Boulder wind info

Boulder has some of the highest peak winds of any city in the US. Below is a list of significant Boulder area wind events and a table of high wind events per month. Inconsistent reporting may mean that events are missing or that the wind speeds are not accurate.

For more recent events and for more detailed info, see: Severe Weather Database in the US from NCEI. NCEI maintains a link to PDF versions of the severe weather bulletin going furthe back in time.

Fires and Winds

There have been fires associated with strong winds in the Boulder area. See Apr 6-7 1969, Jan 18 2006, Jan 7 2009, Feb 9-10 2017, and Dec 30 2021. The 2006, 2017, and 2021 were grass fires.

Other links of interest

  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  2. Seasonal cycle of Boulder winds
  3. What causes wave clouds

All speeds in MPH unless indicated. Gust is peak gust in Boulder (or very near) unless indicated. Dates with gusts greater or equal to 100 MPH are shaded darker pink. Those 80 and over are lighter pink.


1966

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1966Sep 13-14 unknown 60+ snow,extensive tree damage
1967Jan 15-16 night 125 NCAR (75 city) Chinook

1967

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1967Dec 6-7 8am-noon ~75

1968

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1968Dec 4 midday >50
1968Dec 11-1210pm-11am 50-75

1969

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1969Jan 7-8 evening 130 NCAR freq gusts >100 6-9pm 96 in 25 roofs blown off. heavy damage in Boulder area
1969Mar 19 am 60-70 estimated 80-90
1969Apr 6-7 unknown 50-60 started fires
1969June 25 10am-mid pm 120 Table Mesa (70 Boulder)
1969Dec 20 8:30-10:30p >100 NCAR: 60-70 Boulder and Rocky Flats widespread but moderate damage
1969Dec 21 2130 115NCAR

1970

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1970Jan 24-25 aft to evening next day 122 wind 60-70 light widespread damage along front range
1970Jan 26 0706 109 NCAR
1970Feb 2 3pm to 12am > 100 60 to 100
1970Feb 3 1530,2100 115,102 NCAR
1970Feb 17 0100 90 NCAR
1970Apr 14 45-60 most of state
1970Nov 21 1450 94 Boulder
1970Nov 25 0200 97 NCAR
1970Nov 30 day > 60 80-90 in Boulder area
1970Nov 30 2245 112 NCAR
1970Dec 1 1230 107 NCAR
1970Dec 28 2100 87 NCAR
1970Dec 31 1400 92 NCAR

1971

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1971Jan 23 147 at NCAR ONLY. One wind gust
1971Mar 31 pm 45-65 foothills
1971Mar 6 7-11pm 6969 at 7:30 and 64 at 11

1972

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1972Jan 5day 85
1972Jan 9-10 aft to morn 86 blew many trees down
1972Jan 11-12 morn-morn 97 much damage to cars, buildings, power-lines, etc. in Boulder
1972Jan 22 early aft 71 killed motorcyclist
1972Jan 24 aft 92 at 1:00pm
1972Jan 28 night 90 at 10:45
1972Nov 29-30 50-60 foothills
1972Oct 24 morning 75 recorded at NIST
1972Dec 12 morning > 100 120 in area at 7:30am

1974

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1974Nov 12 > 80 foothills area

1975

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1975Jan 5-6 5-6pm 5th > 75 house and business damage am 6th
1975Jan 18 unknown > 80 much damage along front range
1975Jan 20 unknown > 80 Boulder/Longmont/Denver
1975Apr 27-28 unknown > 85 85 evening 27th Fort Collins, Greeley
1975Jun 25-26 night unknown strong winds
1975Oct 8 unknown > 100 gusts over 60 front range and one over 100 in Boulder
1975Nov 30-Dec 2 unknown > 100 Chinook all along foothills gusts > 100
1976Jan 15 unknown 70-80 Chinook Wyoming to Co springs
1976Feb 7 unknown 90 gusts 46-49 NCAR and 70-90
1976Feb 17-18 unknown 30-60
1976June 14 daytime 82 ERL had 82 at 14:32 87 at Rocky Flats 99 200' above ground widespread damage

1976

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1976Jan 15 unknown 70-80 Chinook Wyoming to Co springs
1976Feb 7 unknown 90 gusts 46-49 NCAR and 70-90
1976Feb 17-18 unknown 30-60
1976June 14 daytime 82 ERL had 82 at 14:32 87 at Rocky Flats 99 200' above ground widespread damage

