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Statement as of 2:59 AM MST on January 27, 2015


... Today in Metro Denver weather history...

25-27 in 1897... a cold spell resulted in three temperature records.
        Low temperature of 14 degrees below zero on the 27th was
        a record minimum for the date. High temperatures of only
        3 degrees on the 25th and 2 degrees on the 26th were record
        low maximums for the dates. Very light snow or flurries
        fell on the 25th and 26th at times.
26-27 in 1944... heavy snowfall totaled 8.0 inches in downtown
        Denver. Most of the snow... 7.0 inches... occurred on the
        26th when northwest winds were sustained to 17 mph.
      In 1973... at Stapleton International Airport... only 3.8 inches
        of snowfall were measured and north winds gusted to 40 mph
        causing some blowing snow... while over the Colorado eastern
        plains heavy snow accompanied by high winds created
        widespread blizzard conditions closing many highways.
      In 1994... the combination of an upper level storm system
        and moist upslope winds brought heavy snow and cold
        temperatures to Metro Denver and much of eastern Colorado.
        Snowfall across Metro Denver averaged 5 to 7 inches.
        Snowfall totaled 3.8 inches at Stapleton International
        Airport where east winds gusted to 21 mph on the 26th.
      In 2000... snow... heavy in the mountains... spread over the
        foothills and Metro Denver. Eight inches of snow were
        measured at Bergen Park and near Evergreen. Snowfall
        totaled 3.8 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport.
26-1 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.
27 in 1888... the highest recorded temperature in January... 76
        degrees... occurred.
      In 1967... strong winds caused a power outage in Boulder.
      In 1984... this was the last day of 63 consecutive days
        with snow cover of one inch or more in Denver. This
        longest period of snow cover on record began with the
        Thanksgiving weekend blizzard on November 26-27... 1983...
        when 21.5 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International
        Airport. Additional snowfall during December and
        January prolonged the event. Snow depth on the ground
        to the nearest inch was measured once daily at 5:00 am MST.
27-28 in 1899... snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in the city. Northeast
        winds were sustained to 36 mph with gusts to 40 mph on the
        28th.
      In 1965... high winds raked the Front Range foothills. West
        winds gusted to 89 mph on Table Mountain in Boulder... 87 mph
        at Rocky Flats... and 54 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport. Damage and minor injuries occurred in Boulder and
        western Metro Denver. Four men were injured by wind-
        caused accidents while working on construction... 2 in Denver
        and 2 in Boulder. There was extensive damage to power lines...
        buildings... signs... and trees. Some minor accidents were
        caused by blowing dust and debris. Blown dust accumulated
        2 to 3 feet deep on some lawns in northern Metro Denver
        suburbs. Dust blew into buildings and homes.
      In 1989... the heaviest snowstorm of the winter dumped 9 to 15
        inches of snow across Metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 8.8
        inches at Stapleton International Airport with most of the
        snow... 8.6 inches... falling on the 28th. Strong north winds
        gusting to 46 mph whipped the snow into 2-foot drifts and
        reduced visibility in blowing snow. The foothills received
        up to 18 inches of snow. The snow fell on a weekend... so
        closures and other disruptions were minimal. The public
        reported thunder in Arvada... Wheat Ridge... and Boulder on the
        evening of the 27th. A thunderstorm produced snow pellets
        at Stapleton International Airport during the early morning
        hours of the 28th. This was the first thunderstorm in the
        city during January since 1932.
      In 1996... winds to hurricane force were reported across the
        Front Range foothills in the wake of a Pacific storm system.
        Recorded wind speeds included: 86 mph at the National center
        for atmospheric research southwest of Boulder... 86 mph atop
        Squaw Mountain west of Denver... and 75 mph at Jefferson
        County Airport in Broomfield. West-northwest winds gusted
        to 48 mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.
      In 2009... high winds buffeted the foothills of Boulder and
        Jefferson counties. Peak wind gusts included: 101 mph at
        Eldora ski resort... 100 mph... 6 miles northwest of boulder;
        84 mph at ncar Mesa lab... 79 mph... 5 miles northwest of
        boulder; and 75 mph at the National wind technology center.
        In Nederland... a wind turbine recently installed was damaged
        by the high winds. A peak wind gust of 38 mph occurred at
        Denver International Airport on the 28th.
27-31 in 1951... a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow... 8.3 inches... fell on
        the 29th. Cold Arctic air accompanied the snow. Several
        temperature records were set... including record low maximum
        temperatures of 4 on the 28th and 4 below zero on the 29th
        and record low temperatures of 12 below zero on the 29th
        and 24 below zero on the 31st. Temperatures were below
        zero for 45 consecutive hours.


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