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Tuesday brings the heat as temperatures will push to near 100 degrees

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 5:18am MST

Get those air conditioners and swamp coolers ready to roll because you will be needing them today. The mercury will be climbing and Thornton may see its first 100 degree reading of the year.

The day starts off with clear skies and then some clouds will begin to arrive by mid-morning. They will not be providing much relief from the heat however. High temperatures will top out in the upper 90s, possibly hitting 100 degrees. We do have a slight chance for a PM thunderstorm but expect any that do develop to be high-based and not offer much more than wind.

Tonight, skies will be clearing and overnight lows will drop to the mid-60s. Keep an eye on the temperature with our live weather gauges here.

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July 5 to July 11: This week in Denver weather history

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 3:48am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

Our look back at this week in Denver weather history reminds us that severe weather can continue to strike, even during what is normally a relatively calm month. Lightning, hail and flooding are three continuous threats as we see during our look back at history this week.

From the National Weather Service:

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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. This was one day short of equaling the all time record. The record of 18 consecutive 90 degree or above days was first set from July 1st through July 18th…1874. The record was equaled from July 6th through July 23rd…1901.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 received 0.30 inches of rainfall.

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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 dollars in damage and the other 1000 dollars.

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.

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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 recorded 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.

In 2014…an Arvada resident was injured by a nearby lightning strike while he recorded a video of a thunderstorm with his cell phone. He was standing in his garage…when a nearby lightning bolt knocked him out. He suffered overall body aches and had a ringing sensation in one of his ears. In Denver… Lightning caused a power outage that affected the RTD light rail lines for a short time. In Castle Pines…lightning sparked a small attic fire. Severe thunderstorms produced large hail…from quarter to golfball size… And damaging winds across Arapahoe…Boulder and Jefferson counties including: northwest Arvada…Littleton and Louisville. Flash flooding was reported near Evergreen in central Jefferson County. Heavy rain…up to 2 inches in one hour… Flooded several residences and washed out several bridges along forest estate road. Heavy rainfall also produced street flooding in Denver along with some basement flooding. The strong winds…estimated to 60 mph… Downed trees and power lines in southwest Littleton. At Denver International Airport…0.15 inches of rainfall was observed along with a peak wind gust to 42 mph from the southeast.

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Thornton’s workweek starts off unseasonably warm, gives just a slight chance for storms

Monday, July 6th, 2020 5:15am MST

Well, if you don’t like the heat, then you won’t be happy with today’s weather. In fact, you likely will be less than pleased with the entire week’s forecast.

For today, sunny skies start us off and will be with us through the morning. The afternoon brings a few clouds and just the slightest chance for a thunderstorm after 2:00pm. As the temperatures, look for a high today in the mid-90s, a good bit above the average high for the date of 89 degrees.

Tonight, any storms will end before sunset then skies will clear. Overnight lows will be in the low to mid-60s.

Looking ahead, today may actually end up being one of the “coolest” days of the week. Mercury readings in the mid to upper 90s are expected through the weekend. More here.

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Unseasonably warm temperatures, decent chances for thunderstorms for Thornton’s Independence Day weekend

Friday, July 3rd, 2020 4:12am MST

A pretty good looking holiday weekend ahead for us however, there will be no break from the heat. We do however have a good chance for some thunderstorms each day.

For Friday, sunny skies start us off followed by an increase in clouds later this morning and into the early afternoon. Highs today will top out in the mid-90s. The afternoon brings a chance for some thunderstorms with the best opportunity coming from about 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Any storm activity should end by 9:00pm and then we will have partly clear skies overnight lows. Low temperatures tonight will dip to the low 60s.

Independence Day brings more of the same. Mostly sunny skies will be above for the most part. Highs will reach the low 90s. The afternoon brings a pretty good chance to see some thunderstorm activity. Saturday evening storm activity should again end by about 9:00pm. Overnight lows into Sunday morning will dip to around 60 degrees under partly clear skies.

Sunday looks much like the previous two days. Sunny skies start us off with some clouds in the afternoon. Highs will be in the low to mid-90s. Some scattered PM showers and thunderstorms will be seen. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend and God bless the USA!

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Thornton’s July weather preview: Temperatures climb, PM storms are common

Friday, July 3rd, 2020 3:19am MST

July

Change is of course the one constant in Denver’s weather but come July, things actually get pretty consistent.

The standard formula for a day in July is a sunny morning, clouds developing in the late morning and early afternoon. Come mid-afternoon, thunderstorms are rolling off of the foothills and into the metro area and the eastern plains. These storms do occasionally reach severe status containing hail, gusty winds and heavy downpours of rain.

