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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on October 23, 2014
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
18-23 in 2003... an extended warm spell resulted in 5 new temperature
records. The high temperature of 84 degrees on the 18th
equaled the record high for the date. High temperatures
of 86 degrees on the 19th... 83 degrees on the 21st... and 84
degrees on the 22nd were record highs for the dates. Low
temperature of 49 degrees on the 23rd was a record high
minimum for the date. Low temperatures during the period
were in the 40's and lower 50's.
19-23 in 1906... heavy snowfall totaled 22.7 inches in the city over
the 5 days. Rain changed to snow on the evening of the
19th... and snow continued through the late afternoon of the
23rd. The heaviest amount of snowfall... 16.0 inches... fell
from 8:00 PM on the 20th to 8:00 PM on the 22nd. The most
snow on the ground was 13.3 inches on the evening of the
23rd. This was the first snow of the season and the only
snow of the month. Winds during the storm were from the
north at sustained speeds of 20 to 30 mph each day.
Temperatures during the storm were generally in the 20's.
22-23 in 1914... Post-frontal rain changed to snow. Precipitation
totaled 2.72 inches... most of which was in the form of
moist snow which melted as it fell in the business
section of the city. About 3 inches of snow was measured
on lawns in the residential areas on the morning of the
24th. Official snowfall totaled only 0.4 inch downtown...
but an estimated 8.0 inches of snow melted as it fell.
North to northeast winds were sustained to 29 mph with
gusts to 30 mph on both days.
In 1975... a vigorous cold front moving across Metro Denver
followed by strong northeast winds gusting to 52 mph
produced billows of blowing dust and plunged the
temperature 21 degrees in an hour. The surface
visibility was reduced to 1/4 mile in blowing dust at
Stapleton International Airport. The temperature cooled
from a daily record high of 81 degrees to a low of 38
degrees by day's end. The first snowfall of the season
totaled 2.7 inches on the 23rd. This was the only
measurable snow of the month at Stapleton International
In 1995... heavy snow fell on the Palmer Ridge south of Denver
and in the foothills west of Denver where snow amounts
ranged from 4 to 8 inches. Sedalia... south of Denver...
received 8 inches of snow. Winds strengthened on the
plains and produced blizzard conditions... reducing surface
visibilities to less than 1/4 mile. I-70 was closed
from just east of Denver at gun club Road to the Kansas
border. Ten inches of snow fell at Strasburg east of
Denver where north winds at sustained speeds of 35 to
45 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph produced 2 to 4 foot
drifts. Snowfall totaled only 2.2 inches at the site of
the former Stapleton International Airport. North winds
gusted to 51 mph at Denver International Airport.
23 in 1876... skies were fair... but winds were sustained to
In 1942... a major storm dumped 10.2 inches of snow over
downtown Denver. Post-frontal northeast winds were
sustained to only 13 mph.
In 1955... the first snowfall of the season and the only
measurable snow of the month dumped 4.1 inches of snow
on Stapleton Airport. This was the single heaviest
October snowfall in 13 years since 1942. The storm
also brought the first sub-freezing temperatures of the
season when the temperature dipped to a low of 25 degrees.
In 1956... southwest winds gusted to 53 mph and produced some
blowing dust at Stapleton Airport.
In 1967... a northwest wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at
Stapleton International Airport. In downtown Boulder...
winds were sustained at 20 mph with gusts in excess of
In 1981... strong winds occurred in the foothills. Wind gusts
to 70 mph were reported at Wondervu.
23-24 in 1887... the first measurable snowfall of the season totaled
3.1 inches. North winds to 20 mph were recorded on the
23rd. This was the only measurable snow of the month.
In 1932... Post-frontal snowfall from the late evening of the
23rd continued through the late afternoon of the 24th and
totaled 6.2 inches. Southeast winds were sustained to 25
mph with gusts to 26 mph on the 23rd. Temperatures cooled
from a high of 68 degrees on the 23rd to a low of 25
degrees on the 24th... the coldest reading of the month that
year. Many trees that had not shed their leaves became
heavily laden by the wet snow. Many branches were broken...
and a few trees toppled under the weight of the snow. The
landscape became one of rare beauty.
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