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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
  • Warm Friday before a chance of snow and cooler weather this weekend

    DENVER — The streak of snowless days ended at 65 with this morning’s snowfall of 0.4″ at DIA. Most areas did not catch much snowfall but it was icy before the system cleared. That same system is dropping some snow over far southern Colorado tonight, that will also end soon. Clear skies expected by Friday morning statewide and sunshine expected. Friday in Denver: pic.twitter.com/AhGKCKnbxd — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) December 15, 2017 Into the weekend we have another system approaching Saturday. […]

  • Snow arrives Wednesday night; some impact for morning commute

    DENVER — A weather disturbance will move across the state Wednesday night through later Thursday. For Denver, the biggest impact is overnight with snowfall. The mountains will see increased snowfall throughout the evening. Denver and the Front Range metro area will see an initial chance of rain before becoming snow going through the late evening and early Thursday morning. Zero to 2 inches are possible in most of the greater metro area and some isolated totals closer to 3-4 inches […]

  • Geminid meteor shower might be one of best ever, but will be shielded by clouds in much of Colorado

    DENVER — The Geminid meteor shower will produce a fantastic light show on Wednesday and Thursday, but those in Colorado might have to watch it online. NASA will stream the shower live starting at sunset from its Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The Virtual Telescope Project 2.0 will broadcast it through its remotely controlled robotic telescope. The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular of the year. This year is expected to be the best […]

  • Denver ties 122-year-old record high; chance of snow late Wednesday through Thursday morning

    DENVER — Denver tied the record high Tuesday of 69 degrees that was first set in 1895. Tuesday night will be quiet and mild across the state with some occasional wind gusts. Changes move into the area starting Wednesday afternoon. Highs will only reach the low 50s in Denver with gusty winds and clouds arriving in the afternoon. A cold front will move through, bringing snow showers to the mountains, and rain and snow showers to the lower elevations. All […]

  • Warm weekend means bad news for snow-lovers

      Your weekend will be fantastic for travel but we need snowfall at this point. The state’s fire danger will be watched closely this weekend with temperatures well above average, especially on the plains, and with occasionally strong winds. You know it, we need snowfall as the state is in a drought. Denver is nearly two feet shy of average and the mountains are running close to 50 percent the average. Headed to the slopes? Nice looking weekend. Sadly, no […]

  • Forecast: Quick shot of snow, followed by dry weather

    Slick and slow travel conditions from Thursday night will improve by early Friday morning. The snow is tapering off and we will clear the sky through Friday morning and midday. Unlike Thursday morning, which was the coldest morning in 10 months, Friday morning will start in the 20s, wind chilly, but not as cold as it had been. Your kiddos can be dressed in layers for the day as the chilly morning will turn into a milder afternoon. The sunshine, […]

  • Denver’s snow season has been anything but snowy, 2017-18 within 15 least snowy so far

    DENVER — With our snowfall total of 2.8″ (from one storm in early October) through the end of November, the start to this snowfall season is currently within the 15 least snowy on record. 1884-1885 : 0.3″ 1885-1886 : 0.8″ 1899-1900 : 0.8″ 2010-2011 : 1.5″ 2008-2009 : 1.7″ 2016-2017 : 1.7″ 1910-1911 : 1.7″ 1883-1884 : 2.0″ 1901-1902 : 2.0″ 1933-1934 : 2.5″ 1894-1895 : 2.6″ 1900-1901 : 2.8″ 1924-1925 : 2.8″ 1988-1989 : 2.8″ 2017-2018 : 2.8″ The […]

  • Denver had its sixth-warmest January to November period on record

    DENVER — November was a hot month, 7 degrees warmer than average, including an 81-degree day on Nov. 27 that set that date’s record high and also the record high for the month. Not alone, November was one of seven months with warmer-than-average temperatures in 2017. January to November is ranked as sixth-warmest for the city. The years in the top 10 list are quite scattered; the warmest years are spread throughout the decades. It was also a dry November, one […]

  • Only 2017 supermoon rises this weekend

    DENVER — On Sunday, stargazers, astronomers and curious sky watchers will get a chance to witness the only supermoon of 2017. But the show will start with the moon’s rise just before sunset Saturday. In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closer to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized moon. However, on Sunday night, the moon will still shine 16 percent brighter and appear 7 percent larger than its usual size. This supermoon will be […]

  • Record high shattered ahead of cold front to drop temperatures 30 degrees

    DENVER — High temperatures soared into the upper 70s and lower 80s in Denver and across the Front Range on Monday. The daily record high of 74 set in 1903 and 1950 was shattered when Denver International Airport, the official recording station for the city, hit 81 at 12:56 pm. And the all-time monthly record high of 80, set on Nov. 8, 2006, and Nov. 16, 2016, also was bested. It was the classic warm before the storm ahead of […]

  • Denver sets record high; warm weather to stick around one more day

    DENVER — It reached 74 degrees at Denver International Airport on Sunday, setting a record high temperature for the city. Another record high is possible Monday just ahead of a cold front that will bring cold and a chance of snow. It reached 74 at DIA at 1:53 p.m., breaking the record of 72 degrees set in 1998. It will get even warmer on Monday as the sunshine and dry weather sticks around. The high on Monday will be 75 […]

  • Thunderstorms after Thanksgiving, cold front marches through

    DENVER — A cold front with strong wind, rain, thunder, graupel, and snow is marching across the area late Friday to bring cooler and wetter impacts to Friday evening. This cold front will also be dropping temperatures by 10 degrees Saturday. As of 3 p.m., lightning and thunder near Fort Collins in one area of rain and graupel (ice pellets). Rain showers are few, but cover several areas of the plains and will move through parts of Denver through the […]