Our website is constantly changing as new features are added and old ones are updated. Check here to learn what new features have been added lately. If you have a suggestion for a new feature or changes you would like to see, please contact us and let us know!
Not directly weather-related but added live video feeds provided by NASA. Both are available from the Almanac > Astronomy & Space menu on the left.
- NASA TV live feed – This is NASA’s television channel providing coverage of what the space agency is doing.
- ISS live feed – Live video from the International Space Station. Live video of specific tasks being performed by the astronauts is shown or oftentimes live video from the station’s exterior cameras.
- The map on our Northeastern Colorado River Heights and Flood Status page was not working due to changes in the feed from the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. The page has now been updated and incorporates an interactive map. It also displays river heights and flood status for locations across northeastern Colorado. You can find the page in the Almanac menu at the left.
- We noticed our Record Weather Event page that is fed from data from the National Weather Service was not working properly. This was due to some changes by the NWS. We have fixed this now and you can always check to see what recent record-breaking weather we have experienced by selecting the Denver / Boulder office from the drop down on the page. The page itself is under the Almanac / National Weather Service menu on the left.
- Some much-needed behind the scenes work. The computer that powers all of our weather equipment – the station software, radar, lightning detector, website, etc – was on its last leg. It served us well for 5 years and it was time to go. This weekend we replaced the computer with a brand new one with far more computing power. The upgrade will allow us to continue to bring you the best local weather information and news in Thornton.
- Due to changes in the way the U.S. Geological Survey formats its data, we updated our earthquake pages. The new pages now use a Google map to display recent temblors. We also have two earthquake pages now: One for quakes within a 500 mile radius of Denver, and one for all earthquakes globally. You can find the pages in the Almanac menu on the left.
- Changes to our Live Weather Gauges page. Gauges are a bit bigger and easier to read, we added a wind rose, the scrolling text display now shows the forecast and at the bottom you can select different units of measure.
- We changed our west facing webcam orientation pointing it a bit more vertical. This will allow a better view of the skies above while still maintaining perspective of nearby trees.
- We’ve updated our monthly tables for Denver’s “Normals, Means & Extremes” and “”Top 10″ Precipitation & Temp”. You can find them under the Almanac menu on the left then go to Climatology & Records. You can also click here.
- Some time ago we added a WeatherNation TV page that allows you to view broadcasts from the network live on our site. Now we have added a National & International Video News page with the latest from NDN’s providers including CBS, AP and many more. It is available under Area Information to the left and then select Video News.
- The National Weather Service changed their forecast pages and that necessitated changes of our page as well. While the basics are the same, we took the opportunity to do a bit of an upgrade. The page will automatically display the forecast for Thornton as always but now there is a dropdown menu that allows you to easily grab the forecast from more than a dozen other cities across Colorado. Click here to check it out or select ‘NWS 5 day forecast’ from the Forecasts menu on the left.
- We already have a number of ways to view current weather conditions locally and from across the globe – see the Live Conditions menu at the left. One new page we added expands on that and provides conditions from Denver area METAR stations. METARs are permanent weather stations, oftentimes located at airports, that report current conditions in a standardized format (click here for details). Our METAR page reads data from locations like Denver International Airport, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Buckley Air Force Base and a number of other locations and provides their reported weather conditions in an easy to view format. You can access it from the Live Conditions menu on the left or by clicking here.
- Our Lightning Detection Center pages are among our most popular during severe weather season. We have just added a new page that uses StormVue NGX to display lightning activity. Using Flash, the display gives you the ability to zoom in and out, set alarms, choose what type of strikes to display and much more. You can check it out here or find it in the Lightning menu to the left.
For anyone that reads our news section or views or Facebook page, you are well aware of our fondness for satellite imagery. The ‘eyes in the sky’ can provide an amazing view of weather and disasters. We have added two new pages that allow you to view some of the most amazing imagery:
- The NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory Image of the Day provides images on a wide variety of topics from weather to climate. We have a new page that allows you to easily view the IOTD. You can find it here or in the Almanac menu to the left.
- NASA satellites and spacecraft of course take amazing imagery as well, many of which are curated by the Earth Observatory. We now feature the Natural Hazards and EO Image of the Day on a special page. You can find it here or in the Almanac menu to the left.
