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Above normal temps, plenty of sun for Thornton’s Tuesday

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 5:42am MDT

Another decent day ahead. We will once again enjoy above normal temperatures and plenty of Colorado blue above.

Mostly sunny skies start us off and will be with us throughout the day. The late afternoon will see just a few more clouds. Winds will be a bit breezy this afternoon but not too obnoxious. Look for highs around the 50 degree mark.

Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the mid-20s.

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Monday offers up above normal temps, some breezy winds

Monday, December 5th, 2022 5:11am MDT

A pretty nice start to the workweek with warmer than usual temperatures but some breezy winds. Overnight tonight there is just the slightest chance for some snow.

Mostly sunny skies will be with us this morning then a bit of an increase in cloud cover in the afternoon. Conditions will be calm this morning then we will see some breezy winds in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will top out in the mid-50s.

Tonight, a weak front makes a glancing pass. There is a slight chance to see some snow around midnight although if it does materialize, it isn’t expected to amount to much at all. It will be partly clear with lows in the mid-20s.

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Thornton’s December 2022 preview: Winter arrives, typically with cold and snow

Sunday, December 4th, 2022 4:02am MDT

Thornton, Colorado's December Weather Preview

Recent months have, overall, been warmer and drier than normal.  Last month saw a notable turn toward colder than normal temperatures and more snow than usual.  What will December hold for us?

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 30.0 degrees (1981 – 2010 averages) makes it our coldest month.  Snow is always on everyone’s mind this time of year but December is only our 3rd snowiest month behind March and November with an average of 8.5 inches of the white stuff.

Get all the details on Thornton’s December weather including a look back at historical events and a look at the long range forecast in our December weather preview here.

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November 2022 weather recap: A very cold, somewhat snowy month

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 6:16am MDT
November 2022 Temperature Summary for Thornton, Colorado. (ThorntonWeather.com)

November 2022 Temperature Summary for Thornton, Colorado. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Brrr! That would be the operative “word” for the month of November 2022. Despite forecasts of above normal temperatures for the month, we saw very little of that and in fact, saw Thornton’s coldest November of the past 16 years.

The month started out warm enough with back to back days of 70+ degrees. However, after that, we went downhill for much of the month. Only eight days of the month saw above average temperatures. The balance was below. Sometimes well below.

Thornton’s average temperature for the month came in at 34.3 degrees. That was far below Thornton’s 16-year running November average of 39.5 degrees and Denver’s long term average for the month of 39.4 degrees. Officially, as measured at the airport, the Mile High City was a bit warmer with an average of 35.6 degrees.

Thornton’s reading ranked the month as the coldest November of the past 16. The next closest was November 2014 with an average of 35.0 degrees. Denver’s average actually put November 2022 into the record books with a tie for the 19th coldest November on record.

Our warmest reading of the month was 74.1 degrees, coming on the first of the month. Our coldest reading came on the last morning of November at 8.3 degrees. Denver’s highest and lowest were 75 degrees and 4 degrees, coming on the same dates.

In terms of precipitation, it wasn’t an overly wet month with the snows being relatively dry. Thornton recorded 0.54 inches of precipitation for the month. Denver saw less with 0.47 inches. Thornton’s 16-year running November average is 0.49 inches. Denver’s long term November average is 0.64 inches.

As for the white stuff, Thornton recorded a healthy 12.8 inches, well above the 5.7 inches that November has averaged over the last 16 years. Denver lagged us with 10.9 inches. The Mile High City’s November average since 1882 is 7.4 inches.

Click here to view Thornton’s complete November 2022 climate summary report.

November 2022 Precipitation Summary for Thornton, Colorado. (ThorntonWeather.com)

November 2022 Precipitation Summary for Thornton, Colorado. (ThorntonWeather.com)

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Thornton’s weekend starts off blustery, then settles down, warms up

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 5:06am MDT

A big blow for Friday then calmer conditions Saturday and Sunday.

For Friday, winds are already picking up the pace and will ramp up through noon. Gusts to 40+ mph will be possible. Daytime high temperatures will top out around 50 degrees around mid-day then a cold front moves in and temperatures will decrease after that. Tonight, winds will be breezy for much of it. Overnight lows will dip into the teens.

Saturday sees calmer conditions prevail. Highs will be in the mid-40s under mostly sunny skies. It will be calm and dry. Saturday night, it will be partly clear with lows in the mid-20s.

Sunday we warm up with temps a bit above normal. Looks for highs around 50 degrees under mostly sunny skies. Overall, it will again be calm and dry.

