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Denver sets record high temperature for November 4

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 6:13pm MST

Record High Temperature

Our mild weather continued today and set another record, the third in the past two days.

Officially, as measured at Denver International Airport, the high temperature today topped out at 77 degrees. This just beat out the previous record high for November 4th of 76 degrees set over 100 years ago in 1915.

Thornton was similarly warm but just a touch cooler, recording a high of 75 degrees for the second day in a row.

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Warm temperatures continue Wednesday with lots of sun, some breezy winds

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 5:14am MST

Another fine looking day ahead for Thornton. Mercury readings will be well above normal and there will be plenty of those beautiful, blue skies above.

Mostly sunny to sunny skies start us off today. The few clouds out there early will give way and we will be clear for most of the day. It will again be dry but we will be tossing in some breezy winds in the afternoon and evening. Highs look to top out in the mid-70s.

Tonight, overnight lows will drop to the mid-40s under mostly clear skies.

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Denver ties one warm weather record for November 3, breaks another

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 11:59pm MST

Record High Temperature

This mild weather has been quite nice but it certainly is not normal for this time of year with mercury readings well above average. The Mile High City saw two weather records tied or broken on Tuesday.

As measured at DIA, Denver saw a high temperature of 79 degrees. This tied the record high for November 3rd last set in 1915.

Additionally, a record high minimum was set as the low temperature only dropped to 48 degrees. This bested the old record of 46 degrees set in 1940.

Here in Thornton, we were cooler across the board with a high of 75 degrees and a low of 37 degrees.

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Tuesday brings a few more clouds but mild temperatures will remain

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 5:02am MST

Moisture aloft is going to bring in some cloud cover today. That however shouldn’t have much of an impact and we will enjoy mercury readings well above normal.

Sunny to mostly sunny skies start us off this morning then cloud cover will slowly increase through the morning and early afternoon. It will not, however, become overly intrusive. Overall conditions will remain calm and dry. Highs today will top out in the mid-70s.

Tonight, lows will drop to the mid-40s under partly clear skies. Have a great day!

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Mild temperatures, calm conditions start of Thornton’s workweek

Monday, November 2nd, 2020 6:13am MST

A fine looking fall day ahead for us, and in fact, the entire week looks to offer up similarly pleasant conditions.

Look for clear, sunny skies this morning and much of the same throughout the day. Conditions will be calm and dry. High temperatures today will top out in the low to mid-70s, well above the average high for today’s date of 58 degrees.

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear with overnight lows dropping to around 40 degrees.

Looking ahead at the rest of your week, we expect similar, mild conditions through Friday. The latter part of the coming weekend may offer our next chance for precipitation. Have a look at the extended forecast here.

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November 1 to November 7: This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, November 1st, 2020 4:46am MST

This Week in Denver Weather History

As we enter Denver’s second snowiest month, we of course see plenty of events involving that dominant weather condition.  Sadly we also see two occasions when the winter-like weather turned deadly.

From the National Weather Service:

From the 29th to the 1st:

In 1972…heavy snowfall totaled 15.5 inches at Stapleton International Airport.  However…the heaviest snow occurred on Halloween night when 7 inches fell on trick-or-treaters during a short 3-hour period.  I-25 was closed south of Denver.  North winds gusting to 29 mph caused some blowing snow on the 1st.  The snow started late on the 29th and ended during the mid afternoon on the 1st.  The greatest snow depth on the ground at Stapleton International Airport was 13 inches on the 1st.

From the 31st to the 1st:

In 1951…6.4 inches of snowfall were measured at Stapleton Airport.

In 1989…a Halloween storm dropped 3 to 6 inches of snow on metro Denver with the adjacent foothills receiving 5 to 10 inches.  Snowfall totaled 4.5 inches at Stapleton International Airport…where north winds gusted to 31 mph on the 31st.  Most of the snow fell on the evening of the 31st…but the storm left icy streets throughout metro Denver on the morning of the 1st…making it a “spooky” commute for many motorists.

In 2004…heavy snow fell in and near the foothills of Jefferson and Douglas counties.  Storm total snowfall included:  14.5 inches in Aspen Park…10 inches at Roxborough State Park and near Sedalia…8 inches near Bergen Park…and 7 inches in Highlands Ranch.  Snowfall totaled only 3.2 inches in the Denver Stapleton area.  Post-frontal northeast winds gusted to 41 mph at Denver International Airport.