1977

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1977Nov 22 morning 101 SW Boulder
1977Nov 26 midday 109 winds blew out windows and injured some. 90 Rocky Flats
1977Nov 29 morning ? 85 Wondervu
1977Dec 2 morning 103 60-103 in Boulder
1977Dec 3 all day 90 74-90 gusts in Boulder
1977Dec 6 afternoon 85
1977Dec 7 all day 115 much damage to trailers and cars
1977Dec 22 morning 93 Recorded at Table Mesa
1977Dec 23 morning 90
1977Dec 24 morning 70

1978

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1978Aug 14 1500-1700 101 92-101
1978Nov 28 all day 60-90 foothills
1978Dec 4 afternoon ?150 50-150 Boulder area (unclear where the 150 was)
1978Dec 23-24 all day 90 90 in morning in Boulder 73 in afternoon


1979

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1979Feb 7 aft,eve 99 50-80 common along front range

1981

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1981Feb 8 midday 50
1981Mar 29-31 all day 60-70 foothill canyons

1982

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1982Jan 3-4 all day 85 Table Mesa
1982Jan 14 unknown 104 Chinook
1982Jan 16-17 night-aft 137 at NCAR 2:30am; 20 gusts > ;120 40% of all Boulder buildings damaged. 136 Lyons
1982Jan 23 unknown 60-80
1982Jan 24 unknown 92 (mostly Fort Collins)
1982Mar 9 min 60-90 Chinook
1982Mar 12 unk 90
1982Mar 29-30 all day 90
1982Apr 2 all day 60-80 127 Rocky Flats
1982Apr 12 unk 60 100 Jeffco airport
1982Aug 20 eve 72 Thunderstorm SE Boulder
1982Dec 18-20 midday 75-80 19th 62 evening of 20th

1983

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1983Jan 5-6 unk 60-75
1983Jan 9-10 unk 70-90
1983March 30aft 82 at NCAR 2:30
1983March 31 aft 70
1983July 10 evening 70 thunderstorm
1983Dec 5-8all day 102 on the 6th. Also on 8th, 97 SE Boulder 60-70 in general

1984

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1984Jan 29 0100-0400 71
1984Apr 11 1430-1830 72 Rocky Flats; 70 in Boulder Chinook
1984May 12 evening 69
1984May 31 1843 67 thunderstorm 7 miles E Boulder
1984Nov 28 morning 60-80
1984Dec 22-23 all day 108 Table Mesa 339 am and 1030

1985

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1985Mar 26 1000-1700 76 widespread winds
1985Apr 19 all day 62 Longmont
1985Jun 21 0145 60 Longmont
1985Oct 22 0800-1300 89 eastern Boulder
1985Dec 3 morning 78 Table Mesa at 816
1985Dec 14 0710 61 Table Mesa
1985Dec 25 2051 68 Table Mesa (in snow)

1986

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1986Jan 2 morning 82 Table Mesa (60-80 in Boulder)
1986Jan 4 1000 61 Longmont
1986Jan 18 1605 60
1986Jan 20 1100-2200 ? strong winds N Denver
1986Jan 28 1020 67
1986Feb 15 0000-1500 95500 Boulder Chinook
1986Feb 16-17 all day 89 Table Mesa 2333 Chinook
1986Feb 22 1000-2000 60 Longmont
1986Feb 24 0606 65
1986Mar 9 0000-0800 60-70 N of Colorado Springs to Boulder
1986Apr 2 1730-1900 70 thunderstorm winds
1986Apr 13 1996 0300-1300 79
1986May 4-5 2000-1000 60-75 cold front
1986Sep 24 all day 131 2200 Table Mesa; Davidson Mesa 118; IBM 92, trees down, power out, cars damages
1986Nov 15 evening 81 Table Mesa; Chinook winds 1925

1987

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1987Jan 28-29 all day 99 8 MST NCAR Rocky Flats 99 at night
1987Apr 19 1530-1900 50-70 all along front range from cold front
1987Dec 7 morning 93 NCAR at 8mst; 76mph in Boulder
1987Dec 10 all day 60-75 most of NE Colorado
1987Dec 21 morning 97 NCAR at 1000; 78 Boulder, 85 Table Mesa

