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February 1 to February 7 – This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 5:36am MDT
February 1 to February 7 - This week in Denver weather history

February 1 to February 7 - This week in Denver weather history

A look back at this week in Denver weather history shows the wide variety of weather conditions that we can receive.  Everything from warm spring-like days to high speed damaging winds to protracted bone chilling Arctic cold spells is evident. 

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IN 1888…A PROTRACTED WARM SPELL LASTED A WEEK.  MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM 62 DEGREES ON THE 29TH TO AN ALL TIME RECORD HIGH FOR THE MONTH OF 76 DEGREES ON THE 27TH.  DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 76…69… AND 71 OCCURRED ON THE 27TH…28TH… AND 30TH RESPECTIVELY. RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES OF 47 AND 34 OCCURRED ON THE 26TH AND 27TH.

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IN 1985…A COLD FRONT ON THE 29TH PRODUCED A PROTRACTED COLD SPELL AS ARCTIC AIR REMAINED ENTRENCHED ACROSS METRO DENVER. WHILE THE ONLY DAILY TEMPERATURE RECORD SET WAS A LOW MAXIMUM READING OF 2 DEGREES ON FEBRUARY 3RD…MINIMUM TEMPERATURES PLUNGED WELL BELOW ZERO ON 9 CONSECUTIVE DAYS. THE COLDEST READINGS WERE 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON JANUARY 31ST AND 14 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON FEBRUARY 5TH.

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IN 1963…HIGH WINDS STRUCK METRO DENVER.  THE STRONG CHINOOK WINDS REACHED 101 MPH IN LITTLETON…80 MPH IN DENVER…AND 90 MPH AT ROCKY FLATS.  AMONG THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WERE BOULDER WHERE BUILDINGS UNDER CONSTRUCTION WERE BLOWN DOWN…PORCHES AND ROOFS BLOWN OFF BUILDINGS… AND POWER LINES DAMAGED.  DAMAGE TOTALED 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BOULDER ALONE.  IN OTHER AREAS…UTILITY LINES WERE DAMAGED AND MANY SIGNS…ANTENNAS… AND ROAD MARKERS WERE BLOWN DOWN.  AT STAPLETON AIRPORT…WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 44 MPH ON THE 31ST AND 66 MPH ON THE 1ST.  THE CHINOOK WINDS WARMED MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES TO 65 DEGREES ON THE 31ST AND TO 70 DEGREES ON THE 1ST.

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IN 1963…WARM WEATHER THAT BEGAN WITH THE STRONG CHINOOK WINDS ON THE 31ST AND 1ST CONTINUED THROUGH THE 8TH. MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE PERIOD RANGED FROM 52 DEGREES ON THE 2ND TO 76 DEGREES ON THE 5TH…WHICH WAS A NEW RECORD HIGH FOR THAT DATE.
31-12 IN 1899…A PROTRACTED COLD SPELL LASTED ALMOST TWO WEEKS. LOW TEMPERATURES PLUNGED BELOW ZERO ON ALL DAYS BUT FEBRUARY 9TH WITH A READING OF 6 DEGREES.  THE COLDEST LOW TEMPERATURE OF 22 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON FEBRUARY 6TH WAS A RECORD LOW FOR THE DATE.  LOW TEMPERATURES OF 20 DEGREES BELOW ZERO OCCURRED ON BOTH FEBRUARY 11TH AND 12TH… BUT ONLY THE 11TH REMAINS AS THE RECORD MINIMUM FOR THE DATE.  HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON FEBRUARY 11TH WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.  HIGH TEMPERATURES CLIMBED TO ONLY ZERO DEGREES ON BOTH FEBRUARY 2ND AND 3RD…BUT WERE NOT RECORDS.  INTERMITTENT LIGHT SNOW OR FLURRIES FELL DURING THE PERIOD.  THE MOST SNOWFALL…2.0 INCHES…OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 2ND.

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IN 1904…NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 51 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.  THE CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 55 DEGREES.

IN 1907…WEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 59 DEGREES.