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday to warm up, see temps near normal, offer up lots of sun

Thursday, December 1st, 2022 4:54am MDT

A pretty nice way to start the month of December. We will finally warm up a decent bit and enjoy calm, dry conditions.

Mostly sunny skies start us off and will be with us throughout the day. High temperatures today will top out right near the average high for the date of 47 degrees.

Tonight, winds will be increasing and it will become pretty breezy. Lows will bottom out around freezing, not too cold thanks to the downslope winds.

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Calm, dry conditions and chilly temps for Wednesday

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 4:59am MDT

The storm is gone but the cold is going to linger one more day. Look for lots of sun above but temps well below normal.

Mostly sunny skies start us off and will be with us throughout the day. Overall, conditions will be calm and dry. High temperatures will top out in the mid-30s, about 10 degrees below normal.

Tonight, temperatures will drop into the teens with partly clear skies overhead.

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Tuesday offers up AM snow, then some nasty cold

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 5:15am MDT

The storm system is performing pretty much as expected, delivering our latest snowfall. It will move out this morning but in its wake, we will remain quite cold.

Look for cloudy skies and light snow until about 10:00am. Another inch or so of accumulation can be expected. After that, the snow will quickly end with only some flurries expected into the afternoon.

By mid-afternoon, we should be seeing some blue above. High temperatures today will only reach around 20 degrees.

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 2:00pm although it may get dropped early if things clear out quick enough.  Winter Weather Briefing Page.

Tonight, with skies clearing, we will be quite cold. Look for lows to push close to single digits.

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November 2022 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 4:30am MDT
A barn settled in among the fading fall colors. (Bill Hutchinson)

A barn settled in among the fading fall colors. (Bill Hutchinson)

Typically November is a quiet weather month with plenty of nice, fall days but it can also turn wet with healthy doses of snow and moisture.  The wide variety of conditions can create picturesque scenes ranging from blue skies and snow-capped mountains to a wintry wonderland in the metro area.

November is the second snowiest month of the year so winter conditions are not unusual.  Typically though, these bouts of cold are short-lived and normal daytime conditions are pleasant.

Outdoor activities continue to be quite popular during the month.  The cooling temperatures do oftentimes lead to an increase in wildlife activity.

All of the above help lead to a month in which a wide variety of scenes, flora and fauna can be captured.

  • Slideshow updated November 30, 2022
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Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather-related imagery.

Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted in images captured from yours and our cameras.

What is missing in the slideshow above?  Your photo!

Our monthly photo slideshow is going to feature images that we have taken but more importantly images that you have captured.  The photos can be of anything even remotely weather-related.

Landscapes, current conditions, wildlife, pets, kids.  Whimsical, newsy, artsy.  Taken at the zoo, some other area attraction, a local park, a national park or your backyard.  You name it, we want to see and share it!

Images can be taken in Thornton, Denver or anywhere across the extraordinary Centennial State.  We’ll even take some from out of state if we can tie it to Colorado somehow.

We’ll keep the criteria very open to interpretation with just about any image eligible to be shown in our slideshows.

What do you win for having your image in our slideshow?  We are just a ‘mom and pop’ outfit and make no money from our site so we really don’t have the means to provide prizes.  However you will have our undying gratitude and the satisfaction that your images are shared on the most popular website in Thornton.

To share you images with us and get them included in the slideshow just email them to us or share them with ThorntonWeather.com on any of the various social media outlets.  Links are provided below.

So come on, get those camera’s rolling!

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Sun and slightly warmer than normal temps for Monday, snow arrives tonight

Monday, November 28th, 2022 5:03am MDT

A little bit of this and a little bit of that for the weather forecast for the next 36 hours or so. We start out nice enough with a relatively pleasant day today but tonight a storm system moves in bringing snow that will have a bit of an impact tomorrow.

For today, mostly sunny skies will be above for the majority of the day with a bit of an increase in cloud cover in the mid to late afternoon. Daytime conditions will be dry with some breezy winds in the afternoon. Highs will top out in the low 50s.

Tonight, the storm system arrives. We may see a few light flurries in the evening and into the first part of the night. Snow is expected to increase in coverage and intensity after midnight with lows dipping to around 20 degrees. By dawn tomorrow we could have an inch or so on the ground.

The bulk of the snow looks to come tomorrow morning between about 6:00am and noon. Your morning commute may very well be impacted so plan accordingly. Total accumulations for us look to be on the order of 2 to 4 inches with an outside chance for more.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be going into effect at 2:00am tonight and running through 2:00pm tomorrow. You can read the full advisory here.

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