1988

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1988Jan 23 morning 105 Table Mesa at 534; 80-90 other areas in Boulder broke many windows and power out
1988Feb 9 ??? 96 just east Boulder; 85 Rocky Flats at 1345; > ;60 many places between 1000 and 1800
1988Feb 15 ? 75 615
1988Feb 21 evening 90 just east Boulder
1988Feb 22 morning 83 0400
1988Mar 25 midday 75 NW out of mountains at 1500
1988May 7 morning 110 Table Mesa 515; 12000 lost power 92 Rocky Flats; 91 Boulder
1988Sep 18 evening 82 in Longmont 1800-2200
1988Oct 17 210 62 east Boulder
1988Dec 12 morning 70 Table Mesa 722; 61 east Boulder
1988Dec 13 unknown 66
1988Dec 22 midnight-1000 95 N Boulder 80 Table Mesa 3-5 72 Boulder at 1800
1989Jan 2 all day 60-70 along foothills

1989

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1989Jan 9 4-11 am 115 Chinook; 115 Boulder airport, 103 S Table Mesa 92 SE Boulder
1989Jan 16 midday-9 80 SW Boulder 2:28 100 Rollinsville
1989Mar 14 morning 105 just east Boulder; 100 N city
1989Nov 6 afternoon 54
1989Nov 7 afternoon 60-70
1989Nov 8-9 afternoon to am ? 95 Rollinsville
1989Nov 24 afternoon 54 13:46

1990

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1990Jan 8 all day 92 in morning; Table Mesa
1990Jan 9 0000-0900 50-70 Longmont and along front range
1990Jan 10 0000-0800 85 Chinook; very high temperatures
1990Jan 29 0000-2100 94 Table Mesa winds 50-90
1990Feb 8 1000-1400 >50
1990Feb 10 0000-0900 93 Rollinsville; mostly higher in foothills
1990June 1 1405 55 Thunderstorm winds
1990June 1 1805 53 unknown cause
1990Oct 13 1200-2000 96 NW Boulder 78 NCAR downslope winds
1990Dec 2-3 0800-0200 >50 downslope winds all along foothills
1990Dec 14-15 1030-1200 120 SW Boulder Bora winds

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1991

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1990Dec 30 0700-2100 91 Table Mesa downslope
1991Mar 3-4 0000-2100 106 Shanahan Ridge
1991Nov 6 0000 51 higher winds in foothills
1991Nov 26 0000-1200 45 in morning; 51 Rocky Flats

1992

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1992Jan 24 0000-2100 143 93 N Boulder (the 143 may be in knots)
1992June 7 1350 52 Thunderstorm winds
1992Aug 3 1725 50 Thunderstorm winds
1992Dec 1 0000-0600 71
1992Dec 9 0500-2200 95 Table Mesa
1992Dec 20 1800-2400 69 Table Mesa

1993

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1993Jan 20-22 0400-2000 55-65 75 at Rocky Flats
1993Apr 18-19 1000-1200 80 SW Boulder
1993May 26 1445-1500 90 Thunderstorm east Boulder
1993June 7 1300-2000 60-80 nonconvective winds
1993June 26 1615 80 Longmont thunderstorm
1993Nov 20 2215 72 Table Mesa
1993Dec 5 0200-1130 68 Table Mesa
1993Dec 9 0635 73 Boulder

1994

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1994Jul 2 1810 57 Thunderstorm winds Boulder
1994Sep 12 2115 58 Microburst winds Boulder
1994Oct 5 1544 52 Thunderstorm winds Lafayette
1994Oct 6 0500-0600 68 High winds above 9500
1994Nov 17 1050 57 High Winds
1994Nov 28 0630 63 High Winds Boulder
1994Nov 29 1500-1800 80 High Winds northern foothills
1994Dec 11 1130-1500 58kts High Winds Boulder
1994Dec 19 0130-2100 80kts Rocky Flats ; strong winds along front range

1995

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1995Aug 6 1645-1700 50 Microburst Broomfield
1995Nov 9 0400-1300 50-57k Downslope winds Boulder area
1995Nov 11 0400-1400 84 Downslope winds Boulder region
1995Nov 11-12 2100-0630 124 at NCAR; other reports 90k table Mesa Golden Gate Canyon 86kts; Rocky Flats 74kts

