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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, July 5, 2015 — Can you feel it? A big cool down arrived lat this afternoon, and with a reinforcing shot behind it, we'll stay well below normal across much of Colorado for the start of the week. The cool air working our way is very evident in the latest RTMA analysis this evening: 50s, 60s, and 70s across Wyoming and spilling into northeast Colorado.

Venus and Jupiter converge in sky tonight, creating a 'Star of Bethlehem' moment — DENVER - There will be a fantastic sight in this evening's sky; let's just hope the weather cooperates and we have a clear enough sky to see. Your attention may have been grabbed already by the bright planets in our western sky each evening. Venus is the brightest and Jupiter is the second brightest.

Facts about lightning that may keep you safe — DENVER - Each year 400 people, on average, are struck by lightning across the country. Sadly, 55 to 60 of those are killed. The odds of being struck are 1 in 12,000 for an average lifespan. Lightning is dangerous because it is an electrical current.

With summer heat comes increased risk to health, and your car can become dangerously hot quickly — DENVER - Summer obviously brings hot temperatures, and all too often you hear reminders about hot cars and not leaving pets or children in them. Inevitably, there is always someone who doesn't think the extreme heat will affect them, or those he or she is caring for.

Venus and Jupiter put on a show in the western sky, plus more on the solstice — DENVER - Father's Day coincides, this year, with the summer solstice. Thus, both kicked off summer this time. In astronomy, summer starts when the Sun is in its highest position in the sky of the northern hemisphere. From here on out, that Sun will slowly "sink" lower to the horizon each day until the winter solstice.

Hotter for Father's Day Weekend, Start of Summer — Sunday doesn't only mark Father's Day, but also the start of astronomical summer. With the weekend, comes a summer-like weather pattern for Colorado. Firstly, you may wonder why I specified Sunday as the start to astronomical summer. Meteorological summer started June 1st, but I doubt you read that on any calendar.

South Platte River remains swollen; Chatfield Reservoir reaches record level — DENVER - If you had plans to camp this weekend, think again if you were to camp at one of these campgrounds within Park and Douglas counties: Riverside Campground Springer Gulch Campground Cove Campground Spillway Campground Happy Meadows Campground O'Brien Gulch Picnic Area Elevenmile Picnic Area Messenger Gulch Picnic Area Idlewild Picnic Area Elevenmile Fishing Area Ouzel Campground Osprey Campground These sites are closed due to high water, and additional sites may be closed as water levels rise due to rapid snow-melt and additional rainfall.

Video: Several tornadoes touch down near Simla, in Elbert County — SIMLA, Colo. - Several tornadoes touched down near the Elbert County town of Simla Thursday afternoon. 7NEWS Meteorologist Matt Makens was near Simla when a tornado touched down there at 5:14 p.m. As he watched, the clouds descended and formed a narrow tornado.

The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, May 31, 2015 — Wet and cool May comes to an end The month has ended much quieter than how it will go down on paper. Historic Front Range rain, and cold will go into the books for May. It'll surprise you to read that officially Denver will not be in the top 20 for wettest Mays.

May ends as 12th coolest, but not a top 20 wettest month for Denver — DENVER - You'll likely remember May 2015 as a cool and rainy month. It was for many of us. Officially, Denver did not hit the top 20 list for wettest Mays. Yet, it did make the 12th spot for coolest Mays ever recorded.
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Jul 05, 2015

Big storms moving out of the area into NE and KS. That is until stronger storms come back tomorrow.

Jul 05, 2015

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Kit Carson County until 9:45pm. @DenverChannel #COwx

Jul 05, 2015

Not soggy, but certainly unsettled. The rain chances for the next 24hrs, #Denver

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