With severe weather season approaching and a major tornado outbreak having occurred in recent days, we did some related work on the site. Both of the pages mentioned can be accessed from the Severe Weather menu item on the left.
- Our Tornado Season Statistics page received a major revamping. Graphs for tornado counts to date as well as historical information for the United States was added.
- From 1950 to 2010 Adams County saw 156 tornadoes, the fourth most of any county in the United States. Weld County just to our north is the #1 county in the nation. You can now check out Colorado’s rather prolific tornado history with our new Interactive Colorado Tornado History Map page. How close have twisters come to where you live?
- Operating ThorntonWeather.com is a very expensive endeavor done only to provide a public service. You can help support our site and its operation and maintenance by making a donation. Click here to learn why you should donate and how to do it or select Donate from the bottom of the menu to the left.
- Another way to view Thornton’s current weather in real time. Our new Live Weather Gauges are a great way to see exactly what is happening outside right now. You can access the page from the Live Conditions menu on the left.
- Note: The new page uses HTML5 and as such a current browser is required – old versions of Internet Explorer will not work. For older browsers, our Weather Display Live page uses Flash and will work fine.
- WeatherNation provides an alternative to that other weather channel. Unlike their competitors, WeatherNation is weather 24/7 – Not movies, not dramas. When you want weather, this is the place to watch it. We have created a page with a live feed of WeatherNation TV. You can access it in the Forecasts menu to the left.
- With winter weather arriving regularly now, school and business closures become more frequent. We have created a School & Business Closure page that will let you know if the kiddos have school today or not. The page is available under the Winter Weather menu to the left.
- Get ready to hit the slopes! We have updated our Snow and Ski Report Page with reports from OnTheSnow.com. This new interactive page allows you to view conditions not only in Colorado but across the United States and the globe.
Just in time for winter weather, we have enhanced some of our related pages and added some new ones.
- First up is a completely revamped Winter Weather Briefing page, your one-stop shop when the weather turns wintry. From the latest weather warnings to radar, webcams, and links to other related pages on ThorntonWeather.com, it has it all and is the go to source when the snow flies and the mercury drops.
- Two new winter weather related pages have been added:
- Lastly, if you look at the main menu to the left, you will notice a dedicated Winter Weather menu item. Within are links to the most common related pages for the season.
- With severe weather season upon us, we have created a new Severe Weather Briefing Page. This page serves as a ‘one stop shop’ for everything related to severe weather in our area. At a glance you can see current watches and warnings, radar, lightning activity and other related imagery. Clicking on any will take you to the appropriate page dedicated to that data. The page also contains links to all the relevant pages on ThorntonWeather.com related to severe weather. You can click here to go to the page or you can find it in the Severe Weather menu to the left. When severe weather strikes, this is the page to check out!
- The Storm Prediction Center is the National Weather Service’s main division for issuing and disseminating severe weather information. We have pulled together all of the images and data from the SPC into one location on our new SPC Main Page. From severe weather outlooks to storm reports and fire weather outlooks, this page links to all of the relevant information. You can click here to go to the page or you can find it in the Severe Weather menu to the left.
- Courtesy of the Weather Underground, we have incorporated their ‘Wundermap’ in two places.
- First is the Wundermap radar which provides an interactive way to view the radar. You can pan and zoom the radar not only for Thornton but for the entire nation. You can find the Interactive Radar in the Radar & Maps menu to the left.
- Second is the Wundermap current conditions which displays current conditions from personal weather stations like ThorntonWeather.com for the Denver area but again, also for the entire nation. You can find the Wundermap conditions in the Live Conditions menu to the left.
- New National Weather Warning Map. Much like the northeastern Colorado warning map we added recently, this map provides a clickable map but now for the entire nation. By clicking on a location you can get current weather watches and warnings for anywhere in the country. You can click here to go to the page or you can find it in the Severe Weather menu to the left.
- We have added a Weather Alert Archive page. This new system will archive all of the weather advisories and warnings received in the Thornton area. As the database grows, it will provide a handy reference for looking back to see what types of severe weather occurred on a given day. You can access it from the link above or by going to Almanac on the menu to the left then Thornton Weather Data.
