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June 7 to June 13: This week in Denver weather history

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 6:06am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

An extremely eventful week in weather history showing just how varied conditions can be.  We of course see typical spring weather like tornadoes and hail but also a touch of snow and this week also marks the anniversary of the start of the Hayman Fire.


In 2012…it was the hottest June in Denver since weather records began back in 1872. The average temperature for the month was 75.0 degrees which was 7.6 degrees above normal. There were a total of seventeen 90 degree days in the month of June. The highlight of record setting month was a stretch of five consecutive 100 degree days from the 22nd to the 26th. This was only the third time in Denver weather history in which this happened. Two of the high temperatures during the stretch peaked at 105 degrees… Which set the all-time record for the month of June and tied the all-time maximum temperature for Denver.


In 1921…heavy rainfall for nearly a week…on top of streams already swollen by mountain snowmelt…produced widespread flooding over the South Platte River basin…including the tributaries through the canyons to the west and southwest of Denver.  Heavy rainfall over the 6-day period totaled 3.36 inches in Boulder…4.98 inches in Morrison…4.27 inches in Castle Rock…and 2.94 inches in the city of Denver. Rainfall amounts in the foothills were estimated between 3 and 6 inches.  The narrow-gage tracks of the Colorado and southern railroad were destroyed in the Platte Canyon.  From the mouth of the canyon through the city to near Brighton… The river spread from 1/2 to nearly 1 1/2 miles wide… Flooding farm and pasture land and destroying or damaging many bridges.  In the city…many businesses along with as many as 500 homes were inundated…forcing their evacuation. Bridges were swept away.  The high waters flooded the rail yards and stock yards in lower downtown…closing three adjacent packing houses.  The heavy rains also caused flooding on Boulder creek in Boulder on the 6th.


In 2004…a brief hot spell produced 3 temperature records. High temperatures of 95 degrees on the 6th and 98 degrees on the 7th were record maximum temperatures for the dates. Low temperature of 68 degrees on the 7th was a record high minimum for the date.

In 2012…severe thunderstorms broke late in the evening… Striking areas hardest from Denver southward. Locations impacted by the storms included but were not limited to: Aurora…Castle Rock…Centennial…Highlands Ranch…Lone Tree… Parker and Surrey Ridge. The storms produced a barrage of large hail…damaging straight line winds… Flash flooding and several short lived tornadoes. The hail ranged in size from 1 to 2 inches in diameter…and caused extensive damage to homes and automobiles. The hail inundated the roadways with several inches of hail in Douglas County. Consequently… Snow plows had to be called out to clear the roadways. The combination of torrential hail and heavy rain produced flash flooding in parts of Elbert…Douglas and Arapahoe counties…as thunderstorms brought up to 3.35 inches of rain to some areas within 90 minutes. In Aurora…Picadilly Road was closed from flooding north of 6th Avenue. A water rescue took place on south Gun Club Road in Arapahoe County…where floodwaters were rushing to depth of 3 feet. Flash flooding forced the closure of several streets and roads from parker south to the Pinery…where the floodwaters inundated the roadway with up to 2 feet in several locations. At Centennial Airport…a historic B-17 Flying Fortress suffered extensive damage as hailstones as large as ping pong balls struck the aircraft. Although the airframe itself did not require repair…the fabric-covered ailerons and elevators were extensively damaged. The hail came straight down and punched holes in the fabric-covered control surfaces. The aircraft landed just hours before the storm hit to participate in a weekend tour stop. Lightning also struck two homes…one in Lakewood and the other in Parker. Straight line winds downed trees and power lines in aurora. As a result…scattered electrical outages affected around five thousand residents. At Denver International Airport… 0.61 inches rainfall was recorded along with a peak wind gust of 41 mph.

In 2007…an unusually strong storm system brought very strong winds to the Front Range foothills and urban corridor. Peak gusts included:  92 mph at Boulder…85 mph…2 miles southwest of Boulder…83 mph…10 miles south of Boulder and 55 mph at Denver International Airport.  High winds forced the closure of Mt. Evans Road and Trail Ridge Road.  Several trees were uprooted across the urban corridor.  In Aurora… The driver of a car was injured when some building material blew off the Fitzsimmons complex.  The debris landed on the car and knocked the driver unconcious.  The wind forced the cancellation of 60 flights at Denver International Airport. Xcel reported outages in Boulder…Denver…Lakewood and Longmont.


In 1904…a thunderstorm produced south winds to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph…but only a trace of rain.

