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

Sunday, August 5th, 2018 6:34pm MDT
This week in Denver weather history

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

As we enter August the weather typical is a bit calmer as the atmosphere settles down. However our look back at this week in Denver weather history shows that Mother Nature can still visit plenty of excitement on us.

From the National Weather Service:

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In 1881…the low temperature cooled to only 76 degrees…the record high minimum temperature for the month.

In 1889…southwest winds were sustained to 42 mph.

In 1918…hail pelted the city…but was light and caused no damage. Precipitation totaled 0.25 inch. Northwest winds were sustained to 31 mph.

In 1964…lightning struck two boys in Denver while playing ball. One was treated and released from the hospital…but the other boy suffered second degree electrical shock and cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition for several days.

In 1969…two tornadoes touched down briefly in an open field southeast of Buckley Field in Aurora. No damage was reported.

In 1970…heavy rain in the Indian Hills area in the foothills west of Denver caused flash flooding…which washed out roads and damaged other property. Hail accumulated to a 3 inch depth with stones up to golf ball size; however…most of the damage was from flooding.

In 1982…2.38 inches of rain fell in an hour in Arvada… Causing minor flooding on Ralston Creek. In Westminster… 1 1/2 inches of rain fell…causing damage to streets and culverts. In addition…lightning caused some minor power outages across metro Denver.

In 1983…very heavy thunderstorms hit the southern portion of metro Denver. Heavy rainfall…as much as 2.89 inches in 38 minutes…caused widespread street flooding in southeast Denver. Two feet of water covered a section of I-25. Hail up to golf ball size accompanied the storm in Littleton and Englewood…along with 60 mph winds.

In 1984…a heavy thunderstorm drenched Littleton with up to 2.35 inches of rain in an hour…along with small hail that piled up to 2 inches deep. Flood waters were up to 4 feet deep in parts of town with many basements flooded. There were some power outages caused by lightning.

In 1990…a thunderstorm dumped 1.25 inches of rain in 12 minutes near tower and smoky hill roads in southeast Aurora. Minor street flooding was reported in the area.

In 1992…a pilot reported two funnel clouds near Cheery Creek Reservoir. Both dissipated quickly. Dime size hail fell near Franktown.

In 1994…one inch diameter hail fell near Strasburg. No damage was reported.

In 1999…a dog kennel east of Denver International Airport… Was flooded when a small dam…upstream in Elbert County… Was breached. The floodwaters…up to 4 feet deep…washed away some 6-foot fences and other small buildings. Ten of the 70 dogs boarded at the kennel drowned.

In 2002…a mail carrier was struck by lightning as he inserted a key into a multi-unit mailbox in Bailey. The shock knocked the man back against the mail truck. He suffered minor injuries. Lightning struck a residence in Commerce City. The resulting fire destroyed the roof of a detached garage and damaged much of its contents. Hail as large as 1 3/4 inches in diameter pelted pine. One inch diameter hail fell in Arvada and southwest Denver. Heavy rain triggered a mudslide along U.S. Highway 285 near Bailey. Both lanes of traffic had to be closed until debris could be removed from the highway. Several residences in the Bailey and Glenisle areas were also flooded.

In 2004…heavy thunderstorm rainfall caused localized flash flooding in Virginia canyon near Idaho Springs. Sections of the Virginia Canyon Road had to be closed due to the floodwaters.

In 2008…a severe thunderstorm produced large hail…up to 1 1/4 inches in diameter…northeast of Parker. Several automobiles were damaged.

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In 1877…a severe rain…hail…and wind storm struck Denver. The storm produced a one minute sustained wind speed of 75 mph. Rainfall totaled 1.00 inch in 25 minutes. The hail storm damaged vegetable gardens in the city.

In 1954…an unconfirmed tornado was reported in Westminster. A funnel cloud was sighted in the area…but it was not certain if it had touched down. No damage was reported.

In 1980…the temperature reached 100 degrees…setting a new record high for the date.

