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Satellite imagery provides bird’s eye view of Earth at the change of seasons

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 12:50pm MDT

Satellite imagery provides bird’s eye view of Earth at the change of seasons. Pretty neat imagery and explanation from NASA: Enjoy the Equinox! Every year, there are two equinoxes. One is in March; the other is in September. In 2014, the March equinox falls on March 20, 2014. On the equinoxes, the sun shines directly […]

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February 2014 weather recap: Much colder than normal but drier

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 1:15pm MDT

Like all months in Colorado, February 2014 did have some warm periods but those were few and far between as compared to the cold we experienced.  Those cold temperatures did not translate to precipitation however. The month started out quite cold with 9 out of the first 10 days seeing below normal temperatures.  Two of […]

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March preview: Biggest snow month also brings much milder temperatures

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 4:52am MDT

The past two months have brought periods of extreme cold but not a lot of snow to Denver.  March however is our snowiest month and may bring a turnaround in those numbers.  It also typically brings much warmer temperatures. March is historically Denver’s snowiest month and brings about 20% of our annual snowfall.  Heavy, wet […]

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Video: NASA animation shows polar vortex and its far reaching effects

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 7:36am MDT

Unseasonably cold weather gripped much of the nation in January and brought a term to public’s consciousness they may not have heard before: polar vortex.  As explained in a video from NASA, the ‘stretching’ of the vortex was responsible for the record-setting cold seen last month. NASA writes: This movie of temperature observations from NASA’s […]

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January 2014 weather recap: Near average temps but well above normal snowfall

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 2:05pm MDT

January 2014 could be remembered as a month that brought a weather rollercoaster.  Looking back it seems as if we were constantly jumping between mild temperatures to cold to warmth and back to cold again. The month started out cooler than normal for the first two days with a light shot of snow on New […]

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Thornton’s February weather preview: Month usually brings warmer temps, dry conditions

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 5:19am 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. Thanks to some late January snows, Denver’s seasonal snowfall has started to rebound but still remains […]

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Febrrrrruary? Mid-range outlooks point to cold, wet start to next month

Monday, January 27th, 2014 6:52pm MDT

As of this writing Thornton is weathering a wintry blast and another appears on tap for the end of the week.  If mid-range forecasts are to believed, that same pattern may be lingering for the next couple of weeks. As seen in the image below, the Climate Prediction Center’s outlooks through February 9 indicate we […]

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2013 Thornton weather recap: Numbers show a cooler and wetter than normal year

Saturday, January 4th, 2014 10:57pm MDT

Another year is in the books and as we look back at 2013’s weather, we see Thornton – and indeed much of the state – saw cooler and wetter than normal conditions. In terms of temperatures, Thornton saw an average overall annual temperature of 49.3 degrees.  Out at Denver International Airport where the Mile High […]

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Thornton’s January weather preview: Usually a cold month but not always snowy

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 4:20pm 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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December 2013 weather recap: Record setting hot and cold, little snow

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 7:27am MDT

Thornton and the Denver area closed out 2013 with a display of typically highly variable weather.  We recorded some record low temperatures followed by unseasonably warm conditions.  One thing that was lacking was snow. The first three days of the month started out quite mild with highs well above normal.  That changed quickly midday on […]

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