- New Severe Weather Summary page with clickable watch and warning map. This new page is a tremendous resource for not only viewing watches and warnings here in Thornton but also across Colorado and the nation. You can click on the map to view pertinent information for any location. Interested in the severe weather for another spot in the nation? Select the National Weather Service office location from the drop down and you can view that too. You can click here to go to the page or you can find it in the Severe Weather menu to the left.
- Flooding in northeastern Colorado is a very real threat in the spring and summer having claimed many lives in our history and causing millions of dollars in damage. We have created a new Northeastern Colorado River Heights and Flood Status page to allow you to check the status of major rivers in the region. The latest levels as well as the flood status for the South Platte River, Cache La Poudre River, Big Thompson River, Clear Creek, Bear Creek, South Boulder Creek and St. Vrain Creek are all available. You can access it from the link above or by going to the Almanac menu to the left and selecting ‘River Heights.’
- We’ve created a new interactive graphs page that allows you to retrieve data from any day, month or year since ThorntonWeather.com went live. You can mouse over a given time and it will display the detailed statistic for that time and you can even zoom in on a period of time. The new Detailed Graphs page can be accessed from the Almanac menu to the left and then go to Thornton Weather Data. You can click here to go straight to the page.
- Modified the Weather Warnings / Watches page to display the northeastern Colorado warning map. This provides a good overview of any active warnings in the region.
- Modified the Rocky Mountain Weather Network page to display the list of stations to the right of the map. This way you don’t have to scroll so far to view the conditons below that.
- A totally new satellite imagery page. There is now a much wider variety of satellite image types and regions. The main page allows you to select a region, including northeastern Colorado. From there you are presented with an animated satellite display with a number of color enhancement options. Most notably you can select various overlays including counties, roads, current conditions, radar and much more. Click here to take a look or you can find the link in the Radar & Maps menu on the left.
- Our radar system has been greatly enhanced. Like before you can choose various types of radar displays but now the animation is much higher quality. You can even zoom in! Click here to check it out or you can find the link in the Radar & Maps menu on the left.
- We’ve greatly expanded our Thornton weather statistical pages. We now not only offer summary and detailed statistics for the basics like temperature, rain and wind, we also now have them for sunshine, UV index, barometric pressure and more. You can find these in the Almanac menu to the left. Go to Thornton Weather Data, then select either the summary or detail menu and then the appropriate statistic. For a sample, click here to view the temperature detail page (that also provides links to others).
- What was the hottest place in the world in the past 24 hours? The coldest? The wettest? Find out with our new World Weather Extremes pages. One page is for the entire globe, another for the Northern Hemisphere, one for the Southern Hemisphere and one for the United States. These are found under the Almanac Menu item on the left then go to Weather Extremes.
- When the snow starts flying we have your page for a complete look at the weather. The new Winter Weather Briefing page is a one-stop shop with the latest warnings, radar, webcam images and links to all of the winter weather related pages on ThorntonWeather.com.
- Heading to the high country? You may be interested in our new Alalanche Information & Forecast page. Available in the Forecasts menu on the left, this page features complete forecasts and information from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
- From Abilene, Texas to Yuma, Arizona you can get a look at recent weather conditions and the forecast for many U.S. cities on our U.S. Cities Weather Summary & Forecasts page. These are available from the Forecasts menu to the left.
- We’ve added some new items from the National Weather Service. These are available in the Almanac menu to the left and include:
- We regularly post “this week in Denver weather history” stories to our blog section. You can now take a look at notable weather events from across the nation on our Today in U.S. Weather History page. It is available in the Almanac menu to the left.
- What’s the weather like in Kvænangen, Norway or Rio Turbio, Argentina? How about Perth, Austrailia or Athens, Greece? Now you can find out on our Global Station Map of Affiliated Weather Networks. Much like our Rocky Mountain Weather Network, there are more than 24 other regional weather networks across the globe. At our Global Station Map page, you can view live, realtime weather from hundreds of locations and go directly to the websites of individual weather stations. Check it out here or select ‘Global Weather’ from the Live Condtions menu on the left.
