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Chilly temperatures, breezy winds for Thornton’s Tuesday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 5:16am MST

A diving jet stream will be pulling cooler air from the north today bringing cooler temperatures to the air. That will be coupled with wind caused by a strong pressure gradient making for what won’t be an overly pleasant day.

We start out the day with partly clear skies but will then see an increase in coverage with mostly cloudy skies for the balance. Temperatures today will start out quite chilly and below freezing then work toward a high of around 40 degrees.

The main weather feature will be the aforementioned wind. Speeds will increase this morning and by about noon be topping out with gusts to 30mph. Coupled with the chilly temperatures, it will be a bit uncomfortable outdoors.

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Thornton’s workweek starts seasonal, then turns colder

Monday, November 28th, 2016 5:03am MST

Earlier in the month many were wanting an end to unseasonably warm weather. That certainly has happened and while today will be a typical day for this time of year, the rest of the week will see things cool considerably.

For today we will see partly sunny skies above throughout the day. Temperatures will be warming to a high in the mid-40s, right near the average for the date of 46 degrees. Winds will be lighter today than yesterday, just a bit breezy in the afternoon.

The next system will be moving through later today and that is going to bring colder temperatures and another healthy shot of wind on Tuesday. From there, a series of reinforcing cold fronts will drive high temperatures downward at least through Friday. One system late Thursday into Friday may bring a quick shot of snow but right now it doesn’t look like it will amount to much.

More details in the extended forecast.

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November 27 to December 3: This Week in Denver Weather History

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 4:18am MST
This Week In Denver Weather History

November 27 to December 3: This Week in Denver Weather History

Cold, snow and wind are the dominant conditions we see in our look back at this week in Denver weather history. All three are common this time of year and extremes with those conditions seem to be unusually common as well.

Among the highlights are numerous high wind events that not only caused damage but also injury to unprepared residents. Significant snowfall also appears many times including a storm in 1983 that shut down the city for the Thanksgiving weekend and left snow on the ground for 63 days.

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From the National Weather Service:

25-27

In 1978…heavy snowfall of 6.0 inches was measured at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 20 mph. Most of the snow…4.8 inches…fell on the 25th. The greatest amount of snow measured on the ground was 5 inches due to settling and melting.

25-28

In 1952…the average coldest 4-day period in November in the previous 81 years of record occurred. Maximum temperatures of 19…15…21…and 25 degrees were recorded. Minimum temperatures were below zero each day with readings of 7 below…6 below…5 below…and 6 below.

25-29

In 1985…dense fog with visibilities as low as 1/8 mile occurred on five consecutive days at Stapleton International Airport. The fog was at times accompanied by light snow… Light freezing drizzle…or ice crystals. Fog occurred all day on both the 26th and 29th.

26-27

In 1876…heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches over the city from 5:00 pm on the 26th through 5:00 p.m. on the 27th. Precipitation was 0.30 inch on the 25th and 0.60 inch on the 27th.

In 1919…an incursion of cold arctic air produced snowfall of 4.6 inches over downtown Denver. Temperatures dipped to 5 degrees below zero on the evening of the 26th and recovered to a high of only 1 degree below zero on the 27th…the all-time record low maximum for the month of November and the record for the date. Northwest winds were sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 26th.

In 1923…snowfall of 2.0 inches was the only snow of the month. North winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 26th.

In 1972…heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to only 18 mph on the 27th.

In 1983…a Thanksgiving blizzard dumped 21.5 inches of snowfall in 37 hours with a maximum of 18 inches on the ground at Stapleton International Airport. The storm produced howling winds…which paralyzed Thanksgiving weekend transportation across all of eastern Colorado. On the 27th…Stapleton International Airport closed… Opening 24 hours later. Interstate highways were closed in all directions…but west…from Denver. At Stapleton International Airport…north winds gusted to 36 mph on the 26th and to 29 mph on the 27th. However…most wind speeds across metro Denver were 15 to 30 mph. Temperatures hovered in the teens and lower 20’s. Many stores and businesses closed. Several high school football games were postponed. Across metro Denver…snow depth varied from 15 inches in Commerce City to 28 inches near Chatfield Reservoir. Snow removal in Denver was estimated at 1.5 million dollars. Following the storm… An inch or more of snow remained on the ground for 63 consecutive days through January 27…1984. This is the longest period of continuous snow cover ever recorded in Denver.

