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Powerful winds pound Denver, Front Range

9:20 PM, Jan 7, 2009   |    comments
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Wednesday's windstorm knocked down power lines creating wildfires in Boulder County.  It has also knocked down trees in Arvada and created dust storms in northern Westminster.

Near Fort Collins at South Taft Hill Road three electric poles were blown over near the Larimer County Landfill causing a small grass fire.  The fire was quickly extinguished.

For locations east of Highway 93, west of the Denver area and east of Highway 36 north of Broomfield the wind will continue to die down through the night. 

In foothills locations the wind will continue at 20 to 40 mph right through Thursday afternoon.

Some of Wednesday's Wind Gusts:

Audubon Mtn (near Ward)         107 mph

Berthoud, near Carter Lake       103 mph

Berthoud Pass                           101 mph

Evergreen                                   88 mph

7 miles NNW of Berthoud            85 mph

Standley Lake                             81 mph

Rocky Flats                                 81 mph

Nederland                                  79 mph

Fort Collins                                 75 mph

Genesee                                    75 mph

Kenosha Pass                            62 mph

Broomfield                                 60 mph

Conifer                                      57 mph

Crook                                        56 mph

Golden                                      52 mph

Wheat Ridge                             49 mph

Lakewood                                45 mph

Denver                                     43 mph

Greeley                                   40 mph

9NEWS Meterologist Marty Coniglio reports that high wind events in the winter are not uncommon, though we have had a spate of them recently. Ashton Altieri and Marty have been checking weather records and found that on this date in 1969 a huge Front Range windstorm occurred. 

Wind gusts in Boulder reached 140 mph during that storm which killed a man when he was blown from a fire truck.  Several grass fires broke out and over 1 million dollars (1969 dollars) of damage was reported.

Winds even gusted up to 62 mph at Stapleton Airport in east Denver.

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