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January 31 to February 6: This week in Denver weather history

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 5:07am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

Winds can be a blessing and a curse this time of year.  Chinook winds can help warm what is otherwise a normally chilly season.  They can also cause a great deal of damage as they pick up speed as they come roaring across the Front Range.  While we have been lucky thus far this year and not had damaging wind events, looking back at this week in Denver weather history one can’t help but think that maybe it is just a matter of time before they strike.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In 1876…hurricane force winds caused some damage in Boulder.

In 1951…the low temperature plunged to 24 degrees below zero.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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In 1904…northwest winds were sustained to 51 mph with gusts to 60 mph.  The Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 55 degrees.

In 1907…west winds sustained to 42 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 59 degrees.

In 1932…the temperature rose from a low of 8 degrees at 7:00 am to the high of 58 degrees at 2:30 pm.  The biggest jump occurred from 16 degrees at 8:00 am to 42 degrees at 9:10 am.

In 1951…the lowest recorded temperature in February…25 degrees below zero…occurred.  The same temperature was also reached on February 8…1936.

In 1963…west-southwest winds gusted to 66 mph at Stapleton Airport where the strong Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a maximum of 70 degrees.

In 1970…snowfall of 0.3 inch contained only 0.01 inch of melted snow.  This was the only measurable snow and precipitation for the month…making it the driest and least snowiest February on record.  Snowfall also was only 0.3 inch on February 22-23…1992…equaling the least snowiest February.

In 1980…high winds occurred in the foothills.  Wind gusts to 75 mph were reported at Wondervu.  Northwest winds gusted to 32 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1995…a short blast of early morning winds near the foothills produced a gust to 64 mph at Rocky Flats in northern Jefferson County.  Winds gusting to 59 mph in Lakewood downed a few tree branches in residential areas. West winds gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton International Airport where the warm winds kept the temperature from falling below 43 degrees…setting a new record high minimum for the date.  The temperature climbed to a non-record high of 63 degrees.

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In 1934…light Chinook winds warmed temperatures to record levels on both days.  Record maximum temperatures reached 73 degrees on the 1st and 74 degrees on the 2nd. West winds were sustained to 18 mph on the 1st.

In 2016…a slow moving storm system produced a deep east to northeasterly upslope flow late in the afternoon of the 1st.  Moderate to heavy snowfall continued through the evening across the rest of Front Range Mountains…Foothills and adjacent plains. Extensive blowing and drifting snow occurred along the Palmer Divide and adjacent plains. Snowdrifts 3 to 6 ft deep were observed. Numerous roads and highways were closed east of the I-25 overnight…including I-70 and I-76…as the roadways became impassable. The road closures continued through the morning of the 2nd as bands of light to moderate snow…with gusty winds to 35 mph persisted. The roads were reopened the afternoon of the 2nd. At Denver International Airport…480 flights were cancelled on the 1st and an additional 125 flights on the 2nd. The official snowfall measurement at Denver International Airport was 11.6 inches…which set a new record for greatest snowfall for the first two days of February.  In the mountains and foothills…storm totals included: 25 inches near Eldorado Springs…24 inches at Genesee and 12.5 miles northwest of Golden…22.5 inches near Nederland…21 inches near Pinecliffe…16.5 inches near Brookvale…14 inches at Intercanyon…13 inches near Berthoud…Echo Mountain and Tiny Town; 12 inches near Conifer and Eldora Ski Area…11 inches at Roxborough State Park…9.5 inches near Golden…9 inches near Bergen Park and Strontia Springs Dam…and 8 inches near Black Hawk.  Across the I-25 Corridor…storm totals included: 19.5 inches near Parker…15 inches near Loveland…14.5 inches near Louisville…14 inches in Arvada and Ken Caryl…13 inches near Federal Heights…Northglenn and Ralston Reservoir; 12 inches in Broomfield…near Buckley AFB…Castle Rock…Erie and Highlands Ranch; 11.5 inches near Westminster…11 inches in southeast Denver…north Longmont…Lafayette and Mead; 10 inches near Aurora… Franktown and Wheat Ridge; 9.5 inches in Thornton…and 9 inches at Frederick.