In 1982…3/4 inch diameter hail was reported in north Denver. Heavy rain caused street flooding in central Denver where 4 to 5 feet of water inundated I-25…closing the freeway for a while. Rainfall across metro Denver ranged up to 2.35 inches in just over an hour. An estimated 2000 basements were flooded. Only 0.01 inch of rain fell at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1991…heavy rain caused flooding at the junction of I-25 and I-70. Dime size hail was reported northeast of Boulder near Niwot.

In 1995…microburst winds gusting as high as 58 mph caused minor damage to an apartment complex in Broomfield. Some homes under construction were also damaged when the winds knocked over 2 by 4 wood beams along with some insulation and roofing materials…which broke a few windows. Microburst winds also overturned a camper near Barr Lake.

In 1996…hail ranging in size from 1 to 1 1/2 inches fell near Bennett.

In 2001…3/4 inch hail fell in the foothills near conifer.

In 2008…a record daily rainfall record was set at Denver International Airport. The record of 1.29 inches in 24 hours broke the previous record of 1.10 inches set in 1929.

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In 1948…a brief west moving tornado was sighted 3 miles north-northeast of Stapleton Airport. The white funnel silhouetted against a gray cloud background was very narrow…nearly vertical…and estimated at nearly 5 thousand feet high. A dust cloud formed on the ground around the funnel. No damage was reported.

In 1952…a thunderstorm wind gust to 52 mph was recorded at Stapleton Airport.

In 2014…severe thunderstorms produced large hail across western and southern parts of metro Denver. Near Centennial and Golden…hail up to quarter size was reported. Near Bennett…a peak thunderstorm wind gust to 65 mph was also reported. At Denver International Airport…a peak wind gust to 46 mph was recorded.

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In 1874…swarms of grasshoppers invaded the city. Millions of them were seen cruising through the air. The insects were apparently picked up by a thunderstorm gust front and carried into the city. The grasshoppers had ravaged crops in surrounding counties for the last month.

In 1878…the highest temperature ever recorded in Denver…105 degrees…occurred at 3:20 pm. This temperature was equaled on July 20th in 2005.

In 1969…the temperature reached 100 degrees at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1976…in Thornton…a 13 year old boy riding a bicycle was struck and killed by lightning.

In 2000…lightning struck three homes in central Arapahoe County east of Denver. Damage was estimated at 47 thousand dollars.

In 2003…hail to 1 inch in diameter pelted Denver. Hail to 7/8 inch was measured in Boulder.

In 2008…heavy rain also caused flash flooding over south Denver and its nearby suburbs. Heavy rain…from 2.5 to 4 inches…fell in less than 90 minutes. Firefighters rescued 20 people as the water quickly rose along creeks…flooded roadways…and stranded motorists. Three people had to be rescued along Cherry Creek when the bike path flooded.

In Evergreen…a man suffered minor injuries when he was struck by lightning. It entered his finger…traveled down his body… And exited his foot.

In 2013…heavy rain caused localized flash flooding in Aurora. An undergound parking garage at an apartment complex was inundated with 3 to 4 feet of water. Flash flooding forced a road closure at East Mississippi Ave. and Alton St. Also… several people had to be rescued when three vehicles stalled in floodwaters at Alameda Ave. and Havana St. The stationary thunderstorms dumped 2.75 inches of rain in less than 45 minutes. In addition…large hail…up to one inch in diameter…was reported north of Roxbourough State Park. At Denver International Airport…just a trace of rainfall was observed.

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July 2018 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 4:23pm MDT
Smoke from area wildfires helps color the sky orange at sunrise. (Jessica Fey)

Smoke from area wildfires helps color the sky orange at sunrise. (Jessica Fey)

Colorado offers outdoor opportunities unlike any other state and while the summer heat settles in, photos of the amazing scenes across our state provide a view into why we love it here so much.

The weather this time of year has a pretty standard pattern of quickly warming temperatures followed by afternoon thunderstorms that can cool things down.  These storms sometimes provide a good bit of ‘excitement’ and are a prime photo subject.