On the 1st:

In 1896…northwest Chinook winds sustained to 40 mph with gusts to 46 mph warmed the temperature to a high of 60 degrees in the city.

In 1973…wind gusts to 92 mph were recorded in Boulder. West winds gusted to 41 mph at Stapleton International Airport where the Chinook winds warmed the temperature to a high of 70 degrees.

In 1989…a 39-year-old Lakewood man in a motorized wheelchair was found dead of exposure early in the morning after an overnight snowfall dumped 3 to 6 inches of snow across metro Denver.

From the 1st to the 2nd:

In 1892…snowfall totaled 5.0 inches in downtown Denver. This was the only snow of the month.

In 1956…heavy snowfall totaled 7.0 inches at Stapleton Airport.  The storm was accompanied by much blowing and drifting snow.  North winds gusted to 47 mph.

In 1991…the storm system which hit the Front Range at the end of October finished the job during the start of November.  Six inches of new snow were recorded at both Rollinsville and Morrison…while 2.9 inches of snow fell at Stapleton International Airport where northeast winds gusted to 17 mph.  The temperature climbed to a high of only 19 degrees on the 2nd…setting a record low maximum for the date.

In 1995…a winter storm dropped 5 to 8 inches of snow in the Front Range foothills.  The exception was at Golden gate canyon where a foot of new snow was measured.  Icy roads…fog…and blowing snow along I-70 in the foothills west of Denver caused dozens of accidents.  One man was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected when his truck hit a median and rolled over.  At least 20 other accidents involved minor injuries.  Only 1.0 inch of snow fell at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport where some freezing rain also fell.

On the 2nd:

In 1939…a trace of snow fell over downtown Denver.  This snow…along with a trace of snow on the 9th…was the only snow of the month…ranking it…along with other months…the second least snowiest November on record.

In 1967…post-cold frontal heavy snowfall totaled 6.2 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 29 mph…briefly reducing the visibility to 1/8 mile.

In 1992…the first major snowfall of the season dumped 4.6 inches of snow at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 26 mph.  Heavier amounts of snow fell in and near the foothills with 8 inches at Conifer… Empire…and bailey…6 inches at Rollinsville and Golden Gate Canyon…and 4 inches at Morrison and Wheat Ridge.

In 2011…a storm system brought another around of moderate to heavy snow to the region. Areas in and near the Front Range foothills and palmer divide were hit the hardest. Gusty winds also produced blizzard conditions at times along the Palmer Divide. In addition…the snow and blowing snow forced several school closures in Douglas and Weld counties. Snow drifts…from 1 to 3 feet deep were reported in the northern portion of Douglas and Elbert counties. Storm totals included: 14 inches…4 miles south of Boulder and 12.5 miles northwest of Golden…13 inches… 5 miles east-southeast of Aspen Springs; 12 inches near Allenspark and Parker; 11 inches…6 miles southwest of Castle Rock…Genesee… 9 miles north-northeast of Elizabeth…10 inches… 10 miles south-southeast of Buckley AFB. At the National Weather Service in Boulder… 7.9 inches of snow was recorded…with 4.5 inches observed at Denver International Airport.

From the 2nd to the 3rd:

In 1974…heavy snowfall totaled 6.1 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 23 mph on the 3rd.  Most of the snow fell on the 3rd.  Maximum snow depth on the ground was 5 inches.

In 1990…a winter storm dumped 3 to 8 inches of heavy wet snow across metro Denver.  In the foothills snow amounts ranged from 4 to 10 inches.  Slushy snow and ice-covered roads snarled traffic.  The snow…ice…and poor visibilities were blamed for numerous traffic accidents.  Low clouds… Fog…and snow delayed air traffic at Stapleton International Airport for at least 90 minutes on the afternoon of the 2nd. Snowfall totaled 5.4 inches at Stapleton International Airport where north winds gusted to 21 mph.

From the 2nd to the 5th:

In 1946…a major snow storm dumped 30.4 inches of heavy snowfall downtown and 31.0 inches at Stapleton Airport. The winter storm closed schools and disrupted all forms of transportation in the city.  The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 28 inches at the airport.  The duration of the snowfall…from 4:22 am on the 2nd to 3:08 am on the 5th… A total of 70 hours and 46 minutes…is the second longest period of continuous precipitation on record and the second heaviest snowfall of record at the time in Denver.  The 17.7 inches of snowfall on the 2nd and 3rd was the greatest 24- hour snowfall ever recorded during the month of November. Buses and street cars had a difficult time…and many cars were abandoned along roadsides and streets for several days. Secondary roads in rural areas were blocked for 2 to 3 weeks.  Several buildings in the city collapsed or were damaged from the weight of the heavy snow.  Football games were canceled.  Livestock losses were high over eastern Colorado.  The precipitation from this storm alone exceeded the greatest amount ever recorded in Denver during the entire month of November previously.  The precipitation recorded downtown was 2.03 inches…and the previous record for the entire month of November was 1.95 inches in 1922. North winds were sustained to 26 mph on the 2nd.

