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Thornton’s weekend to offer up hot temperatures, dry conditions

Friday, August 7th, 2020 4:52am MDT

One of those weekends where you will want to get those outdoor chores done early in the day. We will be seeing temperatures in the mid-90s through the three-day period with nary a chance for rain.

Friday will bring sunny skies and overall calm conditions. Highs will be in the mid-90s. Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with overnight lows in the low 60s.

Saturday brings more of the same. Sunny skies will be the general rules with highs again in the mid-90s. We see just the slightest chance for a thunderstorm in the afternoon. Saturday night into Sunday morning, lows will dip to the low 60s under mostly clear skies Sunday.

Sunday repeats the same pattern from the previous two days. Highs will again top out in the mid-90s with sunny skies above.

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August 2 to August 8: This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 4:52am MDT

This Week in Denver Weather History

On first glance our look at this week in Denver weather history appears to be less eventful than many we have looked at previously. However, the severity of the events that appear on the historical weather calendar this week are enough to make you stand up and pay attention. While August is typically a pretty quiet weather month, it is clear that severe weather can certainly strike and Thornton is mentioned in more than one significant event.

From the National Weather Service:


In 1878…the high temperature reached 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1911…an apparent dry microburst produced sustained west winds to 42 mph.

In 1972…one workman was killed and another injured when a strong gust of wind destroyed a partially completed apartment building in south Denver. Hail to 1 3/4 inch diameter fell in Golden.

In 1973…hail to 3/4 inch diameter was reported in Boulder.

In 1986…a major outbreak of severe thunderstorms occurred along the Front Range. Thunderstorms developed explosively. Some places were hit by large hail twice. Two inch diameter hail broke car windows on I-25 west of Brighton…and up to 1 1/4 inch hail broke windows in Thornton. Baseball size hail damaged several planes near Watkins. Funnel clouds were sighted around Aurora. Hail over 1/2 inch in diameter covered the ground 3 to 4 inches deep at Hudson northeast of Denver. Most of the hail fell north of metro Denver…but 3/4 inch diameter hail was measured at Stapleton International Airport. Total damage from the hail storms this day was estimated at over 10 million dollars.

In 1991…late afternoon thunderstorms produced heavy rain across metro Denver. Two feet of water covered parts of I-25 in southeast Denver…while one foot of water covered parts of U.S. Highway 285 in Englewood. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 0.50 inch at Stapleton International Airport.

In 2001…severe thunderstorms producing heavy rain and hail… Either washed out or damaged several County roads in the Watkins and Bennett areas. A small tornado (f0) touched down near Bennett…but did no damage. Hail as large as 1 3/4 inches in diameter fell near Watkins. One inch diameter hail was measured near Hudson and Keenesburg.

In 2008…strong winds blew several trees down in Denver… Damaging homes and downing power lines. A peak wind gust of 67 mph occurred at Centennial Airport…with gusts to 60 mph estimated in Denver. A peak wind gust of 37 mph was measured at Denver International Airport. An elderly man was killed when a wind damaged tree broke free and crushed him while he attempted to remove it. The downed power lines caused outages to about 500 Xcel energy customers.


In 1876…grasshoppers were in great abundance in the city and caused considerable damage to gardens and to crops in the surrounding farms and ranches.

In 1951…heavy thunderstorms rumbled across metro Denver through the night. Heavy rain totaled 3.45 inches at Stapleton Airport. This was the greatest 24 hour precipitation ever recorded during the month of august in Denver.

In 2007…heavy rain caused localized flash flooding near Ft. Lupton. Up to 8 inches of water was reported across County road 18. In addition…several other County roads in the immediate area were washed out.


In 1878…the high temperature climbed to 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1900…a thunderstorm produced west winds sustained to 48 mph with gusts to 55 mph…but only a trace of rain.

In 1903…a thunderstorm produced a trace of rainfall and northwest winds sustained to 45 mph with gusts to 60 mph. The high temperature was 99 degrees.

In 1927…a thunderstorm produced hail and sustained north winds to 22 mph.

