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Denver ties record low temperature for October 4

Saturday, October 5th, 2013 5:14am MST

Record Cold TemperaturesWith a Freeze Warning in place following yesterday’s cold front, we knew it was going to be cold and it certainly has been.  In fact, it was record-setting.

Just before midnight, the mercury at Denver International Airport dropped to 28 degrees.  This tied the record low temperature for the date, October 4, last set 136 years ago in 1877.

Thornton nearly matched the official Denver numbers with a low of 28.5° recorded at 11:57 p.m.  This was our coldest reading since May 3.

The storm system that moved through brought snow to a good part of the Denver metro area.  Here in Thornton we measured 0.8”, our first snowfall of the season.  A total 0.39″ of liquid precipitation (rain and snow melt) was recorded in our bucket.

Inexplicably, the National Weather Service is showing no snow was measured at DIA yesterday morning.  This despite the fact that numerous firsthand accounts and pictures posted to social media showed the airport did indeed have measureable snowfall.

We are reaching out to the NWS to get an explanation for the discrepancy and will update this post if / when we receive a response.

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