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May 26 to June 1: This Week in Denver Weather History

Monday, May 27th, 2019 2:06pm MDT
This week in Denver weather history

May 26 to June 1: This Week in Denver Weather History

Our look back at this week in Denver includes a stunning array of extraordinary weather. Typical springtime severe weather with hail, damaging wind, tornadoes and deadly lightning are very prevalent. Snow has even made an appearance on more than one occasion.

From the National Weather Service:

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In 2002…lightning sparked a wildfire near Deckers. Extremely dry conditions and very strong winds the following day allowed the fire…known as the Schoonover…to consume 3850 acres before it could be contained. Thirteen structures were destroyed…including 4 homes…resulting in 2.2 million dollars in damage.

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In 1996…a late spring snowstorm dumped 4 to 10 inches of snow over the Front Range foothills. Conifer picked up 10 inches of new snow; Aspen Springs…9 inches; and Central City…8 inches. The sticky…heavy snow clung to power lines and pulled tree branches down…causing power outages to about 1200 homes in the Conifer area. It took up to 6 hours to restore power to some residences. Lightning struck a telephone data cabinet in Conifer on the 25th…which knocked out phone service to about 1500 customers. Widespread rain fell across metro Denver… Where rainfall totaled 2.07 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport and 1.66 inches at Denver International Airport where north winds gusted to 24 mph on the 26th.

In 2010…high winds preceding a cold front…swept across the Front Range foothills and urban corridor. In Aurora… The wind damaged the roof of Rangeview High School. In Conifer and Denver…the wind downed trees and power lines and caused several brief outages. The downed power lines also caused several cars to catch fire in the vicinity of 1590 Cook St. in Denver. Peak wind gusts included: 82 mph at Highlands Ranch…67 mph…4 miles east of Franktown and Longmont; 65 mph in Boulder…64 mph in Centennial and Denver International Airport…62 mph near Parker and 60 mph in Arvada.

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In 1950…a major storm dumped 10.0 inches of snowfall downtown and 10.7 inches at Stapleton Airport where northwest winds gusted to 30 mph on the 25th. The storm caused extensive damage to utility wires and trees which were in full leaf. A daily record minimum temperature of 31 degrees occurred on the 25th. This was the coldest temperature on this date in 79 years and for so late in the season.

In 1989…a late season snow storm dropped snow as low as 6 thousand feet along the Front Range. Most places in the foothills had 2 to 5 inches of snow. Overnight rainfall totaled 0.33 inch at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 37 mph on the 25th.

In 1994…lightning struck a television transmitter on Lookout Mountain near Golden and burned out a switcher…which disrupted cable service for 2 hours.

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In 1897…apparent post-frontal north winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts as high as 48 mph.

In 1942…the all-time highest recorded temperature in May…95 degrees…occurred.

In 1978…two children were struck and killed by lightning on a junior high school playground in Parker.

In 1987…1 inch diameter hail fell near Boulder and Bennett. The hail was fairly soft and caused no damage.

In 1993…dry thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 81 mph at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield. Several trees were blown down by the strong winds. Microburst winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1995…a woman was injured in Littleton when the car she had just entered was struck by lightning. All of the windows in the car were blown out by the strike. A funnel cloud was sighted near Littleton.

In 2000…a strong microburst wind gust to 92 mph flipped a small airplane on its back and blew a dc-3 loose from its moorings…which allowed it to roll onto a grassy field at Front Range airport near Watkins.

In 2010…severe thunderstorms pounded parts of the urban corridor with very large hail…heavy rain…damaging winds and a tornado. The hail…ranging in size from 1 inch to 2 3/4 inches in diameter…struck Brighton…Commerce City and northeast Denver the hardest. The storms continued to spread destruction to the north and east…impacting byers…Hudson…Deer Trail and Prospect Valley. The combination of hail and wind stripped the bark and branches from trees. Numerous accidents were reported as the hail accumulated up to a foot deep. Snowplows were called out to clear the roadways. Flash flooding occurred along State Highway 52 between Hudson and Keenesburg…and forcing the closure of the highway. Widespread crop damage was also reported as the area was inundated with up to 18 inches of water. Extensive damage to homes…businesses and automobiles was reported with the damage estimated to be around 70 million dollars. A tornado touched down near Denver International Airport…but did no damage. Lightning struck a child in Commerce City while she was watching television. She suffered minor injuries to her leg. At the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge…a lightning strike killed a bison. At Denver International Airport…only 0.01 inch of rainfall was observed…along with a peak wind gust to 48 mph from the southeast.