In 1942…heavy thunderstorm rainfall in south Denver caused flooding of shops…stalled motorists…and halted tramway service temporarily.  Lightning damaged houses…but there was no loss of life.  Precipitation totaled 0.53 inch in downtown Denver.

In 1951…a 24×65 foot roof of a cow barn was lifted off the building and blown to the ground by a “twister” near Fort Lupton.

In 1961…small hail and heavy rain damaged property and crops in southwest metro Denver…including the southwest section of the city…Lakewood…and Littleton.  Precipitation totaled 1.20 inch…11 miles southwest of Stapleton Airport. Complete primary and secondary rainbows were sighted by national weather service observers at Stapleton Airport.

In 1968…severe thunderstorms moving to the northeast through sections of Denver caused local flooding of streets and damage to trees and gardens from hail 1/2 to 1 3/4 inches in diameter.  One man was killed and 2 were injured at the Wellshire Golf Course when lightning struck a tree under which they had taken shelter.  At another golf course… A man was mortally injured by lightning.  Marble to golf ball size hail fell over downtown Denver.  Hail to 3/4 inch in diameter was measured in Westminster.

In 1975…hail up to 3/4 inch diameter fell in Boulder.

In 1978…a man standing under a tree on a golf course in Denver was struck in the arm by lightning.   Wind gusts to 60 mph and golf ball size hail pelted west and south Denver.

In 1986…7/8 inch hail was measured in Lafayette.

In 1990…a thin…rope-shaped tornado touched down east of the intersection of State Highway 2 and 96th avenue just north of the rocky mountain arsenal.  No damage was reported.

In 1992…a thunderstorm wind gust to 60 mph was recorded in Boulder.  A funnel cloud was sighted by a highway patrol officer just northwest of Stapleton International Airport where thunderstorm winds gusted to 51 mph.  Spotters and state patrol officers reported funnel clouds in the northwestern part of metro Denver…near Golden…and 7 miles northwest of Stapleton International Airport.

In 1993…non-convective high winds pummeled the Front Range foothills during the late morning and afternoon.  Speeds of 60 to 80 mph were common.  The winds caused several power outages as well as uprooting trees.  In Lafayette…a 4-year- old boy was slightly injured while standing on the roots of a large tree which was toppled by the winds.  The boy fell 10 feet to the ground and was bruised and scraped.  A tree fell onto a parked car in Boulder…causing about 35 hundred dollars in damage.  West wind gusts to 41 mph were recorded at Stapleton International Airport where a thunderstorm produced 1/8 inch hail at daybreak.

In 1995…severe thunderstorms produced large hail across west and north metro Denver from Golden to Westminster and Fort Lupton.  Hail ranged in size from 3/4 to 2 inches in diameter.  The largest hail fell in Fort Lupton.  A weak tornado produced a brief dust and debris cloud in a corn field 3 miles northeast of Hudson.

In 1997…two plumbers were injured…one critically…when lightning struck a pipe on which they were working in an apartment building under construction in Denver.  The bolt apparently hit one man in the hand…passed through his chest…and struck the other worker.  The critically injured man…died a few days later.  Lightning also injured a man…while he was talking on a telephone in ward.  The bolt passed through the phone line burning his ear.

In 2001…hail as large as 7/8 inch in diameter fell in Westminster.

In 2012…severe thunderstorms brought damaging wind and hail…heavy rain and flash flooding. The storms produced hail from 1.5 to 2.5 inches in diameter. In addition to the large hail…heavy rain from 1 to 2 inches also accompanied the storms. The combination of hail and heavy rain caused extensive street flooding across Aurora…Castle Rock…Centennial…Cherry Creek… Englewood…south Denver…Highlands Ranch… Lakewood and Littleton. The hail was reportedly “knee deep” in several areas making roads impassable. As a result… Snow plows had to be summoned to clear the streets. In Castle Rock…a King Soopers supermarket sustained extensive damage when roof partially collapsed under the weight of the hail. At Denver International Airport…0.61 inches of rainfall was again recorded along with a peak wind gust of 40 mph. Total property damage estimates along the Front Range for the 6th and 7th combined was 321.1 million dollars.

In 2016…large hail up to 1 inch in diameter was observed in Castle Rock.


In 1979…rain…at times with thunder on the 7th…fell almost continuously through the morning of the 9th.  Rainfall totaled 2.28 inches at Stapleton International Airport over the 3 days.  High temperature of only 49 degrees on the 8th was a record low maximum for the date.