  • Slideshow updated July 29, 2018

Recreationalists head outdoors and take advantage of urban, suburban and rural opportunities.  As they do, our abundant wildlife that is found just about anywhere comes into focus.

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.

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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Out of the office for a few days

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 2:00pm MDT

Time for a break!  We’ll be largely incommunicado for a few days while getting some much-needed R & R.  The good thing is that the weather looks to be relatively calm while we are gone.  As always, keep an eye on our website for all the latest including real-time conditions, forecasts, and much more.

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Near normal temperatures, lots of sun, calm conditions for Tuesday

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018 5:23am MDT

A nice looking day ahead for Thornton. We do warm up a good bit today but not too much so and conditions will be calm and pleasant.

We start out with clear skies and will stay that way for much of the day with only a few clouds arriving around mid-afternoon. Temperatures today will top out in the mid-80s, about five degrees below normal.

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear with lows around 60 degrees.

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Thornton’s workweek starts off cooler than normal, warmer weather lies ahead

Monday, July 30th, 2018 5:00am MDT

We will enjoy one more day with temps a good ways below normal for this time of year. The rest of the week will feature warming temperatures with most days seeing highs right near average.

For today, we start out with a good bit of cloud cover. That will be easing by mid-morning and by the evening we will have mostly clear skies. Temperatures today will top out in the mid-70s, about 15 degrees below normal. At this time, we don’t expect to see any showers or thunderstorms in our area.

Tonight, skies will continue to clear with lows in the mid-50s.

Looking ahead, high pressure returns and that will help drive temperatures higher. Tomorrow will see highs in the mid-80s then the rest of the week will feature temps within a few degrees of normal for this time of year (90 degrees). Get more details in the extended weather forecast here.

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July 29 to August 4: This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, July 29th, 2018 5:21pm MDT
This week in Denver weather history

July 29 to August 4: This week in Denver weather history

The effects of our annual monsoon season are portrayed in detail in our look back at this week in Denver weather history. Numerous cases of flooding resulting from heavy rainfall are seen as are other severe weather events including hail and even tornadoes.

From the National Weather Service:

13-5

In 2008…a streak of 24 consecutive days of 90 degrees shattered the previous record of 18 consecutive days established in 1901 and 1874. Ironically…no new single day record high temperatures were set in the month of July. In August however…a record of 104 degrees was set on the 1st…and another record of 103 degrees was set on the 2nd. In addition…a record low min of 70 degrees was set on August 2nd.

18-2

In 1987…a streak of 16 consecutive days of 90 degrees ranked 4th on the list of hot streaks. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in the summer of 2008.
27-31 in 1956…96 percent of the total precipitation for the month of July occurred over the last five days of the month. Heavy thunderstorms produced 4.00 inches of rainfall at Stapleton Airport. This amount of precipitation in 5 days or less had been exceeded only 3 times in previous record. The last time had been in December of 1913 as snow. Considerable property damage occurred across metro Denver from flooding.

28-30

In 1889…dense smoke from forest fires in the mountains obscured the sun over the city for three days.

In 1971…a vigorous cold front late on the 28th produced northeast wind gusts to 39 mph and record breaking cold temperatures on the 29th and 30th. The temperature dipped to 47 degrees on the 29th and 43 degrees on the 30th… Setting record minimums for the dates. Upslope cloudiness along with rain and fog early on the 29th helped set a record low maximum temperature of 58 degrees for the date.

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In 1878…a total eclipse of the sun was observed at 2:20 pm. From before to during the eclipse…the temperature in the sun fell from 114 degrees to 82 degrees…while the shade temperature fell from 89 degrees to 83 degrees.

In 1880…heavy thunderstorm rain and hail flooded streets and ditches.

In 25 minutes…0.76 inch of rain fell on the city along with large hail to 3/4 inch in diameter. There were no strong winds with the storm.

In 1890…a thunderstorm produced sustained west winds to 48 mph with gusts to 60 mph…but only 0.01 inch of rain.

