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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
  • Temperatures cool for the weekend and with a chance of rain

    DENVER — There is a cool down coming our way and it arrives overnight through Saturday, with it a chance of severe weather but at least there’s rain forecast. Overnight temperatures will cool into the 50s for the Denver area, much cooler than the past several mornings. The weather will be quite tame overnight. The weather will become active by the midday and afternoon as a line of strong to potentially severe storms moves through northcentral and northeastern Colorado. This […]

  • Hottest temperature ever recorded in Denver reached for fifth time

    DENVER — Thursday tied for the hottest temperature recorded in Denver’s history at 105 degrees. It happened four other times since record keeping began in 1872. This unprecedented heat wasn’t unique to Denver as low 100s spread across the eastern half of the state nearing all-time record highs for many locations. Temperatures will cool off into the weekend with a few thunderstorms added into the mix. Some thunderstorms are possible Thursday evening across the state, mostly on the Plains. These […]

  • ‘Heat burst’ hits northeastern Plains; overnight temperatures nearly hit 100 degrees

    DENVER — Northeastern Colorado jumped from the 70s to the 90s in a matter of moments in the early morning hours Thursday. Hot temperatures Wednesday afternoon fueled very few thunderstorms, but those storms that did form had very strong wind. Microbursts were reported from Parker to Boulder and DIA and also on the plains. Photos of microburst damage in Parker from Joanna K.. Peak winds would have been 50mph+ just before 4pm (based on radar data). pic.twitter.com/d4D9XC5SlX — Matt Makens […]

  • Rare mountain tornado confirmed in Jackson County

    DENVER — The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that a tornado hit Jackson County on Sunday morning. It was one of two reported funnel clouds/tornadoes that hit the area that morning. The other was northwest of Steamboat Springs. At 11:15 am Sunday, the weak tornado hit an open area about 4 miles outside of Coalmont. With no damage reported, this is an EF-0 rated tornado, the weakest on the Fujita Scale. This is only the second documented tornado in Jackson […]

  • Hot and dry days ahead

    DENVER — Temperatures have been comfortable and mild the last few days in Denver. That is all about to change heading into Tuesday as hot weather moves into Colorado. Tuesday will start off in the 60s with sunny skies and will warm to 95 degrees in Denver. It will feel hot with very little cloud cover and no chance for rain but there will be a breeze in the afternoon. Denver's high temperature tomorrow will reach 95 degrees! #cowx pic.twitter.com/sCA2yiiAzP […]

  • 100-degree heat returns for first time in almost a year

    DENVER — Hot weather is building in, and the hottest of the season so far will be Thursday when Denver is expected to reach 100 degrees. The last time Denver hit 100 degrees was July 19. In recent years, Denver has averaged two 100-degree days per year. There were 13 days at 100 degrees-plus in 2012. The all-time hottest temperature recorded for Denver is 105 degrees, so to hit 100 degrees or hotter is pushing the limit on the heat […]

  • Briefly calmer before storms and rain return mid-weekend

    DENVER — The risk of severe and generic thunderstorms shifts east through the evening leaving the city relatively clear to start the weekend, not to finish that way, however. Friday evening temperatures will be mostly in the 70s as storms clear the area. From 70s Friday evening to the 50s by Saturday morning we will make our way to the 80s again Saturday afternoon; this time just an isolated storm or two. Late Saturday into Sunday, however, rain and storm […]

  • Severe storms for the end of the week

    DENVER — Temperatures warmed into the seasonal mid-80s for the first day of summer in Denver on Thursday.  Although it was mostly stormless, that changes Friday and Sunday. There will be scattered storms on Friday as temperatures stay in the warm 80s. A few of those storms might contain hail and could be severe; the highest risk of damaging storms is east of Interstate 25. Although a storm or two is possible Saturday, the chance is quite a bit lower. […]

  • Near record heat through weekend

    DENVER — The heat remains, and yes this is unusual. This city set two record highs already this week – Tuesday and Wednesday – and will likely set another record Saturday. Saturday’s forecast high is 96 degrees and that will beat out the existing record of 95 from 2012. Speaking of 2012, that year holds the Denver record for most consecutive 90-degree plus days: 24 days. Friday has made the 5th consecutive 90-degree day and we’ll make it 7 with […]

  • Storms roll in to Denver with powerful winds

    DENVER –Storms rolled into metro Denver packing powerful winds Wednesday night. The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of near 60 mph south of Ken Caryl in southwest metro Denver around 8 p.m. A Severe thunderstorm Warning was issued for the metro area until 8:30 p.m. Temperatures hit the 90s across the Denver metro area on Monday afternoon with sunny skies and dry conditions. The average high this time of year is 78 degrees, making Monday unseasonably warm. Temperatures are […]

  • June starts off with warm temps

    We will be heading into the month of June with very warm temperatures.  The average high in Denver on the 1st of June is 77 degrees.  Our forecast is calling for an afternoon readings at 88-90 degrees.  So, we will easily be 10 degrees above normal. It will be dry & windy on Friday thanks to an approaching weak cold front that will kick up some gusts to 30 mph. In the wake of that cold front, your Saturday will […]

  • Hotter days ahead with 90s by Thursday

    DENVER — Temperatures are on a warming trend with 80s on Wednesday and into the 90s on Thursday. There will be another chance for afternoon storms on Wednesday. The timing is the usual afternoon storms moving through Denver and evening storms on the eastern Plains. A few severe storms will be possible mainly east of the city.  But all storms will be capable of producing lightning, wind and hail. The weather pattern after Wednesday looks to be mainly dry and […]