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
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  • Snow chance returns through Friday alongside colder temperatures

    DENVER — Snow is possible for some areas Thursday night through Friday. Colder temperatures are expected statewide to wrap up the week. A system has spread snowfall across many of the mountain ranges and as that system moves over the Plains Friday, it will bring snow showers with it. Denver has a chance of snow overnight and during the day Friday, although not a particularly significant chance. Areas between Denver and Colorado Springs are more likely to have some snow. […]

  • Gusty wind in Denver Saturday evening, snow returns to mountains Sunday

    DENVER — Stronger wind gusts will spread across the metro area Saturday evening to bring a temperature drop for the metro area and snow to the mountains Sunday. The highest wind gusts through Saturday afternoon are primarily found in the high country: The max wind gusts so far today (through 4 pm) shown here. A stronger wind is to come through Denver this evening. #cowx pic.twitter.com/ofVp8XpHj7 — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 4, 2020   As mentioned, the wind will be […]

  • Wind brings big warm-up to Colorado on Saturday

    DENVER — A very warm wind will develop Saturday, pushing Denver’s high temperatures closer to a record than what is considered the average. Sixty-seven degrees is the existing record for Saturday, and 43 is the average high for the date. Denver will hit the upper 50s to lower 60s for the afternoon. The warm-up comes with a warm wind direction (westerly). The wind will be problematic for the mountain tops, some of the passes and potentially damaging in portions of […]

  • Mountain snow, strong wind, colder temperatures ahead

    DENVER — Strong wind will usher in colder temperatures for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, heavy snow snarls traffic in the mountains. A sampling of the wind gusts measured in the past 24 hours is shown here. These are all within northern Colorado, but Wyoming has had stronger wind gusts – nearer 100 mph – to bring in the New Year. pic.twitter.com/6JonyRoMdP — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 1, 2020 The new year brings travel troubles in the mountains and […]

  • Chilly at midnight, New Year’s Day snow for the mountains

    DENVER — Mostly clear skies will let the temperature cool into the 20s for the firework displays this evening, a breeze will make it feel quite a bit colder. Happy New Year! Chilly temperatures to bring in the new year. There'll be heavy snow for New Year's Day in the mountains; I'll post more on that soon. Blessings to you and yours in 2020. pic.twitter.com/Qn5XY13YoD — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) December 31, 2019 That breeze will get stronger New Year’s Day […]

  • Snow to create some travel troubles Saturday: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER — A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day is in effect for Saturday as there will be travel issues for those on the Eastern Plains and between the city and Colorado Springs. A system will move over Southern Colorado through Saturday dropping lots of snow on the San Juan Mountains and rain, freezing rain, and snow on the eastern Plains near Kansas and Nebraska. For Denver, snow showers possible later Friday through Saturday with the heaviest to fall Saturday morning. Travel […]

  • Snow returns, travel impact for those headed east of Denver: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER —  A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day is in effect for Saturday as there will be travel issues for those on the Eastern Plains and between the city and Colorado Springs. A system will move over Southern Colorado Friday and Saturday dropping lots of snow on the San Juan Mountains before dropping rain, freezing rain, and snow on the eastern Plains near Kansas and Nebraska. For Denver, snow showers possible later Friday through mid-Saturday with the heaviest earlier Saturday morning. […]

  • Forecast: 60s ahead of Christmas cool-down

    DENVER — Partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s arrive for parts of the city this weekend before a Christmas Day cool-down brings a chance of rain and snow for a few areas. Friday evening will be clear as temperatures drop into the 20s and teens for the night. Saturday and Sunday will have a few clouds with the warm temperatures in the 50s and 60s. The weather pattern will start to send a lot more cloud cover toward […]

  • Warm-up for the weekend, chance of snow on Christmas Day

    DENVER — The sky will clear and temperatures warm into the 60s for parts of the city this weekend before a Christmas Day cool-down with a chance of snow. For Thursday evening, clouds clear as temperatures drop into the teens and 20s for the night. Friday will hit the 40s and 50s for highs with sunshine and a breeze; calm compared to the arrival of the infamous 2006 storm on the same date. 20.7 inches of snow fell Dec. 20-21, […]

  • System brings clouds Thursday followed by 60s for the weekend

    DENVER — A weak weather system expected to pass over Colorado Thursday will bring clouds and a slight dip in temperatures before sunshine arrives this weekend alongside temperatures in the 60s for the city. For Wednesday evening and overnight, clouds will increase as temperatures slowly sag into the 20s. Thursday will start cloudier but dry, and the area will hold onto some clouds throughout the day to keep temperatures in the 40s to low 50s. Some clouds and a bit […]

  • Next blast of snow hits mountains overnight, heaviest for Denver Sunday

    DENVER — A weekend of snow on tap for the mountains where more than a foot of new snow is expected, and the metro areas to have some snow this weekend, too. A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day has been issued for Sunday as we know many of your plans are potentially impacted due to the storm. Snowfall will increase overnight in the mountains, along with the wind. By Saturday morning, there will be several inches of new snow plus very […]

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