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Severe Weather 101 – Tornadoes and tornado safety

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 5:09am MDT

One fact that may surprise those new to Colorado is that we are actually on the western edge of the infamous Tornado Alley. This large swath of land comprises much of the nation’s midsection and is a unique place as the United States sees more tornadoes than any other place on earth. In fact, tornadoes […]

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March 2017 weather recap: An extraordinarily warm month for Thornton

Thursday, April 6th, 2017 6:03am MDT

March 2017 was anything but typical for the Colorado Front Range.  Temperatures were well above normal and perhaps most notably, no measurable snow was recorded – a rarity for March. Warm and windy weather dominated our weather for the first three weeks of the month.  While only one record temperature was recorded, the overall warmth […]

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Google introduces Google Wind, an extraordinary weather control product

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 1:14pm MDT

In what may mean an end to all those frustrating and dangerous weather conditions that plague the planet, today Google announced Google Wind, a ground-breaking weather control system.  Now in use in the Netherlands, the system has brought an end to the windy and cloudy conditions in that nation.  This will surely have an impact […]

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Thornton’s April 2017 weather preview: Anything is possible

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 7:01am MDT

April marks a transition between winter and summer for most of the country but for Denver it is especially true as we can see a stunning variety of weather. The proverbial April showers are certainly a possibility for Denver. Snow? Tornadoes? Thunderstorms? You bet – all can happen! For good measure throw in a chance […]

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NOAA’s satellites are on the chopping block. Here’s why we need them.

Monday, March 6th, 2017 7:45pm MDT

Our eyes in the sky are facing budget cuts On Friday, The Washington Post reportedly obtained a memo from within the Trump administration about proposed funding for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The memo outlined steep cuts to several divisions, including the elimination of the $73 million Sea Grant research program, cuts to climate […]

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Thornton’s March weather preview: Snow and warmer temps typical for the month

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 10:52am MDT

The month of February was extraordinarily dry and warm for Thornton. Will March bring any relief, particularly on the precipitation front? History would say yes but long range forecasts do not look good. March usually offers healthy snowfall giving us an opportunity to add to those numbers.  While there is good snow potential in March, […]

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Humans are responsible for the vast majority of wildfires in the U.S.

Monday, February 27th, 2017 6:53am MDT

Only you can prevent forest fires. For real. Forest Service Northern Region Wildfire Increasingly in the United States, wildfires are caused by humans, not lightning. In the past 20 years, thousands of wildfires have raged across the United States—and most of them are our fault. In a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the […]

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Climate Models Are Warming Earth Two Times Faster Than Reality

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 7:29pm MDT

Climate models show twice as much warming during the 21st Century than what’s actually been observed, according to a new report highlighting the limitations of global climate models, or GCMs. “So far in the 21st century, the GCMs are warming, on average, about a factor of 2 faster than the observed temperature increase,” Dr. Judith […]

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January 2017 weather recap: Colder, wetter than normal weather for second month in a row

Monday, February 6th, 2017 6:52am MDT

The month of December brought colder and wetter than normal conditions to Thornton and in January we continued that trend with more of the same and our first month of the season with above average snowfall. January started out warmer than normal but on the third that changed with a system that sent temperatures plummeting […]

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NOAA releases first images from new GOES satellite

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 9:46am MDT

NOAA released the first images from their new GOES-16 satellite and to say they are stunning would be an understatement.  The new satellite, built in Colorado by Lockheed Martin, contains some of the highest resolution cameras and most advanced sensors in the world. From NOAA: Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on November […]

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