Check out our July weather preview for a complete look at what is in store for the month ahead.

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June 28 to July 4: This week in Denver weather history

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 4:13am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

As always, an interesting week in Denver and Thornton weather history.  Various severe weather items are noteworthy, none more so than on July 2, 2006 when a teenager wearing an iPod was struck with lightning.  The music player actually contributed to the teen’s injuries by providing a direct route for the electricity into the victim’s head via the headphones.

From the National Weather Service:

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In 2002…the maximum temperature in Denver equaled or exceeded 90 degrees for 13 consecutive days…equaling the 5th longest such streak on record.  The record of 18 consecutive days was set during the summer of 1901.

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In 1873…there was a great deal of smoke over the city from forest fires in the mountains.

In 1875…smoke from forest fires in the foothills south of Denver were visible from the city.

In 1913…an apparent dry microburst produced southwest winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts to 48 mph in the city.

In 1925…a thunderstorm produced north winds sustained to 38 mph with gusts to 44 mph.

In 1958…a microburst caused a brief wind gust to 58 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1964…lightning struck several homes in metro Denver… Sparking fires.  Some flooding occurred in the stockyards area…at West 45th Avenue and St. Paul Street…and along Harvard Gulch.

In 1997…strong microburst winds of unknown speed downed several trees…signs…and at least one light pole in the Fort Lupton area.  Two trees knocked over by the storm downed power lines causing scattered outages.

In 2002…a thunderstorm wind gust to 60 mph was recorded in Parker.

In 2005…severe thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 66 mph near Longmont and to 60 mph near Niwot.  No damage was reported.  A thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 55 mph at Denver International Airport during the afternoon.

In 2015…a lightning strike injured 15 hikers as they were descending 500 feet below the summit of Mt Bierstadt…in Clear Creek County…south of Georgetown. Eight adults were were transported from the trailhead…and three of those were taken to Denver-area hospitals. One was in serious condition…the other two had non-life threatening injuries. The strike also killed a dog. Severe thunderstorms produced hail up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter…7 miles southwest of Byers…and 1 1/4 inches in diameter…13 miles north of Elizabeth.

In 2016…severe thunderstorms produced hail…from quarter to ping ball size…over northwest…west and southwest parts of Denver. In addition hail up to quarter size was also reported just southeast of Denver International Airport. Officially only a trace of rainfall was measured at the airport…with a peak wind gust of 35 mph from the west.

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In 1874…eight different fires in mountain forests were visible from the city.  All of the fires were extensive… And the volume of smoke from each was immense.  Three of these fires had been burning from the 18th with varied intensity.

In 1911…an apparent dry microburst produced sustained winds to 45 mph.

In 1960…a strong gust of wind blew a small foreign sedan off the highway near Brighton…injuring the driver.  East winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1961…thunderstorm winds estimated as high as 40 to 50 mph occurred over southeast Denver.  No significant damage was reported.

In 1962…heavy rain and small hail caused some flooding in southwest Denver.

In 1995…upslope cloudiness with rain and fog cooled temperatures to record levels.  Low temperature of 47 degrees equaled the record for the date.  High temperature of only 54 degrees set a new record low maximum for the date.  Rainfall totaled 0.90 inch at Denver International Airport and 0.41 inch at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

In 2003…a severe thunderstorm in Parker produced hail to 1 inch in diameter.

In 2011…two airmen from the Colorado National Guard suffered minor injuries when they were struck by lightning. They were hit while on duty at a flight line at Buckley Air Force Base. At Denver International Airport…a microburst produced a peak wind gust to 72 mph.

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In 1990…almost a year to date after the record breaking heat in early July 1989…the third longest heat wave in Denver history started.  From June 29th through July 2nd the temperature reached 100 degrees or more on four consecutive days.  The highest reading of 102 degrees occurred on the 29th…30th…and 1st.  Combined with the 102 degree reading on June 27th this would have been the longest heat wave on record…but the temperature climbed to only 98 degrees on June 28th.

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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. This was one day short of equaling the all time record.  The record of 18 consecutive 90 degree or above days was first set from July 1st through July 18th…1874.  The record was equaled from July 6th through July 23rd…1901.

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In 1879…dense smoke from mountain forest fires covered the city and obscured the sun as it set behind the mountains.

In 1900…a thunderstorm produced northwest winds to 44 mph with gusts to 58 mph…but only a trace of rain.

In 1917…north winds were sustained to 47 mph with gusts to 52 mph.