- The Citizen Weather Observer Program (CWOP) is a private-public partnership with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Weather station owners like ThorntonWeather.com participate in this data sharing program to provide wide dissemination of weather data for use by citizens and professional meteorologists. We have proudly taken part in the program for nearly four years. One of the benefits of the program is the ability to compare the accuracy of data from a given station to others in the nearby area. ThorntonWeather.com’s sensor system is designed to ensure you are provided with the most accurate conditions available. You can now view just how accurate our data is by viewing CWOP’s analysis of our system on our CWOP Data Quality page. It is available from the Almanac / Station Data menu on the left or by clicking here.
- With the advent of new advanced mobile phones like the Droid and iPhone, users of these devices are able to view more complete content than ever before. No longer are they limited to totally stripped down versions of web pages. Recognizing the proliferation of these new devices, ThorntonWeather.com has completely revamped our mobile website to provide users of advanced mobile devices a more interactive, graphical experience. You can read more about ThorntonWeather.com Mobile here or just point your mobile browser to http://m.thorntonweather.com to view it first hand.
- We all love the beautiful, clear vistas that living at the base of the Rocky Mountains can bring. However, those mountains also serve to hold in pollution and dust obscuring those views and creating unhealthy breathing conditions. We have created a new Air Quality Conditions & Forecast page to help you monitor Denver’s air. Fed by data from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the page gives you a look at current air quality as well as the forecast for the immediate future. You can view it from the Forecasts menu on the left.
- We’ve added historical detail and summary charts for Thornton’s snowfall. These complement the ones we already had for temperature, wind and precipitation. They are available from the Almanac menu at the left then go to Station Data and you will see them there.
- A whole new way to view the current weather and forecast – Check out the new ‘Weather Window’! You can find it from the Live Conditions menu on the left.
- Did you know the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle (when in orbit) are often times easily seen from Earth? The spacecraft regularly make passes over the United States affording an opportunity to see something extraordinary. Our new Space Station & Space Shuttle Viewing Opportunities page lists when the craft will be visible in Denver / Thornton and provides viewing tips on how best to optimize your chances to see it. You can access the page from the Almanac menu on the left then go to Astronomy & Space.
- Added a map of the Denver metro area to our Snowfall Reports page that will show snowfall as reported by members of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) for the past 24 hours. The snowfall page is under the Almanac menu item on the left.
- New Stormpulse Severe Weather Monitor page. We have use Stormpulse on our Hurricane Tracker page and now it can track severe weather year round. An interactive map with current advisories and warnings, radar and satellite cloud cover is displayed. It is available from the Severe Weather menu item on the left.
- Traffic got you down? Get a heads up on what you will face before you head out with our revamped Denver Traffic page. Realtime road and traffic conditions, webcams, travel times, incidents, construction info and much more! Access it from the Area Information menu item on the left.
- A new way to look at today’s weather forecast. We have added the ‘Weather Story’ from the National Weather Service – A graphical image of what the weather is doing in northeastern Colorado. You can view it from the Forecasts menu on the left.
- What about the weather in the rest of the nation? Now you can find out with our National Weather Forecast page. A forecast map for the current day plus a complete discussion of weather conditions across the United States are provided. You can view it from the Forecasts menu on the left.
- Historical daily detail charts for temperature, wind and precipitation now available. These handy charts are color coded and provide a day by day detailed look at the data from ThorntonWeather.com. They are available from the Almanac menu at the left then go to Station Data and you will see them there.
- The annual winter snowpack is critical to residents of Colorado and the western United States as that is where a great deal of our water comes from. You can now monitor the snowpack of the major basins with our SNOTEL Snowpack Report. You can view it from the Almanac menu on the left.
- What exactly is the weather going to be like at a given time over the next 48 hours? Now you can tell with our graphical 48 Hour Point Forecast. It is available in the Forecasts menu on the left.
- What did the radar look like on May 22, 2008 when the Windsor tornado struck? Or on June 7, 2009 when a tornado touched down in Parker and damaged the Southlands Mall? You can now pull up radar data archives going back to 2006 on our Radar Data Archives page. Access it from the Radar menu on the left.
- What’s the weather like ‘up there’? Find out with our new Space Weather page. Great information about solar activity with links to educational information. You can get to it via the Almanac menu item on the left then go to Astronomy and Space.