In 2016…severe thunderstorms produced hail up to one inch in diameter near Castle Rock…The Pinery and Watkins.

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In 1995…a cool period with light morning showers and moderate to heavy afternoon showers and thunderstorms pushed rivers already swollen from mountain snow melt over their banks causing minor flooding. Streams and rivers such as the South Platte and Boulder creek flooded meadowlands…bike paths…roads near streams…and other low lying areas. No significant property damage was reported and crop damage was unknown. Rainfall totaled 1.79 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport and only 1.51 inches at Denver International Airport.

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In 1874…an apparent thunderstorm gust front reached the city at 6:40 pm. Strong southwest winds sustained to 48 mph for a few minutes produced large columns of dust in the city and on the prairie. There was no rain in the city.

In 1942…a duststorm swept into the city…but no damage was reported. West winds were sustained to 23 mph.

In 1953…a heavy hailstorm caused an estimated 100 thousand dollars damage across metro Denver. Larger than golf ball size hail fell in Westminster and north Denver. Only 1/8 inch hail was measured at Stapleton Airport.

In 1955…west-northwest winds at 35 mph with gusts as high as 58 mph briefly reduced the visibility to 1/2 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.

In 1981…lightning damaged power lines west of Lakewood and blew up a transformer at the Denver Federal Center. Hail 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter was reported in Lakewood and on I-25 south of Denver.

In 2001…hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter was measured near Commerce City.

In 2003…hail to 3/4 inch in diameter fell near central city.

In 2006…unusually warm weather for late May produced two temperature records. The high temperature of 93 degrees was a record maximum for the date. The low temperature of 59 degrees equaled the record high minimum temperature for the date. Both previous records occurred in 1895.

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In 1884…a thunderstorm apparently produced large hail. The hail stones were noted as unusually large…but the diameter of the stones was not measured. The hail fell for only 5 minutes. Precipitation from the storm was only 0.05 inch.

In 1898…heavy thunderstorm rainfall totaled 1.74 inches in downtown Denver. Hail of unknown size accompanied the storm.

In 1981…a woman in Aurora was struck and killed by lightning. Another bolt injured a boy on a bicycle at about the same time a short distance away. About half an inch of rain in 20 minutes caused street flooding in the area. A tornado touched down for about 2 minutes some 3 miles north of Stapleton International Airport.

In 1982…severe thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail in southeast Denver…Aurora…and Strasburg. The large hailstones undoubtedly damaged some cars in the area. At Stapleton International Airport…only 1/2 inch diameter hail was measured.

In 1991…golf ball size hail fell in Brighton. No damage was reported. Later…hail ranging in size from 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter fell over southwestern sections of metro Denver. In some areas…hail piled up a few inches in depth.

In 1994…thunderstorm wind gusts to 65 mph damaged 16 small airplanes and a hangar at Centennial Airport.

In 2001…severe thunderstorms produced large hail across metro Denver. Hail as large as 1 inch in diameter fell in Lakewood…Wheat Ridge…northwest Denver…near Watkins… Bennett…and Keenesburg. Hail 3/4 inch or larger fell in Brighton. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 58 mph at Denver International Airport. A small tornado (f0) touched down near Bennett…but did no damage.

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In 1934…the low temperature dipped to only 66 degrees…the all-time record highest minimum temperature for the month of May.

In 1958…a microburst caused a brief wind gust to 56 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1964…heavy rain caused flooding in the Harvey Gulch area of southeast Denver. The high water damaged homes… Businesses…streets…and bridges. At Stapleton International Airport…1.33 inches of rain were measured with 1.76 inches total rainfall on the 29th and 30th. The heavy rain during the last week of the month was the first significant precipitation since April 3rd.

In 1967…3/4 to 1 inch diameter hail stones fell in the city of Denver…but caused no reported damage. Hail as large as 3/4 inch was measured at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1975…the heaviest last snowfall of the season occurred when 5.6 inches of snow were measured at Stapleton International Airport. Rain all day on the 28th changed to snow on the 29th and accumulated to a depth of 4 inches on the ground. Northwest winds gusted to 31 mph. Precipitation (rain and melted snow) on the 28th and 29th totaled 1.48 inches.