In 1942…a strong thunderstorm produced hail and heavy rainfall in south Denver.  Leaves were stripped from trees and heavy rain caused street flooding which halted traffic.  Hail of unknown size reached a depth of 9 inches on the ground.

In 1965…funnel clouds were observed to the south of Stapleton International Airport and in Jefferson County…15 miles southwest of the airport.  Later…a tornado touched down briefly 1 mile east of Littleton…causing only minor damage. Another tornado was observed 12 miles southwest of Stapleton International Airport in Jefferson County.  Hail to 3/4 inch in diameter fell in the bear valley area…12 miles south- southwest of Stapleton International Airport.  Yet another tornado was sighted 10 miles northwest of the airport. Cloudbursts accompanied by hail battered areas of Arapahoe and Adams counties east of Denver…damaging ripening grain fields.  At Lafayette…3.50 inches of rain fell in 30 minutes…causing some flooding.

In 1982…numerous funnel clouds were observed over southwest metro Denver.  Only one funnel touched down near the intersection of Jewell and Kipling.  The tornado was on the ground for about 5 minutes and caused no damage except for uprooting some trees.  In addition…thunderstorms produced heavy rain and hail in the foothills west of Denver.  Over an inch of rain fell in a short time near Idaho Springs… Causing clear creek to overflow its banks and flood a few low lying areas of the town.  A few people were evacuated… And water and mud entered several stores.  The heavy rain also washed out several roads.  Hail piled up to a depth of 3 to 4 inches near Idaho Springs.   Hail to 3/4 inch was reported at many places across metro Denver including Stapleton International Airport.  Lightning struck a chemistry building on the university of Colorado campus in Boulder and started a small fire.  Thunderstorm wind gusts to 60 mph were reported near Brighton.

In 1984…heavy rain caused some street and basement flooding in Littleton.  One location received 1.56 inches of rain in 75 minutes.

In 1987…a weak tornado near Watkins stayed on the ground for 5 minutes.

In 1990…a small twister touched down in an open field just north of the rocky mountain arsenal.  No damage was reported.

In 1998…hail as large as 1 inch in diameter fell near Evergreen.

In 2005…a severe thunderstorm produced hail as large as 3/4 inch near Roggen.  The hail destroyed a wheat field.

In 2006…the temperature reached a high of 98 degrees at Denver International Airport.  This marked the 19th day in June with a maximum temperature of 90 degrees or more setting a new all-time record for the month.

In 2011…very strong thunderstorm winds were also observed across portions of the urban corridor. A peak wind gust to 65 mph was recorded…2 miles northeast of boulder with a gust to 63 mph at Front Range Airport at Watkins and 7 miles southeast of Denver International Airport.  The peak wind gust measured at Denver International Airport itself was 45 mph.  A severe thunderstorm also produced one inch in diameter hail 2 miles south-southeast of Parker. In addition…a lightning strike destroyed a home in north Denver.

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In 1873…heavy rainfall overnight totaled 1.42 inches. Mountain peaks to the southwest of the city were covered with fresh snow on the morning of the 1st.

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Thornton’s weekend starts off a bit cooler, will end with a return to the heat

Friday, June 26th, 2020 4:53am MST

We get a one day reprieve from the unseasonably warm temperatures of the recent past today. That does not last long though and the mercury will be climbing for the latter part of the weekend.

For today, partly sunny skies will be above throughout the day with some breezy winds. Highs today will top out in the mid-80s. The afternoon brings a chance for thunderstorms, particularly from about 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Strong winds, possibly hail will be seen. Overnight tonight, skies will be clearing and lows dropping to the upper 50s.

Saturday brings sunny skies in the morning then the usual clouds in the afternoon. Highs will return to the low 90s. The afternoon will bring a chance for thunderstorms. Saturday night into Sunday morning, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the upper 50s.

Sunday will bring our warmest day of the period. Highs will reach the mid-90s under mostly sunny skies.

Have a great weekend!

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June 2020 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 9:11pm MST
A pelican takes off at Barr Lake State Park at sunrise. (Bill Hutchinson)

A pelican takes off at Barr Lake State Park at sunrise. (Bill Hutchinson)

The month of June typically sees springtime severe weather reach its height of activity in northeastern Colorado.

This affords the opportunity to capture extraordinary images of amazing weather phenomena from monstrous supercell thunderstorms to heavy rain, hail and even tornadoes.

  • Slideshow updated June 24, 2020

Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather and nature related imagery.

Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted.  June brings some very dynamic weather and the photos are a great way to see the stunning variety.

To learn more about how to send your photo to us for inclusion in the slideshow, see below the slideshow.

