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Severe Weather 101 – Tornadoes and tornado safety

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 5:50am 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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2018 – 2019 seasonal snowfall numbers continue to improve

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 10:18am MDT

Thornton hasn’t had any truly big time snows this year but we have managed a number of respectable ones and that shows in our seasonal snow totals. As of today, Thornton has received 49.1 inches of snow for the season. That is just slightly below our running 13 year seasonal average of 53.1 inches. As […]

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March 2019 weather recap: Another cold, wet month in the books

Monday, April 1st, 2019 10:10am MDT

The unstable, cold and wet weather that marked February continued right on into March. Once again, we saw temperatures well below normal and a good bit more than average precipitation. While the first day of the month started things off relatively nicely, the second brought the first bout of cold. Temperatures plummeted with highs on […]

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Thornton’s March weather preview: While things warm up, significant snow remains a possibility

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019 1:11am MDT

The month of March in Denver is usually one that is welcomed heartily by residents. We begin to shake off the cold of winter with warmer temperatures and calmer conditions. That does not mean we are done with snow and cold by any means. March usually offers healthy snowfall giving us an opportunity to add […]

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Thornton’s February weather preview: Temperatures warm, snow isn’t usually big

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 6:13am MDT

February in Colorado typically brings to an end an extended period when average temperatures are at their lowest. Winter begins to loosen its grip and temperatures get warmer but precipitation is not a particularly common event during the month. Thus far our snow season has been relatively dismal with the seasonal total in Thornton more […]

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January 2019 weather recap: Wetter than normal, temperatures near average

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 3:35am MDT

Finally! Our winter thus far had been quite dry so seeing some precipitation in January was a very welcome change. Temperatures were just a bit above normal. Overall, the month was short on any sort of real weather drama with no major storms or particularly notable temperature extremes.  However, a series of storm systems did […]

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December 2018 weather recap: Warmer and much drier than normal

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 5:36am MDT

Thornton’s December was lacking in terms of any sort of real weather drama. Temperatures were relatively mild for much of the month and precipitation was fleeting. Above normal temperatures were the general rule for the first part of the month. It was only the last week of the month when Arctic air arrived and we […]

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Thornton’s January 2019 preview: Cold temps the norm, snow can be fleeting

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 4:07am MDT

As we begin the new year the winter chill begins to set in.  While January can see its share of extremes, the month historically sees stable temperatures and is usually relatively dry. January ranks as the second coldest month in Denver next to December with average temperatures remaining virtually the same from the start to […]

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Astronomical winter arrives Friday, offers the shortest day of the year

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 11:16am MDT

Astronomical winter arrives in Thornton Friday afternoon and with the solstice also comes the shortest day of the year. Winter officially begins at 3:23pm MST on Friday, December 21. The Winter Solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted at its furthest from the sun – 23.5 degrees away. This results in the shortest day […]

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Thornton’s August 2018 preview: Temperatures moderate, severe weather decreases

Monday, August 6th, 2018 6:46pm MDT

As summer vacations wind down and families prepare to send their kids back to school in August, Colorado weather also starts to settle down. The chances for severe weather decrease markedly during August and by the end of the month daytime temperatures are dropping quite a bit as well. Find out more about what lies […]

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