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Statement as of 6:45 PM MST on November 28, 2015

... This week in Metro Denver weather history...

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.
28-29 in 1908... heavy snowfall overnight and for most of the day
        on the 29th totaled 12.5 inches. Precipitation was
        1.09 inches. Northwest winds were sustained to 26 mph
        on the 29th.
      In 1928... a major storm dumped 15.5 inches of snowfall on
        downtown Denver. North winds were sustained to 18 mph
        with gusts to 19 mph on the 28th.
      In 1992... an upper level storm system moved across Metro
        Denver... but left only a dusting of snow. Snowfall totaled
        only 1.6 inches at Stapleton International Airport where
        north winds gusted to 25 mph. Other snow amounts included:
        8 inches at Conifer... 6 inches at Lake Eldora... 3 inches at
        Rollinsville and in southeast Denver.
      In 1997... a storm system tracking across northern New Mexico
        produced strong north to northeast upslope flow against
        the eastern slopes of the Front Range and Palmer Ridge.
        Snowfall totals in Jefferson County included: 14 inches
        near deckers; 12 inches at Castle Rock and sedalia; 10
        inches near Conifer... 11 miles southwest of Morrison... and
        at Buffalo Creek. Elsewhere... snow accumulations were less.
        Snowfall totaled only 0.7 inch at the site of the former
        Stapleton International Airport on the 27th and 28th.
      In 2004... heavy snow fell in the foothills and across Metro
        Denver. In the foothills... snowfall totals included: 13
        inches at Roxborough State Park and Eldorado Springs...
        11.5 inches near Conifer... 11.0 inches near Nederland... and
        10 inches near Indian HIlls. Across Metro Denver snowfall
        totaled 14 inches near Sedalia... 9 inches near Louisville...
        8 inches at Ralston Reservoir... and 5.1 inches in the
        Stapleton area of Denver. Northeast winds gusted to 28
        mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.
      In 2006... a slow moving storm system brough heavy snow to
        the mountains and to the eastern foothills where snowfall
        ranged from 8 to 18 inches. Some of the more impressive
        snow totals included: 18 inches at Genesee... 17.5 inches
        near Boulder... 17 inches at Aspen Springs... 16.5 inches 10
        miles northwest of Golden... 15 inches at Eldorado Springs...
        14.5 inches in Idaho Springs and near Jamestown... 12 inches
        in Grant and near Indian HIlls... 11.5 inches near Blackhawk...
        11 inches at Gross Reservoir and Eldora... and 10.5 inches
        in Conifer. Across Metro Denver... storm total snowfall
        generally ranged from 5 to 9 inches with the heaviest
        amounts near the foothills in Boulder and Jefferson
        counties. The most impressive totals included: 15.5
        inches at ken caryl... 12 inches in Boulder... 7.5 inches near
        Morrison... and 7 inches near both Chatfield and Ralston
        reservoirs. Snowfall totaled only 4.2 inches in the Denver
        Stapleton area. Northeast winds gusted to 31 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 28th.
28-30 in 1991... a winter storm dumped heavy snow in the foothills
        and near the Palmer Divide with 10 inches recorded at
        Conifer and Golden Gate Canyon... 12 inches in Morrison...
        6 inches at Castle Rock and Parker. Only 3.4 inches of
        snow fell at Stapleton International Airport where north
        winds gusting to 35 mph on the 29th... produced some blowing
        snow. Some light freezing drizzle also fell on the 28th
        and 29th.
29 in 1877... the all-time lowest recorded minimum temperature
        in the month of November... 18 degrees below zero... occurred.
        The high temperature for the day was 16 degrees.
      In 1899... northwest winds were sustained to 51 mph with gusts
        as high as 60 mph. The Chinook winds warmed the temperature
        to a maximum of 74 degrees... a record high for the date and
        the warmest of the month that year. The minimum temperature
        was only 39 degrees.
      In 1927... Post-frontal rain changed to snow and totaled
        5.8 inches over downtown Denver. Northeast winds were
        sustained to 22 mph.
      In 1977... 85 mph winds were reported at Wondervu in the
        foothills southwest of Boulder. Northwest winds gusted
        to 39 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1980 strong Chinook winds reached 85 mph in Boulder...
        blowing traffic signals and street lights down. Some
        windows were shattered by the wind. West winds gusted
        to 37 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1994... high winds blew across the Front Range eastern
        foothills. Wind gusts to 92 mph occurred atop Squaw
        Mountain... 5 miles south of Idaho Springs... and to 82 mph on
        Fritz Peak near Rollinsville in the foothills southwest
        of Boulder. A wind gust to 75 mph was recorded at
        Jefferson County Airport near Broomfield. Northwest winds
        gusted to only 35 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
        No damage was reported.