- New ThorntonWeather.com monthly summary charts for temperature, precipitation and wind have been added. These handy charts provide a cool graphical look at highs, lows, averages and much more. They are available from the Almanac menu at the left then go to Station Data and you will see them there.
- Our Weather Links page has been updated with dozens of new links covering everything from climate and historical data to forecasting and tropical weather.
- If you haven’t seen it, check out our news story Internet resources for wildfire information and education. The article has dozens of links to wildfire related information.
Always busy and always adding new pages! In recent weeks we have added a number of things you may want to check out:
- A new ‘dashboard’ on the homepage! We have greatly expanded our dashboard of live conditions on the site’s homepage. Now all sorts of new and important weather information is available – all updated live and in real time! Special thanks to Scott at Webster Weather Live for his work on this!
- ThorntonWeather.com is on Twitter! Our Twitter feed has regularly updated conditions, forecasts, weather warnings and much more. If you Twitter, check out our tweets! You can get to our Twitter feed and follow us using the Twitter logo at the left or by clicking here. Thank you to Mike at Long Beach Weather (WA) for providing the scripts that allow us to make this possible.
- We’ve added a new ‘Weather Station Records & Averages’ page with live updates of current conditions but also with highs and lows for the month, year and all-time since ThorntonWeather.com came online in November 2006. The page is available in the Almanac menu on the left. Special thanks to Scott at Webster Weather Live for his work on this!
- A “Day by Day History” of data recorded at ThrontonWeather.com is now available. This lets you view any day / month since we came online and view all the important statistics for that day. The page is available in the Almanac menu on the left.
- Gas prices! We now have a Gas Price Watch page that lists the 10 lowest gas prices found in Thornton. Not in Thornton? No problem. We have a national map that you can use to pin-point prices wherever you are at or wherever you are going to. You can find the Gas Price Watch page in the menu on the left under Area Information.
- Modified menu. We have slightly modified the main navigation menu on the left and added an Area Information button / section. In there we have consolidated some of the pages of our site that aren’t directly related to weather including our Live Denver Traffic, Colorado Road Conditions report, Gas Price Watch, Airport and Flight Status and Colorado Ski Conditions.
- Is that flight leaving or arriving on time? Now you can find out on our Airport and Flight Status page. From there you can see the status of all the major airports in the nation, check on status of individual flights and view a list of flights arriving and departing from Denver International Airport (DIA) and see their status as well! This is available from the Live Conditions menu on the left.
- Added a new ThorntonWeather.com station records and averages page. This is a great page to see the weather records by day, month, year and all-time as recorded by ThorntonWeather.com. It is available from the Almanac menu on the left.
New stuff! Added:
- Who’s online right now with ThorntonWeather.com? Now you can find out! We have one page that displays the details and another that displays a map of visitors:
- National Weather Service Public Information Statements – A great resource.
- National Weather Service Winter Weather Statements – Statements from the NWS dedicated to winter weather.
Both items can be found under the Almanac menu on the left.
- Updated the Denver Cold Weather Statistics through the current date. A link to this page and other interesting climate type pages can be found on our Denver and Colorado Climatology page.
- Added the Colorado Ski Conditions from Colorado Ski Country USA. It is available under the Live Conditions menu on the left.
- Modified the Weather Maps page to start off showing the approaching systems (vice radar). Also changed the selection menu at the bottom of the page to show regional information on top.
- Added a National Maps page and menu item under the Radar & Maps menu.
- Added a Colorado Road Conditions page with current state highway conditions from CDOT. Available from the Live Condtions menu on the left.
- Added a live Denver traffic map. Available from the Live Condtions menu on the left.
- Added a number of national maps from the Weather Channel. These are available under the Radar & Maps menu on the left and include:
- Added a site search function. ThorntonWeather.com now has hundreds of pages of weather information, statistics, news stories and more. Finding what you are looking for is now easier thanks to our search engine. You can access it from the link on the left menu.
- Added “Share This” to the left sidebar. Share This allows you to quickly post about a page on our site to your own blog or email a page to anyone you know. This makes it much easier to tell other folks about the great stuff on ThorntonWeather.com! Just click on the link to see how it works.
Some new features added today:
- Colorado Current Regional Condtions page. Updated every hour with conditions from across the state. Available from the Live Conditions menu on the left.