In 1956…heavy rain and hail fell over west and north Denver.

In 1964…hail to 3/4 inch in diameter fell at Lowry Airfield.

In 1978…a small tornado was sighted just east of Parker. No damage was reported.

In 1989…heavy rain drenched all areas of the Front Range… Both in the foothills and adjacent plains. Amounts of 1 to 3 inches were general over the area. Damage was confined to a few minor road washouts and some street…basement…and crop flooding. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 1.44 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 43 mph. Lightning struck a 250 thousand dollar home near Nederland and started a fire which destroyed all of it except two garages. Lightning started a fire in a home in Evergreen. It reached the house by hitting a tree…then traveling through a metal clothesline strung between the tree and the building.

In 1995…thunderstorm winds gusted to 59 mph in Brighton. Thunderstorm winds from the south-southeast gusted to 41 mph at Denver International Airport. High temperature of 99 degrees was a new record maximum for the date in Denver.

In 1997…heavy rain caused flooding in an apartment building in Westminster. Several residents had to be evacuated from their apartments. A woman in aspen park received minor injuries…when lightning passed through an office window and struck her. She suffered temporary blindness for about 15 minutes.

In 2003…hail as large as 1 inch in diameter pelted Conifer… Highlands Ranch…and Franktown.

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In 1997…heavy rain caused flooding and flash flooding in central portions of Adams and Arapahoe counties. Two homes were extensively damaged when water flooded the basements and adjacent pasture area in Strasburg. Water 4 to 5 feet deep had pooled in the lower lying areas of the town. A portion of Quincy Road was closed in Arapahoe County when 4 feet of water covered the roadway. Rainfall totaled 3.06 inches at Denver International Airport…establishing a new record for 24-hour rainfall in July. The previous record was 2.42 inches set in 1965 on the 24th and 25th.

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In 1879…lightning struck a brick kiln in north Denver. Three men were knocked senseless…but all recovered. Rainfall in the city was only 0.09 inch.

In 1881…a thunderstorm dumped heavy rain and hail on the city…causing street flooding and much damage. A heavy torrent of rain fell with 1.10 inches measured in just 20 minutes. Storm total rainfall was 1.60 inches. The rain turned streets into running streams. Wood street crossings were torn up and washed away. The storm caused great damage by flooding many cellars where goods were stored. The brick yards suffered severe damage when the heavy rainfall destroyed many unfired bricks.

In 1913…northeast winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts to 48 mph.

In 1939…a thunderstorm produced 0.08 inch of rainfall. This was the only measurable precipitation of the month…making the month the second driest July on record.

In 1961…heavy rain and lightning disrupted power lines and caused flooding in Denver. Thunderstorm rains totaled 1.60 inches at 11th and Lincoln in central Denver.

In 1972…the temperature climbed to a high of 100 degrees at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1983…hail 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter fell in central and southeast Denver and in Littleton. Rainfall of 1.50 inches occurred in just 30 minutes in Littleton. There was some street flooding in both cities with wind gusts up to 55 mph.

In 1984…central Aurora was hit by a downpour that produced 1.80 inches of rain and sent water 2 to 3 feet deep into some streets. Before the rain stopped later in the evening… The storm had dropped as much as 2.80 inches of moisture on the city. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled only 0.82 inch at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1985…a tornado was spotted in open country 10 miles southwest of Bennett. No damage was reported. One inch hail was reported in south Lakewood.

In 1997…one man was killed and his girlfriend critically injured when they were struck by lightning on the Kennedy Golf Course in southeast Denver. Both were struck in the head when they took refuge under a tree during a downpour. Lightning struck a home in unincorporated Arapahoe County east of Buckley Field. The fire started in the electrical panel boxes…causing extensive damage to the home. Heavy rain and hail triggered a flash flood in Boulder…which sent water through a window of the financial aid office on the University of Colorado campus. In addition…ceiling tiles…carpets…and dressing rooms were damaged at the Coors Events Center when a pipe draining rainwater broke during the downpour. In all…10 buildings on the campus received water damage estimated at 100 thousand dollars. Hail as large as 1.25 inches in diameter accompanied the heavy rain in Boulder. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.71 inches at Denver International Airport where west winds gusted to 41 mph. This was the greatest calendar day official precipitation ever recorded in July.

