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I’m thrilled to be with Colorado’s Own Channel 2. The reason is simple: I am Colorado’s Own.

I grew up watching Blinky’s Fun Club, I Love Lucy, Happy Days, Leave It To Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show on Channel 2. So, in a way, I’ve always been connected to the station. Now as a meteorologist.

I grew up outside of Castle Rock, attended Douglas County schools until I graduated from DCHS in ’98.

My greatest childhood memories are rooted in Colorado. I first swam underwater at the Glenwood Hot Springs – a common weekend trip for the family. I went to the Stock Show year after year. I competed annually in the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo – Rosie was my favorite hog of all time. My dad, a local veterinarian, would take me to work with him on Saturday’s and then we’d go to Caboose Hobbies; we had quite the railroad setup in our basement. My mom had a hard time keeping me inside as I was always on the loose wandering on our land. In a way, I can’t stay indoors for too long – I need to be in nature.

That passion for nature and weather came to a head when I went to The University of Kansas (well, a long story short on an Appointment to the AF Academy that ended with an eye disease). I graduated there in 2002 with a degree in Atmospheric Science – a combo of math and physics basically.
My love for weather grew instantly as I could now visualize and understand the science and process of what Mother Nature tries to do. Although we still can’t fully predict what she is up to, and likely never will reach a greater than 95% accuracy rating, we are much more accurate year after year as technology becomes more powerful. Plus, I have a bit of a “leg-up” on Colorado’s weather as I grew up watching it and the weird things it can do. My first tornado chase, unintentionally, was near Calhan after leaving the livestock auction with my older brother. I was 8 at the time.

After leaving college with more of an engineering background than a broadcasting one, I fell into a good string of luck with Sunflower Cable, KSNT-Topeka, KAKE-Wichita, WFTV-Orlando, and KMGH-Denver. All of which taught me valuable lessons in journalism and allowed my weather experience to grow. Most notable events along the career path were the tornado that hit my apartment in 2003 and then tracking one of the largest tornadoes ever recorded, the Greensburg tornado in 2007. Coverage along the way has earned several Emmy awards, state and AP honors, and of course memories and friendships.

From tropical systems in Florida to snow storms, I was given the wonderful opportunity to come home; I had attempted it constantly since 2002, but 2010 was the year of my homecoming.

I can’t imagine living anywhere else – this is home. And, I feel right at home on Colorado’s Own.

You can see my forecasts on Channel 2 nightly at 4, 7 and 11 p.m. Also at UteCountryConnection.com, EvergreenBound.com, 285bound.com, Weather5280.com, and MakensWeather.com. I can be heard on the following radio stations: Alice 105.9, 99.5 The Mountain, KS 107.5, Cruisin’ 1430 AM, Big 97.9, and Comedy 103.1, The Pirate Radio 104.7 and 93.5, KVAY 105.7, KFMU, KSPN, THE LIFT FM, THE REEL, KNFO, KSMT, KRKY, KSKE, BIG 97.9, KISS FM, RADIO 94.9, AND 107.9 the Bear.

I track the weather closely across the world too and post much more to my Facebook (@MattMakens), Twitter (@MattMakens), and Instagram (@MattMakensTV) accounts. Check ’em all out if you have a moment.

I also am happy to help with any charity or non-profit that I can. I’m currently on the Board of Advisors for the National Kidney Association here in Denver, which serves the entire region. I’m happy to help the American Heart Association as well.

Matt.Makens@KWGN.com


Recent Articles
  • Severe storms develop late Tuesday

    DENVER — Late-day thunderstorms will continue to develop through the evening and overnight Tuesday, and some may be damaging. Although all areas east of the mountains could have severe storms, the most likely area is the northeast Plains and that is the highest risk area for the state. Within this slight risk area (yellow on the map) we have the highest probability of hail, wind, and even a tornado threat. Severe storms had hit areas of Douglas, Elbert, and Arapahoe […]

  • Wetter August tries to make up for a dry summer

    DENVER — Denver has received more than double its average August rainfall to date, recovering some of the deficit of summer. Yet, many other areas of the state are well ahead of average for the summer, including Alamosa, which has almost tripled its average total. Denver sits with only 52 percent of its average rainfall for the summer. Denver has only had about half of its average summer rain to date: 52%. Check out Alamosa though. pic.twitter.com/qMgPBqqbKn — Matt Makens […]