In 2017…widespread freezing drizzle contributed to numerous road closures and accidents across the Denver area and adjacent plains. Several crashes were reported on Interstate 25…and several cities and counties went on accident alert. Up to 32 delays at Denver International Airport. Numerous school delay openings and some school and business closures were reported over northeast Colorado.

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In 1996…cold arctic air plunged temperatures below zero for more than 35 consecutive hours from late on the 1st until sunrise on the 3rd.  The temperature warmed to only 1 degree below zero on the 2nd after a record low of 16 degrees below zero.

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In 2011…a frigid arctic airmass settled into Front Range urban corridor. At Denver International Airport… Overnight low temperatures…from the 1st to the 3rd… Were 13 below zero…17 below zero and zero respectively. The icy temperatures caused pipes to crack and burst following the freeze. In Loveland…firefighters responded to more than a dozen water pipe breaks…most in fire sprinkler systems at businesses…apartments and assisted care facilities. At CU Earth Science Library in Boulder…more than 1000 books and several costumes for an upcoming production were damaged. At the county courts administration building in Jefferson County…a steady stream of water from a crack on the 5th floor… Went unnoticed on the 3rd and flooded all the floors of the administration wing overnight. As a result…much of the office equipment…furniture and carpet sustained water damage. A burst sprinkler line caused minor damage at the Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton. The icy temperatures forced to closure of several school districts as well.

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In 1985…the most bitter cold spell of the winter season brought sub-zero temperatures to metro Denver.  Daily low temperature records were broken at Denver.  The usual cold weather problems struck including stalled vehicles…jammed traffic lights…and frozen water and sewer lines.  At Stapleton International Airport…the high temperature was only 2 degrees above zero on the 1st…setting a record low maximum for the date.  Low temperatures reached 13 below zero on the 1st…12 below on the third…and 14 below on the 5th.

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In 1989…one of the century’s worst doses of winter weather ravaged the entire state.  Bitterly frigid weather moved into metro Denver on the 1st as snow buried many sections of the state.

In metro Denver where 3 to 6 inches of snow fell…blowing snow and resultant poor visibilities caused a 46-car pile-up on I-25 in the middle of the city on the 4th.  During the period…2 to 3 hour delays were common at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall from the storm totaled 4.3 inches and northeast winds gusted to 30 mph on the 1st.

Intense cold accompanied the storm. Temperatures in Denver stayed below zero continuously for the best part of 3 days (3rd…4th…5th)…for a total of 69 hours.  This is the fourth longest sub-zero period on record.  Wind chill temperatures reached 50 degrees below zero.  The mercury dipped to 24 degrees below zero on the 5th…setting a record for the date.  This was the city’s coldest temperature in over 26 years.  Low temperatures dipped below zero on 8 consecutive days (2nd-9th).  High temperature of 9 degrees below zero on the 4th was a record low maximum for the date…as was the high of 5 degrees on the 5th.  Extensive damage occurred when pipes and water lines froze and broke.  Thousands of cars failed to start. On the 3rd…a 57-year-old woman died of hypothermia in an Arvada park.  Eighteen high school students were treated for hypothermia after a 2-hour ride through Jefferson County in an unheated bus.  At least 2 cases of frostbite were reported; there were undoubtedly many more.

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In 1883…a protracted cold period occurred when low temperatures dipped below zero for 9 consecutive days. Low temperatures ranged from 22 degrees below zero on the 4th to 2 degrees below zero on the 1st and 6th.  High temperatures ranged from 10 below zero on the 3rd to 23 on the 9th.  Several temperature records were set that still stand today.  Record lows of 18 below and 22 below zero occurred on the 3rd and 4th.  Record low maximum readings of 2 below and 10 below zero occurred on the 2nd and 3rd.  The high of only 10 below zero on the 3rd is the coldest maximum temperature ever recorded in Denver.

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Tuesday in Thornton to offer up mild temperatures, a good dose of sun

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 5:04am MST

As we enter the latter half of winter, we begin to get a slight taste of the warmer weather to come. Today will see mercury readings nearly 20 degrees above normal with calm, dry conditions.

Sunny skies start us off and will be with us through most of the day. A few clouds will arrive by mid-afternoon or so. Temperatures will see a relatively quick climb and head toward a high in the low to mid-60s.

Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with overnight lows in the mid-30s.

We continue to monitor two approaching storm system that are set to return us to our regularly scheduled winter. One arrives late tomorrow, the other Saturday. Neither is looking too impressive at this time. However, we will stand a chance to see some snow and temperatures are going to cool considerably. Have a peek at our long range forecast for more.

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First day of February brings mild temperatures, a good bit of cloud cover

Monday, February 1st, 2021 5:06am MST

Not too bad of a way to start the workweek. Thornton will see temperatures above normal although there will also be some clouds.

Partly sunny skies will be the general rule throughout the day as there will be a good bit of moisture aloft and a possible wave cloud. High temperatures today should climb close to the mid-50s despite the clouds. Overall conditions will be calm and dry.

Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with overnight lows dropping to around freezing.

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January 2021 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Sunday, January 31st, 2021 4:50pm MST
A bald eagle fishes a pond in Thornton. (Ed Dalton)

A bald eagle fishes a pond in Thornton. (Ed Dalton)

As one of our coldest months, January can be a good month to hibernate inside and avoid the outdoors.  But, like any month in Colorado, photo opportunities abound as our monthly slideshow demonstrates.

Snow is not normally dominant in the month but when it does fall, it can create a beautiful blanket of white.  Throw in the amazing sunrises and sunsets we receive in the middle of winter as well as wildlife and a host of other subjects and the imagery can be quite beautiful and stunning.

  • Slideshow updated January 31, 2021
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Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather-related imagery.

Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted in images captured from yours and our cameras.

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 weekend to see above normal temps, dry conditions

Friday, January 29th, 2021 4:24am MST

A pretty typical late January weekend ahead for Thornton. We start out relatively mild then will see a day with wind and temps closer to normal followed by a calm Sunday.

For Friday, there will be some moisture aloft giving us a few clouds. It will be quite mild with highs in the mid to upper 50s if the cold of the snow cover can be overcome. Tonight, skies will be mostly cloudy with overnight lows in the upper 20s.

Saturday will see a pressure gradient aid in generating some breezy, northwest winds that will last throughout the day into the evening. Highs will be near 50 degrees. Saturday night, winds will ease toward midnight. Mostly clear skies will be above with overnight lows in the mid-20s.

Sunday looks to be quite pleasant with highs around 50 degrees. Conditions will be calm and dry.

The big focus right now is on a potentially strong winter storm toward the middle of next week. Models are still sorting it out and it is a good ways away but, much older temps and a healthy dose of snow are looking quite possible. It definitely bears watching.

Until then, have a great weekend!

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Thursday in Thornton to offer up near normal temps, a good bit of cloud cover

Thursday, January 28th, 2021 5:34am MST

A quiet weather day along the Colorado Front Range. There will be a good bit of cloud cover but conditions will be calm and dry.

Partly sunny skies will be the general rule throughout the day. Winds will be light. Temperatures today are expected to get to the mid-40s. However, with the snow cover and clouds, we may struggle to get that warm.

Tonight, skies remain only partly clear with overnight lows dropping to the mid-20s.

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After a very cold, foggy start, Thornton will clear up and warm up

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 5:07am MST

With temperatures briefly dropping to 2 degrees this morning, we saw our coldest mercury reading of the season so far. We will be warming up though and see a healthy dose of sun.

Fog will be the most notable feature early, particularly along the South Platte River, I-76 corridor and other low-lying areas. Once it dissipates, we will enjoy mostly sunny to sunny skies for the rest of the day. Temperatures will remain on the chilly side but improve over the morning cold. Look for highs in the mid to upper 30s.

Tonight, mostly clear skies will be above and lows will drop to the upper teens.

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Tuesday in Thornton to offer up cloudy skies, some light snow

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 5:13am MST

The second of two weather makers is moving through now creating wintry conditions. Clouds, cold and a little bit of snow will be the highlights for today.

Cloudy skies start us off and will be with us through the daytime hours. High temperatures today will only reach the mid to upper 20s.

As for the snow, we will see some flakes off and on throughout the day with a bit of an uptick in the late afternoon. Total daytime accumulations will be less than an inch.

