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Severe Weather 101 – Tornadoes and tornado safety

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 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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Thornton’s February weather preview: Typically a warmer, less snowy month

Thursday, February 1st, 2018 7:04am 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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December 2017 recap: Despite cold finish, month was warmer and drier than average

Thursday, January 4th, 2018 9:16am MDT

With the last part of December fresh in our minds, it would not be surprising to think of the month as a cold one. However, reaching back, if you recall, we actually enjoyed a lot of mild days earlier and very little precipitation. As a result, December 2017 goes into the books as a warm […]

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Thornton’s January 2018 preview: Cold but not always snow for first month of the year

Monday, January 1st, 2018 6:03am 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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Winter Solstice brings shortest day of the year, change of seasons

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 8:31am MDT

Astronomical winter arrives in Thornton Thursday morning and with the solstice also comes the shortest day of the year.  Mother Nature as well appears set to bring in winter with a bit of a bang and a change in our recent mild, dry weather pattern. Winter officially begins at 9:28am MST on Thursday, December 21. The […]

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Thornton’s December preview: Will there be an end to the mild, dry conditions?

Friday, December 1st, 2017 3:16pm MDT

November proved to be an extraordinarily warm and dry month. Does December have hope for relief? The month of December brings with it the official start of winter and oftentimes, colder and snowier weather conditions. It however can also offer unseasonably warm temperatures and bone dry conditions.  Given our recent mild and dry weather, we […]

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Hot News from the Antarctic Underground

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 12:10pm MDT

Illustration of flowing water under the Antarctic ice sheet. Blue dots indicate lakes, lines show rivers. Marie Byrd Land is part of the bulging “elbow” leading to the Antarctic Peninsula, left center.

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Thornton’s November 2017 preview: A fall month that can offer up just about anything

Friday, November 3rd, 2017 3:43am MDT

The weather during the month of November in Denver metro area can offer just about anything.  While it is normally a quiet month, it can be prone to extremes. November has historically been one of Denver’s snowiest months and major snowstorms are not entirely uncommon.  However conditions can also be quite dry. Temperatures during the […]

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September 2017 weather recap: Month starts warm and dry, ends cool and damp

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 12:57pm MDT

The month of September 2017 saw significant differences between the start and the end.  The first two-thirds of the month were extraordinarily dry with temperatures well above normal. The last 10 days brought a big change though with damp conditions and much cooler conditions. High pressure dominated the region for the first few weeks of […]

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Thornton’s October weather preview: Fall arrives in earnest, tastes of winter

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 5:07am MDT

With the first full month of fall here, October usually brings one of the quietest weather months in the Denver area with plenty of mild, sunny days and clear, cool nights. October is historically the second sunniest month and conditions are generally calm. However we also will usually see our first taste of winter during […]

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