In 1933…heavy cloudburst rains caused the failure of the Castlewood dam…which resulted in flash flooding on Cherry Creek…the deaths of 7 people in Denver…and flood damage estimated at 1 million dollars. Lower Denver was flooded during the morning by waters pouring down Cherry Creek and its valley from Castlewood Dam…which had broken between midnight and 2:00 am. Heavy rain of 3 to 9 inches in 9 hours in the watershed above the dam resulted in the failure. At 7:30 am…the flow in Cherry Creek was reported at 16 thousand second-feet as compared with a peak flow of 3 thousand second-feet in other years. The flood waters ruined hundreds of acres of crops and drowned scores of farm animals. Six bridges in Denver were swept away. Great deposits of mud were left in the lower sections of the city…including hundreds of basements and lower floors of buildings. At the end of the month…a deadly stench still rose from swampy areas near the lower city limits.

In 1963…heavy thunderstorm rains in the Parker area caused Cherry Creek to overflow…which damaged roads.

In 1985…a tornado touched down briefly about 10 miles northeast of Parker. No damage was reported.

In 1991…upslope northeast winds produced chilly temperature readings and heavy rain across metro Denver. Rainfall… With no thunder…totaled 1.56 inches at Stapleton International Airport where the heavy rain briefly reduced the surface visibility to 7/8 mile. The mercury climbed to a high of only 63 degrees.

In 1992…a thunderstorm wind gust to 64 mph was recorded in Brighton. A wind gust to 60 mph was measured near the construction site of the new Denver International Airport. Lightning started a fire in an Evergreen church…causing over 75 thousand dollars in damage.

In 1998…3/4 inch hail fell in Jefferson County 15 miles northwest of Arvada.

In 2006…heavy thunderstorm rainfall caused flash flooding along Leyden Creek in unincorporated Jefferson County. An automated rain gauge on upper Leyden Creek…6 miles northwest of Arvada…measured 2.68 inches of rainfall in less than 2 hours. Two to three feet of water covered the roadway at the intersection of 82nd and Quaker Street.

In 2009…a woman riding her bike… In training for an ironman triathlon…was struck by lightning in Boulder. She was in the 78th mile of a 100-mile training ride when she was hit. The woman lost her vision initially and couldn`t move her arms. After a short stay in the hospital…she made of complete recovery.

In 2013…severe wet microburst thunderstorms produced damaging winds and very heavy rain in and around Buckley Air Force Base…Erie and Lafayette. Peak gusts included: 68 mph in Erie…61 mph at Buckley AFB… And 60 mph in Broomfield…4 miles east-southeast of Erie and Lafayette. In Erie…a velodrome under construction was heavily damaged by heavy rain and high winds. The wind toppled the eastern third of the 250-meter cycling track. Bolts measuring one-half-inch thick by 7 1/2 inches in length were ripped out of concrete footers while 16-inch-wide trusses…collapsed under the force of the wind. In town…heavy rain… Around 2.5 inches in less than one hour…caused extensive street flooding. The intense wind also downed trees which resulted in localized power outages. In addition…an empty semi-trailer was blown on its side. A weak non supercell tornado touched down briefly in an open field…7 miles northwest of Hudson. The storm forced seven incoming flights at Denver International Airport to be diverted and contributed to 45-minute delays for others. At Denver International Airport…a peak wind gust of 55 mph was observed from the northeast…with 0.66 inches of rainfall recorded. The very heavy rain produced flash flooding in part of Aurora. Road closures were set up in both directions on both Picadilly Road and Gun Club Road…just north of Buckley AFB. A man had to be rescued when his car was trapped in flood waters at the intersection of 6th Ave. and Picadilly Road. Flash flooding was also observed at the junction of e-470 and I-70 with water running over the road.


In 1988…two inches of rain fell in 3 hours at both Morrison and Wheat Ridge. Thunderstorm rainfall totaled 0.80 inch overnight at Stapleton International Airport.

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Thornton’s weekend to offer up near normal temps, some chances for storms

Friday, July 31st, 2020 5:22am MDT

The three day period looks to bring largely typical conditions for this time of year. We will see healthy doses of sun to start each day then the afternoon and evenings bring chances for thunderstorms and showers.