In 1873…lightning struck and killed one man and damaged several houses.  The thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the city…which caused a great deal of water damage. At 2:40 pm heavy rain began and by 4:00 pm 1.40 inches of rain had fallen.  Two buildings under construction…with a projected cost of 100 thousand dollars…were badly damaged. The stone foundation and some of the brick walls were carried away by the storm waters.  Many basements were flooded…which damaged goods stored there.  Rainfall totaled 1.71 inches.

In 1964…lightning struck a building in Boulder…starting a fire and burning two workmen.

In 1968…a severe thunderstorm flooded streets…and hail- damaged trees and gardens…including flowers at a large commercial nursery in Boulder.

In 1969…severe hail damaged property…trees…and gardens… And heavy rain flooded streets and underpasses throughout metro Denver.  The heaviest amounts of rain fell in south Denver and Englewood where unofficial totals of 5 to 6 inches were reported.  Hail accumulated to 3 or 4 inches on the level and 2 to 3 feet deep in drifts.  Mud…debris…and hail carried by the heavy runoff clogged drains and increased the amount of flooding.  About 40 cars and a large truck were inundated at an underpass on an interstate highway…and several more were inundated or buried in mud in other areas.  A large number of basements were flooded. Streets and highways were heavily damaged in some areas. Rainfall totaled 1.66 inches at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1974…a late spring storm dumped 1.79 inches of rain over metro Denver…causing local flooding.  Strong gusty winds accompanied the storm…downing some power and telephone lines.  Northwest winds gusted to 56 mph at Stapleton International Airport where a trace of snow fell. Measurable snowfall occurred at mid-day over Aurora and suburban areas to the south of Denver.  A number of people were temporarily stranded in the mountains west of Denver where heavy snow fell.  Low temperature of 37 degrees equaled the record minimum for the date.  High temperature of 50 degrees was a record low maximum for the date.

In 1986…strong thunderstorm winds blew down a garage wall in Littleton and caused minor roof damage to several homes. Boats were overturned and damaged at a sporting goods store nearby.  As the storm moved northeast it produced a small tornado…which touched down in extreme southeast Denver and moved northeast into Aurora.  The twister did most of its estimated one million dollars damage shortly after touching down in an apartment complex and a shopping center.  Two apartments were completely unroofed; wooden chimney facings were demolished and metal pipes were twisted.  Many trees up to 25 feet high in the complex were uprooted. Doors were ripped off their hinges…and several parked cars were damaged.  In the shopping center…a wall of a building was stripped of its brick facing…and many windows were broken.  The twister picked up an aluminum rowboat…carried it 250 feet over some apartments…and deposited it in a vacant storefront.  Around 200 cars were damaged in the shopping center.  Benches bolted to the pavement were knocked over.  Six people suffered minor injuries caused by flying debris.  After hitting the shopping center and apartment complex…the tornado moved northeast into a residential area where it toppled some trees and damaged several fences.  The same storm later produced 3 separate small tornadoes 5 miles north of Watkins.

In 1987…torrential rain produced extensive flooding across metro Denver.  I-25 was closed for a time through central Denver…and a trailer park in Lakewood was partially evacuated due to high water.  Several streets in Boulder were closed due to flooding.  There was extensive basement flooding and water damage in Lakewood and southeast Denver. Lightning hit a power plant in Denver that supplied electricity to storm drain pumps which exacerbated street flooding in some areas.  Rainfall from the thunderstorms totaled 1 1/2 to 2 inches at many locations in Lakewood central and northeast Denver.  The heaviest amount of reported rain was in Lakewood where 2 1/4 inches fell in just 2 hours.  At Stapleton International Airport…1.62 inches of rain fell in an hour.  Rainfall totaled 1.76 inches for the day.

In 1988…a tornado touched down 15 miles northwest of Bennett and stayed on the ground for 15 minutes.  The twister was observed by national weather service personnel at Stapleton International Airport.   No damage was reported.

In 1989…a small tornado hit a neighborhood in southeast Aurora.  The twister hit a dozen homes…blowing out windows…knocking down fences…and partially unroofing one house.  About a half dozen trees were felled.  A basketball pole was severely bent.  The tornado was on the ground for about 2 minutes.  Total damage was estimated at 50 thousand dollars.  Lightning also struck a home in Parker…causing 25 hundred dollars damage.

