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Record high temperature set for June 20

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 5:09pm MDT

We knew it would be hot today and the proof is in the numbers as Denver set a new record high temperature for the date. According to the National Weather Service, the mercury topped out at 99 degrees at Denver International Airport.  This breaks the previous record high for June 20 of 97 degrees set […]

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Summer solstice ushers in astronomical summer, longest day of the year

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 7:09am MDT

Astronomical summer arrives in Thornton tonight and with the solstice we will enjoy our longest day of the year. Summer officially begins at 10:24pm MDT tonight.  The Summer Solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted at it closest to the sun – 23.4 degrees.  This results in the longest day of the year in […]

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Thornton’s June weather preview: Hotter temps, more severe weather the norm

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 6:03am MDT

Extreme weather can occur during in month in Colorado we well know.  June however is when traditional spring severe weather arrives in the state oftentimes with hail, damaging wind and tornadoes. Over 40 percent of the tornadoes that occur in Colorado happen during the month of June.  Far more common are thunderstorms with hail and […]

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May 2017 weather recap: Month brings cooler, wetter than normal conditions

Monday, June 5th, 2017 2:11pm MDT

The month of May 2017 brought a wide variety of conditions.  We experienced everything from summer-like temperatures to snow to severe weather with hail. In the end, average temperatures were below normal and precipitation more than double of average. Between two systems at the start of the month, we began May with cool conditions and […]

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April 2017 weather recap: Warmer temperatures, little snow but precipitation near normal

Monday, May 1st, 2017 5:30pm MDT

The month of April had a bit of a mixed bag for Thornton.  While we saw temperatures above normal and snowfall below normal, precipitation actually ended up right near Denver’s long term average. We started out cool on the first day of the month, warmed up for two days, then were delivered our first snowfall […]

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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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