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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
  • Cold front hits with colder temperatures, rain and snow

    DENVER — A cold front will bring a significant change in temperatures for Tuesday along with some slushy and icy roads. Before the front’s arrival, strong to potentially severe storms with large hail are possible over extreme northern Colorado. Denver has a chance for an isolated thunderstorm through the evening The cold front plunges through the Denver metro area on Monday night into Tuesday morning. The wind will gust strongly as the cold air moves in and there will be […]

  • Rain & snow to start the weekend

    L_K9″] Rain showers will be around through the evening hours in Denver and along the Front Range.  There will be additional rain showers on the eastern plains.  And, snow will be falling into the night across the Colorado mountains.  This is exactly what we need to help with our dry conditions and reduce the fire danger. #cowx we have soggy spring showers coming tonight and lasting into Saturday across Colorado…it will be a rain & snow storm…but either way it's […]

  • Winds calm, temperatures to drop Wednesday

    DENVER — Wind was a disastrous element of Tuesday’s weather. From dust storms to tree, roof and car damage and fueling fires, the peak wind gusts were an issue across Colorado all day. So, we had some wind today… @NWSBoulder #cowx @KDVR @channel2kwgn pic.twitter.com/ZI25KhANZv — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) April 17, 2018 The wind has since calmed from those extremes. The strongest wind will be over the eastern Plains through Tuesday night with periodic gusts in the metro areas. Wednesday will have […]

  • Gusty winds bring cooler temperatures

    DENVER — Monday was a beauty, with a high in the lower 70s and light wind. The wind will increase overnight through Tuesday. Wind gusts had increased late Monday for the western half of the state and will go up Tuesday for the rest of Colorado. It will be a breezy and gusty Tuesday in Denver with wind gusts of 35 mph and higher. This stronger wind is bringing in colder air that will drop temperatures to the upper 50s and lower […]

  • From warm to snow: Strong winds to continue as cold front brings snow to Colorado

    DENVER — A cold front is racing toward Colorado. Strong winds will continue Thursday night, but the direction will be turning to from the north. That switch will usher in much colder temperatures, with a 40-degree drop from the 70s of the past few days. And snow is expected. The snow will be early and then another round later Friday could impact the drive between Denver and Colorado Springs by the afternoon commute. Accumulation appears to be light in Denver […]

  • Blizzard conditions expected for parts of eastern Colorado

    DENVER — A storm system that will cool Denver by 40 degrees will bring some snow to the metro area, a far cry from the snowfall expected over the northeastern Plains. To make matters worse, very strong wind will create travel problems along Interstates 76 and 70. Starting Friday morning, there will be areas of snowfall moving into northeastern Colorado that will get much heavier throughout the day and into the night. Haven't seen this often this snow season: blizzard warning […]

  • More heat, wind and fire danger before big cool down Friday

    DENVER — The soaring temperatures and strong wind will be sticking around for another day. That combination of hot, windy and dry conditions will keep fire danger high again Thursday. And another record high temperature is within reach. The record for the date Thursday is 79 degrees in 1976. It will be warm early Thursday with temperatures in the 40s before 8 a.m., but then quickly hitting the 70s before the lunch hour. The afternoon will be quite warm, but […]

  • Strong wind to bring record high temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday

    DENVER — The wind will be turning gusty from the west on Wednesday and Thursday with speeds at times up to 40 mph and stronger in the mountains and foothills. Add to that very low humidity values and very warm temperatures and fire danger will be on the high side. As a result, red flag warnings are in place for all of eastern Colorado. There should be no open burning. Any spark could quickly turn into a fire. Record highs […]

  • Near record-high temperatures this week

    DENVER — Temperatures will begin a warm up Tuesday that will be carried toward potential record-high-setting temperatures by Thursday. Record highs will be in reach with 78 degrees on Wednesday. The record high is 80 degrees in 1982. The forecast for Thursday is 79 degrees that would tie the record high set in 1976. Sections of the mountains will be in the 60s by Thursday, 70s for the Western Slope, and 80s to low 90s possible over the southeastern Plains from […]

  • Chilly Tuesday morning, but much warmer by the afternoon

    DENVER — While the snow in the Colorado mountains over the weekend didn’t last long, the rain and snow showers early Monday in Denver and along the Front Range were much needed. Tuesday morning will start dry and near freezing. Some areas will have fog in the morning. A slow warmup will take temperatures into the 60s by lunch. The 70s will hold off until very late in the afternoon. It will be warm and windy on Tuesday, Wednesday and […]

  • Temperatures drop into the 20s Friday night into Saturday morning

    DENVER — Temperatures ‘tanked’ following a strong cold front that came through the region early Friday. In many cases, we experienced a 40-degree drop as a result of this front. With the colder temperatures came the low clouds and snow for Denver. Here’s how things look through midday Saturday around the greater metro area: I'm tracking what's left of today's system and seeing another storm system arrive later Saturday. Snow chances tonight, rain chances later Saturday. #cowx @KDVR @channel2kwgn pic.twitter.com/HDSfzKO9up […]

  • Cold and potentially wet weather moves in Friday

    DENVER — Cold air rushed through Wyoming and Nebraska on its way to Colorado early Friday. It will provide a noteworthy weather change from the 60s in the Denver metro area the past two days. The warmest part of the day will be be in the morning. There will be chilly temperatures and a cold wind chill in the afternoon as temperatures drop by 35 degrees from 4 p.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday. For those headed to the Rockies […]