IN 1932…THE TEMPERATURE ROSE FROM A LOW OF 8 DEGREES AT 7:00 AM TO THE HIGH OF 58 DEGREES AT 2:30 PM.  THE BIGGEST JUMP OCCURRED FROM 16 DEGREES AT 8:00 AM TO 42 DEGREES AT 9:10 AM.

IN 1951…THE LOWEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN FEBRUARY… 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO…OCCURRED.  THE SAME TEMPERATURE WAS ALSO REACHED ON FEBRUARY 8…1936.

IN 1963…WEST-SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 66 MPH AT STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE THE STRONG CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A MAXIMUM OF 70 DEGREES.

IN 1970…SNOWFALL OF 0.3 INCH CONTAINED ONLY 0.01 INCH OF MELTED SNOW.  THIS WAS THE ONLY MEASURABLE SNOW AND PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH…MAKING IT THE DRIEST AND LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD.  SNOWFALL ALSO WAS ONLY 0.3 INCH ON FEBRUARY 22-23…1992… EQUALING THE LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY.

IN 1980…HIGH WINDS OCCURRED IN THE FOOTHILLS.  WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH WERE REPORTED AT WONDERVU.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 32 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

IN 1995…A SHORT BLAST OF EARLY MORNING WINDS NEAR THE FOOTHILLS PRODUCED A GUST TO 64 MPH AT ROCKY FLATS IN NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY.  WINDS GUSTING TO 59 MPH IN LAKEWOOD DOWNED A FEW TREE BRANCHES IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS. WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 37 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE THE WARM WINDS KEPT THE TEMPERATURE FROM FALLING BELOW 43 DEGREES…SETTING A NEW RECORD HIGH MINIMUM FOR THE DATE.  THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO A NON-RECORD HIGH OF 63 DEGREES.

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IN 1934…LIGHT CHINOOK WINDS WARMED TEMPERATURES TO RECORD LEVELS ON BOTH DAYS.  RECORD MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES REACHED 73 DEGREES ON THE 1ST AND 74 DEGREES ON THE 2ND. WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 18 MPH ON THE 1ST.

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IN 1996…COLD ARCTIC AIR PLUNGED TEMPERATURES BELOW ZERO FOR MORE THAN 35 CONSECUTIVE HOURS FROM LATE ON THE 1ST UNTIL SUNRISE ON THE 3RD.  THE TEMPERATURE WARMED TO ONLY 1 DEGREE BELOW ZERO ON THE 2ND AFTER A RECORD LOW OF 16 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

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IN 1985…THE MOST BITTER COLD SPELL OF THE WINTER SEASON BROUGHT SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES TO METRO DENVER.  DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE BROKEN AT DENVER.  THE USUAL COLD WEATHER PROBLEMS STRUCK INCLUDING STALLED VEHICLES…JAMMED TRAFFIC LIGHTS…AND FROZEN WATER AND SEWER LINES.  AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS ONLY 2 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO ON THE 1ST…SETTING A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.  LOW TEMPERATURES REACHED 13 BELOW ZERO ON THE 1ST…12 BELOW ON THE THIRD… AND 14 BELOW ON THE 5TH.

