Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:59 am MDT on May 18, 2013
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
14-18 in 1996... a period of unusually warm weather resulted in
4 record maximum temperatures in 5 days. The record high
temperatures were 87 degrees on the 14th... 89 degrees on
the 15th... and 93 degrees on both the 16th and 18th. The
temperature climbed to only 81 degrees on the 17th which
was not a record.
18 in 1864... heavy rains combined with melting snow to cause much
flooding on north Clear Creek in Blackhawk. Many bridges on
the Road to Denver were washed away by the high water on
In 1893... northwest winds were sustained to 56 mph with an
extreme velocity to 60 mph.
In 1960... large hail to 1 inch in diameter damaged roofs and
cars in Metro Denver. Heavy snow and rain in the foothills
caused rock and landslides... which blocked some highways.
There was widespread minor damage from lightning.
Hail as large as 1 1/8 inch in diameter was measured at
Stapleton Airport where winds gusted to 44 mph.
In 1975... a tornado touched down briefly just south of Buckley
field in Aurora. A few minutes later the same tornado
touched down in open country 8 miles northeast of
Stapleton International Airport. No damage was reported.
In 1985... 3/4 inch hail fell just southeast of Aurora.
In 1988... lightning started a fire at a home in the foothills
west of Boulder... causing 50 thousand dollars in damage.
In 1995... strong thunderstorms rumbled across Metro Denver
dropping mainly pea to Marble size hail. However... hail
stones as large as 1 1/4 inches in diameter fell in Wheat
Ridge and downtown Denver. Hail piled up to 2 inches deep
in Wheat Ridge and northwest Denver.
In 1996... the Buffalo Creek wildfire started and spread
rapidly on strong southwest winds at 20 to 30 mph. Dry
weather conditions contributed to the spread of the fire...
which burned nearly 12 thousand acres and destroyed 12
structures including some houses.
In 2001... a 19-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning
as he was walking along The Shoulder of U.S. Highway 36 in
In 2003... hail to 3/4 inch in diameter was measured at Denver
In 2010... a small tornado touched down near Firestone but did
18-19 in 2011... a severe thunderstorm in Central Adams County
produced large hail and heavy rainfall on the 18th. Large
hail from 1 inch to 1 3/4 inches in diameter... was reported
in Commerce City... 2 miles south-southeast of Federal
Heights... Northglenn... and 2 miles south of Thornton. In
Commerce City... the storm uprooted trees and knocked out
power lines. A carport was lifted off the ground and
struck the power lines overhead. Heavy rain... from 1.0 to
1.5 inches fell in less than 2 hours in Commerce City and
near Brighton. The combination of hail and strong winds
broke windows in Northglenn. In the foothills... moderate to
heavy snow showers developed overnight. Storm totals
included: 10.5 inches at Gold Hill... 9.5 inches... 3 miles
west of jamestown; 9 inches at lake eldora; with 6 inches...
11 miles southwest of Gilpin and 4 miles east-northeast of
Nederland. At Denver International Airport... total rainfall
over the 2-day period totaled 1.71 inches. In addition... a
peak wind gust to 37 mph was recorded on the 18th.
18-20 in 1915... 3.9 inches of snow fell in the city. The estimated
amount of snow that melted as it fell was 6.2 inches which
would have totaled an estimated 10.1 inches of snowfall.
Precipitation totaled 1.03 inches. North winds were
sustained to 32 mph on the 18th. Low temperatures dipped
to 25 degrees on both the 18th and 20th... establishing
record minimums for both dates.
In 1988... prolonged heavy rainfall drenched Metro Denver.
The event began when heavy thunderstorms on the 18th caused
some street flooding and power outages... followed by steady
rain on the 19th and 20th. Rain amounts across Metro
Denver totaled 3 to 4 inches. Rainfall totaled 3.71 inches
at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted
to 39 mph on the 20th. Four to eight inches of snow fell in
the foothills above 7 thousand feet.
There are no active warnings for this location at this time.