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Tuesday brings temps near normal, dry conditions

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 4:53am MDT

A simple weather forecast today as drier air moves in and things stabilize. We’ll see highs today right near average for the day and will avoid any thunderstorm activity.

Sunny skies start us off and while there might be a cloud or two later today, plenty of sun will be above throughout the daytime hours. High temperatures today will top out right near the average high for the date of 89 degrees.

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear with lows dipping to the mid-50s.

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Thornton’s workweek starts off with near normal temps, some PM thunderstorms

Monday, July 8th, 2019 4:56am MDT

Monday will offer up pretty typical weather conditions for this time of year. Temperatures will be a bit below normal and the afternoon brings the usual chance for thunderstorms.

With a good bit of moisture aloft, partly sunny skies will be above. Temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 80s.

Afternoon and evening thunderstorm activity may be a bit limited due to the cloud cover but we should get warm enough to see a few storms pop up. Best chances will come from about 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Tonight, any storms should end before midnight and then skies will be clearing. Overnight lows will be around 57 degrees.

Looking ahead, we will be seeing things warm up a good bit, particularly toward the latter half of the week. Get the details in the extended weather forecast here.

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July 7 to July 13: This Week in Denver Weather History

Sunday, July 7th, 2019 5:44pm MDT
This week in Denver weather history

July 7 to July 13: This Week in Denver Weather History

Severe weather becomes a bit less common as we get further into summer but the threat is never gone as we see in our look back at this week in Denver weather history. Many notable events related to severe thunderstorms have occurred including flooding rain, tornadoes and damaging hail.

From the National Weather Service:

29-15

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. The record of 24 consecutive 90 degree or above days was set from July 13th through August 5th…2008.

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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 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 1901…a streak of 18 consecutive days of 90 degrees tied for second with another streak set in the summer of 1874. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in the summer of 2008.

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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 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 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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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.

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In 1905…a thunderstorm produced 0.82 inch of rainfall and northeast winds sustained to 48 mph.

In 1977…strong winds turned over 2 light aircraft at Arapahoe County airport…now Centennial Airport.

In 1987…a weak tornado was observed near Bennett.

In 1988…three separate tornadoes were sighted near Bennett. No damage was reported. One inch diameter hail was also reported.

In 1991…lightning started three house fires in Castle Rock. Damage totaled 13 thousand dollars. No injuries were reported.

In 1993…a dry thunderstorm microburst wind gust to 55 mph briefly reduced the surface visibility to 3 miles at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1997…one construction worker was killed and two others injured when a strong thunderstorm wind gust caused the scaffolding they were standing on to collapse near Parker. A dry microburst produced a wind gust to 54 mph at Denver International Airport.

In 1998…heavy thunderstorm rain forced the closure of Hampden Avenue between I-25 and Havana Street in southeast Denver. The high water made 2 or 3 lanes of the street impassable.

In 2001…severe thunderstorms produced large hail…damaging winds…and heavy rain across south metro Denver. Two people received minor injuries when a severe thunderstorm wind gust to 58 mph blew over several tents at the Cherry Creek arts festival. The same storm caused the roof of a hardware store in Tamarac Square to collapse. One employee received minor injuries when she was struck in the head by falling debris. The combination of intense rain and wind downed trees and power lines. Electrical power outages affected 35 thousand homes and businesses. At least 50 trees in city parks across south Denver were damaged. Up to 4.50 inches of thunderstorm rain fell across portions of southeast metro Denver. The underpass at I-25 and Parker road was inundated with 5 feet of water. Several other streets and underpasses in Aurora were also closed due to high water. Heavy rain caused extensive damage to several exhibits at the Cherry Creek arts festival. Flash flooding occurred when heavy thunderstorm rainfall caused toll gate creek to jump its banks. Several underpasses across south Denver had to be closed due to high water. A man received minor injuries when lightning struck a nearby tree at the Wellshire Golf Course. Hail as large as 1 1/4 inches in diameter fell in Englewood with 1 inch hail in the city of Denver…and 3/4 inch hail in Littleton. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 63 mph at Denver International Airport and to 62 mph in Englewood.

