• Follow me on:

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
  • Cooler air targets Denver on Saturday, snow in mountains

    DENVER — Denver has been soaking up the warmth this week with daily temperatures into the middle and upper 70s. The warm stretch, which is 10 to 15 degrees above average, will be ending Saturday. A system over the western U.S. and southwestern Canada will march through Colorado on Friday night and Saturday to bring back a taste of fall. Our Friday night and Saturday weather maker is over the PacNW now. pic.twitter.com/0haIHrVxoP — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 19, 2017 […]

  • Hurricane Ophelia in rare track heads to Ireland, then Scotland

    MIAMI — Hurricane Ophelia continued moving east toward Ireland on Sunday as officials there announced school closings, prepared for flooding and planned for power outages. Ophelia’s position is the farthest east a major hurricane has traveled in the Atlantic. The previous record was held by Hurricane Frances in 1980. Frances formed off of the northwest coast of Africa near Senegal, according to an archived National Hurricane Center report. Frances never made landfall. Ophelia has accelerated on its way to the […]

  • Size of California fires is more than Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Greeley combined

    DENVER — The total fire area in California is larger than the City of Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley combined. The total number of acres burning or burned in California with current fires is over 191,000 acres as of Thursday night’s estimate. That number alone may sound large, but it may help to imagine just how large that area is by comparing to us locally. The total area of Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Greeley is roughly 183,000 acres. […]

  • Weather swings for Friday and the weekend

    DENVER — There will be a couple passing weather systems to create some temperature swings in the Denver metro area, and outside of Saturday, there doesn’t appear to be much chance of moisture with either. The first system will swing through within hours and will make Friday cooler, with temperatures in the the 60s for Denver. The system has started to increase winds that will stay gusty overnight and through Friday. A second system will move through Saturday through early Sunday. With […]

  • For many, first snowfall of season on the way

    DENVER — A strong system will arrive late Sunday and with it, temperatures will tank and rain will be changing to snow for many in the Denver metro area on Monday. Until the system arrives, there is time to get gardens, hoses, sprinklers and cars prepared. Another round of morning fog and low clouds with some rain is possible early Friday. Temperatures will drop to close to 50. Highs Friday climb to the lower 60s with a few scattered rain […]

  • Where to see fall colors this weekend in Colorado

    DENVER — As you make plans for your weekend, consider some great areas for fall color. Your photos: Share your pictures of fall in Colorado Every week I collect a sampling of viewer photos that show differing colors around the state. I place them on a map and that map can help you navigate to those best areas: This week’s best assortment of pictures came from some routes not far from Denver. First, consider a trip to Guanella, Boreas, and […]

  • 50s with rain this weekend in Denver, snow returns to high country

    DENVER — There’s a system over the northwestern US that produced widespread rain and snow Wednesday and is the same system to bring the state a taste of fall this weekend. That system will hold off until later Friday to begin to impact us. In the meantime, Denver’s wind will be gusty as we feel some of the last warm weather days of 80s Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s high will be closer to 60, followed by Sunday’s high closer to 50 degrees. We […]

  • Denver hit by ‘haboob?’ late Tuesday

    DENVER — Typically we think of the giant dust storms that envelop desert areas of Arizona being called haboobs. Denver had a very weak version of a haboob  late Tuesday. A haboob is most appropriately used to define a violent dust storm in Sudan. Yet, the use of the term has been extended to apply to dust storms that drop visibility caused by a front(wind shift). Since this was not a violent dust storm, and visibility was only slightly reduced […]

  • Weekend forecast: Cooler weather and fall colors

    DENVER — The weekend will feature fall colors in the central mountains. Mount Evans, Guanella Pass, Hoosier Pass, Independence Pass and surrounding areas have great color now. A few snow chances for the next couple of weeks could jeopardize the best views. Small areas of periodic snow are possible into the higher peaks the next several days. A stronger system might bring more widespread snowfall to the mountains late next week. Around Denver, expect a cool weekend with highs in […]

  • Recent Colorado wildfires adding to the smoke in air over Denver

    DENVER — Smoke in the air will remain for a bit longer until a little relief clears the sky a bit throughout the weekend. There are several active and large fires in the western U.S. There are 140 fires covering 1.9 million acres. More than 26,000 people are working the fires with more than 200 helicopters and nearly 2,000 engines. The impact of the fires is much more widespread than just at the sources. Smoke can be visible across the […]

  • Smoke-filled sky from wildfires in Montana, Pacific Northwest

    DENVER — The hazy appearance to the sky this week, particularly Wednesday, is from smoke from a number of wildfires in Montana, Oregon and Washington. As of Wednesday morning, the National Interagency Coordination Center indicated there are 15 uncontained large fires in northwestern Canada and 13 uncontained large fires over the northern Rockies. More than 100,000 acres are collectively active fire areas within Montana. These areas have little relief on the way. Rainfall chances across that region remain poor. Connect […]

  • Louisiana braces for Harvey’s rain as it marks Katrina’s 12th anniversary

    NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans woke up with an uneasy sense of deja vu Tuesday as it kept a wary eye on tropical storm Harvey while marking the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, on Aug. 29, 2005, but its aftermath became the truly historic catastrophe. Federal levees and flood walls crumbled, ushering powerful storm surge into the city and leaving 80 percent of New Orleans underwater for weeks. More than 1,500 people were […]