29-30 in 2008... a storm system produced locally heavy bands of snow
        across Douglas... Elbert and eastern Jefferson counties.
        Northerly winds gusting to 50 mph caused snow drifts
        to pile up to 2 feet in depth. Storm totals included: 12
        inches just southwest of Kassler... 11.5 inches... 6.5 miles
        southwest of Castle rock; 11 inches... 8.4 miles southeast of
        Aurora and 9 miles west of littleton; 10 inches at Louviers...
        8 inches... 2 miles west-southwest of Highlands Ranch and 5
        miles south-southeast of Sedalia... and 7.5 inches... 14 miles
        west-southwest of Agate and at Castle pines. At Denver
        International Airport... 2 inches of snow was observed.
        North winds gusted to 46 mph on the 30th.
30 in 1899... west winds were sustained to 45 mph with gusts as
        high as 48 mph.
      In 1903... west winds sustained to 44 mph with gusts to
        54 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 57 degrees.
      In 1981... strong winds blasted the foothills. In Wondervu...
        winds were clocked to 81 mph with many other locations
        in the foothills reporting over 60 mph. Northwest winds
        gusted to 28 mph at Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1986... the worst snow storm of the season dumped from 5.0
        inches of snow at Stapleton International Airport to 14
        inches over the higher southwestern suburbs. On the Sunday
        after Thanksgiving... one of the busiest travel days of the
        year at Stapleton International Airport... two of the four
        runways were closed and flights were delayed up to four
        hours. Near-blizzard conditions prevailed on the plains
        east of Denver... closing both I-70 and I-76 for a time.
        North wind gusts to 36 mph were recorded at Stapleton
        International Airport.
      In 2000... strong winds raked Metro Denver. In Thornton... a
        construction worker was critically injured when the
        scaffolding on which he was standing collapsed... throwing
        him 25 feet to the ground. West winds gusted to 54 mph
        at Denver International Airport.
30-1 in 1929... heavy snow blanketed the city. Snowfall totaled
        9.8 inches downtown. North winds were sustained to 32
        mph with gusts to 37 mph on the 30th.
     In 1970... high winds blasted Boulder and the eastern plains.
        In Boulder... a wind gust to 112 mph was recorded at the
        National center for atmospheric research with a gust to
        96 mph at the National Bureau of standards. In downtown
        Boulder... wind gusts reached 76 mph. At Stapleton
        International Airport... winds gusted to 47 mph. The high
        winds caused widespread light to moderate property damage
        across most of Metro Denver. Roofs... signs... trees... power
        lines... and other property were damaged. Blowing dust
        reduced visibility to near zero over most of eastern
        Colorado. Several Mobile homes... campers... and semi-
        trailers were blown off the highways north of Denver.
      In 1985... an intrusion of cold Arctic air into Metro Denver
        resulted in setting 3 temperature records. The temperature
        climbed to only 17 degrees on the 30th... setting a record low
        maximum for the date. On the 1st... the temperature plunged
        to 6 degrees below zero... setting a record low for the date...
        and warmed to only 7 degrees... setting a record low maximum
        for the date.
30-2 in 1975... very strong Chinook winds up to 100 mph caused
        damage to homes... aircraft... aircraft hangars... Mobile homes...
        cars... and power lines along the eastern foothills. Strong
        northwest winds gusted to 39 mph at Stapleton International
        Airport on both the 30th and the 1st.
1 in 1899... northwest Chinook winds were sustained to 47 mph
        with gusts to 60 mph. The strong Chinook winds warmed
        the temperature to a high of 61 degrees... the warmest
        of the month. The low temperature dipped to only 39
      In 1972... strong Chinook winds gusted in excess of 65 mph in
         Boulder. There were no reports of damage. Northwest
         winds gusted to 38 mph at Stapleton International
      In 1992... strong winds continued through the early morning
        hours. Wind gusts to over 70 mph were measured at
        reporting sites in the foothills west of Denver. In west
        Boulder... wind gusts reached 71 mph with 77 mph measured at
        Rollinsville. At Stapleton International Airport northwest
        winds gusted to 39 mph. The Walker ranch... an historic site
        west of Boulder... burned down overnight during the high wind
        event. Although the winds did not cause the fire... they did
        hamper efforts to extinguish the blaze.