1996

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1996Jan 3 0700 2100 90kts Boulder airport 85 S Boulder 82 NCAR, Chinook winds Front Range Foothills
1996Jan 27-28 2100-1730 75 kts NCAR part of pacific storm system
1996Feb 19 0300-0600 70-75 Table Mesa
1996Feb 23 0900-1300 61 kts Table Mesa
1996Apr 19 0500-1300 65 ktsJeffco 85kts Table Mesa front range foothills
1996Apr 24,25 1600m both 78 kts Table Mesa
1996Jun 5 1801 60 dry microburst
1996Jun 20 2145-2155 61 kts thunderstorm
1996Oct 29 0430-1600 87 strong jet and A low in NE Plains: very strong
1996Dec 2 0500-0730 101 upper table mesa,jeffco 101 winds front range foothills: winds unclear in Boulder
1996Dec 4,5 2215-1030 75 westerly flow: Shanahan ridge strong all over area
1996Dec 14 0345-1215 70 Table Mesa
1996Dec 15,16 2100-0600 70,75 Table Mesa

1997

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1997Jun 07 1200-1700 F1 Tornado next to Baseline Reservoir
1997Dec 27 0900-0200 70 NCAR winds and snow

1998

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1998Feb 25 0340-1530 60 S Boulder (bora)
1998Dec 30 0130-1000 88 Rocky Flats ; Boulder power outages

1998-99

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
1999Jan 10 2230-0800 81 NCAR 72 Rocky Flats; large foothills area
1999Jan 14 0900-1700 74 Boulder ; foothill region
1999Jan 18 0000-1300 72 Rocky Flats, 70 NCAR; downslope winds
1999Jan 26 1500-2300 82 Boulder 79 Rocky Flats 72 NCAR;
1999Feb 02 1848-1015 103 Rocky Flats, 97 Boulder, 93 NCAR; extensive damage; Chinook windstorm
1999Feb 07 0030-1200 90 NCAR Chinook winds
1999Feb 17 2125-0030 90 CU campus; 79 NCAR: bora winds
1999Feb 22 0515-1530 80 NCAR 75 Rocky Flats; bora
1999Feb 22 1815-0310 82 Rocky Flats; 80 NCAR; 75 CU campus localized Chinook
1999Jun 06 0510-0600 87 CU campus
1999Nov 18 0545-1500 81 NCAR: winds over a large region
1999Nov 25 0300-0950 77 NCAR Chinook winds
1999 2230-0935 72 NCAR Chinook winds redeveloped
1999Dec 15 0200-1500 77 NCAR: strong upper level jet
1999Dec 16 0100-0830 83 NCAR
1999Dec 18 1145-1400 72 NCAR

2000

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2000Jan 3 2300-0800 81 NCAR
2000Feb 25 0500-1630 84 Rocky Flats Environmental Test Facility
2000Mar 5 2000-0300 88 NCAR, 82 Boulder
2000Mar 7 2300-0930 92 South Boulder 100 NWTC, 101 Rocky Flats Environmental Test facility; some damage
2000Apr 5 1845 83 NCAR
2000Apr 18 1700 71 NCAR
2000May 17 1300-1900 88 NWTC, 84 Boulder, 80 NCAR; winds along with intense surface low
2000June 19 05:53 PM 58kts Dry Microburst Broomfield 68 NWTC
2000August 1 08:50 PM 60kts Thunderstorm Wind Boulder
2000Sep 29 04:51 PM 60kts Thunderstorm Wind Boulder
2000Dec 15 0900 1000 72 NCAR
2000Dec 16 0454-2300 72 NCAR

2001

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2001Feb 04 2300-0130 75 CU campus
2001Jun 13 0100-0200 76 NCAR 72, Southern hills middle school
2001Oct 31 1558-2200 74 NCAR

2002

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2002Jan 12 1820-2155 82 High winds Boulder at NCAR
2002Jan 19 0100-0455 74 NCAR
2002Feb 8 1745-2230 75 NCAR high winds

2003

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2003Jan 19 0600 75 Rocky Flats Natl Wind Tech Center
2003Jan 30 0100-1600 75 Boulder : covered large region
2003Feb 09 1800-1133 73 Rocky Flats Natl Wind tech center
2003Mar 05 2325-1205 85 US cam; 70 Natl Wind Tech Center