In 2005…a tornado touched down briefly near Brighton…but caused no damage.

In 2011…severe thunderstorms produced hail…up to 1 inch in diameter…and wind gusts to 60 mph across parts of Adams…Broomfield and Denver counties. At Denver International Airport…a peak wind gust to 59 mph from the west.

In 2017…a strong thunderstorm produced hail up to 7/8 inch in diameter in southwest Denver.

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In 1872…a very brisk wind between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm spread a cloud of dust and sand into the city.

In 1874…northeast winds at sustained speeds up to 36 mph blew immense clouds of dust from the prairie through the streets of the city around mid-morning. The houses across the street from the weather station were not visible at the peak of the storm.

In 1875…heavy thunderstorm rains caused stream flooding… Which damaged nearly all railroads into the city. Rainfall in the city was only 0.14 inch.

In 1953…heavy thunderstorm rains caused an estimated 2 million dollars damage from flooded stores and basements across metro Denver. The flood waters reached a depth of 3 feet on streets in some sections of the city…damaging streets and automobiles. The heavy rainfall at Lowry Air Force Base totaled 3.90 inches. At Stapleton Airport where the heavy rain briefly reduced the surface visibility to 1/2 mile…only 1.05 inches of rain were measured. North winds gusting to 52 mph caused some damage in east Denver.

In 1982…two small tornadoes were spotted east of Rocky Flats… And a tornado touched down briefly 5 miles east of Brighton. No damage was reported.

In 1984…heavy rain fell over southern sections of metro Denver. Rainfall totaled 1.50 inches in just 15 minutes between Littleton and Sedalia.

In 1987…a thunderstorm microburst produced a wind gust of 58 mph at Erie north of Denver.

In 1988…hail to 3/4 inch in diameter piled up 2 to 4 inches deep in Idaho Springs. Some basements were flooded and several thousand gallons of fuel were contaminated when water flooded a gasoline storage tank. A tornado sighted near Manilla 5 miles west of Bennett remained on the ground for 9 minutes. No damage was reported.

In 1990…a severe thunderstorm produced a tornado and heavy rain over northeast metro Denver. As much as 4 inches of rain fell in just 20 minutes in Commerce City…causing the South Platte River to rise quickly and flood lowland areas. The raging flood waters caused extensive damage to a 30-foot stretch of railroad track embankment…destroyed a railroad trestle and a nearby garage…and washed away a vintage 1960’s show car near east 58th Avenue and York Street. The car was found a couple of miles downstream in a pool of deep mud and murky water. Rainfall totaled 1.34 inches at Stapleton International Airport where 1/2 inch diameter hail fell. The same thunderstorm produced a brief tornado in a vacant field near 64th Avenue and Tower Road just east of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. No damage was reported from the twister. Lightning from the storm caused power outages to as many as 7 thousand homes and businesses.

In 1996…a tornado (F0) was reported 5 miles south of Hudson. No damage was reported. Twin weak tornadoes (F0) formed for a short time near the northeast runways at Denver International Airport. Less than 15 minutes later…a weak tornado (F0) touched down in the employee parking lot at DIA. Several car windows were blown out…and a few vehicles sustained minor body damage from flying debris. Several signs were also blown down. Later…twin weak tornadoes (f0) touched down again in open country between DIA and Watkins.

In 2004…severe thunderstorms produced hail to 3/4 inch in diameter near tiny town and wind gusts to 66 mph in Bennett. A thunderstorm wind gust to 56 mph was measured at Denver International Airport.

In 2005…a thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 54 mph at Denver International Airport.

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In 1980…a series of severe thunderstorms hit metro Denver… Dumping heavy rain and producing a spectacular lightning display lasting for several hours. A number of homes were damaged by lightning. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Stapleton International Airport where about half an inch of rain fell in just 10 minutes along with 1/4 inch diameter hail. The evening thunderstorms continued into the early morning hours with total rainfall of 1.35 inches at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1998…thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.04 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

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In 1878…a lunar rainbow was observed during a light mist and fog.

In 1895…the temperature warmed to a high of only 53 degrees… The all-time record lowest maximum temperature for the month of July.