» Click here to read the rest of November 1 to November 7: This week in Denver weather history

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Time to “fall back” as Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 1

Friday, October 30th, 2020 5:57am MST
The United States returns to Standard Time at 2:00am Sunday as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

The United States returns to Standard Time at 2:00am Sunday as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end.

The biannual ritual of changing our clocks to adjust for Daylight Saving Time occurs this weekend, providing yet another signal of the changing of seasons.  The United States will ‘fall back’ one hour at 2:00am Sunday morning as we return to Standard Time.

The ritual of changing our clocks twice a year can be met with some resistance as some people struggle to adjust their body’s internal clock.  Others actually like the return to standard time as they get to enjoy an extra hour of sleep.

The time change definitely has big effects on the dawning of daylight and how early it gets dark in the evening.

Sunrise on Saturday occurs at 7:28am but on Sunday it will be at 6:29am. Similarly, sunset will occur at 5:58pm on Saturday but on Sunday the sun will disappear over the horizon at 4:57pm.

For many this means that when they get home from work it will now be dark and outdoor activities will be significantly curtailed as a result.

Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time and remain on Standard Time year round.    The U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands also do not observe the event.

It won’t be all that long though before Daylight Saving Time returns.  On March 14, 2021 we will ‘spring forward.’

Daylight Saving Time Schedule

The mandated beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time has changed in the United States over the years.

The most recent schedule was set by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and took effect in 2007.  We now ‘spring forward’ to begin Daylight Saving Time on the second Sunday in March and ‘fall back’ with the return to Standard Time on the first Sunday in November.

Daylight Savings Time Dates

Year DST Begins 2 a.m.
(Second Sunday in March)
DST Ends 2 a.m.
(First Sunday in November)
2020 8 March 2020 1 November 2020
2021 14 March 2021 7 November 2021
2022 13 March 2022 6 November 2022
2023 12 March 2023 5 November 2023
2024 10 March 2024 3 November 2024
2025 9 March 2025 2 November 2025
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Thornton’s weekend to bring calm, pleasant weather conditions

Friday, October 30th, 2020 5:04am MST

A nice, quiet weekend ahead. We will start out mild and then cool down a bit with temperatures right near average for the dates.

For Friday, look for sunny skies above throughout the day. Highs will top out in the upper 60s. Tonight, skies will be mostly clear and overnight lows will drop to the mid-40s.

Halloween will be cooler as a cold front pushes through in the morning but it will remain dry and calm. Highs will be in the upper 50s under sunny skies. Saturday night into Sunday, lows will drop to below freezing under mostly clear skies.

Sunday sees things warm back up just a bit with highs in the low 60s under sunny skies.

Have a great weekend!

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October 2020 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Thursday, October 29th, 2020 9:09am MST
The Cameron Peak Fire sends smoke into the sky on October 7, 2020. (David Canfield)

The Cameron Peak Fire sends smoke into the sky on October 7, 2020. (David Canfield)

October in Thornton can bring a wide variety of weather conditions, perfect for the photographer in all of us.

The month brings the changing of the colors at Colorado’s lower elevations and it is also is typically when we see our first freeze and first snow.

Couple those facts with our usual widely varying landscapes and wildlife and we have a month that is sure to bring in plenty of photo opportunities.

  • Slideshow updated October 27, 2020
  • To learn more about how to send your photo to us for inclusion in the slideshow, see below the slideshow.

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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Seasonal temperatures, calm and dry conditions for Thornton’s Thursday

Thursday, October 29th, 2020 5:25am MST

A pretty nice fall day ahead for us. We will enjoy lots of sun and temperatures right near average for the date.

The day starts off with sunny skies and sunny to mostly sunny skies will persist throughout the day. Overall conditions will be calm and dry. Highs today will top out right near the 60 degree mark, average for the date.

Tonight, skies remain clear with overnight lows a bit below freezing.


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