In 1990…an early winter storm deposited 2 to 8 inches of wet snow across metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 3.4 inches at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds gusted to 30 mph on the 26th.

In 1993…strong winds swept off the foothills across metro Denver. Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph were common across the area. Wind gusts to 67 mph were recorded atop Squaw Mountain near Idaho Springs. West winds gusted to 36 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 26th. The strong winds produced some blowing snow…reducing the visibility to less than one mile at times.

In 1995…snowfall totaled 3.7 inches at the former Stapleton International Airport site. The foothills west of Denver received 4 to 7 inches of snow. North-northeast winds gusted to 34 mph at Denver International Airport on the 26th.

27

In 1965…strong winds buffeted Boulder…causing 11 thousand dollars in damage. Wind gusts to 75 mph were recorded downtown. West winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1994…winds gusted to 87 mph atop Squaw Mountain…5 miles south of Idaho Springs…and to 84 mph on Fritz Peak near Rollinsville in the foothills southwest of Boulder. Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

28

In 1884…a windstorm during the afternoon produced northwest sustained winds to 46 mph. Two wooden slats were blown out of the weather instrument shelter…and nearly all of the slats on the north and west sides were loosened.

In 1898…northwest winds were sustained to 50 mph with gusts as high as 80 mph.

In 1902…northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 48 mph. The strong apparent Bora winds warmed the temperature to a high of only 40 degrees.

In 1904…northwest winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts to 58 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 58 degrees.

In 1927…strong west winds occurred in Boulder…causing widespread minor damage. A wind gust to 65 mph was recorded at Valmont east of Boulder. The west winds possibly produced a cyclonic twist.

In 1928…heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches over downtown Denver.

In 1957…a vigorous cold front produced north-northeast wind gusts to 54 mph at Stapleton Airport. Light snow following the front totaled only 0.2 inch.

In 1970…strong Chinook winds reached 77 mph in downtown Boulder.

In 1978…wind gusts 60 to 90 mph were reported in and near the foothills.

In 1984…high winds of 60 to 80 mph occurred along the Front Range eastern foothills.

In Boulder…the high winds blew the roof off a service station. Several trees were felled… Damaging some cars. An elderly woman was injured when she was knocked down by a wind gust and blown 20 feet into some bushes. Northwest winds gusted to 36 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1994…winds gusted to 72 mph in Boulder. No damage was reported. Northwest winds gusted to 35 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

28-29

In 1908…heavy snowfall overnight and for most of the day on the 29th totaled 12.5 inches. Precipitation was 1.09 inches. Northwest winds were sustained to 26 mph on the 29th.

In 1928…a major storm dumped 15.5 inches of snowfall on downtown Denver. North winds were sustained to 18 mph with gusts to 19 mph on the 28th.

In 1992…an upper level storm system moved across metro Denver…but left only a dusting of snow. Snowfall totaled only 1.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 25 mph. Other snow amounts included: 8 inches at Conifer…6 inches at Lake Eldora…3 inches at Rollinsville and in southeast Denver.

In 1997…a storm system tracking across northern New Mexico produced strong north to northeast upslope flow against the eastern slopes of the Front Range and Palmer Ridge. Snowfall totals in Jefferson County included: 14 inches near Deckers; 12 inches at Castle Rock and Sedalia; 10 inches near Conifer…11 miles southwest of Morrison…and at Buffalo Creek. Elsewhere…snow accumulations were less. Snowfall totaled only 0.7 inch at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport on the 27th and 28th.

In 2004…heavy snow fell in the foothills and across metro Denver. In the foothills…snowfall totals included: 13 inches at Roxborough State Park and Eldorado Springs… 11.5 inches near Conifer…11.0 inches near Nederland…and 10 inches near Indian Hills. Across metro Denver snowfall totaled 14 inches near Sedalia…9 inches near Louisville… 8 inches at Ralston Reservoir…and 5.1 inches in the Stapleton area of Denver. Northeast winds gusted to 28 mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.

