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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on August 23, 2014


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

19-30 in 1875... grasshoppers appeared in great numbers at 10:00 am
        on the 19th. Thousands landed on the ground. The streets
        were literally covered with them. Swarms of grasshoppers
        were seen on each day. All gardens in the city were
        devastated... and in the Countryside the grasshoppers were
        very destructive to ripened grain. On the 30th the
        grasshoppers were so numerous as to almost darken the sun.
22-24 in 1987... some locations in Metro Denver had a total 3-day
        rainfall of 2 to 4 inches. Rainfall totaled 0.96 inch
        at Stapleton International Airport.
23 in 1900... northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with
        gusts to 49 mph.
      In 1921... a thunderstorm cloudburst produced 2.20 inches of
        rainfall in an hour over downtown Denver. This is the
        greatest 1 hour rainfall on record at the official
        observing site in the city. Precipitation totaled 2.93
        inches... which is the greatest calendar day precipitation
        ever recorded in August.
      In 1941... one man was killed by lightning about 2 miles from
        the official weather station in downtown Denver.
      In 1962... a home near Boulder was destroyed by a lightning-
        caused fire.
      In 1968... strong winds buffeted Boulder briefly during the
        early morning hours. At the National center for
        atmospheric research... winds averaged 55 mph with gusts to
        85 mph. Damage was minor. Northwest winds gusted to
        31 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1977... lightning damaged at least 6 homes in Aurora.
      In 2008... a landspout touched down near Westcreek in Douglas
        County. One man was seriously injured when he tried to
        escaped several falling trees in his atv. One of the trees
        struck his back and broke two vertebra. Another Camper
        narrowly escaped injury. Seconds after he back up his
        truck... a tree came down where it had been parked.


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