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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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Astronomical winter to begin Wednesday with the shortest day of the year

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 11:41am MDT

Astronomical winter arrives in Thornton early tomorrow morning and with the solstice also comes the shortest day of the year. Winter officially begins at 3:44am on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. 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 […]

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Thornton’s December preview: With arrival of winter, cold and snow increase

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 11:32am MDT

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 are certainly hoping for a change in the coming month. Overall December’s monthly mean temperature of […]

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Denver ties all-time record high temperature for month of November

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 3:41pm MDT

We thought the daily high temperature record for November 16 would fall today and indeed it did.  However the Mile High City also managed to tie the record for the warmest temperature ever recorded during the month of November. At 1:24pm the station at Denver International Airport reported a mercury reading of 80 degrees. This […]

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2016 ‘Likely’ Hottest Year Ever: WMO

Monday, November 14th, 2016 2:16pm MDT

2016 will “very likely” be the hottest year on record, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization. According to a news release from the WMO, 2016 will likely eclipse the previous hottest year, 2015. “Another year. Another record. The high temperatures we saw in 2015 are set to be beaten in 2016,” said WMO […]

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Thornton’s November 2016 preview: Will we break out of the warm, dry pattern?

Friday, November 4th, 2016 7:38am 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 is Denver’s second snowiest month and major snowstorms are not entirely uncommon.  However conditions can also be quite dry. Temperatures during the month continue to […]

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October 2016 weather recap: An exceedingly warm and dry month

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 8:11am MDT

High pressure was the dominant weather feature for the month of October and that led to a pattern that blocked off moisture and kept temperatures well above normal.  Record-setting highs were made while precipitation was a rare event. The historical average monthly temperature for the month of October in Denver is 50.9 degrees.  That number […]

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