Tonight, snow will be tapering off after 7:00pm and should end entirely by about 9:00pm. We will then begin to see the clouds ease. Overnight lows will be cold and into the single digits.

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Cloudy, cold temperatures for Thornton’s Monday, some light snow possible

Monday, January 25th, 2021 5:05am MST

The first of a couple of systems is moving through this morning and that will set up some unstable weather. Beyond clouds and cold though, the snow will be less than impressive.

Cloudy skies will be with us for most of the day although the afternoon may bring a few, small breaks in the cover. Highs today will be well below normal and top out only in the mid-30s.

Some light snow will be possible this morning, then very little expected in the afternoon. At this time, we are expecting minimal daytime accumulations, if any at all.

Tonight, skies remain cloudy and lows will drop into the upper teens. Snow chances increase this evening through much of tonight. However, it isn’t looking like much, from a trace to an inch overnight.

More on our Winter Weather Briefing Page here.

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January 24 to January 30: This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, January 24th, 2021 4:49am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

Denver and Colorado weather is rarely boring. This week in Denver weather history we see numerous occurrences of Chinook winds that warmed temperatures but also arrived with such force that they caused a great deal of damage. We also see unseasably warm weather, bitter Arctic cold, and snow fall that had to be measured in feet.

From the National Weather Service:

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In 2005…a week of mid-winter unseasonably warm weather pushed high temperatures into the 60’s or more on all but one day. During the period…the highest temperature of 70 degrees on the 20th was a new record maximum for the date. Low temperatures remained above freezing on 4 of the days.

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In 1948…the longest period of snowfall on record (92 hours and 3 minutes) occurred in downtown Denver where a total of 13.6 inches of snow fell. At Stapleton Airport…19.0 inches of snow fell…making it the heaviest snow in January and the 5th heaviest snow of record at that time. North winds were sustained to a velocity of 23 mph on the 25th…but generally the winds were light throughout the storm. The snow disrupted traffic…but street clearing was begun soon after it became apparent that the snow would be heavy. Over the 5 days…temperatures ranged from a high of 48 degrees on the 22nd to a low of 1 degree on the 26th. Most readings were in the teens and 20’s during the storm.

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In 1921…heavy snowfall in downtown Denver totaled 8.0 inches overnight. Northwest winds were sustained to 22 mph with gusts to 25 mph on the 24th.

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In 1887…west winds sustained to 44 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 56 degrees in the city.

In 1890…northwest winds sustained to 48 mph with gusts to 60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 63 degrees.

In 1900…west winds were sustained to 44 mph with an extreme velocity of 46 mph. The Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 57 degrees.

In 1934…a trace of snowfall resulted in precipitation of 0.01 inch in downtown Denver. This was the only measurable amount of precipitation for the month…making the month one of the driest January’s on record.

In 1956…west-northwest winds gusted to 51 mph at Stapleton Airport. Strong and gusty winds persisted throughout the day.

In 1972…a west wind gust to 92 mph was recorded in Boulder at the National Bureau of Standards…while in downtown Boulder a wind gust to only 66 mph was measured.

In Denver…a car was demolished when the wind blew a traffic light pole onto it…and a wooden wall at a construction site was blown over damaging two cars. Northwest winds gusted to 55 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1982…strong winds were again reported along the eastern foothills. While the most damage occurred in the Fort Collins area…Boulder did not entirely escape. Nine planes were damaged at the Boulder airport along with 4 mobile homes and many cars in the Boulder area. A school in Central City was damaged. A water tank in Parker collapsed. The strongest wind gust recorded was 140 mph at Wondervu. Wind gusts reached 92 mph in Boulder. Northwest wind gusts to 61 mph were recorded at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1992…for the third day…high winds raked the eastern foothills. Winds gusted to 105 mph at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. Several tractor trailers were overturned along State Highway 93…between Boulder and Golden. Traffic lights and signs were knocked down in Boulder. Other wind reports included: 86 mph at Rocky Flats…100 mph on Fritz Peak near Rollinsville…and 93 mph in north Boulder. West winds gusted to 37 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

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In 1916…a trace of light rain…rare in Denver for January… Occurred on both days.