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IN 1989…ONE OF THE CENTURY`S WORST DOSES OF WINTER WEATHER RAVAGED THE ENTIRE STATE.  BITTERLY FRIGID WEATHER MOVED INTO METRO DENVER ON THE 1ST AS SNOW BURIED MANY SECTIONS OF THE STATE.  IN METRO DENVER WHERE 3 TO 6 INCHES OF SNOW FELL…BLOWING SNOW AND RESULTANT POOR VISIBILITIES CAUSED A 46-CAR PILE-UP ON I-25 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CITY ON THE 4TH.  DURING THE PERIOD…2 TO 3 HOUR DELAYS WERE COMMON AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE SNOWFALL FROM THE STORM TOTALED 4.3 INCHES AND NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 30 MPH ON THE 1ST.  INTENSE COLD ACCOMPANIED THE STORM. TEMPERATURES IN DENVER STAYED BELOW ZERO CONTINUOUSLY FOR THE BEST PART OF 3 DAYS (3RD…4TH…5TH)… FOR A TOTAL OF 69 HOURS.  THIS IS THE FOURTH LONGEST SUB-ZERO PERIOD ON RECORD.  WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES REACHED 50 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.  THE MERCURY DIPPED TO 24 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 5TH…SETTING A RECORD FOR THE DATE.  THIS WAS THE CITY`S COLDEST TEMPERATURE IN OVER 26 YEARS.  LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED BELOW ZERO ON 8 CONSECUTIVE DAYS (2ND-9TH).  HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 9 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 4TH WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE…AS WAS THE HIGH OF 5 DEGREES ON THE 5TH.  EXTENSIVE DAMAGE OCCURRED WHEN PIPES AND WATER LINES FROZE AND BROKE.  THOUSANDS OF CARS FAILED TO START. ON THE 3RD…A 57-YEAR-OLD WOMAN DIED OF HYPOTHERMIA IN AN ARVADA PARK.  EIGHTEEN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WERE TREATED FOR HYPOTHERMIA AFTER A 2-HOUR RIDE THROUGH JEFFERSON COUNTY IN AN UNHEATED BUS.  AT LEAST 2 CASES OF FROSTBITE WERE REPORTED; THERE WERE UNDOUBTEDLY MANY MORE.

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IN 1883…A PROTRACTED COLD PERIOD OCCURRED WHEN LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED BELOW ZERO FOR 9 CONSECUTIVE DAYS. LOW TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM 22 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 4TH TO 2 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 1ST AND 6TH.  HIGH TEMPERATURES RANGED FROM 10 BELOW ZERO ON THE 3RD TO 23 ON THE 9TH.  SEVERAL TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET THAT STILL STAND TODAY.  RECORD LOWS OF 18 BELOW AND 22 BELOW ZERO OCCURRED ON THE 3RD AND 4TH.  RECORD LOW MAXIMUM READINGS OF 2 BELOW AND 10 BELOW ZERO OCCURRED ON THE 2ND AND 3RD.  THE HIGH OF ONLY 10 BELOW ZERO ON THE 3RD IS THE COLDEST MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN DENVER.

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IN 1890…WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 44 MPH WITH AN EXTREME VELOCITY OF 45 MPH.  THE CHINOOK WINDS WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 66 DEGREES.

IN 1970…HIGH WINDS CAUSED SCATTERED DAMAGE ALONG THE FOOTHILLS FROM GOLDEN NORTH.  A GARAGE IN BOULDER WAS DEMOLISHED.  BROKEN WINDOWS AND ROOF DAMAGE WERE REPORTED IN GOLDEN.  WIND GUSTS FROM 60 TO 100 MPH WERE RECORDED IN BOULDER.

IN 1990…A NARROW BAND OF HEAVY SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF DENVER.  UP TO 6 INCHES PILED UP AT WATERTON CANYON WITH 5 INCHES AROUND THE TOWN OF DEERMONT…BOTH ALONG THE SOUTH PLATTE RIVER IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.  SNOWFALL WAS ONLY 1.6 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 30 MPH.

IN 1995…THE SECOND MORNING IN A ROW OF STRONG WINDS RAGED IN THE FOOTHILLS AND ADJACENT LOWER ELEVATIONS.  WINDS GUSTED BETWEEN 70 AND 85 MPH IN THE FOOTHILLS AND 45 TO 50 MPH ON THE PLAINS.  A TREE WAS BLOWN ONTO HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES IN A WEST DENVER SUBURB.  THE FENCE THAT THE WIRE LANDED ON CAUGHT FIRE…BUT DID NO DAMAGE TO THE SURROUNDING STRUCTURES.  A SOUTHWEST DENVER MAN WAS INJURED WHEN A WIND GUST BLEW HIM AND THE FRONT DOOR HE WAS HOLDING OFF A PORCH.  WEST WINDS GUSTED TO 45 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE STRONGEST WINDS OCCURRED IN GEORGETOWN WHERE A GUST TO 100 MPH OVERTURNED A PICK-UP TRUCK CAMPER ON I-70.  THE DRIVER SUSTAINED ONLY MINOR INJURIES.