In 1998…heavy rain…up to 3 inches in an hour…caused flash flooding problems from Castle Rock to Parker. I-25 north of Castle Rock was closed as high waters covered sections of the highway. Some cars were left floating in the flood waters.

In 2001…a severe thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 70 mph at a wind sensor on the northeast corner of Denver International Airport.

In 2004…a severe thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 71 mph in Evergreen.

In 2005…the temperature climbed to a high of 101 degrees at Denver International Airport. This was a new record maximum temperature for the date.

In addition…this was the 7th day of the month with a high temperature of 100 degrees or more…which set a new Denver record for the most 100 degree days in a month…for a season…and in a year.

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In 1873…the all-time lowest recorded temperature in July… 42 degrees…occurred. The same temperature also occurred on July 4…1903.

In 1874…during the late afternoon rain and hail fell for 5 minutes followed by brief heavy rain. Pieces of solid ice of irregular shape fell upon the roof of the station. The hail stones measured 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Precipitation (rain and melted hail) was only 0.16 inch.

In 1889…the high temperature climbed to 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1919…heavy thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.59 inches in downtown Denver during the evening. Rainfall was 1.90 inches in an hour…a new record at that time.

In 1961…over an inch of rain in a short period of time caused flooding of streets and basements in Denver. Rainfall totaled 1.30 inches at 11th and Lincoln in central Denver.

In 1964…the temperature reached 91 degrees in Denver…making this the 27th day of the month that the temperature reached 90 degrees or more. This is the all time record for 90 degree days in a month in Denver.

In 1972…one inch diameter hail fell in Hudson northeast of Denver.

In 1976…during the evening hours extremely heavy thunderstorm rains produced flash flooding in Big Thompson Canyon which killed 144 people between Estes Park and Loveland. No significant weather occurred in metro Denver at the time.

In 1987…1 inch diameter hail fell in Lakewood and 3/4 inch hail fell near Louisville. Southeast Boulder County was drenched with 1.25 inches of rain in just 20 minutes.

In 1993…thunderstorm winds damaged a chimney of a home near Parker.

In 1996…a weak tornado (f0) was sighted 12 miles east of Denver International Airport. No damage was reported.

In 1998…heavy monsoonal thunderstorm rain triggered a mud slide in Blackhawk. The mudslide blocked Main St. and caused an estimated half million dollars in damage to a casino. Heavy thunderstorm rain…up to 3 inches in an hour…caused a flash flood along Buffalo Creek. Portions of County road 126 just south of the town of Buffalo Creek were washed out. The flood waters nearly washed away the bridge as mud and debris slammed into the structure. Hail to 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell near Idaho Springs.

In 2004…severe thunderstorm winds toppled a 65-foot blue spruce tree in Parker. The tree landed on a home damaging the roof and gutters. The downed tree poked dozens of holes into the shingles.

In 2013…severe thunderstorm winds…with gusts estimated to 80 mph…downed power poles which caused scattered outages in and around Byers…Bennett and Strasburg. Some property damage was also observed. Near Byers…aluminum siding and roofing was peeled off sheds. Large hail…up to one inch in diameter…was reported north of Bennett. At Denver International Airport… a peak wind gust to 40 mph was observed from the northeast.

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Thornton’s weekend continues the unsettled weather of recent days

Friday, July 27th, 2018 5:08am MDT

We’ve managed to enjoy some cooler temperatures and nice precipitation this week so far. Heading into the weekend, temperatures will be largely below normal and we have chances for storms each day.

For Friday, mostly sunny skies will be above with the usual increase in cloud cover in the afternoon. Highs today will top out in the upper 80s. We have a bit less moisture to work with today but may still see some scattered thunderstorm activity from mid-afternoon into the evening. Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows near the 60 degree mark.