In 1946…high winds occurred in Boulder and along the foothills to the north. A wind gust to 72 mph was recorded at Valmont.

In 1947…strong winds were measured in Boulder. Hourly wind gusts averaged 72 mph at Valmont east of Boulder.

In 1950…heavy snowfall totaled 7.1 inches at Stapleton Airport and 6.8 inches in downtown Denver.

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In 1970…a wind gust to 122 mph was recorded at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder on the 24th. Winds also gusted to 109 mph at NCAR on the 26th. Most winds were estimated between 60 and 70 mph in Boulder. Damage…in most cases…was from broken windows and tree limbs and downed power lines. A roof was blown off a house in Eldorado Springs south of Boulder. A building under construction was damaged in Boulder. Reported damage totaled 25 hundred dollars in Boulder. Northwest winds gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 24th. In Denver…the Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a record high of 68 degrees on the 24th.

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In 1872…the greatest temperature change in one day…66 degrees…from a low of 20 degrees below zero…a record low for the date…to a high of 46 degrees…occurred.

In 1888…west winds sustained to 42 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 58 degrees.

In 1890…northwest Chinook winds gusting as high as 48 mph resulted in two temperature records. High temperature of 72 degrees was a record maximum for the date. Low temperature of only 48 degrees was a record high minimum for the date.

In 1914…Chinook winds from the northwest sustained to 46 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 52 degrees. The low temperature was only 39 degrees.

In 1923…snowfall of 1.3 inches was the only measurable snow of the month.

In 1931…snowfall of 0.1 inch was the only measurable snow of the month. The melted snow totaled only 0.02 inch of precipitation…which was the only measurable amount of the month. This resulted in the 4th driest January on record.

In 1964…high winds occurred in Boulder…Golden…and Broomfield where a wind gust to 80 mph was recorded at Jefferson County Airport. Some power lines were downed. Damage to buildings and vehicles was also reported. West-northwest winds gusted to 46 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1971…the highest recorded wind gust in the state of Colorado…147 mph…occurred at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on the mesa in southwest Boulder. Wind gusts to 91 mph were measured at the National Bureau of Standards and to 87 mph in downtown Boulder. A wind gust to 75 mph was recorded at Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield. The strong winds caused widespread minor damage in Boulder. Northwest winds gusting to 32 mph at Stapleton International Airport warmed the temperature to a high of 55 degrees.

In 1980…a blizzard struck Denver right at the evening rush hours…causing massive traffic snarls and forcing the closure of I-25 north of Denver and I-70 east of the city as well as many other roads. Hundreds of travelers were stranded. Multi-car accidents involving as many as 50 cars were common. Air traffic at Stapleton International Airport was stalled for 3 hours. Winds gusted to 50 or 60 mph with visibility reduced to zero at times. The high winds knocked out electrical power in Broomfield. During the height of the storm…temperatures plunged from the freezing mark at mid-afternoon to only 5 degrees before midnight. Initial snowfall from the storm was only 3 to 5 inches across metro Denver with 4.1 inches measured at Stapleton International Airport where north wind gusts to 58 mph were recorded.

In 1988…high winds pummeled the eastern foothills with a peak gust to 96 mph recorded near Rollinsville. A gust to 109 mph was recorded at Echo Lake. West winds gusted to 48 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1996…heavy snow fell along the Front Range foothills. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches were measured from I-25 west into the foothills with lighter accumulations reported elsewhere. Snowfall totaled only 0.9 inch at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

In 2004…locally heavy snow fell across metro Denver. The heaviest snow was south of Denver and in the foothills. Snowfall totals included: 9 inches near Indian Hills… 8.5 inches near Franktown and 9 miles southwest of Sedalia…8 inches 7 miles southwest of Aurora…and 6 inches in Highlands Ranch. Snowfall was only 2.8 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to 35 mph at Denver International Airport

In 2008…strong westerly winds blew out three windows at a Chipotle restaurant in Louisville. Two people were taken to the hospital for minor cuts. At Denver International Airport…northeast winds gusted to 35 mph.

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In 1910…gale force westerly winds of great velocity struck Boulder. Some damage was reported. West winds were sustained to 45 mph in Denver on the 25th.

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