In 1967…golf ball size hail damaged aircraft at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield.

In 1983…two people were injured when struck by lightning just southwest of Morrison. A man was injured when he was swept downstream by a flash flood on a tributary of Clear Creek in the canyon 8 miles west of Golden. Heavy thunderstorm rains caused mudslides which closed several roads. Rainfall amounts included: 1.75 inches in 20 minutes in southeast Denver…1.26 inches in 35 minutes in Boulder…2.14 inches in 2 hours in Lakewood…1.70 inches in 45 minutes in Aurora…and 1.25 inches in 30 minutes atop Floyd Hill in the foothills west of Denver.

In 1992…storm spotters reported 3/4 inch diameter hail near the construction site of the new Denver airport just northeast of the city.

In 1995…microburst winds toppled a pine tree 60 feet high and 2 feet in diameter in Denver. The tree fell and injured a man nearby. Microburst winds to 59 mph broke the glass on a door at the national weather service forecast office at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

In 1998…thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.35 inches at Denver International Airport.

In 2000…three children were injured…one critically…when lightning hit a nearby tree at panorama point atop flagstaff mountain just west of Boulder. Lightning hit the tree…entered the ground…then struck the children. Lightning sparked a grassfire that burned about 50 acres at the Rocky Flats Environmental Test Facility. Also… Lightning sparked at least 6 fires in the Hudson and Keenesburg areas as thunderstorms…accompanied with heavy rain…large hail…and tornadoes…moved through southern Weld County. Over 2 inches of very heavy rain caused flooding along an I-76 exit ramp near Keenesburg. The fire department rescued 15 stranded motorists as high water inundated sections of the exit ramp and adjacent highway. Basements were also flooded in Keenesburg. One home reportedly had 7 feet of standing water in the basement before the rain subsided. A weak tornado (F0) touched down briefly near Brighton…but caused no damage.

In 2001…a severe thunderstorm dumped 7/8 inch diameter hail in Wheat Ridge.

In 2002…severe thunderstorms pelted the southern suburbs of metro Denver with large hail. Hail as large as 3 inches in diameter fell 6 miles southeast of Parker. Other large hail reports included 2 inch diameter hail around Centennial Airport and 3/4 inch hail near Sedalia and Deckers. Hail as large as 3/4 inch was also reported in Broomfield. Runoff from heavy thunderstorm rainfall in the Hayman fire burn area flooded Lost Creek Ranch with up to 18 inches of water just off State Highway 126. Floodwaters damaged a very expensive rug in the lodge. A driveway to a residence was washed away. In Douglas County…runoff damaged forest access roads in the turkey creek drainage.

In 2011…a severe thunderstorm produced intense microburst winds in southeast Boulder County. A peak wind gust to 75 mph was recorded in superior with gust to 58 mph…2 miles south of Lafayette. At Denver International Airport…a peak wind gust of 31 mph was recorded.

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Thornton’s weekend weather to feature near-normal temps, chances for storms each day

Friday, July 5th, 2019 4:55am MDT

The first weekend of July is looking to offer up pretty typical weather conditions for this time of year. Temperatures overall will be near normal and thunderstorms are likely each day.

For today, mostly sunny skies will be above before clouds increase in the afternoon like usual. Highs will be the low to mid-80s and we stand a decent chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Tonight, a few showers may linger under partly cloudy skies. Lows will be in the upper 50s.

Saturday will be the coolest day of the year with highs in the low 80s. Some showers will be possible throughout the day with the best chances for storms coming in the afternoon. Saturday night into Sunday morning, partly cloudy skies and will be above with a few showers possible with lows in the mid-50s.

Sunday warms up with highs in the upper 80s under mostly sunny skies. Scattered PM thunderstorms can be expected.

Have a great weekend!

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June 30 to July 6: This Week in Denver Weather History

Thursday, July 4th, 2019 1:25pm MDT
This week in Denver weather history

June 30 to July 6: This Week in Denver Weather History

Dangerous lightning, damaging hail and even tornadoes make the highlights of our look back at this week in Denver weather history.