2004

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2004Mar 06 01:55-12:00 78kts 3 miles S Boulder: downslope winds: front range
2004Jun 10 16:25-10:30 82 NCAR downslope winds near Boulder: 82 NWTC
2004Oct 29 11:48-15:00 73kts ??? Below 6000'
2004Dec 20 12:30-12:30PM 95 very damaging downslope winds Front Range to Plains. roof damage, power

2005

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2005Nov 14 14:50-17:50 91 Sugarloaf RAWS: locally strong winds
2005Dec 05 06:42-18:39 90 NCAR. 98 Eldorado Springs. Front Range from Golden north. Major damage and power outages

2006

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2006Jan 03 14:30-17:10 75-91 Rocky Flats. Local high winds.
2006Jan 18 03:52-05:30 80mph 80mph 2 miles SE Boulder, 81 in Superior. Grass fire started and spread near Plainview at 93 and 72 and spread quickly due to very dry conditions.
2006Feb 06 06:27-13:34 92 Wind Technology Center. Brief high winds toward Golden.

2007

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
2007Jan 07 18:00-12:00pm 77-115 . Many highways closed. Blowing/drifting snow. Intense upper level jet and a strong pressure gradient. strong gusts Mountains.
2007Feb 16 02:00-17:00 101 Natl. Wind Center. Roads closed from blowing snow. Largescale winds from Berthoud Pass to front range. 101m
2007Jun 06 08:15-09:00 92 Boulder. 101 Carter Lake. Trees downed Frisco. From strong storm system.

2008

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
200801/05 04:30 AM 78kts High Winds
200801/25 19:20 PM 52kts High Winds
200802/08 23:10 PM 70kts High Winds
200811/13 00:00 AM 77kts High Winds
200812/25 14:00 PM 70kts High Winds
200812/29-30 21:06 PM 96kts High Winds 2 days Chinook winds. 4th costliest wind event. 111 3 miles n of masonville.
200812/31 20:27 PM 77kts High Winds

2009

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
200901/01 00:00 AM 72kts High Wind
200901/07 03:32 AM 93kts High Winds: downslope winds; started 2 fires. peak near mt audabon 101
200901/27 23:10 PM 87kts High Winds
200902/09 05:37 AM 70kts High Winds
200902/17 09:00 AM 59ktsHigh Winds

2010

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201002/13 07:47 AM 89kts High Wind 89 Winds ahead of a storm system
201005/04 03:30 AM 87ktsHigh Winds
201005/04 05:26 AM 65kts High Winds
201005/24 10:04 AM 56kts High Winds
201008/19 54kts Thunderstorm High Winds

2011

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201106/30 56kts Thunderstorm High Winds
201107/10 65kts Thunderstorm High Winds
201111/12 69 gust ?
201111/12 10:30PM 89.5mph ?
201111/12 pre-dawn68mph?
201112/12 ?69mphMesa Lab
201112/12 22:3089.5mph Mesa Lab
201112/12 pre dawn66mphMesa Lab

2012

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
20121/3 pre dawn60mphMesa Lab
20121/18 multiday104mph S Boulder, 83 Mesa Lab 95 Rocky Flats
20121/19 multiday73mph Mesa Lab, FootHills 73,43
20121/20 multiday60mphMesa Lab
20122/22 all day88mphMesa Lab;FL 93 Lyons
20123/4 0-10MST81mph81mph NIST Mesa Lab;FL NE Boulder gusts
201209/03 59ktsThunderstorm High Wind
201210/17 20:05 AM 60ktsHigh Winds

2013

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201304/08 15:51 AM 61kts High Wind
201309/18 57kts Thunderstorm High Wind
201310/11 72kts High Wind
201311/17 67kts High Winds
201312/02 69kts High Wind
201312/24 54kts High Winds

2014

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201401/29 83kts High Wind
201402/12 72kts High Wind
201402/14 87ktsHigh Winds
201402/16 74kts High Winds
201402/17 89kts High Winds
201402/20 81kts High Winds
201403/30 63kts Thunderstorm High Winds
201403/31 85ktsHigh Wind
201411/25 75kts High Winds

2015

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201501/05 92kts High Winds
201501/16 75kts High Winds
201511/18 87kts High Winds

2016

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201612/25 afternoon High Winds over Front Range area in afternoon. 110 Gold Hill. 90.4 Boulder NCAR Mesa Lab. 92 Rocky Flats (NREL).