- Denver Metro Area Snow Statistics. Including ThorntonWeather.com snow measurements as well as the official Denver snowfall totals. Available from the Almanac menu on the left.
- Tornado Season Statistics page. From the Storm Prediction Center, statistics on the number of tornadoes and the number of tornado-related deaths. Available from the Severe Weather menu on the left.
One new feature, one updated feature:
- We have added the Fire Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. It is available under the severe weather menu item on the left.
- We have added a number of new traffic / weather cams from CDOT to our other area webcams page.
- We’ve added the various long range climate outlooks from the Climate Prediction center. These are available from the Forecast menu on the left.
Four new features added today.
- An Outdoor Activities Forecast from the National Weather Service. These provide a brief, quick look at the weather for those planning outdoor recreation today and in the coming days. You can access it from the Forecasts menu on the left.
- A Colorado Road Conditions report from the Colorado Department of Transportation. These are updated every three hours and provide a look at current road conditions across the Denver metro area and the entire state.
- A Statewide City Forecast. Now you can view forecasts at a glance for other Colorado cities including Burlington, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, Craig, Grand Junction, and Durango. The forecast is available from the Forecasts menu on the left.
- We now have a Tropical and Hurricane Activity page with data directly from the National Hurricane Center. You can access it from the Severe Weather menu on the left.
A new Severe Weather section! We have incorporated a suite of data from the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. The information will provide a wealth of information on the potential for severe weather, particularly during severe storm season. Special thanks to Michael at Relay Weather in Baltimore, Maryland for sharing the coding that allows this. You can access the information from the Severe Weather menu item on the left.
A new design! Our site has a completely new look. Please let us know what you think.
We have launched a new website – Weather Geek Stuff. Everything you need for your favorite weather geek or diva!
We have added a new Satellite Imagery page with an array of images covering everything from Colorado to the globe.
New forecasting software added. We have invested in a product called WXSIM that generates forecasts based on real time conditions from the area and our own data. Be sure to check it out. We will be watching it closely to see how it does in comparison to National Weather Service forecasts but also what actually happens.
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our growing stable of features: Weather webcams!
We now feature an incredible new Hurricane Tracker courtesy of StormPulse. It is available from the Radar & Maps menu item on the left and then clicking on “Hurricane Tracker.”
We have turned on “comment” capability in our Weather Blog and News section. Readers are encouraged to leave their comments, questions and suggestions!
You can now view official National Weather Service “Local Storm Reports” directly on our website. Links are available under the “Live Conditions” menu and the “Forecast” menu.
We’ve updated our blog software (WordPress) to version 2.6. This has some new features we will enjoy including adding the ability to put captions on our images.
As the heat wave continues and we approach record territory, we have updated our 90 degree streak page in the Climatology section: http://www.thorntonweather.com/noaa/consec90.php. We will keep this up to date daily as the streak continues.
With the advent of the Rocky Mountain Weather Network, we have added the RMWN mesomap to our site. You will find this under the “Live Conditions” menu item as well as by clicking here.
Added the Rocky Mountain Weather Network mesomap to the Live Conditions section.
Updated the Site Map with latest changes.
Added the Rocky Mountain Weather Network member image to the bottom of the homepage.
Updated the menus to link to our Severe Weather 101 education series.
Added the May 2008 climatological preview.
Added the April 2008 climatological preview.
Added the March 2008 climatological preview.
Added radar images from our NEXRAD radar system. A static image and an animated loop are available. These will automatically display lightning strikes, severe storm indicators and more when those conditions are presented.
Added a historical data and graphs page. These pages pull from our Weather Underground data and can display single days, weeks, months and years. Also can select data from our sister stations in Commerce City and Arvada.
Changed the main menu system on the left side of the screen to one that uses fly-outs. This shortens the menu overall while provding better organization allowing us to group appropriate items into categories.
Added “weather stickers”. Now you can have current Thornton weather conditions on your own website. Click here to learn how.
Added the February 2008 climatology preview.
Added the National Weather Service forecast discussion to the forecast section.
Added some notes on various statistic and graph pages about the fact that we now measure snow moisture content. These measurements will show up on the rain charts now.
Added the ability to view our lightning data, including the maps, to our Live Conditions page. Click the Lightning button to see it.
