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
  • Thunderstorms to bring rain, snow Friday into Saturday

    DENVER — Spring weather arrives late Friday to spread thunder, rain and snow across much of the state. Thunderstorms developed Friday afternoon near Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and Pueblo that started with rain but some quickly changed to snow on the Palmer Divide by 3 p.m. These storms will grow and cover more area through the late afternoon and evening. For many, the rain will change to snow as temperatures drop with perhaps several inches of accumulation on the Palmer […]

  • Storm system to pass through Friday: rain, thunder, snow around Denver

    DENVER — Cloud cover increases Thursday as a storm system approaches Denver, with rain, snow and thunderstorms expected Friday. The high country catches some rain and snow late Thursday, and these chances last through Friday and early Saturday. These are the showers that approach the greater metro area Friday morning and increase across the region throughout the afternoon and evening. Those to the east of Interstate 25 have a chance of thunderstorms, along I-25 have a chance of rain, snow […]

  • Rain and snow chances during the week for Denver and much of Colorado

    DENVER — Rain and snow chances will be hit-and-miss during the next week to 10 days with temperatures running in the 40s and 50s, mostly. You might have noticed the clouds increasing late Sunday and during the day Monday, indicating a change is blowing into the region. With this little disturbance comes isolated rain and snow, but it will be very spotty Monday night through Wednesday morning. The best chance of these showers overnight will be near and to the […]

  • Snow, wind diminishing; roads remain slick and impassable in areas: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER — The explosive storm system continues impacting travel, power and safety across the region as damaging wind and areas of heavy snowfall continues into Wednesday evening. Until midnight, expect snow to be pushing out of the area, leaving behind few pockets of snow that will continue to decrease in size and strength through Thursday morning. A Pinpoint Weather Alert Day has been issued for Thursday due to continued travel impacts. Areas of strong wind continue to create power outages […]

  • Blizzard warnings and winter storm watches issued for Denver metro area and much of Colorado

    DENVER — The state braces for a significant storm system to pass through Wednesday and Thursday bringing enough wind and snow to stop travel. The comparison always drives me nuts, but the pressure of our expected storm system is as low as the pressure-equivalent of a CAT 2 hurricane. My spine hurts just typing that comparison… — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) March 11, 2019 For Monday night, areas of rain over southeastern Colorado and areas of snow in the mountains but […]

  • Wintry mix possible across northern Front Range Friday night: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER — With heavy snow falling in the mountains, the travel impact is greatest there, however, some parts of the Denver metro area and Plains may see a wintry mix Friday night that will make roads slick as well. A mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow are possible in various areas of the northern Front Range through the evening, with the highest chances of seeing any or all will be in the northernmost counties. The line of this […]

  • 6 feet of snow: Denver’s deficit since the last snowy season

    DENVER — Since the 2015-2016 snow season, Denver has been in a snow drought that now requires over six feet of snow to just get back to an average total. Since the '15-'16 snow season, that ended well above average, Denver is now in a 6-foot deficit. pic.twitter.com/gohYSWzXUC — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 16, 2019 2015-’16 ended with 72.8 inches, above the average of 57.1 inches per season. Since then, the only single month to record an above average amount […]

  • Snow to develop for Friday morning commuters: Pinpoint Weather Alert

    DENVER — Cloud cover quickly increased Thursday evening and snow formed in some areas of the high country which will spread out over the area through the Friday morning commute. Travel conditions will be impacted Friday due to areas of moderate and heavy snowfall. Here is a drivers’ timeline on the road conditions expected: Friday's road impact timing/conditions: pic.twitter.com/EAAUcXt0Ne — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 10, 2019 The evening weather modeling data has not shown much by way of changing thinking […]

  • Colorado’s snowpack has dropped and will remain below average for some time

    DENVER — After a wet October and November, December dried to the point that Colorado’s snowpack declined below average where it is likely to stay for the foreseeable future. Season to date totals are highest in the northcentral Rockies, not far from Steamboat Springs where estimates of the season’s snowfall are over 200 inches. For ski areas, those that reported to us Tuesday: Steamboat Resort has measured 136 inches at mid-mountain for the season so far.  Loveland Ski Area reports 167 […]

  • Wind gusts to 83 mph Monday, calmer but cooler day Tuesday

    DENVER — Wind creating issues around the state Monday, from disruption to a Southwest Airlines flight to whiteout conditions in the mountains. Through 3:30 pm: the strongest wind in the metro area has been between Golden and Boulder with an 83 mph gust and Berthoud Pass measured a 75 mph wind gust. Here is a map showing the peak wind gusts as of 2 pm Monday. Some of the peak wind gusts so far today. The wind is to be […]

  • Denver’s December was 3rd least snowy on record, Colorado snowpack below average

    DENVER — With only 0.5 inches of snowfall, December 2018 is the third least snowy on record. Despite only 0.5" of total snowfall, December 2018 was not the least-snowy on Denver's record; it is 3rd on the list. Here is the top 10: pic.twitter.com/SaDdGWHQOf — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 4, 2019 The lack of snowfall has been a trend so far in the 2018-2019 season which is now the 16th least snowy on record since 1882 with 8.2 inches to […]

  • 2018, Denver’s 6th driest and 20th warmest year on record

    DENVER — 2018 will be known as a very dry year, 6th driest since 1872, and a rather warm year as well. In only two months did Denver measure above average precipitation. 2018's monthly precipitation review for Denver: pic.twitter.com/KnCFn2TM01 — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) January 3, 2019 The year ended with 8.53 inches of total moisture whereas a total near 15 inches is average. As far as temperatures, the average came out to be 52 degrees to put 2018 in 20th […]

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