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November preview: Second snowiest month can bring a lot of variety

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 7:51am MST

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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NOAA Winter Outlook: Little clarity as to El Niño’s impact on Thornton

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 10:25am MST

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released their 2015-2016 winter outlook this morning and while a strong El Niño will play a factor in some parts of the nation, its effects here are less clear. As we have written about before, Colorado’s geographical location well inland, shelters it some from the effects of warm, Pacific waters.   Overall […]

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El Niño Won’t Relieve West’s Drought, NOAA Predicts

Thursday, October 15th, 2015 8:02am MST

Updated | Federal weather forecasters released their winter outlook Thursday, and it doesn’t look good for drought-stricken northern California, Oregon and Washington state. A strong El Niño this winter is predicted to intensify the Western drought through at least January, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced. Earlier this week, NASA released a new image […]

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Thornton’s October preview: Fall should finally make an appearance

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 5:02pm MST

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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September 2015 weather recap: One of the warmest, driest on record

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 8:54am MST

With the mercury stuck stubbornly at the top of the scale and barely a few raindrops falling into the bucket, September 2015 will be going into the books as one of the warmest and driest on record. High pressure dominated the entire region during the month.  This allowed temperatures to consistently climb above normal and […]

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Fall Foliage 2015: Top spots to view the colors near the Front Range

Thursday, September 24th, 2015 11:55am MST

This time of year many folks head to the hills west of Denver in search of gold – fall foliage gold. This year the changing of the colors seems to be a bit spotty and an early freeze last fall followed by a late freeze this spring has impacted the overall quality of the show.  That […]

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August 2015 weather recap: Month saw near normal temps, below average precipitation

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 7:35am MST

High pressure was the dominant feature across much of Colorado during the month of August 2015.  This helped keep temperatures quite warm and while there were occasional storms, they failed to deliver much in the way of precipitation. We started out the month very warm and dry.  This was interrupted on the 9th when a […]

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Denver sets second consecutive record low temperature

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 6:39am MST

For the second day in a row, the Mile High City has set or tied a record low temperature.  The events certainly bring to mind the quickly approaching fall. This morning, as measured at Denver International Airport, Denver’s temperature officially dropped to a low temperature of 47 degrees.  This bests the previous record low temperature […]

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Denver ties record low temperature for August 18

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 7:59am MST

From record heat to record cold.  As measured at Denver International Airport, the temperature in the Mile High City dropped to 47 degrees at 5:17am.  This tied the record low temperature for the date last set in 1960. It was just a few days ago that Denver tied a record high temperature on August 15.  Ironically, […]

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Talk of ‘Godzilla El Niño’ turns on the media hype machine

Friday, August 14th, 2015 4:52pm MST

There has been lots of hype this week about the strong El Niño we are expecting to last through winter and into spring. Heck, even a NASA scientist called it a “Godzilla El Niño.” (UGH!) This in turn set in motion the media hype machine although I will say while the national media went insane, […]

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