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Statement as of 2:59 am MST on December 8, 2013
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
2-17 in 1939... more than 2 weeks of unseasonably warm weather made the month the 3rd warmest on record. Seven daily temperature records were set... including the all time record high temperature for the month of 79 degrees on the 5th. Daytime highs were balmy with 14 days in the 60's and 70's. Low temperatures dipped to freezing or below on only 5 days. The period was dry with only a trace of snow on the 12th. 3-15 in 1972... a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on Metro Denver when maximum temperatures never reached above freezing for 10 consecutive days from the 3rd through the 12th and minimum temperatures dipped below zero on eleven consecutive days from the 5th through the 15th. Daily low temperature records were set with 15 degrees below zero on the 5th... 17 degrees below zero on the 6th... and 18 degrees below zero on the 10th. Daily record low maximum readings were set with 3 degrees on the 6th and 6 degrees on the 9th. The very cold temperatures were caused by 3 to 5 inches of snow cover and a Canadian air mass. 5-8 in 1983... high winds occurred in and near the foothills each day. Wind gusts to 63 mph were registered in Golden Gate Canyon on the evening of the 5th. On the evening of the 6th... winds knocked down trees... snapped power lines... and blew out windows across Metro Denver. Gusts were clocked to 102 mph in southwest Metro Denver... while wind gusts to 38 mph were recorded at Stapleton International Airport. On the 7th... winds overturned a tractor trailer near Castle Rock. After midnight on the 8th... gusts to 97 mph were reported in southeast Boulder. Wind speeds of 60 to 70 mph were reported in other parts of Metro Denver. 7-9 in 1919... an apparent Arctic cold front brought extreme cold and light snow to the city. Snowfall totaled only 2.5 inches on the 7th and 8th. Temperatures dipped to lows of 14 degrees below zero on the 8th and to 20 degrees below zero on the 9th. Both readings were daily record minimums. High temperatures were only 4 degrees on the 8th and 7 degrees on the 9th. In 1923... a major storm dumped 13.5 inches of snowfall on downtown Denver. The apparent Post-frontal snowfall started during the late afternoon of the 7th and continued through the evening of the 9th. Temperatures dipped from a high of 66 degrees on the 7th with west winds sustained to 35 mph to a low of only 14 degrees on the 9th... with north winds sustained to 25 mph. 8 in 1880... severe winds buffeted the eastern foothills... causing some damage in Boulder. In 1987... high winds damaged a chimney and roof of a house near Bergen Park in the foothills west of Denver. Gusts were estimated to 70 mph. Northwest winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International Airport. 8-9 in 1943... 4.5 inches of snow fell in downtown Denver. This was the only measurable snow of the month. North winds were sustained to 26 mph on the 8th. In 2003... snowfall totaled 3 to 6 inches across Metro Denver. Snowfall was heavier in and near the foothills with 8.0 inches measured in Boulder and 10 miles southwest of Sedalia. Snowfall was 3.9 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport. Most of the snow fell on the 8th... as the snow ended shortly after midnight. North winds gusted to 29 mph at Denver International Airport. In 2008... an upslope snowstorm produced heavy snow in and near the foothills of Boulder... Jefferson and Douglas counties... and along the Palmer Divide south of Denver. Storm totals in the foothills ranged from 8 to 15 inches. In Boulder and in areas west and south of Denver... storm totals ranged from 6 to 13 inches. The snowfall measurement at Denver International Airport was 3.9 inches. 8-10 in 1985 a slow moving storm dumped 10 to 20 inches of snow over the northeast plains... closing schools and businesses in many areas along the Front Range north of Denver. At Stapleton International Airport... snowfall totaled 9.9 inches with a maximum snow depth of 7 inches on the ground. North winds gusted to 24 mph. The snow caused long air traffic delays at Stapleton International Airport on the 9th. In 1997... persistent light to moderate snowfall combined with strong and gusty northerly winds to produce much blowing and drifting snow across Metro Denver. The hardest hit areas were south of Denver where north winds at speeds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph caused near whiteout conditions. The strong winds produced drifts 2 to 4 feet deep and dropped wind chill temperatures well below zero. Sections of both I-25 and I-70 and other roads were closed as travel became impossible due to blowing snow. Numerous traffic accidents were reported and a handful of people were stranded during the snowstorm. Snowfall totals included: 22 inches at Conifer... 13 inches at Castle Rock... 12 inches at Parker... and 8 inches in southeast Aurora. Snowfall totaled 5.5 inches at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport. North winds gusted to 36 mph at Denver International Airport on the 10th. 8-12 in 1932... the second longest sub-zero period on record in Denver occurred. The temperature fell below zero shortly after 1:00 PM on the 8th and remained below zero for 92 hours until 9:00 am on the 12th. The lowest temperature recorded during this period was 13 degrees below zero on both the 9th and 11th. That temperature on the 11th was a record low for the date. High temperatures of 4 on the 8th... 5 below zero on the 9th... 1 below zero on the 10th... and 6 below zero on the 11th were record low maximum temperatures for those dates. Light north winds at 5 to 10 mph were accompanied by occasional light snow... which totaled only 2.2 inches.
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