In 1982…one man was killed and two others injured by a lightning strike as they stood under a tree in the city of Denver’s washington park.

In 1987…7/8 inch diameter hail fell near Castle Rock.

In 1990…thunderstorms over metro Denver produced several small funnel clouds and two small tornadoes. The first tornado (f0) touched down in northwest Denver and caused roof damage to a house and snapped off the tops of several trees. A second tornado (f1) touched down in Northglenn and moved into Thornton damaging a group of self storage garages…several vehicles…a wooden fence…several trees… And the roof of an auto parts store. No injuries were reported. The storms also caused minor street flooding across northern and western sections of metro Denver. Rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches. Lightning started a small fire at a home in northwest Denver. The fire was confined to the front rooms and was quickly extinguished. Snow plows were used to clear 2 to 4 inches of pea to marble size hail from a stretch of U.S. Highway 285 in Turkey Creek Canyon. Lightning felled a tree in northeast Denver…while strong winds snapped off several large tree limbs in the same area. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 0.82 inch at Stapleton International Airport where southwest winds gusted to 30 mph.

In 1991…lightning struck a 13 year old boy in a field in Fort Lupton. The boy was in critical condition in an area hospital for 2 days before recovering.

In 1995…lightning struck a soccer goal post and injured 6 adults viewing a soccer game in Arvada. Although no one received a direct hit from the lightning…all escaped with only minor injuries…except one woman who was hospitalized.

In 1996…large hail…3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter… Struck Lakewood and west Denver. Lightning sparked a small fire when it struck an oil storage tank 5 miles west of Brighton.

In 2001…lightning sparked a fire in an apartment complex in Aurora…forcing the evacuation of 24 units. Most of the fire damage was confined to the attic. Damage was estimated at 100 thousand dollars.

In 2004…a man and his son were struck by lightning while practicing on the driving range at the Meadows Golf Club in southwest metro Denver. The father was killed by the bolt…and his 16 year old son seriously injured. Three other people standing nearby received only minor injuries.

In 2010…hail up to 7/8 inch in diameter was reported in Broomfield.

In 2017…an isolated thunderstorm produced hail up to 7/8 inch in diameter near Centennial.

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Warmer and drier weather returns just in time for Thornton’s Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 24th, 2019 5:02am MDT

Finally! Mother Nature will be giving a break from the cool, cloudy and wet conditions of recent days. The four day period will see us warm up and dry out.

For today, mostly sunny skies will be above with highs around 70 degrees. Overall conditions will be calm other than some breezy winds in the mid to late afternoon. Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the low 40s.

Saturday continues the warming trend with highs in the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies. We may see an isolated thunderstorm in the evening. Saturday night, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the mid-40s.

Sunday will be the warmest day of the period with highs pushing close to the 80 degree mark. Mostly sunny skies will be above and there may be some breezy winds in the afternoon. Sunday night into Monday morning, lows will be in the mid to upper 40s under partly sunny skies.

Memorial Day sees things cool back down a bit. Highs will be around the 70 degree mark and we have a chance to see some showers and thunderstorms.

Enjoy the holiday weekend but also be sure to take time to remember the reason for the holiday. There are many that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this nation and the least we can do is take the time to honor them. May they rest in peace.

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May 19 to May 25: This Week in Denver Weather History

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 4:58am MDT
This week in Denver weather history

May 19 to May 25: This Week in Denver Weather History

Severe weather takes to the forefront in our look back at this week in Denver weather history. We see many historical flooding events that were commonplace in the late 19th / early 20th century before controls were put in place. Almost everyone will recall the Windsor tornado, an EF3 monster that struck the town five years ago.

