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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.


Recent Articles
  • 107-year-old record falls with Tuesday’s cold; 13th largest temperature change on record

    DENVER — Tuesday’s high of 13 degrees in Denver is the coldest high temperature recorded on the date for the city. The previous record for the date was 16 degrees in 1911. The cold day is part of the major temperature changes the city has felt since Sunday. For the second time in four months, Denver had a 36- to 48-hour temperature swing ranked in the top 20 all time in the city’s weather history, spanning 147 years In all, […]

  • Snow shifts east overnight; morning drive will be an issue

    DENVER — Snow will continue to slowly move east away from the metro area overnight into Tuesday morning. Snowfall totals might climb an additional 2-4 inches. Most late evening measurements ranged from 4-9 inches around the area. The eastern Plains might come away with 3-6 inches under the heaviest activity, and will still have some areas of snow in the morning. Other than pockets of snow, Denver will have a sun-cloud mix in the morning along with frigid single-digit temperatures. […]

  • Wind the biggest impact this weekend, then snow hits Monday

    DENVER — Wind will increase overnight and will be the biggest weekend impact on the state. These areas highlighted will have the biggest travel issues due to the wind that may top 85 mph: Wind will be incredibly strong at times this weekend. 75 to 85 mph within the warning area. Hwy 285 may be one of the worst drives. #cowx @KDVR @channel2kwgn pic.twitter.com/uv9V7ZcWqq — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) February 16, 2018 Even in Denver the wind will begin to be […]

  • Winter’s cold, snow are coming back

    DENVER — After a couple of mild days, temperatures will start to drop starting on Friday in some cases. Highs will reach a spread of 30s, 40s and 50s across the greater metro area on Friday, all of which will be cooling throughout the afternoon and into the evening as cold air will push through. For those mostly north and east that sit in the cold air, Friday will also be mostly cloudy with pockets of freezing drizzle. Snow is […]

  • Denver’s Stapleton location is least snowy on record

    DENVER — This is the least snowy season on record, to date, for the Denver area. Stapleton has only had 9.9 inches this season, whereas a bit more than 30 inches is average to this point of the year. Stapleton served as Denver’s official snowfall recording site from 1950 to 2007. The official site moved to Denver International Airport in 2008. DIA’s snowfall data is only 10 years old and fails to offer much context when talking about a long-term history. […]

  • Mountains have snow on the way, need 60-100 inches to be average

    DENVER — In Wednesday’s statewide snowpack update, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reports Colorado is 4 inches below the average snow water equivalent. Four inches might not sound significant, but it is a lot of water and roughly equates to 60 to 100 inches of snowfall in the mountains. In that reference, 60 to 100 inches of snow is significant. The northern mountains have some expected snowfall the next five days. Yet, it will not be enough to make up […]

  • Wind tops 100 mph in mountains; semitruck blows over on I-70

    DENVER — Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, the wind over Berthoud Pass topped 101 mph. A high wind warning is in place for sections of the mountains through 10 a.m. Wednesday. The wind was so strong in Georgetown that it blew over a semitruck that was traveling westbound. CLOSED #I70West MM 228 Georgetown b/c rolled over semi;Traffic getting by in chain up area;Expect delays — CDOT (@ColoradoDOT) January 31, 2018 The semi remained on its side past 9 p.m. Traffic was […]

  • Snow totals deeper than we’ve seen in a year expected this weekend

    DENVER — Metro Denver is included in a Winter Storm Warning that goes into effect at 6 p.m. Saturday through noon on Sunday. Other alerts have been issued across parts of Colorado in anticipation of this snowstorm, for the latest in your area click here. The mountains will do well with the storm getting up to a foot, in a few cases over a foot, of new snowfall possible at area ski resorts.  However, travel in and out of the mountains […]

  • Denver in its third-least snowy season to date

    DENVER — The current snowfall season is the third-least on record for the city since record keeping began in the late 1800s. The years 1888-89, 1944-45 and 2017-18 are the top three on the list of lowest snowfall totals through mid-January. This year’s total is 7.5 inches, which is only 31 percent of the average. In the 1888-89 season, things never really recovered. That season ended with only 21.3 inches and is Denver’s least snowy season recorded. Whereas 1944-45 had […]

  • Dangerous cold expected overnight; warming trend starts Tuesday afternoon

    DENVER — Monday’s snowfall amounted to a range of 0 to 3 inches with the highest totals in Fort Collins. The official total in Denver at 0.7 inches. Wind chill advisories are in place for the eastern counties where the feels-like temperatures will range from 10 to 20-below degrees. Wind chills may drop to 15 to 20° below zero in the advisory area.#cowx @KDVR @channel2kwgn pic.twitter.com/K9mQWk544h — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 15, 2018 Temperatures around the metro area will drop […]

  • Rain and snow start and end the holiday weekend

    DENVER — Areas of rain and snow continue to move southeast across the state through late Friday evening. The city has the highest chance of rain and snow on the east side but the amount will be light. Elsewhere, some snowfall accumulation is possible near and south of Highway 50 in Southeastern Colorado. There are a few remaining areas of accumulating snow in the high country. With the accumulation areas getting fewer and farther between, the evening travel conditions will […]

  • More mountain snow in time for the holiday weekend; Denver’s ups and downs continue

    DENVER — More snow will return to Colorado’s northern mountains later Thursday night and into Friday.  Several inches of fresh snow are expected along with some gusty wind. Just in time for the weekend: Here are some likely snowfall forecast ranges for the listed ski areas tonight through Friday. pic.twitter.com/VE3H7VnSup — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 12, 2018 Travel could be difficult at times especially over the mountain passes. Vail, Loveland, Berthoud and Rabbit Ears passes will be the most impacted […]