In 1992…very heavy thunderstorm rains drenched southwestern Weld and eastern Boulder counties.  Measured rainfalls of over 2 inches an hour caused St. Vrain Creek to rise 2 feet out of its banks.  Boulder creek was also out of its banks along U.S. Highway 287.  I-25 flooded with 3 to 5 feet of water along a 9-mile stretch from the Erie exit to the Frederick exit.  The highway was closed for over 6 hours while snowplow drivers and farmers with tractors rescued stranded motorists.  Water rose into homes along south Boulder road in Lafayette.  Several small County roads were washed out along the Boulder County/Weld County line. An off-duty national weather service employee measured 3/4 inch hail in Thornton.  Several locations north of Denver had small hail up to 6 inches deep.  A funnel cloud was spotted 18 miles northeast of Stapleton International Airport.

In 1998…severe thunderstorms dropped large hail across metro Denver.  Hail as large as 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell near columbine in Jefferson County.  One inch diameter hail fell in Aurora and Littleton with 7/8 inch hail in Arvada and 3/4 inch hail at centennial airport… Near Greenwood Village…and in Parker.

In 2004…heavy rain and large hail caused flooding and flash flooding across northeast Jefferson County.  In Golden… Heavy rains triggered a small mudslide on U.S. Highway 6 near the intersection of Colorado highway 119.  Automated rain gages in the area registered 2 to 3 inches of rainfall in one hour.  Near the Colorado mills mall…numerous streets were inundated with 1 to 3 feet of water and hail…which stranded several vehicles…including a fire engine.  About 30 basements were flooded in Golden and Lakewood.  Many windows in both homes and cars were shattered by the large hail.  Hail as large as 1.5 inches in diameter was measured in and near Golden with hail to nearly an inch in diameter a few miles north of Evergreen.

In 2007…the low temperature in Denver bottomed out at 31 degrees…which established a new record minimum for the date.  It also became the latest date of the last freeze in Denver.

In 2014…in Aurora… A tornado touched down near the Blackstone Country Club…it lifted some golf carts and flipped an empty construction trailer. One of the carts was thrown on top of a caddy walking nearby; he was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. It was assigned an ef-1 rating. In Englewood…lightning struck a tree which damaged two nearby homes and a truck. Large hail…from quarter to half dollar size…was reported near Buckley Air Force Base and near Castle Rock. Other short lived tornadoes touched down near Byers and Roggen.


In 1900…an apparent cold front produced north winds to 42 mph with gusts to 47 mph.

In 1923…heavy rainfall totaled 2.18 inches in downtown Denver…where northwest winds were sustained to 27 mph. Heavy rain also fell in Boulder…causing flooding on Boulder and south Boulder creeks.

In 1939…post-frontal sustained northwest winds to 35 mph produced some blowing dust…which reduced the visibility to one mile at times during the afternoon.  Dusty conditions prevailed into the early evening.  The airport station reported a maximum wind of 56 mph.  A few minor injuries and some damage resulted.  A few trees were uprooted…some fruit was blown from trees…and a section of power lines was blown down.

In 1959…dry thunderstorm winds…estimated to near 70 mph… Toppled a 40-foot-high poplar tree…which was 4 to 5 inches in diameter…near Cherry Creek dam.  The Colorado State Patrol reported a possible tornado 1 mile south of the dam.

In 1960…strong gusty winds tore the roofs from 2 patios in Aurora.  One of the roofs was blown over a house and landed on a car damaging its top.  A house trailer was also overturned.  Other minor damage was reported to roofs… Windows…and trees in Aurora.  A thunderstorm wind gust to 43 mph was recorded at Stapleton Airport.

In 1963…golf ball size hail fell at Cheery Creek Reservoir.

In 1967…a small tornado damaged trees and a dwelling in south Denver.  The storm touched down at the intersection of 1st avenue and Harrison Street and moved northeast to the intersection of 3rd avenue and Albion Street. Damage included 3 small roofs removed…15-20 large trees uprooted…one car overturned and thrown against a house… Plus other minor damage.  A funnel cloud reported at the same time 10 miles north of Denver possibly touched ground. Later…funnel clouds were reported 12 miles south-southeast of Stapleton International Airport…10 miles southwest…and 5 miles north.  A tornado was sighted 3 1/2 miles east of Stapleton International Airport by weather bureau personnel for a duration of 5 minutes.  Heavy rain and some hail fell over much of the area.

In 1974…the start of the shortest seasonal snow free period on record…94 days…occurred with the last snow of the season…a trace…on the 8th.  The first snow of the next season occurred on September 11th when a trace of snow fell at Stapleton International Airport.  A funnel cloud was observed just east of Aurora and a small funnel was sighted just northeast of Stapleton International Airport.

In 1985…a thunderstorm wind gust to 62 mph was reported at Golden gate canyon in the foothills west of Denver.

