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Denver sets record for warmest temperature reading ever in February

Friday, February 10th, 2017 3:30pm MDT

Record High TemperaturesWe knew it was going to be warm and windy today and boy was it! Downslope winds kept things warm in the early morning hours and it went up a good ways from there.

At 1:38pm the temperature at Denver International Airport where the Mile High City’s official measurements are taken reached 80 degrees.

This easily bested the record high temperature for this date (71 degrees in 1951).  More notably that also is the warmest temperature reading ever in February in Denver.  The old warmest February reading of 77 degrees was recorded on February 4, 1890 and February 28, 2006.

Here in Thornton, we were a touch warmer than Denver with a high of 80.5 degrees at 1:22pm.

As for the wind, it kicked into high gear at around 2:00am.  Our top gust of 48.3 mph occurred at 8:15am.

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Astronaut tweets nighttime image of Colorado Front Range

Friday, February 10th, 2017 6:12am MDT

Only a select few have the privilege of viewing our planet from space so those of us more grounded live vicariously through the images they send back. Astronaut Shane Kimbrough gave us a look at a lit up Front Range from Colorado Springs to Cheyenne in an image he tweeted out.

All the major population centers are clearly visible.  The nighttime lights of Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, Cheyenne and even Fort Morgan out on the plains are all visible.  The Denver / Boulder office of the National Weather Service tweeted out a copy of the image labeled with the cities to provide some context.

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Extraordinary warmth to be followed by unsettled conditions for Thornton’s weekend

Friday, February 10th, 2017 5:03am MDT

A bit of a mixed bag of weather for us over the three-day period. We will see potentially record-setting warmth today to be followed by cooler temperatures and chances for precipitation Saturday and Sunday.

For today, we start out extraordinarily warm due to those strong, warm downslope winds. That gives us a head start toward a forecast high of 74 degrees. The record high for today’s date is 71 degrees set in 1951 so it certainly is in jeopardy. The wind forecast is a bit tricky but we do expect it to settle down a bit but remain breezy. Overnight tonight it will be partly cloudy with temperature dropping to the low 40s.

A weak system moves through tomorrow and will impact the bulk of the weekend. Cloud cover will be increasing tomorrow and by the end of the day it will be mostly cloudy. Temperatures will remain above normal, although cooler than today, with highs in the mid-50s. We may see a few raindrops in the afternoon with rain becoming more likely in the evening. Saturday night / Sunday morning get colder with lows dropping to the mid-20s.

On Sunday the system works its way out but not until we see just a slight chance for a little bit of snow early in the morning. Then we should see skies gradually clear and we work toward a high in the mid-40s, right near normal.

Have a great weekend!

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Thornton’s Thursday continues the very mild temps, breezy winds

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 4:57am MDT

We are going to continue our unseasonably warm and dry weather with more of the same today. Winds will still be breezy but not near as much so as yesterday.

Mostly sunny skies start things off and you can expect similar sky conditions throughout the day. Temperatures are starting out a bit chilly but will warm quickly as we head toward a high in the upper 60s. The record high for today’s date is 73 (normal 45) so we will be close but should fall short of a record.

As for the winds, they will be out of the southwest at 15mph or so, gusting to 25 to 30mph at different times.

Overnight tonight the mercury will drop to the mid-40s under partly cloudy skies.

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Science Journal Has No Plans To Retract A NOAA Study, Despite Data Manipulation Concerns

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 8:25am MDT

The chief executive of a prominent science group said they currently have no intention of retracting a study at the center of a controversy involving accusations of scientific malpractice by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. Rush Holt, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), told lawmakers Tuesday he saw no… » Click here to read the rest of Science Journal Has No Plans To Retract A NOAA Study, Despite Data Manipulation Concerns

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Wednesday brings mild temperatures, windy conditions

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 5:06am MDT

Thornton will enjoy another day with unseasonably warm temperatures. Enjoyment of that however will be significantly curtailed by strong winds for much of the day.

We start out the day with mostly sunny skies and will see more of the same throughout the day. The downslope winds have things starting mild this morning and will help push us toward a high in the upper 50s.

Wind speeds will increase this morning, peaking around noon with gusts to 45 mph being possible. After about 3:00pm or so we should start to see the wind ease and overnight they will be calm.

Tonight into tomorrow morning look for mostly clear skies as we dip toward a low of 33 degrees or so.

Keep an eye on the mercury and the wind speeds here.

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Washington Times editorial: An inconvenient stretcher

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 8:26am MDT

Bold predictions have a way of disappointing. Al Gore, whose extreme forecasts of climate catastrophe have yet to prove out, should take note. Blunders in the digital age are difficult to erase. That moving finger writes in permanent ink. Mr. Gore, a self-described “recovering politician” who has gone from Washington to fame and million-dollar fortune (and… » Click here to read the rest of Washington Times editorial: An inconvenient stretcher

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Lake Michigan Meteor Lights Up Sky In Several States

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 8:20am MDT

A meteor lit up the sky Monday night and was spotted by several people across the Midwest, according to reports. The meteor, which was seen passing across Lake Michigan, was witnessed by spectators in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan around 1:30 a.m. local time, the American Meteor Society reported. Several people from the Midwest took to… » Click here to read the rest of Lake Michigan Meteor Lights Up Sky In Several States

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Another warm and breezy day Tuesday

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 5:13am MDT

Thornton will enjoy another very mild day today with temperatures approaching 20 degrees above normal. There will however also be a healthy dose of wind to go along with it.

We start out the day with mostly sunny skies and will see a little bit of increase in cloud cover as the day progresses. Temperatures will once again warm quickly and we can expect a high in the low to mid-60s. Winds will continue throughout the day with gusts around 30 mph being possible.

A cold front will backdoor its way into the state later but we don’t expect it to come far enough west to impact us much. We do see just the slightest chance for a few drops of rain after 4:00pm into the late evening. Overnight tonight partly to mostly clear skies will be above and temperatures will drop to around 40 degrees.

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Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Firehose Lava Flow Finally Cut Off

Monday, February 6th, 2017 8:22am MDT

The firehose lava flow that had been spilling out of a seaside cliff on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano since New Year’s Eve finally stopped Thursday after a portion of the cliff collapsed, according to reports. Hawaii Volcano Observatory geologists were at the site observing a large crack in a section of the cliff and were able to… » Click here to read the rest of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Firehose Lava Flow Finally Cut Off

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