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Thornton’s May weather preview: Anything from snow to severe storms

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 3:53pm MDT

Colorado’s famously highly variable weather seems to showcase itself during the month of May when a variety of weather conditions can be seen. Winter-like temperatures and snow are possible as are mid-summer like temperatures or the more typical spring severe weather. As the month starts out in 2016 we see snow but then warmer, milder […]

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April 2016 weather recap: Temps near normal, precipitation and snow above average

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 3:44pm MDT

Coming off a very snowy and cold March, Thornton saw a relatively seasonal April 2016.  Temperatures were right near normal but we did see a healthier than average dose of snow and precipitation. The month started out quite mild.  In fact 13 of the first 14 days saw above average high temperatures.   That changed quickly […]

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Severe Weather 101 – Tornadoes and tornado safety

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 12:00pm MDT

One fact that may surprise those new to Colorado is that we are actually on the western edge of the infamous Tornado Alley. This large swath of land comprises much of the nation’s midsection and is a unique place as the United States sees more tornadoes than any other place on earth. In fact, tornadoes […]

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Two Mysteries About Wobbling Earth Have Been Solved

Monday, April 11th, 2016 8:31am MDT

Carol Rasmussen, NASA Using satellite data on how water moves around Earth, NASA scientists have solved two mysteries about wobbles in the planet’s rotation – one new and one more than a century old. The research may help improve our knowledge of past and future climate. Although a desktop globe always spins smoothly around the […]

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March 2016 weather recap: A bit warmer than normal, much wetter and snowier

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 3:41pm MDT

The month of March 2016 in Thornton was a bit of a tale of two halves.  The first, mild and dry.  The second, colder and much, much wetter. We started out with above normal temperature readings dominating the daily temperatures.  In fact 12 of the first 14 days of the month saw high temperatures above […]

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February 2016 weather recap: Month offered wetter, warmer than normal conditions

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 4:56pm MDT

The month of February was a bit of a mixed bag of weather conditions for Thornton.  While it started out cold and snowy, it finished quite warm. Snow and cold were the main features for the month initially as we received our biggest snowfall of the season on the 1st and 2nd.  Thornton recorded a […]

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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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