In 1986…a thunderstorm…which dumped heavy rain and caused some street flooding across north metro Denver…produced a small tornado 5 miles east of Brighton.  No damage was reported.

In 1987…strong thunderstorm wind gusts in Conifer destroyed a porch on a house; the wind gust apparently picked up the porch and dropped it on a man…killing him.  The wind also damaged the roof of the house and a nearby barn.  The same thunderstorm spawned a tornado…which touched down briefly just south of Lakewood.  No damage was reported.  Up to 3 inches of rain fell in a short time 8 miles southwest of Littleton.  A few businesses in Englewood suffered minor water damage.  A tornado was sighted between Watkins and Bennett.  It was on the ground for 15 minutes.  A weak tornado also touched down 4 miles southwest of Castle Rock. The twister tossed an aluminum shed into the air and carried it about 100 feet.  A funnel cloud was sighted 15 miles east-northeast of Stapleton International Airport.

In 1988…golf ball size hail fell in Conifer along with 1.30 inches of rain.  Three miles north of Louisville…1.10 inches of rain fell in 20 minutes.  Ping pong ball size hail was measured in Arvada.

In 1990…3/4 inch hail fell in Castle Rock.

In 1991…hail two inches in diameter fell near Evergreen. Hail to 1 inch diameter fell in Lakewood where a funnel cloud was also sighted.  One inch diameter hail was also reported in Aurora.

In 2002…high temperatures…low relative humidities…and strong gusty winds allowed the Hayman Wildfire…located in the foothills to the southwest of Denver…to become the largest wildfire in the state’s history.  Although the fire was initially started by a U.S. Forest Service employee…the ongoing drought and dry conditions allowed the fire to spread rapidly out of control.  The wildfire consumed nearly 138 thousand acres of forest land and 133 homes before it could be contained and finally extinguished on June 30th.  About 1800 households had to be evacuated during the blaze.  Southwest winds aloft swept the smoke plume directly over metro Denver…creating poor air quality and blocking the sun.  Much of metro Denver choked on smoke with the southern suburbs receiving the most.  Smoke and ash restricted surface visibilities to a mile or less at times in the Denver and Castle Rock areas and to 2 miles at Denver International Airport.

In 2003…thunderstorm winds gusted to 51 mph at Denver International Airport.  The storm produced only a trace of rain.

In 2004…severe thunderstorms produced large hail across portions of metro Denver for the second day in a row. The most extensive damage occurred across southern sections of metro Denver in Aurora…Lakewood…Littleton…and south Denver.  The combined damage to homes and vehicles…not including commercial buildings…was estimated at 146.5 million dollars…making the event the 4th costliest insurance disaster in the state’s history.  Hail as large as 2 1/4 inches in diameter fell near southern Aurora with hail to 1 3/4 inches in the city of Denver and in Lakewood. Hail to 1 1/2 inches fell near Morrison with 1 inch hail measured in Thornton…near Buckley Air Force Base…and near Roggen.  Hail to 3/4 inch diameter fell in Littleton and near Conifer.  A small tornado touched down near Bennett…but did no damage.


In 1864…high water from melting snow combined with heavy rains over the upper reaches of the South Platte River forced the river over its banks and caused flooding of low lying areas along the river in the city.  The amount of rainfall in the mountains and in the city is unknown.


In 1943…a man was killed by lightning while using a surveying instrument at Buckley Field.

In 1969…hail stones 2 to 3 inches in diameter caused extensive damage to buildings and automobiles in an area from northeast of Boulder to Longmont.  Two funnel clouds were reported near Castle Rock.  A funnel cloud and 1 inch hail stones were reported 10 to 20 miles southeast of Stapleton International Airport.  Hail stones to 1 3/4 inches fell 3 miles west of Littleton.  Hail to 3/4 inch diameter fell over southeast Denver.

In 1988…thunderstorm winds clocked to 60 mph unroofed a porch and downed a fence at a home near Stapleton International Airport.  A small tornado touched down briefly in northeast Aurora.  Another small tornado touched down for 3 minutes in southeast Aurora.  No damage was reported from either twister.

In 1989…a national weather service observer saw lightning strike 2 storage tanks at 40th and Havana…3/8 mile northeast of Stapleton International Airport.  The strike temporarily knocked out some weather observing equipment at the national weather service.

In 1991…a tornado was sighted 2 miles south of Castle Rock. No damage was reported.  The funnel cloud associated with the tornado was sighted for 5 minutes by national weather service observers at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1994…lightning struck a home in Denver…which started a fire in the attic and caused minor damage.