In 2006…a slow moving storm system brought heavy snow to the mountains and to the eastern foothills where snowfall ranged from 8 to 18 inches. Some of the more impressive snow totals included: 18 inches at Genesee…17.5 inches near Boulder…17 inches at Aspen Springs…16.5 inches 10 miles northwest of Golden…15 inches at Eldorado Springs… 14.5 inches in Idaho Springs and near Jamestown…12 inches in grant and near Indian Hills…11.5 inches near Blackhawk… 11 inches at Gross Reservoir and Eldora…and 10.5 inches in Conifer. Across metro Denver…storm total snowfall generally ranged from 5 to 9 inches with the heaviest amounts near the foothills in Boulder and Jefferson counties. The most impressive totals included: 15.5 inches at Ken Caryl…12 inches in Boulder…7.5 inches near Morrison…and 7 inches near both Chatfield and Ralston reservoirs. Snowfall totaled only 4.2 inches in the Denver Stapleton area. Northeast winds gusted to 31 mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.

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Weekend to start warm, end a bit cooler with a chance for showers

Friday, November 25th, 2016 4:52am MST

Two out of the three days ahead look to be very pleasant and mild. The third, Sunday, will see things cool down and bring just a slight chance for showers.

For Black Friday, shoppers are enjoying calm but also very chilly conditions to start things off. We will however be warming up nicely with highs in the upper 50s under sunny skies.

Saturday continues the warm weather, perhaps with a couple of clouds in there. Temperatures should top out right near the 60 degree mark.

On Sunday a system is expected to move through right around mid-day and that will mix things up a bit. Temperatures will reach the mid-50s but with some breezy winds as the front pushes through. Sunday afternoon may bring a light rain shower but that is far from certain as there isn’t expected to be much moisture at the lower levels.

More in our extended weather outlook including a preview of what looks to be a chilly week next week.

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Thornton’s Thanksgiving to offer up sun and seasonal temps but also a healthy dose of wind

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 3:42am MST

A bit of a mixed bag when you look at the weather conditions for today. On one had temperatures will be topping out right near normal with plenty of sun. On the other, wind is going to make it less than pleasant for much of the day.

We start out with mostly sunny skies and then will have only a few clouds from mid-morning through the rest of the day. With the arrival of the downslope wind pre-dawn, temperatures jumped a bit right off the bat and gave a head start toward our high of around 49 degrees.

Look for those winds to increase in speed and from about 8:00am through 1:00pm we will be seeing gusts in excess of 30mph. After 2:00pm it should start to settle down. Overnight tonight we will see the mercury drop considerably with lows in the mid-teens. The balance of the long weekend should be warmer and calmer.

We wish you and yours a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving and thank you for your support over the past year!

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Thornton to enjoy a seasonal, calm Wednesday

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 5:26am MST

We are starting out the morning on the chilly side for sure. However, we will be warming up nicely with a good bit of sun above and temperatures right near normal.

Sunny skies start things off then we will see a few clouds but not enough to put a damper on the day. Temperatures will be warming to a high near the 50 degree mark, close to the 49 degree average for the date. Conditions will be calm and dry.

Looking ahead, Thanksgiving Day is going to be similar to today but with a bit more sun and some breezy winds. Friday and Saturday warm up to the mid to upper 50s with calm, dry conditions. After that, it appears next week is going to be a bit unsettled and colder as a series of systems move through.

More in our extended forecast.

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Cool, damp weather for Thornton’s Tuesday

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 5:07am MST

Not much but we are at least receiving a little bit of precipitation. Coupled with the moisture, we will be much cooler today and have some breezy winds.

We start out the day with cloudy skies and slight showers although most of the activity is just to our east. Right now it looks like it will be tough for those to transition to snow but it is possible. Look for the precipitation to start tapering off by about 8:00am, coming to an end in the early afternoon.

We will see an increase in wind speeds this morning with breezy winds lasting through the day. By mid to late afternoon some sun should start peeking out. Temperatures today will be topping off in the mid to upper 40s, right below or close to normal.

Keep an eye on the shower activity with our interactive radar here.