From the National Weather Service:

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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. The record of 24 consecutive 90 degree or above days was set from July 13th through August 5th…2008.

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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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In 1915…northeast winds sustained to 41 mph with gusts to 50 mph occurred just before a thundershower in the evening. Rainfall was only 0.07 inch.

In 1941…unusually heavy thunderstorm rains flooded basements and blocked traffic. Water was curb high on many downtown streets. The thunderstorm also pelted the city with hail of unknown size. Rainfall in downtown Denver totaled 0.72 inch…but greater amounts likely occurred in other parts of the city.

In 1960…a severe dust devil moving through an Adams County suburban area blew over a fireworks stand…injuring an 11- year-old boy customer and two women operators of the stand. The boy was found under the demolished stand 100 feet away.

In 1961…hail as large as 1 1/4 inches in diameter was reported over east Denver.

In 1967…golf ball size hail fell over portions of metro Denver. Hail stones to 2 inches in diameter damaged roofs and broke windows in northeast Boulder. Marble to golf ball size hail fell at the Boulder airport. A funnel cloud was sighted over the foothills near Boulder. Hail stones of 1 to 2 inches in diameter were measured at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield. Marble size hail fell in the vicinity of Arvada and Westminster.

In 1982…severe thunderstorms dropped large hail in Denver… Boulder…Commerce City…Lakewood…Wheat Ridge…Golden…and Arvada. Most locations reported hail size from 3/4 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter.

In 1990…the high temperature reached 102 degrees at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1998…hail to 1 1/2 inches in diameter fell near Bennett.

In 2001…the temperature climbed to a high of 101 degrees at Denver International Airport.

In 2016…a severe thunderstorm produced large hail in Castle Rock…ranging in size from 1 to 2 inches in diameter. The hail pummeled neighborhoods as it smashed cars and shattered windows. The storm caused extensive damage to shutters…roofs…siding and fencing.

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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 1879…a severe hail storm produced considerable damage in the vicinity of Arvada. Some of the stones were unusually large…measuring 6.5 inches in circumference (2 inches in diameter) with an average weight of 1 ounce. The stones were uniformly large with one side concave. The greatest damage was to early wheat…cabbage…and vines. A tree just to the south of the weather station in downtown Denver was struck by lightning. Residents in the house 15 feet away were affected by the strike.

In 1885…thunderstorm winds were sustained to 50 mph in the city.

In 1892…an apparent cold front produced sustained northeast winds to 40 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

In 1955…an apparent microburst wind gust to 69 mph was recorded at Stapleton Airport where the brief strong wind reduced the visibility to zero in blowing dust.

In 1965…hail…up to 2 inches in diameter…struck southwest Adams and northeast Denver counties…damaging cars…windows… And foliage. Hail accumulated up to a foot deep. Wind gusts to 48 mph and hail to 1 inch in diameter fell at Stapleton International Airport where the large hail broke three storm windows and shredded shrubs at the U.S. Weather Bureau upper air building.

In 1968…a pilot reported a tornado 10 miles southeast of Parker.

In 1971…one inch diameter hail stones were reported in Adams County about 30 miles east of Denver.

In 1987…a large tornado touched down 10 miles northeast of Stapleton International Airport. The tornado was vertical and thick and kicked up a large dust and debris cloud. Later…it developed a sinuous rope-like shape as it slowly dissipated. The tornado was visible for 15 minutes. The twister occurred in open country and did only minor damage to a metal shed…porch…and mailbox. A man was killed by lightning in southwest Aurora. He was in his backyard and had a shovel in his hand at the time of the strike. A group of soccer players were hit by lightning on a field in Boulder. A 10-year-old boy was critically injured and hospitalized; fortunately he recovered. Six other people were knocked to the ground by the strike. Two of these were slightly injured. Golf ball size hail fell just east of Littleton and at Highlands Ranch. Hail as large as 3/4 inch in diameter was reported in Aurora and Parker and near Hudson and Franktown.

In 1988…a 45-year-old man was injured by lightning at Cherry Creek Reservoir. Administration of CPR probably saved his life.

