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Statement as of 2:59 AM MST on November 27, 2014


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

25-27 in 1978... heavy snowfall of 6.0 inches was measured at
        Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
        to 20 mph. Most of the snow... 4.8 inches... fell on the 25th.
        The greatest amount of snow measured on the ground was
        5 inches due to settling and melting.
25-28 in 1952... the average coldest 4-day period in November in the
        previous 81 years of record occurred. Maximum temperatures
        of 19... 15... 21... and 25 degrees were recorded. Minimum
        temperatures were below zero each day with readings of
        7 below... 6 below... 5 below... and 6 below.
25-29 in 1985... dense fog with visibilities as low as 1/8 mile
        occurred on five consecutive days at Stapleton International
        Airport. The fog was at times accompanied by light snow...
        light freezing drizzle... or ice crystals. Fog occurred all
        day on both the 26th and 29th.
26-27 in 1876... heavy snowfall totaled 9.0 inches over the city
        from 5:00 PM on the 26th through 5:00 p.M. On the 27th.
        Precipitation was 0.30 inch on the 25th and 0.60 inch
        on the 27th.
      In 1919... an incursion of cold Arctic air produced snowfall
        of 4.6 inches over downtown Denver. Temperatures dipped
        to 5 degrees below zero on the evening of the 26th and
        recovered to a high of only 1 degree below zero on the
        27th... the all-time record low maximum for the month of
        November and the record for the date. Northwest winds
        were sustained to 25 mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 26th.
      In 1923... snowfall of 2.0 inches was the only snow of the
        month. North winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 26th.
      In 1972... heavy snowfall totaled 7.5 inches at Stapleton
        International Airport where north winds gusted to only
        18 mph on the 27th.
      In 1983... a Thanksgiving blizzard dumped 21.5 inches of
        snowfall in 37 hours with a maximum of 18 inches on the
        ground at Stapleton International Airport. The storm
        produced howling winds... which paralyzed Thanksgiving
        weekend transportation across all of eastern Colorado.
        On the 27th... Stapleton International Airport closed...
        opening 24 hours later. Interstate highways were closed
        in all directions... but west... from Denver. At Stapleton
        International Airport... north winds gusted to 36 mph on the
        26th and to 29 mph on the 27th. However... most wind speeds
        across Metro Denver were 15 to 30 mph. Temperatures
        hovered in the teens and lower 20's. Many stores and
        businesses closed. Several High School football games
        were postponed. Across Metro Denver... snow depth varied
        from 15 inches in Commerce City to 28 inches near
        Chatfield Reservoir. Snow removal in Denver was
        estimated at 1.5 million dollars. Following the storm...
        an inch or more of snow remained on the ground for 63
        consecutive days through January 27... 1984. This is the
        longest period of continuous snow cover ever recorded in
        Denver.
      In 1990... an early winter storm deposited 2 to 8 inches of
        wet snow across Metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 3.4 inches
        at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
        gusted to 30 mph on the 26th.
      In 1993... strong winds swept off the foothills across Metro
        Denver. Sustained winds of 30 to 50 mph were common across
        the area. Wind gusts to 67 mph were recorded atop Squaw
        Mountain near Idaho Springs. West winds gusted to 36 mph
        at Stapleton International Airport on the 26th. The strong
        winds produced some blowing snow... reducing the visibility
        to less than one mile at times.
      In 1995... snowfall totaled 3.7 inches at the former Stapleton
        International Airport site. The foothills west of Denver
        received 4 to 7 inches of snow. North-northeast winds
        gusted to 34 mph at Denver International Airport on the
        26th.
27 in 1965... strong winds buffeted Boulder... causing 11 thousand
        dollars in damage. Wind gusts to 75 mph were recorded
        downtown. West winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 1994... winds gusted to 87 mph atop Squaw Mountain... 5 miles
        south of Idaho Springs... and to 84 mph on Fritz Peak near
        Rollinsville in the foothills southwest of Boulder.
        Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport.


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