In 1997…lightning struck a security guard at the castle pines golf course near Castle Rock.  He received only minor injuries.

In 1999…severe thunderstorms rolled off the foothills over metro Denver…producing large hail and damaging winds.  Hail to 1 inch diameter fell near Evergreen with 1 3/4 inch hail measured west of Golden.  Hail to 1 1/2 inches fell in Commerce City with one inch hail in Lakewood…Wheat Ridge… The city of Denver and at Denver International Airport where thunderstorm winds gusted to 58 mph.  As the storms moved east…3/4 inch hail was reported in Aurora…and damaging thunderstorm winds developed between Bennett and Strasburg.  Winds gusting as high as 69 mph blew half a metal roof from a shed in a Bennett lumberyard.  A small barn was also leveled between Bennett and Strasburg.  Winds also gusted to 58 mph near Manilla.

In 2000…a dry microburst produced a wind gust to 58 mph at Jefferson County airport.  Thunderstorm winds gusted to 55 mph at Denver International Airport.

In 2003…hail as large as 1 3/4 inches was measured at centennial airport and near Parker.

In 2005…hail to 7/8 inch in diameter was reported near Parker with 3/4 inch hail measured near Castle Rock.

In 2010…a complex of severe thunderstorms hammered portions of eastern Arapahoe…eastern Douglas and western Elbert counties. The hail ranged from 1 inch to 3 inches in diameter. The largest hail was observed near Elizabeth. Areas in and around Aurora…Byers… Parker and Thornton were also impacted by large hail. One weak tornado touched down near prospect valley but did no damage. At Denver International Airport…a peak wind gust to 35 mph was observed from the northwest.


In 1882…heavy thunderstorm rains on the morning of the 10th caused a rapid rise in dry creek…which enters the South Platte River at fairview in present day south Denver.  This…combined with additional heavy rainfall on the 11th caused the South Platte River to overflow. Five people drowned and several houses were destroyed. Total losses in the city and suburbs was estimated at 75 thousand dollars.  Total rainfall in central Denver was 2.21 inches over the 2 days.

In 2013…the high temperature of 99 degrees on the 10th broke the previous record maximum temperature of 97 for the date. Also…the minimum temperature of 68 and high temperature of 100 degrees on the 11th established a new record for highest minimum and maximum temperature for the date.


In 1947…a trace of snow fell over downtown Denver.  Low temperature of 34 degrees was a record minimum for the date.

In 1962…hail caused extensive crop damage near Hudson northeast of Denver.

In 1970…stratiform rainfall totaled 3.16 inches at Stapleton International Airport.  This was the greatest amount of precipitation ever recorded on a calendar day in June. In addition…it was the greatest amount of precipitation ever measured during any 24-hour period in June.  The high temperature climbed to only 51 degrees…which was a record low maximum for the date.

In 1973…large hail from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter fell west of Boulder.

In 1977…golf ball size hail was reported just south of Arapahoe County airport…now centennial airport.  Lightning struck a home in Lakewood.

In 1988…a 30-year-old man was seriously injured by lightning while mowing his lawn in Denver.

In 1992…lightning started two house fires in the southern Denver suburbs where 3/4 inch hail fell and a funnel cloud was sighted.

In 1999…severe thunderstorms formed over the palmer divide and moved across Douglas…Elbert…and Adams counties. Hail as large as 1 inch in diameter was reported in and near Castle Rock…Sedalia…Franktown…and Aurora.  Hail as large as golfballs accumulated several inches deep and caused a large section of a corrugated metal roof of a greenhouse complex to collapse near Franktown.  About a third of the roof covering the 30 thousand square foot building collapsed.  Thirty-five workers were trapped in the debris…but only 3 were treated for minor injuries. Hail 1 to 2 feet deep blocked the roadways and slowed the arrival of emergency vehicles.  Damage to the building was estimated to be around 3 million dollars.

In 2006…a man was struck and killed by lightning as he was returning to his car after leaving the mile high flea market near Henderson.  Two others were knocked down…but not injured by the lightning strike.  Severe thunderstorms produced large hail across the northern portion of metro Denver.  Hail to 1 1/4 inches in diameter was measured in Arvada…with 1 inch diameter hail reported near Fort Lupton.  Hail to 7/8 inch in diameter was recorded near Brighton…and hail…3/4 inch in diameter…fell near Keenesburg.

