Statement as of 2:59 AM MDT on August 19, 2017
Expires 7:00 PM EDT on August 19, 2017
... Today in Metro Denver weather history...
16-19 in 1979... heavy thunderstorm rains on each of 4 consecutive
days dumped a total of 2.62 inches of rain on Stapleton
International Airport. The heaviest rain... 1.05 inches...
on the 19th was accompanied by 1/4 inch diameter hail.
18-19 in 1875... nearly 0.75 inch of rainfall in the city overnight...
possibly assisted by heavier rainfall upstream... produced a
decided and rapid rise in Cherry Creek... which washed out
some bridges. Other small creeks and streams were filled
19 in 1983... heavy rain fell across the northern Metro Denver
suburbs with 1.50 to 1.80 inches of rain in Broomfield...
Arvada... and Thornton.
In 1989... lightning killed a 31-year-old man and injured his
10 year old nephew when it hit a tree they were walking
under in the foothills about 5 miles west of Boulder. The
boy received mouth to mouth resuscitation on the scene and
recovered after being hospitalized overnight. Three other
people were knocked to the ground by the Bolt... but were
In 1990... 3/4 inch diameter hail was reported in Wheat Ridge.
A thunderstorm over west Denver dumped an inch of rain in
20 minutes... causing minor street flooding. One inch
diameter hail was reported over east Denver. Ping pong to
Golf Ball size hail was reported 14 miles northeast of
Denver at the intersection of 122nd Ave. And Brighton Blvd.
The hail stones knocked out windows and did an unspecified
amount of damage to the roof of a house. Close by... heavy
thunderstorm rains caused gullies... irrigation ditches... and
small streams to overflow their banks near the intersection
of 120th Avenue and Riverdale Road. Flood waters 1 to 2
feet deep covered the river bottom land along the South
Platte river. However... no structures were threatened by
the flood waters.
In 1999... heavy rain... up to 5 inches in two hours... caused
east Tollgate creek to jump its banks. The bike path
adjacent to the creek was underwater at several locations.
Several underpasses were also flooded... halting traffic.
In addition... an unfinished playground at a local Elementary
School was completely flooded. Lightning struck a vehicle
at east Evans Avenue and tower Road. The woman inside the
vehicle was not injured.
19-30 in 1875... grasshoppers appeared in great numbers at 10:00 am
on the 19th. Thousands landed on the ground. The streets
were literally covered with them. Swarms of grasshoppers
were seen on each day. All gardens in the city were
devastated... and in the Countryside the grasshoppers were
very destructive to ripened grain. On the 30th the
grasshoppers were so numerous as to almost darken the sun.