      In 1996... high winds howled in and near the Front Range
        foothills. Winds gusted to 105 mph at Wondervu southwest
        of Boulder and to 70 mph at Jefferson County Airport near
        Broomfield. West winds gusted to only 24 mph at Denver
        International Airport.
1-2 in 1933... apparent Post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 8.0
        inches across downtown Denver. North winds were sustained
        to 17 mph with an extreme velocity to 18 mph on the 1st.
      In 1981 strong winds gusted to over 70 mph along the
        foothills. A peak gust to 100 mph was recorded at
        Wondervu. A gust to 94 mph was recorded just west of
        Boulder. Roofs on houses were damaged in the Evergreen
        area... and some Mobile homes also were damaged. At
        Stapleton International Airport... northwest winds gusted
        44 mph on the 1st and 37 mph on the 2nd.
1-5 in 1913... the 1st marked the start of the heaviest 5-day
        total snowfall in the city's history. During this period
        snowfall totaled 45.7 inches. Starting on the 1st... snow
        fell intermittently for 3 days and accumulated a little
        over 8 inches. On the 4th and 5th... an additional 37.4
        inches of snow fell. At Georgetown in the foothills west
        of Denver even more snow fell... 86 inches over the 5 days
        with the most... 63 inches... on the 4th. In Colorado... snowfall
        was heavy along the eastern slopes of the mountains from the
        Palmer Divide north. High winds during the storm caused
        heavy drifting... which blocked all transportation. Snow
        cover of an inch or more from the storm persisted for
        60 consecutive days from the 1st through January 29... 1914.
        Additional snowfall in December and January prolonged the
        number of days. This is the third longest period of snow
        cover on record in the city.
2 in 1893... northwest winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts
        to 46 mph. Snowfall was only 1.4 inches in the city.
      In 1895... 0.01 inch of melted snow from 0.7 inch of snowfall
        was the only measurable precipitation of the month in
        downtown Denver... ranking the month the 3rd driest December
        on record.
      In 1899... Post-frontal northeast winds sustained to 44 mph
        with gusts to 59 mph caused the temperature to plunge
        from a high of 55 degrees to a low of 15 degrees.
        Snowfall was only 1.0 inch.
      In 1902... apparent Post-frontal northwest winds were sustained
        to 45 mph with gusts to 53 mph. A trace of snow fell.
      In 1905... only a trace of snow fell in downtown Denver.
        This was the only snow and precipitation for the month...
        ranking the month the second driest and the second least
        snowiest December on record.
      In 1921... snowfall was 5.5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Northwest winds were sustained to 24 mph with an
        extreme velocity of 25 mph.
      In 1951... a vigorous Pacific cold front produced a northwest
        wind gust to 51 mph at Stapleton Airport where brief
        blowing dust was observed.
      In 1957... a strong Pacific cold front produced northwest wind
        gusts to 54 mph at Stapleton Airport where the surface
        visibility was briefly reduced to 1 1/2 miles in blowing
      In 1977... high winds in Boulder lifted a warehouse from its
        foundation and ripped it apart. Wind gusts from 60 to 103
        mph toppled and injured a man while walking. Winds were
        clocked to 104 mph at Nederland... 100 mph at Morrison... and
        62 mph at Rocky Flats. Northwest winds gusted to 41 mph at
        Stapleton International Airport.
      In 1996... for the second day in a row high winds ripped the
        Front Range foothills. Winds gusted to 81 mph in Golden
        Gate Canyon. West-northwest winds gusted to 37 mph at
        Denver International Airport.
      In 2013... high winds developed ahead of an approaching storm
        system. The strong winds downed several trees around
        Evergreen. Peak wind gusts included: 79 mph... 4 miles
        west-southwest of Eldorado springs; 78 mph... 3 miles south
        of evergreen; 75 mph and the ncar Mesa lab; and 69 mph in
2-3 in 1955... snowfall totaled only 2.9 inches at Stapleton
        Airport. This was the only measurable snowfall of the
      In 1973... Post-frontal heavy snowfall totaled 7.6 inches at
        Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds
        gusting to 37 mph caused some blowing snow.
