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Statement as of 2:59 am MST on December 13, 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. 9-13 in 1961... cold Arctic air produced a protracted cold period. The temperature plunged to 16 degrees below zero on the 10th... establishing a new record for the date and the coldest reading since 25 degrees below zero on February 1... 1951. Low temperatures dipped below zero on 5 consecutive days with 9 degrees below zero on the 9th... 16 below on the 10th... 10 below on the 11th... and 12 below on both the 12th and 13th. High temperatures reached only 3 degrees on the 10th and 6 degrees on the 11th. 11-13 in 1940... 5.4 inches of snow fell across downtown Denver. This was the only snowfall of the month. Temperatures were quite cold on the 13th with a high of 6 degrees and a low of 2 degrees below zero. In 1984... up to 6 inches of new snow fell over Metro Denver... hampering flight operations at Stapleton International Airport where snowfall totaled 3.8 inches and east winds gusted to 25 mph on the 11th. 12-13 in 1916... snowfall totaled 5.7 inches in downtown Denver. Northeast winds were sustained to 27 mph with gusts to 28 mph on the 12th. In 1992... an upslope snowstorm whitened Metro Denver. While snowfall totaled only 4.1 inches at Stapleton International Airport... 7 inches of new snow fell in Morrison... with 12 inches measured in Castle Rock. North winds gusted to 23 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 13th. In 1995... strong winds gusting to nearly 100 mph whipped across the foothills west of Denver. The strongest wind gusts included 98 mph atop Squaw Mountain and 75 mph at the Eldora ski area. West-northwest winds gusted to 41 mph at Denver International Airport on the 13th. 12-15 in 1921... downslope Chinook winds produced warm temperatures in the city... which resulted in 4 temperature records. High temperatures of 72 degrees on the 13th and 68 degrees on the 15th were record maximums for the dates. Low temperatures of 47 degrees on both the 12th and 13th were record high minimums for the dates. West winds were sustained to 38 mph on the 12th and to 25 mph on the 13th. 13 in 1955... strong winds raked the foothills. A wind gust to 72 mph was recorded at Rocky Flats northwest of Denver. Some damage occurred in Boulder. Northwest winds were sustained to speeds of 23 mph at Stapleton Airport. In 1988... high winds again occurred in Boulder where winds were clocked to 66 mph. West winds gusted to 43 mph at Stapleton International Airport. 13-14 in 1902... heavy snowfall totaled 6.4 inches in the city overnight. North winds were sustained to 18 mph with gusts to 20 mph on the 13th. In 1925... heavy apparent Post-frontal snowfall totaled 7.8 inches across downtown Denver. Northwest winds were sustained to 34 mph with gusts to 42 on the 13th... and north winds were sustained to 33 mph with gusts to 38 mph on the 14th. In 1951... heavy snowfall totaled 5.9 inches at Stapleton Airport. In 1987... a snowstorm dropped 2 to 8 inches of snow along the Front Range foothills. Eight to 12 inches fell just south of Denver. Icy streets and highways contributed to many traffic accidents across Metro Denver and flights were delayed at Stapleton International Airport where 2.7 inches of snow fell and northeast winds gusted to 17 mph. In 1991... high winds pummeled Metro Denver. Wind gusts to 93 mph were recorded at Rollinsville. Wind speeds across Metro Denver were generally 35 to 50 mph. Northwest winds gusted to 48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 13th.
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