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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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2016 Thornton annual weather recap: A warmer, drier than normal year

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 4:54pm MDT

Another year in the books for us and as we look back on our overall weather for 2016, we see overall temperatures were warmer than normal while precipitation fell a good bit short of normal.  The year did seem to lack any major drama in terms of severe weather or winter storms which is likely […]

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December 2016 weather recap: A colder, wetter month finally arrives

Thursday, January 5th, 2017 12:56pm MDT

For the three previous months we had seen warmer and drier than normal conditions.  December finally brought an end to that streak with temperatures well below normal and precipitation almost doubt the average for the month. The month was largely an unsettled one as a series of storm systems moved across the region.  Two significant […]

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Thornton’s January 2017 preview: Usually a relatively cold, dry month

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 5:01am 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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