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Thornton’s workweek starts warm with chance for showers

Monday, November 21st, 2016 4:58am MST

We will enjoy a mild day today but also with a healthy bit of cloud cover. Later today a system will arrive bringing a chance for rain showers and possibly some light snow into tomorrow morning.

Look for mostly cloudy skies to be above throughout the day today. Winds start out coming out of the south but then will shift north as a system arrives in the afternoon. Temperatures will be climbing to a very comfortable range in the low to mid-60s.

The afternoon may bring a sprinkle of rain with some better chances in the evening. From about 11:00pm into tomorrow morning we will have better opportunities, perhaps with some light snow mixed in during the early morning hours. We are not expecting much precipitation in either form at this time.

Have a great day!

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November 20 to November 26: This Week in Denver Weather History

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 5:45am MST
This Week In Denver Weather History

November 20 to November 26: This Week in Denver Weather History

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, travelers cast a wary eye on Denver’s weather and in our look back at this week in Denver weather history we see they have had cause for concern in the past. Snowstorms and wind have caused their share of problems. Also notable, it was 140 years ago that Denver’s first official weather observation occurred.

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From the National Weather Service:

18-20

In 1930…a major storm dumped a total of 13.6 inches of snowfall over downtown Denver. Most of the snow…9.4 inches…fell on the 19th when north winds were sustained to 23 mph. This was the only measurable snow of the month. Temperatures hovered in the 20’s and lower 30’s.

In 1956…an intense winter storm dumped 12.8 inches of snowfall on metro Denver. Strong north-northeast winds gusting to 33 mph at Stapleton Airport frequently reduced the visibility to 1/2 mile in snow and blowing snow on the 19th. Most of the snowfall…10.7 inches…occurred on the 19th.

19-21

In 1979…a heavy snowstorm buried most of Colorado under at least a foot of snow. Snowfall at Stapleton International Airport totaled 17.7 inches…the greatest snow depth since 1946. Winds to 60 mph produced 5-foot drifts paralyzing the city as temperatures hovered in the 20’s. While small airports closed…Stapleton remained open…but with long delays that snarled thanksgiving holiday traffic. Schools and businesses closed and postal deliveries were delayed. Almost all major highways leading out of Denver were closed to traffic for periods of time on the 20th and 21st. Most of the snow…13.5 inches…fell on the 20th. At Stapleton International Airport…north winds gusted to 35 mph on the 20th and to 38 mph on the 21st.

20

In 1871…the first official weather observation in Denver… Was taken by Henry Fenton…observer sergeant of the united states army signal service at 5:43 am. The office was located on the 2nd floor of a building at the corner of Larimer and g streets…now 16th street. The daily weather journal hand written entry for the day follows: “Snow fell heavily during past night. At 5:43 am it was snowing light and continued until 8 am. Wind during snow storm gentle and a little west of south…and continued there during the remainder of the day. Sky clear after 8 am. Very cold weather prevailed all day and night. Thermometer at 9:43 pm 14 degrees. Rain gauge and self-registering thermometer not in position owing to severe storm last week. Barometer falling during the morning and rising rapidly at night.”

In 1894…northwest Chinook winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 45 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 58 degrees in the city.

In 1909…steady and very strong winds in Boulder caused 3 thousand dollars in damage.

In 1915…post-frontal northeast winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts as high as 42 mph produced only a trace of snow. It was windy most of the day.

In 1923…west winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts to 44 mph before daybreak. The strong winds persisted in the city for only about 3 hours.

In 1993…a wind gust to 72 mph was recorded at Table Mesa in southwest Boulder.

In 1994…winds gusted to 77 mph atop Squaw Mountain west of Denver. West winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

20-21

In 1898…snowfall totaled 4.0 inches in downtown Denver. Northeast winds were sustained to 48 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph behind an apparent cold front on the 20th… When temperatures plunged from a high of 66 degrees to a low of 9 degrees. On the 21st the high was only 24 degrees and the low was 2 degrees.

In 1970…a wind gust to 94 mph was recorded at gold hill in the foothills west of Boulder. Strong winds also swept across metro Denver. Wind gusts reached 59 mph in downtown Boulder…while at Stapleton International Airport west- northwest winds gusted to 43 mph on the 21st. Damage was minor.