In 2010…severe thunderstorms producing very large hail pummeled portions of Front Range foothills and urban corridor. The large hail ranged in size from 1 to 2 1/2 inches…caused extensive damage to home and vehicles. The hardest hit areas included: Brighton… Castle Rock…Greenland…Idledale… Mountain View and Thornton. The combination of heavy rain and hail destroyed 50 thousand acres of cropland in southeast Weld County. Flash flooding forced the closure of State Highway 52…east of Prospect Valley. Several county roads were either flooded or completely washed out. At Denver International Airport…0.69 inches of rainfall was observed.

In 2015…thunderstorms produced flash flooding in Denver and parts of the metropolitan area. In downtown Denver… parked cars had standing water rising midway up the wheels. Denver fire crews had to rescue motorists from flooded intersections and roads. In Glendale…two lanes of northbound Colorado Blvd. at Exposition Ave. were closed due to flooding. In Aurora…water was reportedly flowing over the roads at East 6th Ave. and South Pacadilly Road. Additional flooding was reported on South Gun Club Road… between East Alameda Ave. and East Exposition Avenue… forcing the closure of the road. Flooding occurred along Plum Creek and its tributaries. Four trails in Castle Rock were closed due to flooding. Plum Creek remained above flood stage for approximately 2 1/2 hours…with moderate flooding along and east of the creek. Near Cherry Creek Dam…2.02 inches of rain fell. At Denver International Airport 0.56 inches of rainfall was recorded. A peak wind gust to 34 mph was also observed from the north.


In 1999…damage from several hailstorms in and near metro Denver totaled 35 million dollars.  About 17.5 million dollars was from automobile claims with another 17.5 million in homeowner claims.  The areas hardest hit by the storms included Castle Rock…Commerce City…Evergreen… And Golden.


In 1901…south winds were sustained to 45 mph with an extreme velocity to 47 mph.

In 1917…northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

In 1927…flooding on little dry creek in Englewood resulted in two deaths.

In 1947…a trace of snow fell over downtown Denver during the early morning.  This was the latest last snow of the season (trace or more).  This also marked the end of the longest snow season…264 days…from the first snow…a trace…on September 22…1946.  High temperature of 43 degrees was a record low maximum for the date.  Minimum temperature of 33 degrees was a record low for the date.

In 1971…a funnel cloud sighted over Arvada possibly touched down at the base of the foothills.  The public reported 3/4 inch to 1 inch diameter hail over the city of Denver.

In 1974…strong thunderstorm winds caused damage to power lines in metro Denver.  Northwest winds gusted to 45 mph at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1975…a thunderstorm wind gust to 56 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1982…three small tornadoes were sighted near Bennett. One of the twisters caused minor crop and road damage along its path.  A brief tornado was sighted by national weather service observers at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1983…3/4 inch hail fell in Boulder.  Golf ball to 3/4 inch size hail fell in Arvada…denting cars and house roofs. Over a thousand hail damage insurance claims were filed from the area.  Golf ball size hail also fell in Northglenn and Bennett…1 to 2 inch hail in Thornton…2 1/2 inch hail in northeast of Denver.  A tornado was sighted 10 miles northeast of Stapleton International Airport; it was only on the ground for 1 to 2 minutes.

In 1984…large hail pelted many parts of southern metro Denver.  Fifteen aircraft were damaged by golf ball size hail at centennial airport.  Golf ball size hail was reported in south Denver…and 3/4 inch hail was measured in southeast Aurora.

In 1987…a small weak tornado touched down for about 3 minutes near the intersection of I-70 and Colorado blvd. In northeast Denver.  No damage was recorded.  A microburst wind gust to 53 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1991…in the city of Denver…lightning struck a tree under which seven people were picnicking.  One person was critically injured.  The others received only minor injuries.

In 1992…golf ball size hail fell in Evergreen.

In 1994…microburst winds gusting to 53 mph kicked up some blowing dust at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1996…lightning struck a house in Parker…which sparked a fire.  The bolt was strong enough to blow nails out of the drywall in one room.  About 85 percent of the house was damaged.  No dollar estimate of the damage was available. Lightning also struck a power line in Boulder…which left 250 customers without electricity for a short time.

In 1997…a tornado touched down near Parker…damaging some construction equipment.  Hail to 2 inches in diameter was measured in Henderson.  One inch diameter hail fell in the city of Denver with 3/4 inch hail measured in Lakewood.

In 1999…hail as large as 1 1/2 inches in diameter struck Hudson.  A funnel cloud was sighted by ramp personnel to the east of Denver International Airport.

In 2003…lightning blew a hole in the roof of a house in Highlands Ranch.  The bolt knocked several holes in the bedroom ceiling and damaged the home’s electrical system.