      In 1990... strong downslope winds raked the eastern foothills
        and most of Metro Denver. A wind gust to 87 mph was
        recorded at Rollinsville with wind gusts to 58 mph in
        Arvada and 55 mph in Lakewood. West winds gusted to
        48 mph at Stapleton International Airport on the 2nd.
      In 1997... heavy snow fell in the foothills. Conifer
        received 10 inches of new snow. Snowfall totaled
        only 2.4 inches at the site of the former Stapleton
        International Airport on the 1st... 2nd... and 3rd. North
        winds gusted to 24 mph at Denver International Airport
        on the 2nd.
2-4 in 1909... Post-frontal snowfall totaled 6.1 inches in
        downtown Denver. Most of the snow... 5.9 inches... fell
        between 6:00 PM on the 2nd and 6:00 PM on the 3rd.
        North winds were sustained to 18 mph on both the 2nd
        and 3rd.
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 in 1977... high winds continued in Boulder and were clocked
        from 74 to 90 mph... causing only minor damage. Northwest
        winds gusted to 33 mph at Stapleton International Airport
        where the strong Chinook winds warmed the temperature to
        a high of 63 degrees.
      In 1985... wind gusts to 78 mph were clocked at Table Mesa in
        Boulder. Winds gusted to 70 mph at Echo Lake west of
      In 2011... another round of snow developed in and near the
        Front Range foothills. The heaviest snowfall occurred in
        the foothills of Boulder and northern Jefferson counties.
        Storm totals included: 13 inches... 7 miles southwest of
        boulder; 10.5 inches... 4 miles east-northeast of nederland;
        10 inches at genesee; 9.5 inches... 4 miles west-northwest
        of boulder; 9 inches at Gross Reservoir and 4 miles east
        of Pinecliffe. Around the urban corridor... storm totals
        ranged from 3 to 8 inches... heaviest in and around Boulder.
        At Denver International Airport... 3 inches of snow fell.
3-4 in 1968... strong Chinook winds in Boulder gusting to 52 mph
        downtown caused 7 thousand dollars in damage. Flying
        debris damaged cars... houses... and other property in Boulder.
        West winds gusted to 49 mph late on the 3rd and to 45 mph
        on the 4th at Stapleton International Airport where the
        temperature climbed to a high of 60 degrees on the 4th.
      In 1970... strong winds whistled through Boulder. Sustained
        winds of 40 mph with gusts to 70 mph were recorded at the
        National Bureau of standards in Boulder. Wind gusts to 50
        mph occurred in downtown Denver. No damage was reported.
        On the 3rd... northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
        International Airport where the Chinook winds warmed the
        temperature to a high of 66 degrees on the 4th.
      In 1999... heavy snow fell over the foothills and Metro Denver.
        The heaviest snowfall occurred in the foothills south of
        I-70 and near the Palmer Divide. Snowfall totals included:
        25 inches near tiny town; 18 inches at conifer; 15 inches
        near evergreen; 14 inches at chief hosa... 8 miles west of
        Castle Rock... and near blackhawk; 12 inches at Pine Junction
        and 8 miles south of sedalia; 11 inches atop Floyd hill and
        in roxborough; and 10 inches at Castle Rock. Around Metro
        Denver... snowfall totals included: 10 inches at Highlands
        Ranch... 9 inches at Parker... and 8 inches in Aurora and
        Wheat Ridge. Elsewhere around the Metro area... snowfall
        generally ranged from 3 to 5 inches. Only 3.2 inches of
        snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International
        Airport. North winds gusted to 32 mph at Denver
        International Airport on the 3rd.
      In 2007... high winds developed in and near the Front Range
        foothills. Peak wind reports included: 88 mph atop Niwot
        ridge; 87 mph atop mines peak; 80 mph... 3 miles southeast of
        jamestown; 78 mph at longmont; 74 mph at Table Mesa. A
        few power outages occurred in Longmont as broken branches
        downed power lines. Northwest winds gusted to 38 mph at
        Denver International Airport on the 4th.
      In 2013... a storm system brought heavy snow to parts of the
        Front Range foothills. Storm totals included: 12 inches...
        7 miles west-southwest of evergreen; 10.5 inches... 3 miles
        north of bailey; 9.5 inches... 3 miles west of Jamestown and
        5 miles northeast of ward; 9 inches in Bailey... 8.5 inches...
        3 miles north of Conifer.
3-15 in 1972... a protracted cold spell held an icy grip on Metro
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