What is missing in the slideshow above?  Your photo!

Our monthly photo slideshow is going to feature images that we have taken but more importantly images that you have captured.  The photos can be of anything even remotely weather-related.

Landscapes, current conditions, wildlife, pets, kids.  Whimsical, newsy, artsy.  Taken at the zoo, some other area attraction, a local park, a national park or your backyard.  You name it, we want to see and share it!

Images can be taken in Thornton, Denver or anywhere across the extraordinary Centennial State.  We’ll even take some from out of state if we can tie it to Colorado somehow.

We’ll keep the criteria very open to interpretation with just about any image eligible to be shown in our slideshows.

What do you win for having your image in our slideshow?  We are just a ‘mom and pop’ outfit and make no money from our site so we really don’t have the means to provide prizes.  However you will have our undying gratitude and the satisfaction that your images are shared on the most popular website in Thornton.

To share you images with us and get them included in the slideshow just email them to us or share them with ThorntonWeather.com on any of the various social media outlets.  Links are provided below.

So come on, get those camera’s rolling!

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Thornton’s Thursday brings more hot temps, slight chance for thunderstorms

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 4:54am MST

Today’s weather looks to be much like we saw yesterday. Mercury readings will be well above normal and we stand just a bit of a chance for a thunderstorm.

The day starts off with sunny skies then by late morning / early afternoon some cloud cover begins to develop. High temperatures will again reach the low to mid-90s. After 1:00pm and until about 11:00pm some scattered thunderstorms will develop. As before, coverage is not supposed to be particularly great and strong winds will be the biggest threat.

Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above and overnight lows dip to around 60 degrees.

A cold front arrives tonight as well that will cool us down tomorrow and bring a better chance for showers Friday. We then heat right back up for the weekend. Get a look in the extended weather forecast here.

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June 21 to June 27: This week in Denver weather history

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 5:10am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

A typical week during the spring and summer for Denver – tornadoes, hail, damaging winds and more.

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In 2012…it was the hottest June in Denver since weather records began back in 1872. The average temperature for the month was 75.0 degrees which was 7.6 degrees above normal. There were a total of seventeen 90 degree days in the month of June. The highlight of record setting month was a stretch of five consecutive 100 degree days from the 22nd to the 26th. This was only the third time in Denver weather history in which this happened. Two of the high temperatures during the stretch peaked at 105 degrees… Which set the all-time record for the month of June and tied the all-time maximum temperature for Denver.

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In 1875…smoke from several large forest fires in the mountains was visible from the city on each of these days.

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In 1897…high winds raked the city overnight. Southeast winds were sustained to 60 mph with gusts as high as 72 mph on the 20th. Southeast winds were sustained to 57 mph with gusts to 60 mph on the 21st.
In 2007…a brief hot spell produced two temperature records. The high temperature of 97 degrees was tied on the 20th. A new record high temperature of 99 degrees was established on the 21st.

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

In 1984…lightning struck and killed two children standing near a tree in a backyard in Lakewood. Strong thunderstorm downbursts caused a wind gust to 58 mph in Northglenn and knocked down two power poles near Brighton.

In 1988…lightning struck a home in Denver…causing about ten thousand dollars damage. Lightning damaged 3 homes in Littleton…and also hit a house in greenwood village that had been struck by lightning 7 years previously.

In 1991…thunderstorms produced widespread hail across metro Denver. Hail as large as 2 1/2 inches fell at several locations across southwest metro Denver. One storm spotter reported hail 8 inches deep near the intersection of I-25 and C-470. Heavy rain with the storms caused some street flooding. In Commerce City…several cars were under water… And in Westminster a police officer reported water up to the doors of his car. Damage to homes and automobiles totaled 55 million dollars.

In 1992…a tornado touched down briefly near Bennett. Another tornado was briefly on the ground near Strasburg.

In 1994…heavy thunderstorm rains caused flooding in metro Denver. Several vehicles were stalled in the high water on I-25. Lightning struck an underground natural gas line in Aurora…causing a fire. Widespread power outages were also observed.

In 1996…three homes were struck by lightning in Parker. The lightning struck the garage of the first home…which started a small fire that burned some siding and spread into the attic. A second home sustained damage to the attic when a small fire was started. The third home received only minor damage. Lightning also sparked two small grass fires in the area. A man in Lakewood received minor injuries when he was struck by lightning while working on a ladder. A funnel cloud was sighted in Castle Rock. Strong thunderstorm winds downed a large tree near crossroads mall in Boulder. A small tornado (f0) briefly touched down near Lafayette. No damage was reported.

