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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
  • 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 […]

  • Snow and cold for Monday and Tuesday: Pinpoint Weather Alert Day

    DENVER — Sunday will be the calm before the storm which is set to bring sub-zero temperatures with accumulating snow. Sunday’s highs will be well above the average of 43, with many neighborhoods hitting the 50s. You’ll notice clouds on the increase throughout the afternoon into the evening. Travel across most of the state, and certainly in the metro areas, will be good Sunday. Today's game looking warm but clouding over as we see our snow and cold 'machine' arriving […]

  • Cold start to a warming weekend

    DENVER — The low Saturday morning was 5 degrees, the coldest temperature for the city since Feb. 21. Now, that is quite a cold front that has swept across most of the nation. As of 7 am Saturday, Orlando is 66° warmer than Denver; coldest spot is Fargo with -9°. pic.twitter.com/WlyaUGbKpb — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) December 29, 2018 With that said, the coldest is behind us for the weekend. Saturday will have sunshine and will warm to near 40 in […]

  • Potential for snow arrives Saturday

    DENVER — There’s a change blowing in the wind and may include some snow with the colder temperatures expected Saturday – the first full day of winter. This will be quite a change from the upper 50s and lower 60s the Denver area felt Friday (record high is 67), but while the city felt the warmth the mountains saw some snow. That snow will increase in intensity overnight through early Saturday. As the mountains, mostly northern, catch heavy snow there […]

  • Windy Wednesday weather to be dangerous for some

    DENVER — Wind is the biggest weather impact coming to the city this workweek, and it will be especially strong on Wednesday. Although Denver isn’t currently in an official alert for wind, many other cities are, including Fort Collins and Greeley: Wind alert for Wednesday: pic.twitter.com/TsROEF5sna — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) December 18, 2018 The wind will ramp up throughout the morning and will be at its strongest through the mid-afternoon Wednesday. The wind does try to bring in cooler temperatures, […]

  • Wind, cooler temperatures, and some snow for the state this week

    DENVER — Denver’s unseasonably warm weather continues. However, wind will be this week’s biggest impact. Monday’s temperatures reached the middle-50s despite a cloudy sky. Clouds will remain through the evening as temperatures remain warm for this time of year, with 40s and upper 30s through 10 p.m. Tuesday will see clouds, mostly in the morning, and will feel warm temperatures yet again. Highs will be in the 50s for the Front Range and Plains, with 30s and 40s expected in […]

  • Much warmer than average for Denver this weekend, Colorado remains mostly dry

    DENVER — A warmer and drier than average outlook continues right through Christmas. Throughout December we have been tracking a weather pattern change that brings warm and mostly dry conditions and that will be the case this weekend. Saturday will see cloud cover from a nearby system but temperatures in Denver will cruise into the middle and upper 50s. The Broncos game will have clear skies, light winds, and temperatures in the 30s. Saturday's outlook including the @Broncos game: pic.twitter.com/v2iZoVOxys […]

  • Chilly temperatures, more snow forecast this weekend

    DENVER — There are areas of snowfall expected throughout the weekend, but mostly Sunday for the city. Snowfall through 5 pm Saturday, albeit most of this comes tonight.#cowx pic.twitter.com/s8fUxG8R7b — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) December 1, 2018 Temperatures will drop below freezing Friday night and there will be areas of fog — thickest fog for far eastern Colorado. The combination of those plus the snow may lead to some isolated road troubles for those out and about. This quick hitting snow […]