In 1990…the temperature reached a high of 100 degrees at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1993…thunderstorm winds blew a roof off a barn near Parker…causing an estimated 15 hundred dollars damage.

In 1994…thunderstorm winds downed power lines in Boulder… Causing power outages. Winds gusted to 66 mph in Boulder… 64 mph in Arvada…and 60 mph in Golden.

In 1998…a small tornado touched down briefly near Barr Lake… But caused no damage.

In 2002…hail as large as 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell in the city of Denver and in Arapahoe County near Littleton. The low temperature of 69 degrees equaled the record high minimum for the date.

In 2006…lightning struck a teenager in Castle Rock as he was mowing his lawn and listening to an iPod. The teen suffered burns to his hands and feet…and had blood running from his ears when he was found. The victim’s eardrums were ruptured…which damaged his hearing. Lightning also struck a house in Castle Rock causing extensive damage to the roof and side of the home. Heavy rains caused flash flooding at Castlewood Canyon State Park near Franktown. The floodwaters destroyed four footbridges along the high trail. A culvert and several roads were washed out in the area. In addition… Two driveways crossing Cherry Creek were washed out near Prairie Canyon Ranch. Heavy rainfall also caused minor flooding on murphy and sand creeks…just east of Buckley AFB. Gun Club Road was closed between Alameda and Mississippi avenues…north of the Murphy Creek Golf Course…where 3 feet of standing water reportedly covered the road. A severe thunderstorm produced large hail to 7/8 inch in diameter in south Aurora near Cherry Creek.

In 2016…a weak landspout touched down briefly in and open field near Bennett.

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Thornton’s July weather preview: Increasing temps, PM storms the norm

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 1:29pm MDT

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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Wednesday’s weather warms up a bit, dries out

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 4:50am MDT

Just a little bit of a change in Thornton’s weather for today. Moisture decreases and that will lead to only a few, isolated thunderstorms while temperatures climb to a bit above normal.

Sunny skies start us off then a few clouds arrive for later in the morning and the afternoon. High temperatures will top out in the low 90s.

There is just a slight chance for afternoon thunderstorms. Coverage will be more limited and less intense than in days past.

Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the upper 50s / lower 60s.

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June 2019 weather recap: A cool and some somewhat dry June

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 5:26am MDT

Unsettled would be a good word to sum up Thornton’s weather for June 2019. We experienced a series of troughs and fronts that kept things unsettled and suppressed temperatures. That however did not translate into a great deal of precipitation.

Cooler than normal temperatures were seen across much of the month. Even the later part of June saw some days with high temperatures only in the 60s.

It wasn’t even until the 26th of the month that Denver and Thornton recorded their first 90 degree day of the year. This was in fact the fifth latest occurrence of a 90 degree day in Denver and the latest since 1982.

Thornton’s average temperature for the month came in at 65.7 degrees. This made the month the second coolest June Thornton has recorded in 13 years. Denver saw a virtually identical average of 65.6 degrees. Both readings were below the long term Denver average for June of 67.4 degrees.

Temperatures in Thornton ranged from a high of 98.5 degrees of the 28th of the month down to a low of 40.7 degrees on the morning of the 10th. Denver’s highest reading of 96 degrees came on the 29th and its coolest of 42 degrees on the 10th.

Denver averages 1.98 inches of precipitation during the month of June. This year, Thornton fell short of the mark while Denver exceeded it. Here in Thornton we tallied 1.51 inches while Denver saw 2.24 inches.

Click here to view Thornton’s June 2019 climate report.

Thornton, Colorado's June 2019 temperature summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Thornton, Colorado’s June 2019 temperature summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Thornton, Colorado's June 2019 precipitation summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Thornton, Colorado’s June 2019 precipitation summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

CLIMATE REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
1129 AM MDT MON JUL 1 2019

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...THE DENVER CO CLIMATE SUMMARY FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2019...