In 1997…one inch diameter hail was measured in Boulder.

In 2002…a thunderstorm wind gust to 62 mph was recorded at Denver International Airport.

In 2005…severe thunderstorms produced hail to 1 inch in diameter in Broomfield along with 3/4 inch hail near Arvada.

In 2006…a man riding a motorcycle was struck and killed by lightning on U.S. Highway 36 between church ranch Blvd. And Sheridan Blvd. In Westminster. After the biker was struck…he and his motorcycle crashed into the center concrete median of the highway. The lightning bolt left a crater in the highway asphalt that measured 18 inches long…8 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

2010…A severe thunderstorm produced hail up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter near Morrison. In Lafayette and Louisville, hail up to one inch in diameter was observed.

2014…Three small tornadoes touched down in eastern Adams County near Barr Lake, Bennett and Front Range Aiport. The tornado near Barr Lake damaged some out buildings and a storage shed. Minor roof damage to houses in the immediate area was reported near 168th Ave and Haymont Rd near 168th Ave and Haymont Rd. It was rated an EF1. The others did no damage.

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In 1941…strong thunderstorms produced cloudbursts of rain in Boulder County…starting during the late evening of the 21st and continuing overnight. The heavy rains over the Boulder creek…left hand creek…and south St Vrain River basins produced flooding in already swollen streams and turned dry gulches into raging torrents. The force of the floodwaters swept a man from the arms of his wife to his death…severely damaged canyon homes and swept others away… And hurtled a car down a steep embankment after the driver narrowly escaped. West of Boulder…the Boulder canyon highway was littered with rocks and debris and collapsed when two culverts were washed away. The flood waters washed much debris down four mile canyon…damaging the road near the creek bed. A bridge over dry creek just south of Niwot was completely washed away.

In 1964…scattered hail and rain caused property damage and local flooding in Boulder.

In 1989…an unseasonably cold weather system produced strong winds over much of metro Denver and snowfall in the foothills as low as 7500 feet elevation. One to 6 inches of snow fell in the foothills west of Denver with 15 inches reported on the summit of Mount Evans. Six inches of snow were measured at Conifer. Rainfall totaled only 0.09 inch at Stapleton International Airport where northwest winds gusted to 29 mph on the 21st.

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In 2002…the maximum temperature in Denver equaled or exceeded 90 degrees for 13 consecutive days…equaling the 5th longest such streak on record. The record of 18 consecutive days was set during the summer of 1901.

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In 1872…small sandstorms…frequently seen on the prairie… Occasionally passed through the city.

In 1983…3/4 inch hail was observed at Deckers…and a thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 55 mph at Littleton.

In 1988…a tornado was spotted one mile east of Brighton; it remained on the ground for about 6 minutes…but did no reportable damage. Lightning damaged a home near Castle Rock.

In 1991…thunderstorms produced golf ball size hail in Lafayette. The strongest storms occurred north of metro Denver.

In 1992…nickel size hail was reported just east of Parker.

In 1995…large hail 3/4 to 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell in Castle Rock where a funnel cloud was sighted. Hail 3/4 inch to 1 inch in diameter fell in south Denver and Aurora. A funnel cloud was also sighted over Chatfield Reservoir. In Bennett…very strong dry microburst winds of unknown speeds ripped a 14- by 48-foot metal roof off of a barn. The roof was tossed approximately 250 yards. A few 150- pound railroad ties were moved 10 to 15 feet.

In 1997…a tornado touched down near the Adams County fairgrounds northeast of Denver…uprooting several trees and damaging a car. A dry microburst produced a brief wind gust to 69 mph at Jefferson County airport. A small brief tornado was sighted near Hudson…but did no reported damage.

In 1998…3/4 inch hail fell near Hudson.

In 1999…thunderstorm winds gusted to 63 mph at Denver International Airport.

In 2003…hail as large as 2 inches in diameter was measured in Fort Lupton with 3/4 inch hail in Erie and near Boulder.

In 2006…a small tornado (f0) touched down near Franktown… But caused no damage.

In 2008…strong winds from dry microbursts developed over parts of southern Weld and western Arapahoe counties. A peak gust of 60 mph was observed in centennial. Near Frederick…strong winds snapped 3 power poles and sparked a small grassfire near State Highway 52 and interstate 25. At Denver International Airport…a peak gust of 31 mph was observed.

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2012…The maximum temperature exceeded 100 degrees for five consecutive days. Two of the high temperatures on the 25th and 26th peaked at 105 degrees, which set the all time record for the month of June and tied the all time maximum temperature for Denver.

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