Saturday will again bring mostly sunny skies for the morning, then partly clear conditions in the afternoon. Highs will be a bit cooler and in the mid-80s. The afternoon brings better chances for thunderstorms. Saturday night into Sunday morning, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows again near 60 degrees.

A cold front will arrive Sunday morning leading to cooler temperatures. Highs will be around 80 degrees. There will be more cloud coverage during the day and the afternoon and evening offer up chances for showers and thunderstorms.

Have a great weekend!

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Thornton’s Thursday to feature comfortable temps, another chance for storms

Thursday, July 26th, 2018 5:01am MDT

Yesterday brought us another nice shot of rain in somewhat dramatic fashion. Today will see temperatures cooler than normal and again offer a chance for PM storms.

A few showers moved through this morning in the pre-dawn hours but will have moved out by sunrise leaving us mostly sunny skies for much of the day. The afternoon will see an increase in cloud cover as storms move through.

The best chance for storms will come between about 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Right now, models aren’t giving us many hints as to where these will set up. It does appear they will have the potential for brief, heavy rain, gusty winds and perhaps some hail.

High temperatures today will top out near the 80 degree mark.

Tonight, there may be a few lingering showers initially and then skies should clear a good bit. Overnight lows will be near 60 degrees.

Keep an eye on the sky with our interactive weather radar here.

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Seasonal temperatures, increased chance for thunderstorms Wednesday

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 5:05am MDT

A relatively typical day for Thornton for this time of year. We’ll enjoy some sun and temps near normal and the late afternoon and evening give us a decent chance for thunderstorms.

The day starts out under mostly sunny skies with cloud cover gradually increasing. By mid to late afternoon it will be partly sunny. As a cold front backs in, winds will be a bit breezy from mid-morning into the afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s then cool as storms start popping up in the afternoon.

As for those storms, by mid-afternoon we should start seeing some activity along the Front Range with the best opportunity coming in the evening. Depending on how things play out, these storms could become numerous and some may turn severe with strong winds and sizeable hail. You will definitely want to keep an eye on the sky.

Some storms may continue to rumble and rain overnight with lows around 60 degrees.

Use our interactive radar to keep watch.

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July 22 to July 28: This week in Denver weather history

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 8:14am MDT
This week in Denver weather history

July 22 to July 28: This week in Denver weather history

As we near the end of July the weather in Denver tends to be a bit more stable. That doesn’t mean the severe weather threat disappears as can be seen at our look back at this week in Denver weather history. Particularly notable are lightning injuries and deaths, flash flood events and even tornadoes.

From the National Weather Service:

7-25

In 1934…a streak of 15 consecutive days of 90 degrees ranked 5th on the list of hot streaks. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in the summer of 2008.

13-5

In 2008…a streak of 24 consecutive days of 90 degrees shattered the previous record of 18 consecutive days established in 1901 and 1874. Ironically…no new single day record high temperatures were set in the month of July. In August however…a record of 104 degrees was set on the 1st…and another record of 103 degrees was set on the 2nd. In addition…a record low min of 70 degrees was set on August 2nd.

18-2

In 1987…a streak of 16 consecutive days of 90 degrees ranked 4th on the list of hot streaks. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in the summer of 2008.

19-23

In 2005…the high temperature climbed above 100 degrees on each of the 5 days with readings of 101 on the 19th…105 on the 20th…104 on the 21st…and 102 on both the 22nd and 23rd. A new record maximum temperature for the month of July of 105 degrees was set on the 20th…which also equaled the all time record maximum for Denver of 105 degrees first set on August 8th in 1878. Daily maximum temperature records were set on each day…and the 5 day period equaled the record for the most consecutive days of 100 degrees or more first set from July 4th through 8th in 1989. The intense heat resulted in a high use of electricity for cooling purposes. The demand for electric power exceeded the supply and rolling black-outs… Each lasting about an hour…were scheduled across metro Denver during the afternoons and early evenings.

