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 weather fans will have a weekend to enjoy in Denver

    DENVER — Friday’s calm weather will remain for the weekend but temperatures do warm back to near 90 degrees. A persistent ‘storm blocker’ is in place which will remain for the weekend. This means sunshine and warmth for both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s highs will reach the middle to upper 80s and then lower 90s for Sunday. That means it will be a rather hot Buffs vs Falcons game Saturday and Broncos vs Bears game Sunday. The Rockies have great […]

  • Snow isn’t common in Denver during September

    DENVER — In 138 years of data, September has measured snowfall 26 times. September has had some significant snowfall amounts, albeit only a few. Here is some perspective: Here are September snowfall totals going back throughout Denver’s recorded history, using the ‘Denver Area’ climate group for this, which covers four locations: downtown Denver (in two locations), Denver-Stapleton and Denver-DIA: Based on that data, Denver hasn’t seen more than a trace of snow in September since 2000, when 0.2″ of snow […]

  • Hottest September temperature on record to be set Labor Day: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER — Sunday was 98 degrees in Denver, setting a record for the date and also the month by being the hottest temperature ever recorded in September (97 degrees has happened multiple times). Is the weather feeling too hot? Today's almanac has a couple of new entries: pic.twitter.com/Wgpm30xM4i — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) September 1, 2019 Monday will be even hotter. Labor Day will push 100 degrees for most metro areas along the Front Range. This will set a record for […]

  • Weekend forecast can’t be more average

    DENVER — No, that isn’t a creative headline for a weather forecast article. Saturday and Sunday will both be near the average highs, close to 90 for Denver. And, both are to have isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms, which is also what I would call an average storm chance for the time of year. The high country will have a different story, however. Saturday will be the drier of the two days, but heavy rains make a return Sunday into […]

  • Seasonal temperatures and fewer storms Friday

    DENVER — Expect a mostly cloudy Thursday evening and overnight with temperatures cooling into the 60s. Friday will have a sun-cloud mix with fewer thunderstorms and a lower threat of damaging impacts. Temperatures will warm back to near 90 degrees for most areas in the city and the northern Front Range. Hit-and-miss thunderstorms will continue throughout the weekend and into early next week. Temperatures will mostly be in the 90s. As anticipated, "abnormally dry" areas (D0) have increased in coverage […]

  • Weekend forecast: Temps around 90, stormier Saturday than Sunday

    DENVER — The hit-and-miss, somewhat roller-coaster weather pattern continues. Friday evening is no exception. Parts of northern Colorado will see storms and rain showers through the evening and early morning. During the weekend, be watchful for thunderstorms Saturday, which carries the higher rain chance of the two weekend days and may be the day to adjust your plans to avoid the afternoon and early evening activities outdoors. Saturday to be the stormier of the weekend days. In the metro areas, […]

  • Heat ends quickly as a cooler and stormier weekend takes over the Front Range

    DENVER — After record-tying heat both Thursday and Friday, the weekend brings a significant change to the Denver area. Temperatures will struggle to reach the mid-80s Saturday. Friday hit 101 degrees for the first time since June 2018 and marks the 92nd time in 147 years of record keeping that Denver reached at least 100 degrees. Denver hit 101° to tie the existing record for today's date. This is the 51st 101° occurrence for Denver in 147 years.#cowx pic.twitter.com/BrHFzIJ07k — […]

  • Pinpoint Weather: Stormier days ahead for Denver

    DENVER — Sunday will hit at least 90° for the 5th consecutive day but higher rain chances end that warm-streak by Monday. For Saturday evening, conditions will be great for the outdoors as temperatures will remain warm, however, some areas – mostly east and south of Denver – will have thunderstorms to watch out for. These storms bring the following threats in ranked order: lightning, heavy rain, wind, and hail. Beyond 10 pm to midnight any such thunderstorms will have […]

  • Drier, warmer weather makes brief comeback before stormy, cool pattern returns

    DENVER — Another round of severe weather hit Colorado Tuesday with hail, flooding concerns, wind and tornado warnings, but a bit of a drier pattern returns Wednesday. Today’s rain has arrived at my place. Great moisture, but a few dry days would be okay too. 🤪 pic.twitter.com/yAjlMDlfZg — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) June 18, 2019 Through the rest of Tuesday, expect areas of thunderstorms to continue with substantial rainfall, hail, wind and isolated tornadoes. The worst of the storms will be […]

  • Storms to impact Father’s Day weekend

    DENVER — Scattered thunderstorms Friday change to widespread thunderstorms during the weekend to create some issues for outdoor plans. Friday evening will continue to see hit-and-miss thunderstorms across much of the state, but mostly focusing on the eastern Plains by the later evening hours. Temperatures remain quite warm, primarily in the 70s, unless rain-cooled by a nearby storm. The most likely area for damaging storms is on Plains, where large hail and damaging wind are more probable. Friday's chance of […]

  • Stormier pattern sets up for Father’s Day weekend across Colorado

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  • Warmer but stormier days ahead for Denver and Colorado

    DENVER — Conditions turn stormier Thursday through Father’s Day, so adjust your plans accordingly. Late Wednesday will see a few clouds and some isolated showers. The highest chance of rain is over Jefferson, Douglas, Elbert and El Paso counties through the evening. Thursday will start off dry with sunshine as temperatures quickly warm into the 80s by midday. During that warm-up will be clouds and thunderstorms which will blow through areas east of the mountains through the afternoon into the […]

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