IN 2001…HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED BRIEFLY IN THE FRONT RANGE FOOTHILLS.  A SPOTTER AT GEORGETOWN LAKE MEASURED A PEAK WIND GUST TO 90 MPH.

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IN 1894…6.2 INCHES OF HEAVY SNOWFALL WERE MEASURED OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER.  EAST WINDS GUSTED TO 25 MPH ON THE 2ND.

IN 1999…A POWERFUL CHINOOK WINDSTORM STRUCK THE FOOTHILLS AND ADJACENT PLAINS.  SEVERAL LOCATIONS REGISTERED WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 100 MPH…INCLUDING: 127 MPH ATOP SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN…120 MPH AT LAFAYETTE… 119 MPH AT WONDERVU…104 MPH AT COAL CREEK… 103 MPH AT THE ROCKY FLATS ENVIRONMENTAL TEST FACILITY AND 100 MPH IN LOUISVILLE.  THE DAMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH THE WINDSTORM WAS EXTENSIVE.  THIRTY 70-FOOT-TALL POWER POLES WERE DAMAGED… INCLUDING SEVERAL THAT SUPPORTED HIGH VOLTAGE LINES TRANSMITTING ELECTRICITY DIRECTLY FROM GENERATING PLANTS. THE COMBINATION OF DOWNED POWER POLES…POWER LINES… AND TREES RESULTED IN OUTAGES FOR ABOUT 10 THOUSAND RESIDENTS. IN LAFAYETTE…POWER POLES WERE SHEARED OFF FOR A MILE AND A QUARTER.  THE POWER OUTAGES PRIMARILY AFFECTED RESIDENTS IN BOULDER…BROOMFIELD…LAFAYETTE…LOUISVILLE…  AND FORT LUPTON.  IN ADDITION TO THE OUTAGES…HIGH WINDS RIPPED APART SEVERAL ROOFS IN BOULDER…INCLUDING THE ROOF OF THE BOULDER COUNTY JAIL.  AT JEFFERSON COUNTY AIRPORT… SEVERAL PLANES WERE OVERTURNED AND SOME HANGARS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.  DAMAGE TO THE AIRPORT ALONE WAS ESTIMATED AT 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS.  IN SOUTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY… LOCALIZED GROUND BLIZZARDS REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING SNOW TO LESS THAN 20 FEET ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 285…RESULTING IN SEVERAL ACCIDENTS.  IN PINE JUNCTION A DOWNED TREE DAMAGED A NEARBY RESIDENCE…WHEN IT CRASHED ONTO THE ROOF. IN BAILEY…A DOWNED TREE CRUSHED A VEHICLE PARKED IN THE RESIDENT`S DRIVEWAY.  TOTAL DAMAGE ESTIMATES FOR THE WINDSTORM REACHED 3 MILLION DOLLARS…MAKING IT THE FOURTH COSTLIEST ON RECORD AT THE TIME IN COLORADO.  OTHER PEAK WIND GUSTS INCLUDE:  97 MPH AT BOULDER…93 MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH MESA LAB IN BOULDER… 88 MPH AT NEDERLAND…86 MPH AT ASPEN SPRINGS… AND 83 MPH AT BLUE MOUNTAIN NEAR COAL CREEK CANYON.  WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED AS HIGH AS 46 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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IN 1883…THE LOWEST DAILY MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN DENVER…10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO… OCCURRED.

IN 1885…A WINDSTORM OCCURRED FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH THE LATE AFTERNOON.  NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 45 MPH IN THE CITY.

IN 1888…A TRACE OF LIGHT RAIN FELL IN DOWNTOWN DENVER. RAIN IS RELATIVELY RARE THIS EARLY IN THE MONTH.

