer at an rtd light rail station at
        Interstate 25 and Yosemite street. Heavy thunderstorm
        rainfall forced the closure of Arapahoe Road between
        Holly and Quebec streets due to high water. Flooding
        was also reported near Park Meadows mall and Greenwood
        Village. Heavy rainfall also caused flooding in
        Highlands Ranch... Lone Tree... and Parker. Water up to
        6 inches deep was reportedly running over the roads.


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