From the National Weather Service:

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In 2017…a strong spring storm dropped across the Great Basin… and then moved eastward across Colorado. Isolated but strong thunderstorms preceded the system on the 17th with hail up to nickel size near Boulder Airport and Brighton. Significant snow fell across the Front Range mountains and foothills over the next couple of days. Along the Interstate 25 Corridor… rain turned to snow on the morning of the 18th…heaviest from around Broomfield northward. The heavy wet snow snapped the limbs of fully leaved trees and caused scattered power outages. A barns collapsed in northeast Loveland. Fifty-five head of cattle were inside the collapsed barn; three were injured and later euthanized. Numerous branches and trees snapped in the foothills. Elsewhere…several scattered smaller power outages were reported. Three to nearly five inches of liquid precipitation occurred…as rain or a mix of rain and snow…fell around Greeley. Storm totals in the Front Range mountains and foothills included: 42.0 inches near Allenspark…41.5 inches near Ward…36 inches at Estes Park… 32 inches near Pinecliffe…30.5 inches northwest of Golden… 30 inches near Nederland…26 inches near Breckenridge…25 inches near Aspen Springs and Bear Lake State Park…14 inches at Aspen Springs…with 9.5 inches near Evergreen. On the west side of the Interstate 25 Corridor…storm totals included: 10 inches near Superior and Louisville…6 to 8 inches in and around Fort Collins…6 inches in Lafayette… 5 inches in Broomfield and Loveland…and 4 inches near Niwot.

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In 2011…a severe thunderstorm in central Adams County produced large hail and heavy rainfall on the 18th. Large hail from 1 inch to 1 3/4 inches in diameter…was reported in Commerce City…2 miles south-southeast of federal heights…Northglenn…and 2 miles south of Thornton.

In Commerce City…the storm uprooted trees and knocked out power lines. A carport was lifted off the ground and struck the power lines overhead. Heavy rain…from 1.0 to 1.5 inches fell in less than 2 hours in Commerce City and near Brighton. The combination of hail and strong winds broke windows in Northglenn.

In the foothills…moderate to heavy snow showers developed overnight. Storm totals included: 10.5 inches at Gold Hill…9.5 inches…3 miles west of Jamestown; 9 inches at Lake Eldora; with 6 inches… 11 miles southwest of Gilpin and 4 miles east-northeast of Nederland. At Denver International Airport…total rainfall over the 2-day period totaled 1.71 inches.

In addition…a peak wind gust to 37 mph was recorded on the 18th.

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In 1915…3.9 inches of snow fell in the city. The estimated amount of snow that melted as it fell was 6.2 inches which would have totaled an estimated 10.1 inches of snowfall. Precipitation totaled 1.03 inches. North winds were sustained to 32 mph on the 18th. Low temperatures dipped to 25 degrees on both the 18th and 20th…establishing record minimums for both dates.

In 1988…prolonged heavy rainfall drenched metro Denver. The event began when heavy thunderstorms on the 18th caused some street flooding and power outages…followed by steady rain on the 19th and 20th. Rain amounts across metro Denver totaled 3 to 4 inches. Rainfall totaled 3.71 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 39 mph on the 20th. Four to eight inches of snow fell in the foothills above 7 thousand feet.

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In 1927…southeast winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 44 mph.

In 1956…a thunderstorm wind gust to 54 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1969…hail stones to 1 inch in diameter were measured in Arvada and Aurora. Some minor damage was reported. Pea to marble size hail fell in Westminster.

In 1972…a tornado was reported by aircraft about 5 to 10 miles east of Parker.

In 1988…lightning started a fire at a house in the Denver suburb of greenwood village…causing 2 thousand dollars in damage.

In 1991…strong thunderstorms over east metro Denver produced wind gusts of 56 to 60 mph. The strong winds downed power lines…trees…and fences at some locations in Aurora. Thunderstorm outflow winds gusted to 60 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1994…severe thunderstorms rumbled across metro Denver. The storms produced wind gusts averaging 65 mph and hail up to dime size. Wind gusts to 77 mph were recorded in Brighton. Numerous trees and power poles were downed by the winds. One power pole fell onto spectators at a high school graduation ceremony in Commerce City…injuring 6 people. In Fort Lupton…trees fell onto 2 parked cars… Knocking out the windshields. Hail to 3/4 inch in diameter was reported in Littleton. A thunderstorm wind gust to 52 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1995…a slow moving tornado…which was mainly discernible by its dust and debris cloud…was spotted 2 miles northeast of Denver International Airport or about 10 miles northwest of Bennett. No damage was reported.

In 2007…lightning struck a 33-ft statue of Jesus at Mother Cabrini Shrine…in the foothills west of Golden. The blast broke off one of the statue’s arms and a hand…and also damaged a foot. It cost an estimated $200000 to repair.

