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Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:59 AM MST on January 31, 2015
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
26-1 in 1888... a protracted warm spell lasted a week. Maximum
temperatures ranged from 62 degrees on the 29th to an
all time record high for the month of 76 degrees on the
27th. Daily record high temperatures of 76... 69... and 71
occurred on the 27th... 28th... and 30th respectively.
Record high minimum temperatures of 47 and 34 occurred
on the 26th and 27th.
27-31 in 1951... a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow... 8.3 inches... fell on
the 29th. Cold Arctic air accompanied the snow. Several
temperature records were set... including record low maximum
temperatures of 4 on the 28th and 4 below zero on the 29th
and record low temperatures of 12 below zero on the 29th
and 24 below zero on the 31st. Temperatures were below
zero for 45 consecutive hours.
29-31 in 1883... a major winter storm dumped 19.3 inches of snow on
downtown Denver. Most of the snow... 12.2 inches... fell
on the 31st. This was the heaviest snowfall to hit the
city in years. Temperatures plunged from a high of 52
degrees on the 29th to a low of 13 degrees on the 31st.
Precipitation from the storm totaled 2.23 inches. The
1.22 inches of precipitation on the 31st was the greatest
calendar day and 24 hour precipitation ever recorded in
the city during the month of January.
30-31 in 1908... an apparent strong cold front plunged temperatures
45 degrees in 24 hours from 47 degrees at noon on the 30th
to only 2 degrees at noon on the 31st. North winds were
sustained to 30 mph on the 30th. Snowfall was only 0.8
inch on the 31st.
In 1965... a major storm dumped 10.4 inches of snow over
Metro Denver. After 5 inches of snow fell in Boulder...
strong Chinook winds developed... warming the temperature
25 degrees in 90 minutes. Wind gusts to 97 mph were
recorded on Table Mountain in Boulder. Winds gusts to
53 mph were measured in downtown Boulder where some
damage occurred. Minor wind damage also occurred in
western suburbs of Denver. West winds gusted to 51 mph
at Stapleton International Airport on the 31st.
In 2005... a winter storm brought heavy snow to the Front
Range foothills. Storm totals included: 17 inches at
Aspen Springs... 13 inches 7 miles southwest of Boulder
and at Lake Eldora... 12.5 inches near Blackhawk... 11.5
inches at Rollinsville and near Nederland... 11 inches
near Evergreen and Golden and at Gross Reservoir... and
10 inches at Cabin Creek. Lesser amounts of snow fell
over the city. Only 1.9 inches of snow were measured
overnight at Denver Stapleton. North winds gusted to
30 mph at Denver International Airport... where freezing
fog during the early morning of the 30th reduced the
surface visibility to as low as 1/8 mile. Light rainfall...
rare in January... totaled 0.06 inch at Denver Stapleton on
the early morning of the 30th.
30-7 in 1985... a cold front on the 29th produced a protracted cold
spell as Arctic air remained entrenched across Metro Denver.
While the only daily temperature record set was a low
maximum reading of 2 degrees on February 3rd... minimum
temperatures plunged well below zero on 9 consecutive days.
The coldest readings were 15 degrees below zero on January
31st and 14 degrees below zero on February 5th.
31 in 1876... hurricane force winds caused some damage in
In 1951... the low temperature plunged to 24 degrees below
In 1933... snowfall was 0.2 inch in downtown Denver. This was
the only measurable snowfall of the month and resulted in
0.01 inch of melted snow... the only measurable precipitation
of the month.
In 1964... high winds blew down a sidewalk cover where a
building was under construction... injuring a Young woman.
Three men were injured when a brick wall at a construction
site toppled on them. All were treated for face... leg... and
neck injuries. A west-northwest wind gust to 47 mph was
recorded at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1969... high winds struck Boulder with gusts to 115 mph
recorded at the National center for atmospheric research
and 83 mph in downtown Boulder. Schools were closed
because of danger from flying debris. Some damage and
minor injuries occurred. Northwest winds gusted to 35 mph
at Stapleton International Airport.
In 1985... bitterly cold weather froze pipes and cars and
forced some schools to close across Metro Denver. Minimum
temperatures dipped to as low as 15 below to 20 below zero
across Metro Denver. The low temperature was 15 below
zero at Stapleton International Airport.
31-1 in 1963... high winds struck Metro Denver. The strong
Chinook winds reached 101 mph in Littleton... 80 mph in
Denver... and 90 mph at Rocky Flats. Among the hardest hit
areas were Boulder where buildings under construction were
blown down... porches and roofs blown off buildings... and
power lines damaged. Damage totaled 100 thousand dollars
in Boulder alone. In other areas... utility lines were
damaged and many signs... antennas... and Road markers were
blown down. At Stapleton Airport... west winds gusted to
44 mph on the 31st and 66 mph on the 1st. The Chinook
winds warmed maximum temperatures to 65 degrees on the
31st and to 70 degrees on the 1st.
31-8 in 1963... warm weather that began with the strong Chinook
winds on the 31st and 1st continued through the 8th.
Maximum temperatures through the period ranged from 52
degrees on the 2nd to 76 degrees on the 5th... which was
a new record high for that date.
31-12 in 1899... a protracted cold spell lasted almost two weeks.
Low temperatures plunged below zero on all days but
February 9th with a reading of 6 degrees. The coldest
low temperature of 22 degrees below zero on February 6th
was a record low for the date. Low temperatures of 20
degrees below zero occurred on both February 11th and 12th...
but only the 11th remains as the record minimum for the
date. High temperature of only 5 degrees below zero on
February 11th was a record low maximum for the date. High
temperatures climbed to only zero degrees on both February
2nd and 3rd... but were not records. Intermittent light snow
or flurries fell during the period. The most snowfall... 2.0
inches... occurred on February 2nd.
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