For today, we start out with sunny skies then by late morning a few clouds will gather. Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. The late afternoon and evening bring just a slight chance for a storm. Tonight, skies will clear and lows will dip to the upper 50s.

Saturday looks similar to today but with better chances for storms. Sunny skies in the AM will give way to some clouds in the PM. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Scattered thunderstorms will be developing in the afternoon and be done in the evening. Saturday night into Sunday morning, lows will drop to around 60 degrees under mostly clear skies.

We close out the weekend on Sunday with the coolest day of the period and better chances for precipitation. Mostly sunny skies will be above until the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the low to mid-80s. Late morning / early afternoon will see thunderstorms develop with varying chances for activity until after dark. Have a great weekend!

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Thursday brings cooler temperatures, chance for thunderstorms

Thursday, July 30th, 2020 4:51am MDT

A pretty good looking day ahead for Thornton. We will be enjoying lower mercury readings and the afternoon will bring just a chance for storms.

Sunny skies start us off then by mid-morning clouds should start to increase. We do have a good bit of moisture in the atmosphere so if we can get convection going, scattered thunderstorms will develop. Gusty winds will be the biggest threat with these storms. Highs today will top out in the mid-80s.

Tonight, storm activity will end by midnight and skies will clear. Lows tonight will drop to around the 60 degree mark.

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Temperatures near normal, only a slight chance for storms Wednesday

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 4:52am MDT

After finally receiving a shot of rain yesterday, today turns drier with only a bit of a chance for a storm. Temps will top out right near the average high for the date.

Sunny to mostly sunny skies start us off and will be with us through the morning. The afternoon brings a few more clouds but nothing too intrusive.

Mid to late afternoon into the evening only have a slight chance for thunderstorms. If any develop, they will most likely be high-based and bring mostly gusty winds. High temperatures will top out right near the average high of 90 degrees for the date.

Tonight, any storm activity will end by about sunset and mostly clear skies will be left behind. Overnight lows will dip to around 60 degrees.

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July 2020 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 8:14pm MDT
A beautiful scene in Thornton on a hot July day. (LE Worley)

A beautiful scene in Thornton on a hot July day. (LE Worley)

Colorado offers outdoor opportunities unlike any other state and while the summer heat settles in, photos of the amazing scenes across our state provide a view into why we love it here so much.

The weather this time of year has a pretty standard pattern of quickly warming temperatures followed by afternoon thunderstorms that can cool things down.  These storms sometimes provide a good bit of ‘excitement’ and are a prime photo subject.

  • Slideshow updated July 28, 2020

Recreationalists head outdoors and take advantage of urban, suburban and rural opportunities.  As they do, our abundant wildlife that is found just about anywhere comes into focus.

Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather and nature related imagery.   Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted.

To learn more about how to send your photo to us for inclusion in the slideshow, see below the slideshow.

What is missing in the slideshow above?  Your photo!

Our monthly photo slideshow is going to feature images that we have taken but more importantly images that you have captured.  The photos can be of anything even remotely weather-related.

Landscapes, current conditions, wildlife, pets, kids.  Whimsical, newsy, artsy.  Taken at the zoo, some other area attraction, a local park, a national park or your backyard.  You name it, we want to see and share it!

Images can be taken in Thornton, Denver or anywhere across the extraordinary Centennial State.  We’ll even take some from out of state if we can tie it to Colorado somehow.

We’ll keep the criteria very open to interpretation with just about any image eligible to be shown in our slideshows.

What do you win for having your image in our slideshow?  We are just a ‘mom and pop’ outfit and make no money from our site so we really don’t have the means to provide prizes.  However you will have our undying gratitude and the satisfaction that your images are shared on the most popular website in Thornton.

To share you images with us and get them included in the slideshow just email them to us or share them with ThorntonWeather.com on any of the various social media outlets.  Links are provided below.

So come on, get those camera’s rolling!

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Tuesday to offer up slightly cooler than normal temps, decent chance for rain

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 4:56am MDT

Thornton will enjoy a calm morning and temperatures will be climbing to highs a bit below normal. The afternoon brings us our best chance for precipitation for the foreseeable future.