In 2009…lightning struck the roof of a residence in Highlands Ranch. The home was not a total loss…but the fire caused extensive damage.

In 2010…a thunderstorm produced hail up to 7/8 inch in diameter in Thornton.

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In 1864…a devastating major flash flood occurred on the normally dry and sandy Cherry Creek in Denver. The flood was caused by heavy thunderstorm rainfall and hail over the palmer ridge to the south of the city in both the Cherry Creek and plum creek basins. Nineteen deaths occurred along the South Platte River and Cherry Creek in Denver. The torrent swept cattle and sheep along with large trees and houses before it washing out several bridges…and moving large structures from their foundations. All city records were destroyed when city hall washed away. The rocky mountain news building…built on stilts in the middle of the creek…was totally destroyed by the raging waters…which were as deep as 5 feet on the morning of the 20th. Once the flood waters receded…much sand and gravel was left behind. Property damage from the flood was estimated at nearly one million dollars. This was the first major flood of record in the city.

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In 1874…after a light late afternoon shower…3 rainbows were visible in the eastern sky. The two upper bows were of the usual colors. The lower bow had a deep violet center with a faint yellow and white rim.

In 1892…apparent post-frontal north winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 48 mph. A trace of snow was the last snowfall of the season.

In 1899…snow pellets from 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter fell from a thundershower during the late afternoon. West winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts as high as 48 mph.

In 1904…southeast winds were sustained to 40 mph with an extreme velocity of 42 mph produced by a thunderstorm.

In 1961…a tornado tore through central Douglas County…1 1/2 miles north of Castle Rock. The storm struck 2 ranches and the property of a drilling company. A car on the highway was lifted off the road and slammed into a truck…injuring the two occupants.

In 1983…heavy rain fell in Aurora with 1.00 to 1.50 inches of precipitation. Local flooding occurred in Lakewood.

In 1990…1 inch diameter hail fell at Buckley Field in Aurora. Minor damage was reported to autos…buildings and signs.

In 1995…hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter fell near Bennett where a funnel cloud was sighted.

In 2001…damaging winds developed behind a vigorous cold front that moved south from Wyoming into metro Denver. High winds…gusting to 58 mph at Denver International Airport…downed trees and power lines and kicked up blowing dust…dirt…and debris…reducing the visibility to near zero at times. The poor visibility caused a multi-vehicle accident along U.S. Highway 85 north of Fort Lupton. Six people were treated for minor injuries. Several vehicles… Including semi-trailers…were blown off I-70 east of Denver. About 32 thousand Xcel Energy customers in metro Denver were without electricity for up to 2 hours. At least a dozen incoming flights at Denver International Airport were diverted to other airports. All departing flights were grounded for at least an hour. At Southwest Plaza…shoppers were evacuated as rocks holding a tarp on a portion of a roof under repair toppled into the mall. After the passage of the cold front…temperatures plunged from the lower 70’s to the mid 30’s in one hour as light snow developed. Heavy snow developed in the foothills during the evening. Peak wind reports included 68 mph near Parker and 63 mph near Sedalia. Snowfall totals included: 7 inches near Blackhawk… At Ken Caryl Ranch…and near Sedalia; 6 inches in Coal Creek Canyon…at Eldorado Springs…and atop Lookout Mountain; 5 inches at Chief Hosa…in Louisville…Rollinsville…and Wheat Ridge; and 4 inches in Aurora…Bailey…Parker…Castle Rock and near Morrison. Low temperature of 31 degrees during the early morning of the 21st equaled the record low for the date last set in 1931.

In 2004…severe thunderstorms produced hail as large as 1.25 inches near Ft. Lupton and hail to 1.50 inches 10 miles north of Ft. Lupton.

In 2014…severe thunderstorm produced hail…from 1 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter…across parts of Aurora…Denver… Englewood and Lakewood.

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Thursday to offer one more cloudy, cool, damp day before warmer weather returns

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 4:56am MDT

Hang in there, Thornton! We will endure one more ‘blah’ day today with temps well below normal and some showers. Warmer and drier weather will return for Friday and the weekend though.

For today, cloudy skies will be above until the late evening when we will finally start to see a break in the clouds.

Some light showers / drizzle will be possible this morning. Showers become a bit more numerous in the afternoon.