20-23

In 1961…unusually cool weather for July resulted in several temperature records. Record minimum temperatures were set or equaled on each day with readings of 51…51…49… And 49 degrees. High temperature of only 64 degrees on the 21st was a record low maximum for the date.

20-25

In 1965…heavy showers and thunderstorms doused metro Denver with significant rain each day. Rainfall for the six days totaled 5.16 inches at Stapleton International Airport. Massive rainfall occurred on the 20th…21st…and 25th… Flooding streets and basements and causing streams to overflow. The heaviest rainfall…2.05 inches…at Stapleton International Airport occurred on the 25th.

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In 1874…a severe thunderstorm during the late afternoon produced 1.36 inches of rainfall in an hour…most of which fell in 20 minutes. There was much damage from flooding of streets and considerable damage to private property. The lightning was brilliant and continuous during the storm. Seven buildings were struck by lightning in the city…in addition to many places where it struck only the ground. A magnificent example of ball lightning was observed. When about 200 feet above the house tops…the ball exploded and broke into 7 or 8 different balls…each about 6 inches in diameter. Upon reaching about 20 feet above the ground…these balls broke into small fragments about 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. A shed situated in an alley about one block away was literally covered with these sparks. After the storm was over…the shed and adjacent area showed no trace of the event. Not the slightest mark could be detected on structures or on the ground.

In 1879…a terrific electrical storm passed over the city during the afternoon. The lightning display was unusually vivid and the crash of thunder seemed at the very house tops. A few homes and buildings were struck by lightning. A home on Capitol Hill sustained much damage to furniture… But the residents in another wing of the house were not injured. Lightning struck a fence at the corner of Curtis and Broadway. A lightning bolt stunned a workman and knocked a mason’s trough from his hand. A school was struck but was not damaged. Lightning struck the ground near tenth and Colfax. Rain fell in torrents for a time…but the heaviest was on the outskirts of the city. Rainfall in the city was only 0.30 inch.

In 1882…lightning struck and killed a man in the northern part of the city.

In 1895…heavy rainfall of 1.53 inches was measured in downtown Denver.

In 1931…the high temperature reached 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1965…lightning struck and killed a boy standing by an automobile near Stapleton International Airport. Scattered heavy showers accompanied by hail and wind occurred across metro Denver. Heavy rain caused some street damage in Commerce City.

In 1973…minor thunderstorm wind damage was reported in Aurora.

In 1983…heavy thunderstorms dumped torrential rain and large hail across metro Denver. The most serious problems were caused by heavy rainfall in the foothills…which produced flooding on bear creek. Runoff from 3 inches of rain in 45 minutes at Kittredge caused bear creek to rise 5 feet in 10 minutes at Morrison…washing out two bridges. One bridge collapsed…plunging a fire truck into the water…but the occupants were not injured. The town was evacuated for 2 hours. Evergreen was drenched with 2.61 inches of rain in 30 minutes…which caused street flooding along with power outages. Hail to golf ball size damaged cars. A deck on a house east of Evergreen was washed away. At Idaho Springs… 2 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes. Golden received 3 inches of rain in an hour with 0.80 inch of rain in seven minutes at Littleton. Heavy rain and large hail also fell in the city of Denver and its northern and eastern suburbs… Causing street flooding. Water was 6 feet deep on one Aurora street.

In 1991…heavy rains caused extensive flooding across north metro Denver. Ralston creek in Arvada flowed out of its banks. At the intersection of I-25 and I-70…up to 8 feet of water covered the highway. A foot of water covered a stretch of I-70 in northwest Denver. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled only 0.82 inch at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1998…lightning sparked a fire which caused extensive damage to a home in Englewood. Most of the second floor was destroyed.

In 2004…severe thunderstorms produced hail to 1.25 inches in diameter in Commerce City and near Brighton.

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In 1991…heavy rains over the palmer divide and along the Front Range caused the South Platte River to flood from near Henderson to Fort Lupton. The river was out of its banks at several locations with water covering the roads through the night. Only minor damage was reported.

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