2017-2018

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201701/09 early morning 87High winds developed in and near the Front Range Foothills. Peak wind gusts included: 90 , 3 miles north-northeast of Pleasant View; 88 , 3 miles west-southwest of Louisville; 87 , 2 miles south of Gold Hill; 79 at the NCAR Mesa Laboratory; 76 at Glen Haven; 60 in Littleton and 58 in Arvada. Scattered outages affected approximately 2,400 customers in Boulder and Jefferson Counties. In Berthoud, strong winds destroyed a barn.
201702/09-10 86kts above 6000-9000'; 61kts below Hurricane force winds toppled trees and knocked over several semis in and near the Front Range Mountains and Foothills. The Colorado Department of Transportation shut down Interstate 70 in both directions for a short time late between Beaver Brook and Silverthorne. Several trucks had been blown over and some cars received shattered windshields. High-profile vehicles and semi-trucks were barred from that area of the interstate until the wind weakened. Two trucks also rolled over on I-70 in Georgetown. The wind toppled dozens of trees near Estes Park and Glen Haven. In Glen Haven, two sheds and several decks were damaged by fallen trees. Downed power lines caused scattered electrical outages in Boulder and Larimer Counties. Nearly four thousand residents in Boulder County were left without power. The temperature in Denver reached 80 degrees. It was the first 80 degree temperature recorded in the month of February and established the all-time record for the month. The high wind and extremely warm temperatures helped to spread three grassfires in Boulder and Larimer Counties; no homes were damaged or lost. Intense wind gusts on the 10th caused power outages and damage to trees, fences and power lines across Boulder County. Blowing dirt reduced visibilities to a quarter-of-a-mile at times. A strong burst of wind uprooted trees, and knocked down an entire row of power poles and lines near Main Street and Pike Road in Longmont. The downed lines damaged a vehicle at one residence. Another resident had to be rescued when he was trapped in his car by downed electrical lines.
201703/07 morning 65kts High winds continued across portions of the north central mountains and Foothills. Strong winds blew over a semi-tractor trailer on Interstate 25 near the Wyoming border, no injuries were reported. Peak wind gusts included: 81 at Berthoud Pass and Genesee; 78 at Loveland Pass and 75 near Glen Haven and Jamestown. The high winds and very dry conditions continued across the northeast plains of Colorado. In west Greeley, a building under construction completely collapsed. The 5,000 square-foot addition to a church swayed under the force of the wind then collapsed. Some of the debris pinned a construction worker; he suffered minor injuries. Peak wind gusts included: 66 , 4 miles southwest of Sterling; 64 at Briggsdale and Crook; 63 , 8 miles south of Holyoke; 62 , 8 miles south-southwest of Grover; 60 , 2 miles south-southeast of Denver International Airport; 58 at Akron Municipal Airport and 55 at Greeley Airport.
201710/31 evening 70kts High Winds over Front Range. In Boulder area, 6000-9000: Peak wind gusts included: 96 near Georgetown, 93 near Berthoud Pass, 81 near Georgetown, 80 near Aspen Springs and Blackhawk, 78 near Gold Hill, 76 near Floyd Hill, with 75 near Dumont.
201711/01 81kts Strong downslope winds continued across portions of the Front Range Mountains and Foothills on the 1st. Peak wind gusts included: 92 near Berthoud Pass, 88 near Gold Hill, 85 at Aspen Springs and 77 near Blackhawk.
201712/29 85kts High winds developed in the Front Range mountains and foothills. Peak wind gust reports included: 98 , 2 miles south-southeast of Gold Hill, 91 , 3 miles south of Gold Hill; 89 near Aspen Springs; 86 , 4 miles east-northeast of Nederland; 83 , 3 miles southwest of Jefferson; 78 near Dumont; 77 near Rocky Flats; with 75 near Aspen Springs.
201712/30 72kts Winds continue. Boulder county 6000-9000. Locally strong wind gusts occurred in the Front Range mountains and foothills. Peak wind reports included 99 near Berthoud Pass and 83 near Glen Haven.