The day starts out with mostly sunny skies and those will be with us through the morning. With an increase in moisture aloft, cloud cover will as well increase in the afternoon.

The afternoon and evening will see showers develop with our best chance for activity coming from about 3:00pm to 9:00pm. At this time, we aren’t expecting a great deal of rain but given how dry it has been, anything will be appreciated. High temperatures today will top out in the mid-80s.

Tonight, any storm activity will end by midnight and skies will clear. Overnight lows will drop to around the 60 degree mark.

Keep an eye out for those showers with our interactive weather radar here.

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Calm, dry conditions start Thornton’s workweek

Monday, July 27th, 2020 4:52am MDT

We are set to enjoy a pretty nice Monday. Temperatures will be a bit below average for the date and we will remain dry.

A few clouds may be present early and then we will have mostly sunny skies for the balance of the day. Winds will be calm this morning and become slightly breezy in the mid-afternoon into the evening. Highs will be in the mid-80s.

Tonight, partly cloudy skies will be above with overnight lows dropping to around 60 degrees.

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July 26 to August 1: This week in Denver weather history

Sunday, July 26th, 2020 4:52am MDT

This Week in Denver Weather History

Weather can be deadly – we are all well (hopefully) aware of that.  Looking at this week in Denver weather history we are reminded of that and the tragedy that weather can bring to our state.  We see numerous cases of lightning causing death and injury but no one incident highlights the dangers of weather more than what occurred on July 31, 1976.  The Big Thompson Flood was Colorado’s worth weather-related disaster and claimed 144 lives.  More details on all these events are below.


In 2008…a streak of 26 consecutive days of 90 degrees shattered the previous record of 18 consecutive days established in 1901 and 1874.   Ironically…no new single day record high temperatures were set in the month of July. In August however…a record of 104 degrees was set on the 1st…and another record of 103 degrees was set on the 2nd. In addition…a record low min of 70 degrees was set on August 2nd.


In 1987…a streak of 16 consecutive days of 90 degrees ranked 4th on the list of hot streaks.  The record of 24 consecutive days was established in the summer of 2008.


In 1891…a thunderstorm produced sustained northeast winds to 44 mph with gusts to 60 mph and 0.16 inch of rain.

In 1894…a thunderstorm produced sustained southwest winds to 36 mph with gusts to 58 mph…but only 0.04 inch of rain.

In 1910…the high temperature reached 100 degrees in downtown Denver.

In 1959…a Denver man was stunned while standing by a car that was struck by lightning.  He was treated for burns and shock at a local hospital.  Thunderstorm winds gusted to 55 mph at Stapleton Airport.

In 1983…two heavy thunderstorms hit the northern and western suburbs.  The first drenched Northglenn with an inch of rain in 30 minutes.  The second storm dumped an inch or more of rain in Idaho Springs and Evergreen.  The heaviest rainfall… 2.90 inches in an hour…caused minor street flooding in Golden.

In 1984…heavy early morning thunderstorms drenched the foothills southwest of Denver.  Rainfall to 1 1/2 inches in just 30 minutes occurred between Evergreen and Conifer.  In nearby turkey creek canyon…1.80 inches of rain was recorded in 35 minutes.

In 1985…a long rope-like white tornado touched down 5 miles east of Erie and stayed on the ground…mainly over an open field…for 18 minutes.  However…the twister damaged a few cars on I-25 and injured 3 people from broken glass.  The storm flipped over a van…blew out car windows…and ripped a highway sign.  It also blew an outbuilding off its foundation.  A tornado also touched down briefly 8 miles north of Bennett.  No damage was reported from this storm.

In 1988…a 9-year-old girl was slightly injured by lightning in Parker.

In 2003…a severe thunderstorm in and south of Franktown produced hail as large as 1.75 inches in diameter.


In 1885…heavy cloudbursts on the palmer divide south of Denver caused flooding on Cherry Creek in the city overnight.  The high water washed away street and railroad bridges and a few houses.  The flood waters completely inundated the rail yards in lower downtown.  This was the worst flood on Cherry Creek since May 19-20…1864…but the damage was mitigated by stream improvements and fewer structures near the channel.  There was also no simultaneous flood on the South Platte River to slow the flow of water through the city.  Rainfall in the city was only 0.08 inch on the 26th.