In 2004…lightning struck a home in Louisville…but caused only minor damage.

In 2006…a strong microburst wind gust…estimated at 69 mph… Ripped the roof off a horse barn near the intersection of Havana Street and Smith Road in Denver.  A 13 year old girl was injured…when she was thrown from a horse inside the barn at the time the roof was being torn off.  A thunderstorm produced a microburst wind gust to 54 mph and a trace of rainfall at Denver International Airport. A severe thunderstorm produced hail to 0.75 inch near Watkins.


In 2000…two large wildfires developed in the Front Range foothills as careless campers and very dry conditions proved to be a dangerous combination.  Strong winds gusting in excess of 60 mph on the 13th fanned the flames… Spreading both wildfires out of control.  Winds gusted to 78 mph atop Niwot Ridge near the continental divide west of Boulder.  The hi meadows wildfire…about 35 miles southwest of Denver…consumed nearly 11 thousand acres and 80 structures…mostly high priced homes.  The bobcat wildfire…located about 12 miles southwest of Fort Collins… Consumed nearly 11 thousand acres and 22 structures.  Late on the 16th…a strong cold front moved south over the great plains into northeastern Colorado.  Low level upslope conditions developed in the wake of the front…producing 2 to 4 inches of snowfall overnight at elevations above 8 thousand feet.  Firefighters were able to contain both fires shortly thereafter.


In 1956…a microburst caused a brief wind gust to 59 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1957…an unconfirmed tornado appeared to touch the ground in the vicinity of Franktown.  No damage was reported from the twister.

In 1968…a violent gust of wind…possibly associated with a thunderstorm…caused 75 hundred dollars damage in Boulder.

In 1973…hail…1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter…fell over Lakewood.  Flash flooding occurred in west Denver from the same storm.

In 1974…a thunderstorm wind gust to 64 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1977…hail the size of table tennis balls…1 1/2 inches in diameter…was reported in Boulder.

In 1981…large hail to golf ball size fell in Denver… Northglenn…and Brighton.  Hail as large as baseballs was reported in federal heights.

In 1984…one of the worst hailstorms ever experienced in metro Denver struck the northwestern suburbs of Arvada…Wheat Ridge…and Lakewood…but large hail also fell in Golden… Southeast Denver…and Aurora.  Homes and other buildings sustained around 200 million dollars in damage.  Thousands of cars were battered by giant hailstones…and total damage to vehicles was estimated at 150 million dollars.  In some areas…golf ball size hail fell continuously for 30 to 40 minutes.  Some places were pelted with a few stones as large as grapefruits!  Roofs on thousands of structures were severely damaged.  Uncounted car windshields were broken; two-thirds of Arvada’s police cars were rendered inoperable.  Torrential rains…with as much as 4.75 inches in Lakewood clogged drains and caused widespread damage from flooding.  In some places hail was washed into drifts several feet deep.  About 20 people were injured by the giant hailstones.  One couple was hospitalized.  A woman drowned when she was trapped under a trailer by high water. Only pea size hail fell at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1988…2 inch hail fell in Parker.  Soft hail 1 inch in diameter fell at the mouth of turkey creek canyon 5 miles southeast of Morrison.  Hail between 1 inch and 1 3/4 inches fell at both Bennett and Strasburg.  A tornado touched down briefly at Strasburg.  A brief funnel cloud was sighted by national weather service observers 15 miles southwest of Stapleton International Airport.

In 1991…a Boulder man was injured when struck by lightning while in a tent.  He received only minor burns.

In 1997…lightning struck a home in Denver.  The extent of the damage was unknown.  A home in Littleton was also struck.  The house caught fire…but the extent of the damage was not known.

In 1998…a strong mountain wave produced a brief period of high winds along the Front Range.  A small building atop squaw pass west of Denver was blown down.  Tree limbs were downed across metro Denver.  Peak wind gusts included:  80 mph on squaw pass…69 mph at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield…and 60 mph in Westminster and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder.  West-northwest winds gusted to 51 mph at Denver International Airport.

In 2001…high winds developed briefly in Boulder County. A peak wind gust to 76 mph was recorded at the National Center for Atmospheric Research atop the mesa in Boulder. A wind gust to 72 mph was recorded at southern hills middle school in Boulder.  Lightning started a small fire…which damaged the roof of a house in greenwood village.


In 2006…the high temperature of 99 degrees on the 13th equaled the record maximum temperature for the date first set in 1994.  The high temperature of 102 degrees on the 14th was a new record maximum temperature for the date.

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