Temperatures today will again top out near the 50 degree mark. Tonight, skies will gradually clear with lows dipping to the mid-30s.

For the coming holiday weekend, the sun stages a return and so will temperatures much closer to normal. Get a preview in the extended forecast here.

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Wednesday to warm slightly, bring more chances for rain showers

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 6:05am MDT

Slowly we will begin to work our way out of the cold and snow of yesterday. Temperatures will be warmer but we will see some light rain shower activity.

Mostly cloudy skies are going to be the rule for much of the day with the thickest coverage coming in the afternoon. Temperatures will be topping out in the upper 40s, perhaps hitting the 50 degree mark.

Mid to late afternoon will bring some scattered shower activity but any showers that do pass through should be relatively light.

Tonight, light showers will be possible throughout the nighttime hours. Mostly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the mid-30s.

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Denver sets record low temperature for May 22

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 5:10am MDT

The calendar says spring but the temperature would make you think otherwise as cold temperatures set a record this morning.

The National Weather Service reported that Denver’s temperature dropped to 30 degrees at 2:55am. The broke the record low for the date of 32 degrees last set in 1930.

Thornton matched the reading at DIA with a low of 30 degrees as well.

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Denver records coldest May 21

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 10:17pm MDT

Record Cold Temperatures

Brrr! Just a bit chilly out there and one for the record books as a result.

As measured at Denver International Airport, the low temperature today dipped to 31 degrees. This ties the record low for the date set in 2001.

Additionally, the high temperature today only topped out at 39 degrees. This sets a record for the coldest high temperature for the date, besting the old record of 40 degrees set in 1891.

Here in Thornton, we also saw a low of 31 degrees but did warm up more than the airport with a high of 44 degrees.

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Following surprisingly strong snow, temps remain chilly, some showers linger

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 5:06am MDT

Well, that was a bit of a surprise, eh? Stronger than expected upslope and convection combined with cold temperatures aloft generated a healthy 3.3 inches of snow in Thornton overnight. Today, showers will gradually taper off but temps will be nearly 30 degrees below normal.

Cloudy skies are going to again be the rule today. We should see some easing in the cover by late afternoon / early evening. Light rain / snow showers will be seen this morning, coming to an end by noon. No additional accumulations are expected. A few isolated showers may linger this afternoon.

Temperatures today will top out in the low to mid-40s. The average high for today’s date is 73 degrees.

Tonight, mostly cloudy skies will be above with low temperatures dropping to near freezing

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Thornton’s workweek starts with chilly and wet conditions with more for the rest of the week

Monday, May 20th, 2019 5:14am MDT

Last week we enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures and relatively dry conditions. Today we begin a swing the other way with mercury readings well below normal and a good bit of moisture including a chance for snow overnight.

A solid cloud layer will be above throughout the day with no break in coverage expected. Winds will be a bit blustery and out of the northeast.

Light rain will be seen this morning then coverage and intensity will increase by late morning / early afternoon. Look for showers continue through tonight. We may see a bit of thunder mixed in by late afternoon.

Temperatures today will top out in the mid-40s, well below the average high for the date of 73 degrees.

Tonight, showers will continue and, as temperatures drop, some snow may get mixed in after midnight and before dawn tomorrow. Some light accumulations will be possible on grassy areas. Overnight lows will be in the mid-30s.

Stay warm and dry!

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Cooler, unsettled weather conditions for Thornton’s weekend

Friday, May 17th, 2019 5:21am MDT

A series of systems is going to break the heat of recent days. These will lead to cooler temperatures and offer up chances for showers and thunderstorms lasting into the middle of next week.

For Friday, partly sunny skies will be above throughout the day. From late morning into this evening some showers and thunderstorms may be seen. Gusty winds will be the most notable feature but some brief, heavy rain, perhaps small hail will be possible. Any storms will end by midnight tonight and lows will dip to the low to mid-40s.

Colder air settles in Saturday with highs in the low to mid-60s. Mostly sunny skies will be above initially then an increase in clouds in the afternoon and evening. There will be a slight chance for PM storms. Saturday night into Sunday morning, partly clear skies will be above with lows in the upper 30s.

Sunday should be similar to Saturday but with more clouds. Highs will again be in the low to mid-60s under partly clear skies. The PM brings a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms.

Have a great weekend!

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