In 1992…a large Canadian air mass moved into the state at the same time an upper level storm system approached from the west. The combination of cold air at the surface and very moist air aloft produced heavy snow across the entire state. Snowfall totaled 6.3 inches at Stapleton International Airport…where north winds gusted to 23 mph on the 20th. Snow was heavier in the foothills…with 14 inches at Wondervu…13 inches at Aspen Springs…Conifer… Boulder…and Gross Reservoir…8 inches at Rollinsville… And 10 inches at Golden Gate Canyon and Morrison.

In 2007…a storm system brought moderate to heavy snowfall to portions of the urban corridor. Storm totals included: 7 inches…3 miles south-southeast of Fort Collins…with 6 inches in Boulder and at Horsetooth Inlet Bay. Elsewhere… Storm totals ranged from 2 to 5 inches. Snowfall totaled 2.0 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

21

In 1891…northwest winds were sustained to 50 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

In 1899…a trace of snow fell in the city. This…together with a trace of precipitation on the 16th and 23rd…was the only precipitation of the month…making the month the driest on record. The record was equaled in November of 1901 and 1949. This trace of snow along with a trace of snow on the 23rd was the only snow of the month…ranking the month the 2nd least snowiest on record. This record was equaled in November of 1884…1901…1905…1917…and 1939.

In 1900…west winds were sustained to 46 mph with gusts to 54 mph. The Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 64 degrees.

In 1934…the latest date for the first measurable snow of the season occurred. This was not the first snow of the season… Because traces of snow had fallen earlier in September. Snowfall totaled only 1.0 inch over downtown Denver.

In 1962…strong west-northwest Chinook winds gusted to 53 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1998…an intense mountain wave allowed for high winds to develop in the foothills of Boulder County. Wind gusts as high as 77 mph were measured 3 miles east- northeast of Nederland.

21-22

In 1905…a trace of snow fell on both days in downtown Denver. This was the only snow of the month…ranking the month along with other Novembers…the 2nd least snowiest on record.

In 1999…the first significant snowfall of the season struck metro Denver. Snowfall totals included: 16 inches near Bailey; 13 inches near Evergreen; 12 inches at north turkey creek…Genesee…near Morrison…and near Sedalia; 11 inches near Conifer and in Evergreen; 10 inches in Louisville; 9 inches in Brighton…Broomfield…and Denver; and 8 inches at Arvada…Castle Rock…and Eldorado Springs. Snowfall totaled 8.4 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport.

In 2003…heavy snow fell in and near the foothills of Boulder County. Snowfall totaled 10.5 inches in Eldorado Springs. Across the city…snowfall was lighter with 2.8 inches measured at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport on the 22nd. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver International Airport on the 22nd.

21-23

In 1918…post-frontal snowfall totaled 5.9 inches in downtown Denver. Most of the snow…5.3 inches…fell on the 22nd. North winds were sustained to 20 mph on the 21st.

In 1931…a major storm dumped a total of 13.2 inches of snowfall over downtown Denver. Most of the snow…11.4 inches…fell on the 21st. A very cold air mass settled over the city after the heavy snow on the 21st. After a low temperature of zero…the temperature climbed to a high of only 5 degrees on the 22nd…a record low maximum for the date.

21-25

In 1952…snowfall of 6.2 inches was measured at Stapleton Airport where northeast winds gusted to 17 mph on the 21st.

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Thornton’s weekend to bring a return to dry conditions, warming temperatures

Friday, November 18th, 2016 5:08am MST

It is about time! Yesterday we received our first snowfall of the season and our first precipitation in more than a month. We now rebound nicely with a return to calm, dry weather conditions and warming temperatures over the three day period.

For Friday, we start out quite cold and warming will be a bit limited. Look for highs today to be near 40 degrees under sunny skies. Overnight lows will be dropping back to the teens.

Saturday sees a warmup in earnest. Highs will be in the low to mid-50s, a bit above normal, under sunny skies. Overnight Saturday into Sunday lows dip to near freezing.

Sunday will bring the warmest day of the period with highs in the mid-60s. Sunny skies and dry conditions will continue.

Have a great weekend!

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