  • Denver driest in region this summer; some rain chances ahead

    DENVER — For the northern Front Range, Denver is the driest in the region this summer, receiving only 19 percent the normal rainfall. In July, Denver was the driest again with only 14 percent of the average precipitation. Some neighborhoods have had heavy rainfall, with 4-6 inches in Castle Rock, but the majority have not. Now for July. There are three decent rain chances ahead for the city during the next week. August isn’t known for being particularly rainy, but […]

  • August weather: Cooling temperatures and unusually rainy

    DENVER — Tuesday kicks off August, a month of cooling temperatures and the fifth-wettest month of the year on average. That was not the case last year. August 2016 was the eighth-driest on record with only 0.22 inches of precipitation. The average high for Aug. 1 is 90 degrees, but the average high drops from day to day. An average high temperature by the end of the month is 84 degrees. Record high temperatures also drop from day to day […]

  • Tornado? No, it’s a shelf cloud

    DENVER — Wednesday’s thunderstorms produced more than heavy rain around the metro area and state — it produced such an ominous sky that some thought they were seeing a tornado. Based on a person’s view, a tornado would be the first thing to come to mind. Video of the cloud formation in question came from Dave Besch. What Besch saw is part of a shelf cloud. A shelf cloud forms between the interaction of warm and cold air. The cold […]

  • Rain arrives to end Denver’s streak of 90s

    DENVER — Temperatures hit the 90s for the ninth day in a row Tuesday, but late rain arrived and the chances continue for a couple of days that will cool temperatures in the Denver metro area. It’s part of the monsoonal flow that spread flooding rainfall in the Phoenix area over the weekend and is increasing the potential of flooding across the Western Slope through early Wednesday morning. Flash flood watch continues across western Colorado. #cowx pic.twitter.com/4AzovNnXZg — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) […]

  • Denver hits 100-degrees for the second time this year

    DENVER — To hit 100-degrees is pushing the limit for the city, and Wednesday hit 100 for the second time of the year. The hottest Denver has been in recorded history is 105; occurred 4 times. 100 today (2nd occurence this summer). Is that congratulations or commiserations, Denver? #cowx pic.twitter.com/3yAOeIIV9V — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) July 20, 2017 The average number of 100-degree days per year is only one. Wednesday put the count of 90-degree or hotter days to 22 (44 […]

  • The World sizzled in June, meanwhile Denver and the state were warm and mostly dry

    NOAA released its monthly global temperature analysis for June 2017 Tuesday morning. Over land and ocean surfaces combined, it was the 3rd warmest June on their record. NASA’s temperature record is slightly different and shows that June was 4th warmest on record. (NASA includes data estimates for the poles) NOAA’s and NASA’s temperature record goes back to 1880. Some other stats for June 2017. For the Lower 48, it was the 21st warmest June on record and 68th driest (basically an […]

  • More than 1 inch of rain possible south of Denver

    DENVER — Big weather changes are heading to the metro area Wednesday afternoon and evening. On FOX31 News at 5 p.m.: Dave Fraser with the Pinpoint Weather update A big increase in moisture will not only help the high fire danger, but it will also bring a better chance of storms. Cloud cover, cooler temperatures, and widespread storms are the impacts. Most of the Front Range woke up to gloomy skies and scattered rain showers Wednesday morning, but the heaviest […]

  • Storm chances improve for Denver metro Area

    DENVER — Higher storm chances will to return to the Denver metro area on Wednesday. There is a pocket of humidity that is rotating around the region. It covers Colorado, Utah and parts of New Mexico to Wyoming. Within this pocket, there is a number of thunderstorms. The center of this area of humidity will focus on the metro area the next couple of days, meaning higher rain chances. Wednesday and Thursday have the best chance of the week. Although […]

  • Denver records first 100-degree day of year

    DENVER — The temperature peaked at 100 degrees at Denver International Airport on Thursday, the first triple-figure day of the year. The last time it was that hot in Denver was July 10, 2016, when the high reached 102 degrees at the city’s official recording station. Denver averages one or two days a year with 100-degree-plus temperatures. In 2012, there were 13 days into the 100s. The hottest temperature recorded for Denver is 105, reached four times: Aug. 8, 1878; […]

  • Peak 2 Fire’s weather conditions remain dangerous

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Hot temperatures and poor rain chances are in the forecast, hampering the firefighting efforts of the Peak 2 Fire in Breckenridge. RELATED: Latest updates on Peak 2 Fire In an effort to keep you on top of the hourly weather conditions near the fire area, here are some interactive tools to use for the fire area’s temperatures, wind speeds/gusts, and rain chances. I’m hopeful that we will see the rain chances improve closer to the weekend; emphasis […]