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Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on May 01, 2016

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

29-2 in 1954... a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
        Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow... 7.5 inches... fell on
        the 29th and 30th. The maximum snow depth on the ground
        was 5 inches on the 30th due to melting. No strong winds
        accompanied the storm.
30-1 in 1980... to the west of Denver... heavy rain changing to snow
        buried the foothills above 7 thousand feet in 4 to 8 inches
        of snow. Precipitation in the foothills ranged from 1 to 3
        inches... which caused some local flooding. Rain fell at
        lower elevations. Rainfall at Stapleton International
        Airport totaled 1.05 inches from the storm.
1 in 1902... northwest winds were sustained to 68 mph with
        gusts as high as 74 mph in the city during the early
        morning. The apparent very strong Chinook winds warmed
        the temperature to a high of 78 degrees.
      In 1912... south winds were sustained to 42 mph with gusts
        as high as 58 mph. South to southwest winds were strong
        all afternoon.
      In 1935... a moderate duststorm blew into the city at around
        2:00 PM on northwest winds sustained to 17 mph with gusts
        to 19 mph. Later in the afternoon... the dust receded to
        the east in advance of a rainstorm from the west.
      In 1988... very strong winds behind a vigorous cold front
        produced a blinding dust storm that closed I-70 east of
        Denver. Northeast winds over Metro Denver peaked to 45
        mph at Stapleton International Airport... but only kicked
        up some blowing dust. The temperature plunged from a
        high of 76 degrees at midday to 36 degrees at midnight as
        light rain changed to light snow.
      In 1991... 3/4 inch diameter hail fell at Standley Lake in
        northwest Metro Denver.
      In 1999... heavy snow developed in the foothills above
        7 thousand feet elevation. Snow totals included:
        10 inches at Rollinsville... 7 inches near Conifer... and
        6 inches atop Crow Hill. Rain fell across Metro Denver.
1-2 in 1903... Post-frontal rain changed to light snow overnight...
        but totaled only 2.0 inches. This was the last snow of
        the season. Northeast winds were sustained to 45 mph
        with gusts to 48 mph on the 1st.
1-5 in 1898... snowfall totaled 15.5 inches in downtown Denver.
        Most of the snow... 6.2 inches... fell on the 3rd. Most of
        the snow melted as it fell. The greatest snow depth on
        the ground was only 2.5 inches on the 3rd at 8:00 PM.
        This was the only snowfall during the month. Northeast
        winds were sustained to 22 mph on the 1st.

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