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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
  • Rain and snow continue: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER — Snow continues, some areas of rain too, around the greater metro area. The heaviest snow by late Tuesday is in Jefferson and Douglas Counties. A Pinpoint Weather Alert continues until 9am Wednesday morning for impacted roads via additional snowfall overnight. We expect an accumulation of less than an inch or two in the city – less to the north and east of Denver. You could find a few slick spots in the city early on Wednesday, but mostly […]

  • Longer term outlook includes a rain and snow chance to end the month, a cool November also

    DENVER — Here Pinpoint Weather Meteorologist Matt Makens discusses the longer-term weather outlook.

  • Dramatic changes arrive with Saturday night’s cold front, road impacts likely by Sunday morning

    DENVER — A cold surge of air is rushing out of Canada and headed to Colorado that is set to arrive by Saturday evening and night with a 30-degree drop in temperatures, wind, rain, and snow. For those wanting to enjoy the outdoors, Saturday morning and midday will be the time to do so. By the afternoon and evening, change arrives in the state. The cold front will pass through Fort Collins by the evening, then into Denver by late […]

  • Brief warmup Friday before weekend snow hits Colorado

    DENVER — The city will warm up into the 50s and 60s on Friday with sunshine, but that will be a brief break from chilly and snowy conditions. Not as cold tonight, Colorado.#cowx pic.twitter.com/6rPzlrlCTY — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 11, 2018 By the morning, mostly to partly clear skies will return, with continued clearing to mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. This will allow temperatures to rebound quite a bit. Back to the 50s and some 60s to end the […]

  • Coldest weather in 6 months to continue Wednesday

    DENVER — Temperatures struggled to reach near 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon, making the day the coldest in nearly six months. The cloud cover and occasional rain and snow will continue throughout Tuesday evening and night. However, heavy areas of snow will continue on the eastern Plains and in pockets of the mountains. Atop Pikes Peak at the moment. Nice! pic.twitter.com/jFChyjls2e — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 9, 2018 The bigger story for the metro area is the cold. Lows overnight will […]

  • Freeze warnings posted; coldest night since April 25 expected

    DENVER — The potential first freeze of the season in Denver could happen Tuesday morning and another freeze possible Wednesday morning. Potential freeze and hard freeze on the way to Denver (DIA) the next two mornings. The low temperatures are indicated here for the next week.#cowx pic.twitter.com/Cs0GkBfHE0 — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 8, 2018 Denver is expected to reach 29 degrees on Tuesday morning, which would be the first freeze since April 25. Expected lows Tuesday morning are shown here. […]

  • Cold front hits Denver; cool weekend ahead with areas of rain and snow

    DENVER — A cold front moved into the Denver metro area on Friday afternoon, dropping temperatures  25 degrees within three hours. Gusty winds will make for a chilly evening with temperatures in the 40s and the feels-like temperature in the 30s. A cold front is passing through now, temperatures to cool into the 30°s tonight. Some areas of rain are possible, too. #cowx pic.twitter.com/zCQ71hPZVO — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 5, 2018 Areas of rain and snow moved across the high […]

  • Cold front arrives, bringing much cooler temperatures

    DENVER — Shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday, a cold front arrived and pushed through the metro area, dropping temperatures by 15 degrees near Fort Collins. Cold front has dropped temperatures by 15° already in Fort Collins. The metro area and plains will be 20° cooler as a result of tonight's change.#cowx pic.twitter.com/9a3pxZuatr — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) October 4, 2018 In Denver, winds gusting to more than 30 mph in some cases spread colder air in from the north. Gusty wind […]

  • Significant weather changes on the way

    DENVER — The first freeze of the season is likely early next week and that cold air might bring Denver its first snow of the season. The average first freeze in a year is Oct. 7, which happens to be the same timing this year. Sunday or Monday might hit the freezing mark for the first time this season in Denver. Let's look at cold air, shall we? Early next week there will be a big area of cold air […]

  • Fall starts Saturday evening, tracking a couple of cold fronts for next week

    DENVER — Temperatures warm back up into the mid-80s Saturday with plenty of sunshine. Fall officially arrives in Colorado at 7:54 p.m. This is good news for those headed outdoors, like the CSU Rams football game, or to travel in the mountains to see fall colors – do not wait another week to see the color. Sunday to be in the middle to upper 80s. Just an early heads up to two cold fronts that will move through the state […]

  • 2018 has had second-most 95-degree days in a year in 146 years

    DENVER — There have been 25 days this year that have hit 95 degrees or hotter in Denver, making 2018 second on the list. 2nd most 95º+ days in Denver's record history so far in 2018 with 25 days. 2012 was most with 42. pic.twitter.com/EDgZDjjteX — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) September 12, 2018 The tally of 90-degree days grew to 53 on Wednesday, which is 11th-most in Denver’s recorded history, going back to 1872. It is reasonable to think Denver is […]

  • Third-warmest summer on record for Colorado

    DENVER — Data released Thursday from the National Climate Data Center showed Colorado ended its third-hottest summer on record. 3rd warmest summer is in the books for 2018 across Colorado with record temperatures set across the west. More than half the state felt temperatures within the top 10% of warmest summer conditions on record. pic.twitter.com/SIYuXd28b0 — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) September 7, 2018 Most of the heat was on the Western Slope. A few areas on the Plains were near to […]