Washington County Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

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Statement as of 2:59 am MDT on August 27, 2014

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

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. 26-27 in 1980...two heavy thunderstorms hit Arvada and Westminster... dumping up to 1.50 inches of rain in less than an hour. At least two streets were washed out and a number of homes and cars were damaged when a creek flooded. Three homes in Arvada sustained minor lightning damage. 27 in 1910...a thunderstorm produced south winds sustained to 40 mph. In 1961...strong thunderstorm winds and heavy rain occurred at 79th and federal Blvd. In Westminster. The strong winds blew the roofs off lumber sheds onto parked cars. In 1967...a Young woman was killed by lightning while horseback riding in the suburbs just west of Denver. Her horse died several hours after the incident. A Young man and another Young woman were also knocked from their horses by the impact of the lightning and required hospitalization. In 1991...heavy thunderstorm rainfall totaled 0.91 inch at Stapleton International Airport...where 1/4 inch diameter hail was measured. In 1996...localized street flooding occurred in The Fort Lupton area when 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes. The roof of a Community College began leaking...which caused damage to ceiling tiles. The roof was under repair from hail damage which had occurred earlier in the Summer. A weak tornado (f0) was sighted near Fort Lupton. No damage was reported. In 1999...a slow moving thunderstorm dumped 5 inches of rain in 2 hours near Dacono. A severe thunderstorm produced 3/4 inch diameter hail in Castle Rock. In 2002...severe thunderstorms spread large hail over Metro Denver. Hail as large as 2 inches in diameter fell in Jefferson County 5 to 11 miles northwest of Golden. Other large hail reports included: 1 1/2 inches near Golden and in lakewood; 1 1/4 inches in nederland; 1 inch hail near Elizabeth...Louviers...Rollinsville...and blackhawk; 7/8 inch hail near Acequia in Douglas County. A thunderstorm produced a trace of rain and a microburst wind gust to 52 mph at Denver International Airport. In 2003...lightning struck a house and sparked a fire in Arvada. Damage to the roof and ceiling was extensive. In 2005...lightning struck an unoccupied home in Parker. The resulting fire damaged the roof...attic...and second floor bedroom. Damage was estimated at 15 thousand dollars. 27-28 in 2004...a brief chilly spell resulted in three temperature records. The high temperature of 55 degrees on the 27th was a record low maximum for the date. The low temperature of 48 degrees on the 27th equaled the record minimum for the date. The low temperature of 42 degrees on the 28th was a record minimum for the date.

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