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.


Recent Articles
  • Saturday is best for outdoor activities in Denver area, heavy snow hits mountains Sunday

    DENVER — Friday cooled as expected and the second cool-down is on schedule for Sunday. Clouds will clear Friday evening following some hit-and-miss thundershowers and leftover snow showers in the mountains. Temperatures will be near and below freezing with clear skies Saturday morning. Saturday will be a better day for outdoor activities. Sunshine is expected statewide with highs in the 60s in the metro areas and 40s to 50s for the mountains. On Sunday, heavy snowfall returns to the high […]

  • Cooler temperatures arrive Friday along with chances for rain and snow

    DENVER — Thursday’s high temperature of 81 degrees may be Denver’s last occurrence of the 80s for the rest of 2019 as a fall-like change arrives overnight. For the Broncos game, clouds increase overhead as temperatures will be near 70 for the kickoff but down to the mid-50s for the final. Wind may be an issue at times. That wind is blowing in cooler temperatures with some rain and snow for the next several days. Overnight, temperatures cool into the […]

  • 80 degrees on Thursday might be Denver’s last of the year

    DENVER — It will be warm on Wednesday and Thursday in Denver ahead of a weekend cool down with chances of thunderstorms, rain and snow. Wednesday evening will remain mostly calm. With a partly cloudy sky, temperatures will cool from the day’s high in the upper 70s into the 40s through the evening. Lows on Thursday morning will be in the mid-30s, a chill for the Thursday morning bus stops and commute. The morning chill quickly warms to 80 degrees […]

  • Winds of change on the way for the weekend weather in Colorado

    DENVER — Wind picks up late Friday along with the temporary dip in temperatures that will steadily warm on stronger winds this weekend. For Friday evening, a couple of showers and thunderstorms will be floating through the area. The highest chance of this will be from Winter Park to RMNP to Fort Collins. In Denver, expect a low chance of a shower in the evening but there will be a breeze and temperatures will remain in the 60s and 50s. […]

  • Overnight showers for some, sunshine for all on last day of summer in Denver

    DENVER — There will be areas of rainfall overnight northeast of the city, but this clears Sunday leaving total sunshine for the last day of summer. Evening showers possible near Fort Collins to Denver and all points from these to the northeast. Rain may continue well into Sunday morning for areas along I-76 and the far eastern plains. That shower activity and associated clouds will clear early, leaving sunshine for Sunday. Temperatures will continue to run near average. For the […]

  • Denver will have a windy start to a weekend cool down

    DENVER — Wind gusts strengthen late Friday ahead of a cooler push of air for the weekend. Denver hit the 80s Friday with mostly sunshine, meanwhile, wind gusts increased in the mountains. There will be a wind (over 30 mph) to blow around trash bins and to bring an impact to some of Friday evening’s football games. Temperatures will remain in the 80s and 70s for the evening. Overnight and through Saturday morning, cooler air will begin its push into […]

  • 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, […]

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