Integrated the lightning data into our “Live Conditions” Flash animation page. Real-time lightning data and the past 24 hours lightning data can now be viewed from within the animation.
Added a World Weather Extremes and Records page that has interesting weather data from across the globe. Did you know the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet was 136 degrees in El Azizia, Libya or that in 1947 Holt, Missouri received a record 12 inches of rain in only 60 minutes? This is a pretty interesting page to check out.
Began integration of the lightning data to the website. System calibration and alignment are currently being completed.
Incorporated WordPress for managing our news and blog section. We have created a customized template that lets us take advantage of the ease of WordPress but while maintaining a consistent site layout. This new system also allows users to easily search postings, narrow things down by category and date and much more.
Revamped the Climatology page to make the selection of reports easier. We have added dropdown boxes for each year / month so it takes up a lot less space on the page.
Updated the About Us page with related news articles and photos.
Added a place that displays the previous day’s snow total to the main page.
We are now running our own NOAA All Hazards Radio which is sent to the Weather Underground then back to our site. We had previously been using feeds from other stations in the area but found them to be entirely too unreliable. Click here to listen to our weather radio.
Updated the forecast to fix problems with the National Weather Service forecasts. It will now grab the zone area forecast if the point forecast (the one specifically for Thornton) isn’t available. It isn’t as pretty but it at least displays a forecast now.
Lots more weather maps! On our Radar & Maps page, we now have a huge array of weather maps for the western United States as well as national maps. Everything from temperature and humidity to jet stream, satellite, and air quality maps are available! Check it out.
Changed the “wind rose” on the homepage to one that is a bit more readable.
Added links to NOAA and the NWS Boulder / Denver office on the Links page.
Homepage redesign! We modified the layout of the homepage to make it easier to read plus to “dress it up” a bit.
Added a November climatological preview to give an idea of what to expect in November.
Added the News & Blog section (this page). Here visitors will find weather-related news headlines as well as a continually updated blog on local weather events and website news.
Added a “News” box to the main page to help keep visitors up to date.
Added a special “Halloween Weather” item.
Added season start dates to the Astronomy page.
Added the ability for users to subscribe to email lists for daily statistics and weather alerts and advisories. See our Email Alerts page for more information.
Changed the main page to display a graphical forecast; removed the radar image.
Incorporated an updated warning / advisory script to the Advisories page. This will now display warnings for the local zone (Denver), the county (Adams) as well as highlight ones for Thornton. When multiple warnings are in place, it will display them all rather than just one.
Added Denver and Colorado climate narratives that provide some good information about the area’s climate.
Added graphs for the last hour for temperature, wind and rain.
Added some definitions to the Glossary of terms used on this site including degree days, UV index, solar radiation and more.
Added the THSW Index (Temperature Humidity Sun Wind) to the main page. THSW is a measurement that uses humidity and temperature like the Heat Index, but also includes the heating effects of sunshine (solar radiation) and the cooling effects of wind (like wind chill) to calculate an apparent temperature of what it “feels” like out in the sun.
Finished adding monthly data from NOAA to the Climatology page. Data for every month going back to 1996 is now available.
Added a Gulf of Mexico map to the MesoMap. Useful with hurricanes in that area.
Denver area NOAA radio is back up and running.
Added MesoMap Live with various maps providing coverage of the continental United States.
NOAA radio experiencing issues since local feed was discontinued. Temporarily have feed from Greeley running. Might be time to buy my own!
Added weather station status and computer status to this page.
Added NOAA radio courtesy of the Weather Underground.
Added a Climatology page with historical weather data from the National Weather Service.
Changed the Graphs page to use a new system using JPGraph. Graphs are now updated in real time when someone visits them.
Taking advantage of UV and solar sensors on new weather station. Main page now displays statistics for these.
Added a graphic showing Earth day / night conditions to the Astronomy page.
New weather station! Upgraded to a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 providing much more accurate measurements and higher reliability.
Fixed a problem with the radar not operating consistently. Also changed the maps to provide better coverage of areas of interest. Fixed the < and > symbols for zooming so they now display a more accurate description.
Updated Weather Display Live to latest version.
AJAX implemented throughout site. Header now updates with live conditions. Main page has extensive implementation of AJAX with stats updated in real time.