CLIMATE NORMAL PERIOD 1981 TO 2010
CLIMATE RECORD PERIOD 1872 TO 2019

WEATHER         OBSERVED          NORMAL  DEPART  LAST YEAR`S
                 VALUE   DATE(S)  VALUE   FROM    VALUE  DATE(S)
                                          NORMAL
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TEMPERATURE (F)
RECORD
 HIGH             105   06/28/2018
                        06/26/2012
                        06/25/2012
 LOW               30   06/02/1951
HIGHEST            96   06/29       104      -8      105  06/28
                        06/28
LOWEST             42   06/10        30      12       44  06/02
                        06/09
AVG. MAXIMUM     80.1              82.4    -2.3     88.8
AVG. MINIMUM     51.2              52.3    -1.1     56.0
MEAN             65.6              67.4    -1.8     72.4
DAYS MAX >= 90      5               7.9    -2.9       16
DAYS MAX <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 32      0               0.0     0.0        0
DAYS MIN <= 0       0               0.0     0.0        0

PRECIPITATION (INCHES)
RECORD
 MAXIMUM         4.96   1882
 MINIMUM            T   1890
TOTALS           2.24              1.98    0.26     0.43
DAILY AVG.       0.07              0.07    0.00     0.01
DAYS >= .01        12               8.4     3.6        5
DAYS >= .10         6               4.6     1.4        2
DAYS >= .50         1               1.4    -0.4        0
DAYS >= 1.00        0               0.3    -0.3        0
GREATEST
 24 HR. TOTAL    0.97   06/18 TO 06/18

SNOWFALL (INCHES)
RECORDS
 TOTAL             MM   MM
TOTALS            0.0               0.0

DEGREE_DAYS
HEATING TOTAL      62                62       0        9
 SINCE 7/1       6281              6058     223     5410
COOLING TOTAL      87               133     -46      241
 SINCE 1/1         92               155     -63      289

FREEZE DATES
RECORD
 EARLIEST     09/08/1962
 LATEST       06/08/2007
EARLIEST      10/10             10/07
LATEST        05/22             05/05
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WIND (MPH)
AVERAGE WIND SPEED              9.7
RESULTANT WIND SPEED/DIRECTION   3/182
HIGHEST WIND SPEED/DIRECTION    43/180    DATE  06/02
HIGHEST GUST SPEED/DIRECTION    56/200    DATE  06/02

SKY COVER
POSSIBLE SUNSHINE (PERCENT)   MM
AVERAGE SKY COVER           0.60
NUMBER OF DAYS FAIR            1
NUMBER OF DAYS PC             26
NUMBER OF DAYS CLOUDY          3

AVERAGE RH (PERCENT)     54

WEATHER CONDITIONS. NUMBER OF DAYS WITH
  0
  5
  0
  1
  0
  0
  1
HAZE                      2

-  INDICATES NEGATIVE NUMBERS.
R  INDICATES RECORD WAS SET OR TIED.
MM INDICATES DATA IS MISSING.
T  INDICATES TRACE AMOUNT.
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Thornton’s Tuesday offers temperatures near normal, another chance for thunderstorms

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 4:53am MDT

We were a bit late to the party but we did finally receive a decent shower after dark last night. Today, we will see temperatures again near normal with another chance for storms.

Sunny to mostly sunny skies will be with us this morning. The afternoon will bring the usual increase in cloud cover. High temperatures will top out in the mid to upper 80s.

The afternoon and evening bring chances for thunderstorms with the best opportunity coming between 3:00pm and 6:00pm.

Tonight, any thunderstorms will wind down by midnight and skies will clear. Overnight lows will be near 60 degrees

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Thornton’s workweek starts with seasonal temps, a good chance for thunderstorms

Monday, July 1st, 2019 5:00am MDT

A potentially interesting day of weather ahead for us as we start the new month. Temperatures will be close to normal today and, if we can get enough heat, we will stand a good chance to see some strong thunderstorms.

Partly sunny skies will be above this morning. How much sun peeks through will be a bit determinant in the coverage and strength of afternoon storms.

If we can get enough heat and thus generate convection, PM storms will have the potential for heavy rain, hail and strong winds. Best opportunity should come from about 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Tonight, any thunderstorm activity should end by midnight and we will see skies clear. Overnight lows will be near the 60 degree mark.

Stay alert to the potential weather today and keep an eye on our Severe Weather Awareness Page here.

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