In 1897…an apparent dry microburst produced sustained west winds to 48 mph with gusts to 60 mph and a trace of rain.

In 1901…a thunderstorm produced north winds to 38 mph with gusts to 41 mph and rainfall of only 0.01 inch in downtown Denver.  This was the only measurable rainfall of the month… Making this the driest July on record.

In 1953…an unconfirmed tornado in south Lakewood touched down briefly and abruptly dissipated.  No damage was reported from the twister.

In 1955…the public sighted a funnel cloud estimated at 500 feet above the ground near the western edge of Lowry Field. Wind estimates up to 60 mph were reported in the vicinity.

In 1956…a severe thunderstorm produced 3/4 inch diameter hail and wind gusts to 48 mph at Stapleton Airport where rain fall totaled 1.08 inches.

In 1965…a tornado was sighted 21 miles south of Denver in Douglas County.  No damage was reported.

In 1977…a thunderstorm wind gust to 51 mph was recorded at Stapleton International Airport.  A funnel cloud was sighted by an aircraft east of Parker.

In 1982…heavy rain doused Boulder with 1 1/2 to 3 inches of rain over a short period of time…causing extensive street flooding.

In 1984…strong thunderstorms drenched several areas. Rainfall of 1.04 inches occurred in just 20 minutes at Boulder.  Downpours also hit Aurora and northeast Denver… Delaying flights at Stapleton International Airport for an hour.  Up to 3/4 inch of rain fell in central Aurora in 15 minutes.

In 1989…lightning hit a home in Littleton…setting a bed on fire.  Damage was confined to the bedroom.

In 1994…lightning struck a furniture store in Boulder… Igniting a fire which caused major damage to the building and contents.

In 1997…lightning sparked a fire…causing extensive damage to a home in Watkins.  Heavy rain caused Lena Gulch to surge 2 feet over its banks in Golden.  The fire department had to rescue a man when his van stalled in high waters. High waters from swollen creeks and streams washed out bridges and several sections of road in southeast Aurora. A 200-to-300 foot section of road was washed away where Picadilly Street dips across coal creek.  Three youths had to be rescued when they became stranded by rapidly rising water in another normally dry creek bed.

In 1999…lightning was suspected of igniting a fire which caused substantial damage to a farm in Hudson.  The blaze destroyed a 10-foot by 60-foot metal pole barn…a pick-up truck…a SUV…a boat and trailer…3 four wheeler vehicles… And other farm equipment.

In 2007…a man was struck and killed by lightning while jogging at Matthews Winters Park in Morrison.


In 1956…96 percent of the total precipitation for the month of July occurred over the last five days of the month. Heavy thunderstorms produced 4.00 inches of rainfall at Stapleton Airport.  This amount of precipitation in 5 days or less had been exceeded only 3 times in previous record. The last time had been in December of 1913 as snow. Considerable property damage occurred across metro Denver from flooding.

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Thornton’s weekend weather to offer up typical temperatures, better chances for storms

Friday, July 24th, 2020 4:56am MDT

Mother Nature will offer up a three day period of weather much like we expect this time of year. Temperatures start out near normal and then will close out a bit cooler. Each day offers a chance for storms with Sunday bringing the best opportunity for much-needed precipitation.

For Friday, we start out with some sun but then clouds will be increasing leading to mostly cloudy conditions. Highs will be in the low 90s. Thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon with the best chances coming in the late afternoon / early evening. Tonight, storm activity will end by midnight and partly cloudy skies will be above. Overnight lows will dip to the mid-60s.

Saturday brings the most sun of the period with mostly sunny skies expected. Highs will again be in the low 90s. The afternoon and evening bring a chance for thunderstorms. Saturday night into Sunday morning, it will be mostly cloudy with lows in the low to mid-60s.

On Sunday we welcome some cooler temperatures with highs in the mid-80s under partly sunny skies. A few sprinkles of rain may be seen early in the day then the afternoon brings a good chance for showers mixed in with some thunder.

Have a great weekend!

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