IN 1924…NORTHWEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 48 MPH.  THESE WERE THE STRONGEST WINDS OF THE MONTH THAT YEAR.

IN 1932…A MAJOR STORM DUMPED 7.5 INCHES OF SNOW IN DOWNTOWN DENVER WHERE NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 23 MPH. BOULDER RECEIVED 9 INCHES OF SNOW FROM THE STORM.

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IN 1906…NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 43 MPH BEHIND A COLD FRONT ON THE 3RD.  THE FRONT PLUNGED TEMPERATURES FROM A HIGH OF 62 DEGREES ON THE 3RD TO A LOW OF 24 DEGREES…WHICH WAS ALSO THE HIGH READING ON THE 4TH. THE LOW TEMPERATURE ON THE 4TH WAS ONLY 3 DEGREES. SNOWFALL WAS ONLY 0.6 INCH ON THE 4TH.

IN 1970…A WIND GUST TO 115 MPH WAS RECORDED IN BOULDER AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH.  SUSTAINED WINDS OF 35 MPH WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS 62 MPH WERE MEASURED IN DOWNTOWN BOULDER.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 47 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THE 3RD.

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IN 1982…A COLD SURGE OF ARCTIC AIR BROUGHT LIGHT SNOW AND SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES TO METRO DENVER.  TEMPERATURES PLUNGED TO 6 BELOW ZERO AT MIDNIGHT ON THE 3RD AND NEVER WARMED ABOVE ZERO ON THE 4TH AS SNOW FLURRIES CONTINUED. HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THE 4TH OF 1 BELOW ZERO WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM.  THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO A RECORD LOW OF 15 BELOW ZERO ON THE 5TH.

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IN 1883…THE TEMPERATURE PLUNGED TO A LOW OF 22 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

IN 1885…A WINDSTORM OCCURRED IN THE CITY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.  WEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 64 MPH BLEW DOWN SEVERAL TREES…CHIMNEYS…AWNINGS…  AND SHEDS.  STRONGER WINDS IN THE FOOTHILLS BLEW A TRAIN FROM THE TRACK AT GEORGETOWN…INJURING SEVERAL PASSENGERS.

IN 1890…THE HIGHEST RECORDED TEMPERATURE IN FEBRUARY…  77 DEGREES…OCCURRED.  THIS TEMPERATURE WAS EQUALED ON FEBRUARY 28…2006.

IN 1898…WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 53 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.

IN 1915…VERY STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WHIPPED DOWNTOWN DENVER NEARLY ALL DAY.  THERE WERE 13 CONSECUTIVE HOURS WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED VELOCITIES RANGING FROM 27 TO 44 MPH.  AN EXTREME VELOCITY TO 46 MPH WAS RECORDED.

IN 1952…A NORTHWEST WIND GUST TO 48 MPH WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON AIRPORT.  SEVERE WINDS WERE REPORTED WEST AND NORTH OF DENVER.

IN 1995…HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED IN THE FOOTHILLS WEST AND NORTHWEST OF DENVER.  A GUST TO 97 MPH WAS RECORDED ON SQUAW MOUNTAIN.  WINDS WERE CLOCKED TO 83 MPH AT ROLLINSVILLE.  WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 50 AND 70 MPH WERE COMMON.  NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 31 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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IN 1932…WIND GUSTS ESTIMATED AT 70 MPH OCCURRED IN BOULDER. A 60 MPH WIND GUST WAS RECORDED TO THE EAST OF BOULDER IN VALMONT.  DAMAGE WAS MINOR.

IN 1959…HEAVY SNOWFALL TOTALED 5.8 INCHES AT STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 30 MPH ON THE 4TH.

IN 2001…HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED FOR A BRIEF TIME OVERNIGHT. WINDS GUSTED TO 75 MPH ATOP THE GAMOW TOWER ON THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO CAMPUS IN BOULDER.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTING TO 37 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 57 DEGREES AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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IN 1986…10 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN BOULDER… IN THE FOOTHILL TOWN OF WONDERVU SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER…AND AT EVERGREEN WEST OF DENVER.  SNOWFALL TOTALED 2.4 INCHES AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…WHERE NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 20 MPH ON THE 6TH.

