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Thornton’s March preview: Our snowiest month also brings much warmer temps

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 4:40pm MDT

The month of February was quite generous in terms of snowfall at the start.  However things quickly transitioned to drier and warmer conditions that lasted most of the rest of the month. March usually offers healthy snowfall giving us an opportunity to add to those numbers.  While there is good snow potential in March, the […]

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

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 3:48pm 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 is looking in pretty good shape with most basins in the […]

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January 2016 weather recap: Average temperatures, just a bit drier than normal

Thursday, February 4th, 2016 7:42am MDT

January 2016’s weather was notable for only one thing – its lack of anything notable.  All in all the month failed to produce anything particularly dramatic.  While it was just a bit dry, it wasn’t by much and temperatures came in right near normal. Only three periods of snowfall occurred during the month.  The heaviest […]

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2015 Thornton annual weather recap: Above normal temps, lots of precipitation

Thursday, January 7th, 2016 4:53pm MDT

The year that was lacked any major drama in terms of the weather.  Winter and severe weather conditions during their seasons were pretty typical.  Overall, the year saw temperatures and precipitation end above average. Thornton’s average annual temperature for 2015 came in at 51.1 degrees.  That was a bit above Denver’s historical average of 50.5 […]

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December 2015 weather recap: Average temperatures, above normal precipitation

Monday, January 4th, 2016 1:44pm MDT

Warm and dry were the key weather words for the start of December 2015.  That however changed as the month progressed and colder, wetter weather arrived. High pressure dominated the start of the month leading to 10 out of the first 11 days of the month seeing above normal temperatures.  No precipitation was recorded over […]

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Dreaming of a white Christmas in Denver? Odds are not historically that great

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 6:04pm MDT

As Christmas gets closer everyone always wonders if we are going to get the proverbial white Christmas. Unfortunately, if you look at Denver and Thornton weather history, the chances aren’t all that good but it also depends on what you define as a white Christmas. If to you a white Christmas means having actual snowfall […]

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Astronomical winter begins with the winter solstice on Monday

Monday, December 21st, 2015 8:31am MDT

Astronomical winter arrives in Thornton tonight and with the solstice also comes the shortest day of the year. Winter officially begins at 9:49pm today. 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 of the year in the Northern […]

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NOAA details the chances for a white Christmas for the United States

Thursday, December 17th, 2015 8:05am MDT

With our most recent snowstorm, the Colorado Front Range is likely to enjoy a white Christmas (defined as 1 inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day).  Other locations in the United States of course are not quite so lucky and historically, Colorado can be quite hit or miss. Below is the latest narrative […]

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November 2015 weather recap: Colder, wetter and snowier than normal for Thornton

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 4:36pm MDT

Mild, dry conditions started the month of November 2015 in Thornton.  That however soon gave way to colder temperatures and moisture in the form of snow, something that repeated itself multiple times during the month. The first three days saw temperatures well above normal and in the 70s with no precipitation.  That changed however with […]

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Thornton’s December preview: Winter arrives, typically with cold and snow

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 4:32pm 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. Overall December’s monthly mean temperature of 30.0 degrees (1981 – 2010 averages) makes it our coldest month.  Snow is always on everyone’s mind this […]

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