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Statement as of 2:59 am MST on January 26, 2015
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
22-26 in 1948... the longest period of snowfall on record (92 hours and 3 minutes) occurred in downtown Denver where a total of 13.6 inches of snow fell. At Stapleton Airport... 19.0 inches of snow fell... making it the heaviest snow in January and the 5th heaviest snow of record at that time. North winds were sustained to a velocity of 23 mph on the 25th... but generally the winds were light throughout the storm. The snow disrupted traffic... but street clearing was begun soon after it became apparent that the snow would be heavy. Over the 5 days... temperatures ranged from a high of 48 degrees on the 22nd to a low of 1 degree on the 26th. Most readings were in the teens and 20's during the storm. 24-26 in 1970... a wind gust to 122 mph was recorded at the National center for atmospheric research in Boulder on the 24th. Winds also gusted to 109 mph at ncar on the 26th. Most winds were estimated between 60 and 70 mph in Boulder. Damage... in most cases... was from broken windows and tree limbs and downed power lines. A roof was blown off a house in Eldorado Springs south of Boulder. A building under construction was damaged in Boulder. Reported damage totaled 25 hundred dollars in Boulder. Northwest winds gusted to 47 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 24th. In Denver... the Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a record high of 68 degrees on the 24th. 25-26 in 1910... gale force westerly winds of great velocity struck Boulder. Some damage was reported. West winds were sustained to 45 mph in Denver on the 25th. 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 in 1902... the low temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero. In 1916... sleet... grains of ice... a rare occurrence in Denver... fell for 3 hours and 15 minutes... covering the ground. In 1999... high winds developed in and near the foothills. Peak wind reports included: 82 mph in Boulder and at Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield... 79 mph at the Rocky Flats environmental test facility... and 72 mph at the National center for atmospheric research Mesa lab near Boulder. West winds gusted to 40 mph at Denver International Airport where the temperature warmed to a high of 54 degrees. 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.
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