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IN 1885…WEST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 42 MPH IN THE CITY NEAR DAYBREAK.

IN 1902…NORTHWEST WINDS SUSTAINED TO 48 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 53 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 53 DEGREES.

IN 2006…HIGH WINDS DEVELOPED BRIEFLY ALONG THE FOOTHILLS…  EXTENDING FROM GOLDEN TO NEAR BOULDER.  PEAK WIND REPORTS INCLUDED 92 MPH AT THE NATIONAL WIND TECHNOLOGY CENTER ON ROCKY FLATS WITH A GUST TO 84 MPH IN GOLDEN.  NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 43 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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IN 2003…HEAVY SNOW FELL IN THE FOOTHILLS.  SNOWFALL TOTALS INCLUDED:  17 INCHES AT GENESEE; 16 INCHES AT LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN; 11 INCHES AT CHIEF HOSA NEAR INDIAN HILLS…AND 7 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER; 10.5 INCHES ATOP GOLD HILL; AND 10 INCHES AT INTERCANYON AND NEAR CONIFER.  ONLY 2.2 INCHES OF SNOWFALL WERE MEASURED IN THE CITY AT THE SITE OF THE FORMER STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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IN 1978…THE 5TH MARKED THE START OF A RECORD 7 CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF DENSE FOG AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  THE HEAVY FOG REDUCED THE VISIBILITY TO 1/4 MILE OR LESS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME ON EACH OF THESE DAYS.  LIGHT SNOW AND/OR FREEZING DRIZZLE OCCURRED ON MOST DAYS.  FOG REDUCING VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN 7 MILES WAS RECORDED AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON 11 CONSECUTIVE DAYS THROUGH THE 15TH.  DURING THE PERIOD 5-14…THE COLD THICK FOG DEPOSITED HEAVY RIME ICE UP TO 5 INCHES THICK ON POWER LINES AND POLES OVER A WIDE AREA OF EASTERN COLORADO…CAUSING A MAJOR ELECTRICAL POWER OUTAGE DISASTER.

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IN 1899…THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO A LOW OF 22 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

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IN 1929…5.0 INCHES OF SNOW FELL IN DOWNTOWN DENVER BEHIND A CANADIAN COLD FRONT.  TEMPERATURES PLUNGED…BUT NO RECORDS WERE SET.  LOW READINGS DIPPED TO 3 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 6TH AND 9 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 7TH.  HIGHS CLIMBED TO 5 DEGREES ON THE 6TH AND TO ONLY 1 DEGREE BELOW ZERO ON THE 7TH.

IN 1933…POST-FRONTAL LIGHT SNOWFALL TOTALED 3.0 INCHES OVER DOWNTOWN DENVER.  NORTHEAST WINDS WERE SUSTAINED TO 28 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 32 MPH ON THE 6TH.  THE VERY COLD AIR MASS PLUNGED TEMPERATURES FROM A HIGH OF 60 DEGREES ON THE 5TH TO LOWS OF 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 6TH AND 16 DEGREES BELOW ON THE 7TH.  HIGH TEMPERATURE OF ONLY 4 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 7TH WAS A RECORD LOW MAXIMUM FOR THE DATE.

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IN 1933…3:00 PM ON THE 6TH MARKED THE START OF A PROTRACTED COLD PERIOD THROUGH 8:00 AM ON THE 10TH WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WAS BELOW ZERO FOR 86 OUT OF 88 HOURS.  THE COLD PERIOD WAS INTERRUPTED ON THE 8TH AT 9:00 AM WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WAS 1 DEGREE ABOVE ZERO AND AT 10:00 AM WHEN THE TEMPERATURE WAS 8 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO.  FOUR TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE SET. HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 4 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 7TH…8 DEGREES ON THE 8TH…AND 5 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 9TH WERE RECORD LOW MAXIMUMS FOR THOSE DATES.  THE ONLY RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE RECORD WAS 14 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON THE 10TH. THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE REACHED DURING THE PERIOD WAS 16 DEGREES BELOW ZERO ON BOTH THE 7TH AND 8TH…WHICH WERE NOT RECORDS.