2018

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
201801/30 evening 80 A system that moved over the Pacific Northwest and across the Northern Rockies brought a period of high winds to areas in and near the Front Range Foothills. Peak wind gusts included: 101 atop Berthoud Pass; 97 near Loveland Pass and 2 miles south-southeast of Gold Hill; 80 at the NCAR Mesa Lab southwest of Boulder and 2 miles southwest of Rocky Flats; and 75 , 4 miles east-northeast of Nederland. The high winds also toppled a large tree at the mouth of Boulder Canyon.
201802/18 e 85kts Boulder county: 6000-9000. Very strong winds developed over portions of the Front Range mountains and foothills. Peak wind gusts included: 98 , 2 miles south-southeast of Gold Hill, 86 atop Berthoud Pass, 83 atop Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Area with 75 mph, 3 miles east of Gold Hill.

2019

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
20192/1304:45-21:30 74 kts Storm system brought winds. 88pmh 3 miles SW Rocky Flats.
20196/2704:45-21:30 44 kts Thunderstorm near Boulder airport.
201910/2012:00-16:00 68 kts TStorm System brought snow and high winds. 82 3 miles SW Rocky Flats
201911/29-3020:00-18:00 96 kts high winds at 6000-9000. Includes 107mph top of Eldora. 75mph NCAR. Extremely strong and widespread winds blew down many trees and closed roads.

2020

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
202001/04-0522:00-0048 72 kts Bora in and near Foothills. 83mph Mesa Lab
202001/0622:00-0048 68 kts
202001/0722:00-0048 87 kts 83mph at Mesa Lab
202001/1711:00-0002 66 kts 78mph at Mesa Lab
202006/0614:40 52 kts Thunderstorm in Louisville

2021

YearDate(s)Time of dayGusts Comments
202101/03 56kts64mph Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, 80mph near Marshall. From a cold front.
202111/14 17:53 70ktsIntense but very localized winds developed near the foothills of northern Jefferson and southern Boulder counties. Peak wind gusts included: 81 mph at the NCAR Mesa Lab, 2 miles southwest of Boulder; 80 mph at White Ranch Open Space, and 79 mph at the mouth of Coal Creek Canyon at the junction of CO72/CO93.
202112/15/21 08:00-17:0081kts Rocky FlatsPeak wind gusts included: 93 mph near Louisville, 89 mph at Rocky Mountain Metro Airport, 85 mph in southwest Arvada and 79 mph near Marshall. Also, Boulder 91mph. Broomfield 89mph. Nederland 79mph. Longmont 66mph. It was associated with a powerful cold front and bora winds.
202112/30-2108:00-18:30 MST-7115mph ArvadaExtremely strong winds in Boulder and to east. 110 Rocky Flats. 103 White Ranch Open Space. 108 SSW Boulder. 90mph Marshal, 98 Wind Technology Center, 75mph Boulder. Large grass fire developed from Marshall. 1094 houses plus some commercial structures were destroyed by the fire.

 
Number of Days with winds greater or equal to 70mph
Year 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 A B
Jan 2 3 1 8     4 1           7 4 1   1 2 1 3 4   1       3     4 1   2 2     2 1 1 3     2   1 2   1 1   4     73 30
Feb   3           1     1             3   4   1           1     4 1 1 1 1     1 1 1 1 1   1   5       1         32 20
Mar 1                       3 4 2   1 1     1   2                 2     1 1               1   2     1           23 14
Apr             2             1   1   2 1           2     3       3                                             15 8
May                                   2   1         1             1                   1                         6 5
Jun 1             1                                 1       1*   1   1     1     1                               8 8
Jul                             1                                                       1                       2 2
Aug                   1       1                                                                                 2 2
Sep                                   1   1                                                                     2 2
Oct       1     1                   1         1           1         1     1                 1       1   1       10 10
Nov   4     1   1   2 1           1   1     1       1 1 3                   1     1     1   1 1 1   1   2       26 19
Dec 2 2   1     2   7 3       3 4 2 1   3 2   3   2 1 1   6 1 1 3 2       1 1     4     1   1     1 2       2   63 29
Total 6 3   10 1   10 3 9 5 1   3 16 11 5 3 11 6 9 5 9 2 3 6 2 3 14 2 1 12 10 3 3 4 4 2 3 3 7 4 2 3 3 9 3 3 1 6 2 3 4 2 262 151
Year 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 A B
A: Number of documented events >=70mph per month
B: Number of years with at least one day >=70mph documented in a month

Boulder, CO Wind Roses


Wind roses for Boulder by month that show the prevailing wind directions and speeds. Provided by the National Resource Conservation Service.

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Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec