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Thursday in Thornton offers more of the same mild temperatures, thunderstorm chances

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023 4:53am MDT

We continue with a virtual carbon copy of forecasts from recent days today. Temps will be near normal and the afternoon and evening will offer up some thunderstorm activity.

With increased moisture aloft, we will see a few more clouds today. Highs will again reach the mid to upper 80s. The afternoon will see some scattered thunderstorm activity, primarily from about 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Gusty winds and brief, heavy rain look to be the threats for us. Some severe storms will be possible but those should stay to our east.

Tonight, a few storms may linger after dark but activity will be weaker and more widespread. Skies will be partly clear with overnight lows around 60 degrees.

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Wednesday to offer warm temperatures, scattered thunderstorms

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023 4:52am MDT

Not a heck of a lot of difference in our weather forecast today from what we experienced yesterday. Once again we will see temps near normal and some thunderstorms can be expected.

The day starts with partly to mostly sunny skies and those will continue through the morning. High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s. The afternoon will see some thunderstorm development, mainly after 3:00pm. Right now, it doesn’t appear storms will be particularly strong or widespread.

This evening, storm activity will continue to be possible until about 8:00pm then there will be just a slight chance for overnight activity. Lows tonight will dip to the low 60s.

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July 2023 weather recap: A warm, wet summer month

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023 10:04am MDT
Thornton, Colorado’s July 2023 temperature summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Thornton, Colorado’s July 2023 temperature summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

After a couple of months of cool, damp weather, we were hoping to warm up and dry out. We did get warmer (perhaps more than we would have liked) but we also continued to see a good bit of precipitation.

The first nine days of the month trended largely toward cooler-than-normal temperatures but overall, it was relatively pleasant with only a couple of hot days. We did also see some good moisture although much fell on a single day (1.25 inches on the 4th).

The middle of the month saw things turn hotter and we recorded back-to-back 100-degree days on the 17th and 18th. Rain became less prevalent and was light.

For the final third of the month, we continued to be quite warm with only three of the final 11 days seeing temperatures at or below normal. Otherwise, the readings were a good bit above. Three days of the final 11 also delivered more than a quarter inch of rain each.

Thornton’s overall average temperature for July 2023 came in at 74.1 degrees. That is a bit above the running 17-year average for July of 73.7 degrees. Our warmest reading of 100.5 degrees came on the 25th while our coolest of 50.2 degrees came on the 1st.

In the Mile High City, at Denver International Airport where Denver’s official readings are now taken, the month was a bit cooler. They had an overall average for July of 73.9 degrees. Two 98-degree days were their warmest and their coolest was 52 degrees on the 21st.

In terms of precipitation, Thornton had quite a wet one with 3.07 inches falling in our rain bucket. That was well above the 1.96 inches 17-year average and made July 2023 the fourth wettest July of the past 17 years.

For Denver, DIA recorded 2.10 inches, right on par with the Mile High City’s July average of 2.14 inches and far below what Thornton received.

Click here to view Thornton’s complete July 2023 climate summary report.

Thornton, Colorado’s July 2023 precipitation summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)

Thornton, Colorado’s July 2023 precipitation summary. (ThorntonWeather.com)


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Thornton’s August 2023 preview: Temperatures begin to cool, fewer storms intrude

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023 5:05am MDT

As summer vacations wind down and families prepare to send their kids back to school in August, Colorado weather also starts to settle down. The chances for severe weather decrease markedly during August and by the end of the month daytime temperatures are dropping quite a bit as well.

Find out more about what lies ahead with Thornton’s August weather here.

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A little bit cooler Tuesday, good chance for another round of thunderstorms

Tuesday, August 1st, 2023 4:52am MDT

Yesterday’s action was a bit late to get going but it did finally materialize with a sound, light and water show. Today, we look to cool a bit and expect more thunderstorms.

Partly sunny skies start us off, perhaps with a sprinkle of rain. We will then see some clearing this morning until cloud cover increases in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid-80s.

After noon, slight chances for storms start things off then from about 4:00pm to 8:00pm, we may again see some solid activity with wind and heavy rain. A Flood Watch will be in effect from noon to midnight as creeks, rivers, low-lying areas and some roadways may flood.

Tonight, storm activity will end by midnight and skies will see some clearing. Overnight lows will be around 60 degrees.

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July 2023 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Monday, July 31st, 2023 11:44pm MDT
July 21, 2023 - The setting sun lights up thunderstorms. (David Canfield)

July 21, 2023 – The setting sun lights up thunderstorms. (David Canfield)

Colorado offers outdoor opportunities unlike any other state and while the summer heat settles in, photos of the amazing scenes across our state provide a view into why we love it here so much.

The weather this time of year has a pretty standard pattern of quickly warming temperatures followed by afternoon thunderstorms that can cool things down.  These storms sometimes provide a good bit of ‘excitement’ and are a prime photo subject.

  • Slideshow updated July 31, 2023

Recreationalists head outdoors and take advantage of urban, suburban and rural opportunities.  As they do, our abundant wildlife that is found just about anywhere comes into focus.

Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather and nature related imagery.   Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted.

To learn more about how to send your photo to us for inclusion in the slideshow, see below the slideshow.

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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Thornton begins a bit of a cool down Monday, good chance for storms

Monday, July 31st, 2023 4:55am MDT

Finally a break from the heat as the ridge that has stubbornly held in place shifts east and monsoonal flow arrives. The end result will be cooler readings not only today but through the workweek and coming weekend.

For today, increased moisture will give us some clouds today. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 80s. The afternoon brings a slight chance for a thunderstorm but then in the late afternoon / early evening chances increase. Some of those storms may bring heavy rain resulting in flooding and thus a Flood Watch has been issued.

Tonight, showers will be likely until about 9:00pm then become more scattered through the night. Overnight lows will be in the low 60s.

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July 30 to August 5: This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, July 30th, 2023 5:30am MDT

This Week in Denver Weather History

How does 42 degrees sound right about now? That mark is one of the highlights of this week in Denver weather history. It was the low temperature recorded twice in our past and the coldest July temperature on record. Many more notable events have also occurred.

From the National Weather Service:


In 2008…a streak of 24 consecutive days of 90 degrees shattered the previous record of 18 consecutive days established in 1901 and 1874. Ironically…no new single day record high temperatures were set in the month of July. In August however…a record of 104 degrees was set on the 1st…and another record of 103 degrees was set on the 2nd. In addition…a record low min of 70 degrees was set on August 2nd.


In 1987…a streak of 16 consecutive days of 90 degrees ranked 4th on the list of hot streaks. The record of 24 consecutive days was established in the summer of 2008.


In 1956…96 percent of the total precipitation for the month of July occurred over the last five days of the month. Heavy thunderstorms produced 4.00 inches of rainfall at Stapleton Airport. This amount of precipitation in 5 days or less had been exceeded only 3 times in previous record. The last time had been in December of 1913 as snow. Considerable property damage occurred across metro Denver from flooding.


In 1889…dense smoke from forest fires in the mountains obscured the sun over the city for three days.

In 1971…a vigorous cold front late on the 28th produced northeast wind gusts to 39 mph and record breaking cold temperatures on the 29th and 30th. The temperature dipped to 47 degrees on the 29th and 43 degrees on the 30th… Setting record minimums for the dates. Upslope cloudiness along with rain and fog early on the 29th helped set a record low maximum temperature of 58 degrees for the date.


In 1997…heavy rain caused flooding and flash flooding in central portions of Adams and Arapahoe counties. Two homes were extensively damaged when water flooded the basements and adjacent pasture area in Strasburg. Water 4 to 5 feet deep had pooled in the lower lying areas of the town. A portion of Quincy Road was closed in Arapahoe County when 4 feet of water covered the roadway. Rainfall totaled 3.06 inches at Denver International Airport…establishing a new record for 24-hour rainfall in July. The previous record was 2.42 inches set in 1965 on the 24th and 25th.


In 1879…lightning struck a brick kiln in north Denver. Three men were knocked senseless…but all recovered. Rainfall in the city was only 0.09 inch.

In 1881…a thunderstorm dumped heavy rain and hail on the city…causing street flooding and much damage. A heavy torrent of rain fell with 1.10 inches measured in just 20 minutes. Storm total rainfall was 1.60 inches. The rain turned streets into running streams. Wood street crossings were torn up and washed away. The storm caused great damage by flooding many cellars where goods were stored. The brick yards suffered severe damage when the heavy rainfall destroyed many unfired bricks.

In 1913…northeast winds were sustained to 41 mph with gusts to 48 mph.

In 1939…a thunderstorm produced 0.08 inch of rainfall. This was the only measurable precipitation of the month…making the month the second driest July on record.

In 1961…heavy rain and lightning disrupted power lines and caused flooding in Denver. Thunderstorm rains totaled 1.60 inches at 11th and Lincoln in central Denver.

In 1972…the temperature climbed to a high of 100 degrees at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1983…hail 3/4 to 1 inch in diameter fell in central and southeast Denver and in Littleton. Rainfall of 1.50 inches occurred in just 30 minutes in Littleton. There was some street flooding in both cities with wind gusts up to 55 mph.

In 1984…central Aurora was hit by a downpour that produced 1.80 inches of rain and sent water 2 to 3 feet deep into some streets. Before the rain stopped later in the evening… The storm had dropped as much as 2.80 inches of moisture on the city. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled only 0.82 inch at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1985…a tornado was spotted in open country 10 miles southwest of Bennett. No damage was reported. One inch hail was reported in south Lakewood.

In 1997…one man was killed and his girlfriend critically injured when they were struck by lightning on the Kennedy Golf Course in southeast Denver. Both were struck in the head when they took refuge under a tree during a downpour. Lightning struck a home in unincorporated Arapahoe County east of Buckley Field. The fire started in the electrical panel boxes…causing extensive damage to the home. Heavy rain and hail triggered a flash flood in Boulder…which sent water through a window of the financial aid office on the University of Colorado campus. In addition…ceiling tiles…carpets…and dressing rooms were damaged at the Coors Events Center when a pipe draining rainwater broke during the downpour. In all…10 buildings on the campus received water damage estimated at 100 thousand dollars. Hail as large as 1.25 inches in diameter accompanied the heavy rain in Boulder. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.71 inches at Denver International Airport where west winds gusted to 41 mph. This was the greatest calendar day official precipitation ever recorded in July.

In 1998…heavy rain…up to 3 inches in an hour…caused flash flooding problems from Castle Rock to Parker. I-25 north of Castle Rock was closed as high waters covered sections of the highway. Some cars were left floating in the flood waters.

In 2001…a severe thunderstorm produced a wind gust to 70 mph at a wind sensor on the northeast corner of Denver International Airport.

In 2004…a severe thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 71 mph in Evergreen.

In 2005…the temperature climbed to a high of 101 degrees at Denver International Airport. This was a new record maximum temperature for the date. In addition…this was the 7th day of the month with a high temperature of 100 degrees or more…which set a new Denver record for the most 100 degree days in a month…for a season…and in a year.

In 2019…a severe thunderstorm produced a peak wind gust to 58 mph from the north at Denver International Airport.

In 2021…a thunderstorm produced heavy rainfall…anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 inches…produced flash flooding in Erie. Standing water stranded vehicles at the Intersection of Highway 7 and Mountain View Blvd. The fire department had to rescue a few motorists from their vehicles. A couple of basements also flooded.


In 1873…the all-time lowest recorded temperature in July… 42 degrees…occurred. The same temperature also occurred on July 4…1903.

In 1874…during the late afternoon rain and hail fell for 5 minutes followed by brief heavy rain. Pieces of solid ice of irregular shape fell upon the roof of the station. The hail stones measured 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Precipitation (rain and melted hail) was only 0.16 inch.

In 1889…the high temperature climbed to 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1919…heavy thunderstorm rainfall totaled 2.59 inches in downtown Denver during the evening. Rainfall was 1.90 inches in an hour…a new record at that time.

In 1961…over an inch of rain in a short period of time caused flooding of streets and basements in Denver. Rainfall totaled 1.30 inches at 11th and Lincoln in central Denver.

In 1964…the temperature reached 91 degrees in Denver…making this the 27th day of the month that the temperature reached 90 degrees or more. This is the all time record for 90 degree days in a month in Denver.

In 1972…one inch diameter hail fell in Hudson northeast of Denver.

In 1976…during the evening hours extremely heavy thunderstorm rains produced flash flooding in Big Thompson Canyon which killed 144 people between Estes Park and Loveland. No significant weather occurred in metro Denver at the time.

In 1987…1 inch diameter hail fell in Lakewood and 3/4 inch hail fell near Louisville. Southeast Boulder County was drenched with 1.25 inches of rain in just 20 minutes.

In 1993…thunderstorm winds damaged a chimney of a home near Parker.

In 1996…a weak tornado (f0) was sighted 12 miles east of Denver International Airport. No damage was reported.

In 1998…heavy monsoonal thunderstorm rain triggered a mud slide in Blackhawk. The mudslide blocked Main St. and caused an estimated half million dollars in damage to a casino. Heavy thunderstorm rain…up to 3 inches in an hour…caused a flash flood along Buffalo Creek. Portions of County Road 126 just south of the town of Buffalo Creek were washed out. The flood waters nearly washed away the bridge as mud and debris slammed into the structure. Hail to 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell near Idaho Springs.

In 2004…severe thunderstorm winds toppled a 65-foot blue spruce tree in Parker. The tree landed on a home damaging the roof and gutters. The downed tree poked dozens of holes into the shingles.

In 2013…severe thunderstorm winds… with gusts estimated to 80 mph…downed power poles which caused scattered outages in and around Byers…Bennett and Strasburg. Some property damage was also observed. Near Byers…aluminum siding and roofing was peeled off sheds. Large hail…up to one inch in diameter… was reported north of Bennett. At Denver International Airport…a peak wind gust to 40 mph was observed from the northeast.


In 1888…heavy rain in the mountains and foothills caused flooding on clear creek in Golden. The high waters also washed away portions of the railroad tracks in the canyon between Idaho Springs and Golden.

In 1901…the temperature reached a high of 100 degrees in the city.

In 1902…the high temperature climbed to 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1914…a thunderstorm produced 1.00 inch of rainfall in just 21 minutes and north winds sustained at 43 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Rainfall totaled 1.17 inches.

In 1938…the temperature climbed to a high of 100 degrees in downtown Denver…which is the record maximum for the date. The temperature was also recorded on this date in previous years.

In 1976…flight operations at Stapleton International Airport were suspended for 90 minutes when the airport tower radar was knocked out and water reached a foot deep on some taxi ramps after 1.50 inches of rain fell in one hour. Heavy rain also caused minor flooding in east Denver and Aurora where lightning damaged the roof of a home and injured the owner. One young man was swept down a flooded ditch…but was rescued by firemen. A number of rafts were floated in flooded streets. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 1.71 inches at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1978…a tornado damaged a house and broke a power pole 5 miles northwest of Parker. A microburst wind gust to 52 mph briefly reduced visibility to 1 mile in blowing dust at Stapleton International Airport.

In 1985…heavy thunderstorms roared through the southern and western sections of metro Denver…producing large hail and heavy rain. Lightning hit a recreational vehicle trailer causing it to burn. There was a lot of street flooding over western suburbs where rainfall totaled over 2 inches in some areas. One inch diameter hail was reported in Littleton and near Evergreen. Hail piled 4 to 6 inches deep at Tinytown in the foothills southwest of Denver.

In 1990…a small rope-like tornado was spotted in open country 15 miles southeast of centennial airport. No damage was reported from the twister.

In 1992…pilots reported a funnel cloud near the construction site of the new Denver International Airport. A few minutes later…a tornado was reported near Bennett. The tornado remained on the ground for about 18 minutes and was visible from the national weather service office at Stapleton International Airport. Thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph were reported near Bennett and Watkins with a wind gust to 60 mph at Brighton. Two men were injured when struck by lightning. A young man sustained serious injuries when struck by lightning while jet skiing on Cheery Creek Reservoir. A man received only minor injuries when struck by lightning while golfing in Westminster.

In 1994…heavy thunderstorm rains in the foothills west of Denver caused the closure of the Virginia Canyon Road north of Idaho Springs by rocks and debris.

In 2001…a 34 year old man on the South Platte River bike path in Denver received minor injuries when lightning struck a nearby tree. Lightning…coupled with strong thunderstorm winds…knocked out electrical power to about 10 thousand homes and businesses in Golden.

In 2006…strong thunderstorms hit southern metro Denver. A severe thunderstorm wind gust estimated to 71 mph knocked down a tree in Aurora near Cherry Creek. Lightning sparked a fire in a home near lone tree and struck a transformer at an RTD light rail station at Interstate 25 and Yosemite Street. Heavy thunderstorm rainfall forced the closure of Arapahoe Road between Holly and Quebec streets due to high water. Flooding was also reported near Park Meadows Mall and Greenwood Village. Heavy rainfall also caused flooding in Highlands Ranch…lone tree…and Parker. Water up to 6 inches deep was reportedly running over the roads.

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In 2020…a worsening drought that started in the spring of 2020…continued through August. The month of August tied with 2011 for the warmest August on record. It also occurred in the middle of the second warmest summer on record. The combination of hot and dry conditions…in addition to critically dry fuels from years of beetle kill…resulted massive wildfires. The Cameron Peak fire…which became the largest wildfire in the state`s history started on August 13th and continued to burn into October. Smoke from this wildfire in addition to several other large wildfires in Colorado and the West resulted in multiple days of extremely poor air quality. In addition…the air quality in Denver and the entire Front Range had deteriorated severely due to the very warm temperatures and high ozone content… which had spiked significantly. In August…26 days in the month equaled or exceeded 90 degrees. » Click here to read the rest of July 30 to August 5: This week in Denver weather history

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More of the same for Thornton’s weekend – very warm temps, some PM storms

Friday, July 28th, 2023 4:52am MDT

Not any notable change in the weather for us from what we experienced this past week. Temps will continue to be above normal and each day of the weekend will have a chance for thunderstorms.

For today, sunny skies start us off and we will be heading toward a high in the mid-90s. The afternoon and evening once again bring some scattered thunderstorm activity. Tonight, lows will be in the low to mid-60s.

Saturday will be pretty much a carbon copy of today but maybe a degree or two cooler. Sun starts us off then some scattered PM thunderstorms can be expected. Highs will be in the mid-90s. Saturday night, lows will be in the low 60s.

Sunday continues the trend. Sunny skies in the AM will be followed by a slight chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Highs will be in the low to mid-90s. Have a great weekend!

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Temps above normal, chance for PM thunderstorms Thursday

Thursday, July 27th, 2023 4:47am MDT

Pretty much a carbon copy day of weather of what we experienced yesterday. Once again, we will see temps a bit above normal and the afternoon and evening will bring scattered thunderstorms.

Mostly sunny skies start us off then there will be increased cloud cover in the afternoon. Highs will reach the mid-90s. After noon, some thunderstorms will develop with the best chance coming between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Gusty winds, some brief, heavy rain will be possible.

Tonight, skies will be partly clear then mostly clear later. Thunderstorm chances will be minimal then end after midnight. Lows will be in the low to mid-60s.

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