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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
  • Fall starts Saturday evening, tracking a couple of cold fronts for next week

    DENVER — Temperatures warm back up into the mid-80s Saturday with plenty of sunshine. Fall officially arrives in Colorado at 7:54 p.m. This is good news for those headed outdoors, like the CSU Rams football game, or to travel in the mountains to see fall colors – do not wait another week to see the color. Sunday to be in the middle to upper 80s. Just an early heads up to two cold fronts that will move through the state […]

  • 2018 has had second-most 95-degree days in a year in 146 years

    DENVER — There have been 25 days this year that have hit 95 degrees or hotter in Denver, making 2018 second on the list. 2nd most 95º+ days in Denver's record history so far in 2018 with 25 days. 2012 was most with 42. pic.twitter.com/EDgZDjjteX — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) September 12, 2018 The tally of 90-degree days grew to 53 on Wednesday, which is 11th-most in Denver’s recorded history, going back to 1872. It is reasonable to think Denver is […]

  • Third-warmest summer on record for Colorado

    DENVER — Data released Thursday from the National Climate Data Center showed Colorado ended its third-hottest summer on record. 3rd warmest summer is in the books for 2018 across Colorado with record temperatures set across the west. More than half the state felt temperatures within the top 10% of warmest summer conditions on record. pic.twitter.com/SIYuXd28b0 — Matt Makens (@MattMakens) September 7, 2018 Most of the heat was on the Western Slope. A few areas on the Plains were near to […]

  • Isolated thunderstorms for the weekend, along with more wildfire smoke

    DENVER — The late week warm-up the metro area had experienced continues for the weekend with near 90 degree highs both Saturday and Sunday. This warmth comes with lots of wildfire smoke to continue the negative health impact while we try to enjoy the outdoors. The latest smoke outlook shows the highest concentration of smoke for Colorado is over the northeastern quarter of the state. There is a lot of smoke upstream to continue these conditions into the weekend. pic.twitter.com/2Xevw13IVD […]

  • Stormier Saturday, and early enough to impact many plans

    DENVER — Friday’s thunderstorms were damaging for Colorado Springs with golfball size hail there, yet nothing severe for Denver but the chance increases for Saturday. Early Saturday morning a line of rain showers and thunderstorms will move into northwestern Colorado. By mid-morning that line will be into the central mountains. Of course the impact will be for those wanting to hike in the morning hours in the high country. That impact moves over the Divide and into the metro areas […]

  • 2018 wildfire season nears its 10-year average for nation

    DENVER — Wildfires continue to be a major problem for the country in terms of threats to people and structures. The numbers indicate a near-normal wildfire season so far. Numbers tabulated by the National Interagency Fire Center show the fourth-most wildfires and fifth-most acreage burned this year since 2008. By the numbers, 2018 has had 5,702,368 acres burned to date, whereas 4,694,653 is the average. Further, 2018 has had 43,255 wildfires. That’s just below the 10-year average of 44,121. For […]

  • Morning tornado in Weld County is one of state’s rarest

    KEOTA, Colo. — A tornado in rural Weld County early Wednesday morning is only the fourth since 1950 to hit the state between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. A line of severe thunderstorms moved into northern Colorado by the early morning hours with threats of hail and wind. There were several thunderstorm warnings for the line of storms. By 6:37 a.m., a brief tornado was reported over an open field, producing no damage. Early morning tornado near Keota is only […]

  • Strong, gusty winds possible into Saturday morning around metro Denver; 90s this weekend

    DENVER –Gusty winds are possible overnight into Saturday morning, especially in west metro Denver areas. Additional storms are possible during the weekend as temperatures climb back into the 90s. Microburst-like winds hit the west side of metro Denver Friday night: 8 p.m.: 64 mph NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder 8:23 p.m.: 67 mph Gold Hill 8:26 p.m.: 62 mph Rocky Flats A gust of 70 mph was recorded in the north Lakewood/Applewood area where power outages were reported after 9 […]

  • Smoke to continue filling Colorado’s sky

    DENVER — A smoke-filled sky around Colorado is creating health concerns for those with respiratory issues, and greatly contributing to ozone problems. The Regional Air Quality Council issued an Ozone Action Alert for Thursday night. “Ground-level ozone pollution is created when emissions from everyday items — such as gas powered vehicles and lawn equipment, household paints, stains and solvents — combine with other pollutants in the atmosphere on hot, summer days,” the RAQC said in a statement. These conditions aren’t […]

  • Smoke continues to impact weather; no improvement to ongoing drought

    DENVER — Smoke from large California wildfires continues to impact weather across much of Colorado. The smoke is expected to remain for several days, keeping temperatures a few degrees cooler than they would be without it. With a smoky evening expected Thursday, temperatures will slowly cool through the 80s into the upper 70s by 10 p.m. Overnight temperatures will reach a low of about 60 degrees for the Denver metro area. Low temperatures will dip into the 40s for some […]

  • 90s return after 9 days off

    DENVER — A weather change Wednesday brought cloudy skies to the Denver metro area. There also were a few scattered thunderstorms that will continue into the late evening hours, bringing the highest threat of lightning. The storm chance remains at 20 percent for Denver. Storm chances are higher in the central mountains and between Denver and Colorado Springs. Today is Colorado's birthday! Thank you, President Grant, for admitting Colorado into the Union. On this date, Denver became the temporary state capital. […]

  • Warm weather fans have a forecast to look forward to

    DENVER — A drier weather pattern will continue. At the same time, temperatures will be warring back into the 90s before the weekend and then the middle 90s return to end the weekend. For Tuesday evening, mostly just a hazy sky because of California wildfire smoke. Expect comfortable temperatures settling in the 70s to upper 60s by late evening. Wednesday morning will start off cool, mostly in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Midday sunshine will push highs back into the […]