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Statement as of 2:59 am MDT on September 16, 2014
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
15-17 in 2000... unusually hot weather for so late in the season occurred when temperatures climbed into the 90's setting daily record maximum temperatures on each of the 3 days. The high temperature was 92 degrees on the 15th and 95 degrees on both the 16th and 17th. 15-19 in 1906... rain on 5 consecutive days totaled 1.61 inches. A thunderstorm occurred on the 17th. High temperatures ranged from 48 degrees on the 16th to 65 degrees on the 15th. Low temperatures were in the lower to mid 40's. 16 in 1874... a blast of west winds caused minor injuries during working hours in Boulder. In Denver... the winds veered suddenly from the southwest to the northwest around noon and increased to a maximum sustained speed of 49 mph behind an apparent cold front. The winds remained strong and backed to the west for the remainder of the afternoon. In 2000... the record high temperature of 95 degrees at Denver International Airport established or equaled 3 different record extremes: the high temperature broke the previous record high for the day of 92 degrees set over a century ago in 1895; it marked the warmest that it has been so late in september; it also marked the 60th day during the warm season that the temperature had reached 90 degrees or more... equaling the record first set on September 29... 1994. In 2006... strong bora winds behind a Pacific cold front raked the eastern slopes of the mountains and Metro Denver during the afternoon. Northwest winds were sustained to 40 mph with gusts as high as 54 mph at Denver International Airport. In 2007... a severe thunderstorm produced a peak wind gust of 67 mph... about one mile east of Bennett. At Denver International Airport... a peak wind gust of 48 mph was observed. 16-19 in 1971... a record breaking early fall snow storm caused extensive damage to trees and utility lines. The heavy wet snow occurred with little wind... but caused record breaking cold temperatures for so early in the season. Snowfall totaled 15.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport with most of the snowfall... 12.0 inches... occurring on the 17th. This was the heaviest first snow of the season. The maximum snow depth on the ground was 13 inches. Record low temperatures were set on three consecutive days: 31 degrees on the 17th... 23 degrees on the 18th... and 20 degrees on the 19th... which was also a new all-time record minimum for the month at that time. Record low maximum temperatures were set on 4 consecutive days: 48 degrees on the 16th... 35 degrees on the 17th... 40 degrees on the 18th... and 42 degrees on the 19th.
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