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IN 1940…A DISTANT THUNDERSTORM WAS RECORDED.  THIS WAS ONLY THE SECOND EVER RECORDED IN THE CITY DURING FEBRUARY SINCE 1900.

IN 1976…STRONG CHINOOK WINDS WERE REPORTED ALONG THE FOOTHILLS WITH SUSTAINED WINDS AT 46 MPH AND GUSTS TO 69 MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH IN BOULDER.  WIND GUSTS OF 70 TO 90 MPH WERE RECORDED AT OTHER LOCATIONS IN BOULDER.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 44 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

IN 1979…STRONG WEST WINDS GUSTED AS HIGH AS 99 MPH NEAR BOULDER.  THE WINDS CAUSED GROUND BLIZZARDS THAT CLOSED SEVERAL HIGHWAYS AROUND BOULDER.  SOME CARS WERE FORCED OFF THE ROAD…AND A TRUCK WAS OVERTURNED.  WIND GUSTS OF 50 TO 80 MPH WERE COMMON IN AND NEAR THE FOOTHILLS.  NORTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO 33 MPH AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

IN 1988…A WIND GUST TO 82 MPH WAS CLOCKED AT ROLLINSVILLE IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER.

IN 1999…STRONG CHINOOK WINDS DEVELOPED IN THE FOOTHILLS. PEAK WIND REPORTS INCLUDED:  90 MPH AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH MESA LAB NEAR BOULDER AND 88 MPH AT WONDERVU IN THE FOOTHILLS SOUTHWEST OF BOULDER. WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS GUSTED TO ONLY 48 MPH AT DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

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IN 1936…A SHARP BLAST OF FRIGID ARCTIC AIR WAS OF SHORT DURATION.  AT 11:00 AM ON THE 7TH THE TEMPERATURE WAS 39 DEGREES…BUT DROPPED TO ONLY 1 DEGREE WITHIN AN HOUR. A MORE GRADUAL DECREASE OCCURRED THROUGH THE NIGHT TO A LOW TEMPERATURE OF 25 DEGREES BELOW ZERO SHORTLY AFTER 6:00 AM ON THE 8TH.  THIS WAS THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE EVER RECORDED IN FEBRUARY.  (THE RECORD WAS EQUALED ON FEBRUARY 1…1951.)  SNOWFALL OF 1.0 INCH OCCURRED IN THE COLD AIR. DURING THE DAY ON THE 8TH…NORTHWEST CHINOOK WINDS FROM 12 TO 16 MPH…AND AS HIGH AS 21 MPH WARMED THE TEMPERATURE TO A HIGH OF 35 DEGREES AT 7:00 PM.  THIS WAS A RISE IN TEMPERATURE OF 60 DEGREES IN 13 HOURS.  UNOFFICIALLY…THE TEMPERATURE DIPPED TO A LOW OF 30 DEGREES BELOW ZERO AT DENVER MUNICIPAL AIRPORT ON THE MORNING OF THE 8TH.

IN 1956…5.5 INCHES OF SNOW FELL AT STAPLETON AIRPORT WHERE EAST-NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTED TO 23 MPH ON THE 7TH.

IN 1980…AN UPSLOPE STORM DUMPED 4 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW OVER THE PLAINS AND AS MUCH AS 22 INCHES IN THE FOOTHILLS. TRAFFIC WAS SNARLED AND SOME SCHOOLS WERE CLOSED.  TWO RUNWAYS WERE CLOSED FOR 3 HOURS AT STAPLETON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT…WHERE SNOWFALL TOTALED 6.5 INCHES AND NORTH WINDS GUSTED TO 25 MPH.  MOST OF THE SNOW FELL ON THE 7TH.

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