Weather5280 (Fifty Two Eighty) serves to deliver on all things weather a mile above sea level. Founded in 2008 by Brendan Heberton, Weather5280 has grown to include a team of talented forecasters from the Denver area. The Denver weather source shares its passion with a unique perspective on the state of the atmosphere across northeast Colorado and the world. At Weather5280, the weather is wonderful.

Meet the Team

Brendan Heberton

Brendan Heberton

Born and raised in Denver, Brendan has been tracking the weather along the Front Range his entire life. He studied meteorology for two years at Pennsylvania State University before getting a degree in Geography and certificate in GIS from the University of Colorado, Denver. Brendan is responsible for directing Weather5280’s content, leading in forecast creation and discussion, and managing the website’s front and back-end development.

Brendan worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Open PV project and later joined GeoIQ as a developer. Brendan currently works as an engineer at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) developing mapping software and data analysis tools. He is also the co-founder of FreshyMap, a real-time snow reporting application (powder to the people!).
Brian Bledsoe

Brian Bledsoe

Brian grew up on a farm in eastern Colorado and has loved the weather for as long as he can remember. He received his degree in meteorology from the University of Northern Colorado, and currently serves as chief meteorologist at KKTV in Colorado Springs. Brian is Weather5280's climate and long range forecast specialist, with a passion for helping farmers and ranchers in seasonal planning.

Brian also writes for the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, and has published work in Ag Journal, Southern Livestock Standard, and the Greeley Tribune.
Matt Makens

Matt Makens

I'm thrilled to be with Weather5280, forecasting weather as it should be done...with a group of friends.

I grew up outside of Castle Rock, attended Douglas County schools until I graduated from DCHS in '98.

My passion for 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 in my 'real job' as a weather anchor on Colorado's Own and FOX31 Denver.

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.
Josh Larson

Josh Larson

Josh has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Williams College in Massachusetts and has been involved in weather and climate for over 15 years. Josh brings to Weather5280 a great understanding of climate variabilities (through his work at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center) and strong experience in the weather blogging world.

Josh worked for two years as a climate analyst at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center where he researched and forecast climate variability. Before his stint at CPC, Josh interned at the National Weather Service (NWS) headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and spent four summers as an intern at the National Center for Environmental Prediction.

Josh was a writer and co-producer for The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang from 2003 to 2010.
Sam Ng

Sam Ng

Dr. Sam Ng is an Associate Professor of Meteorology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has been at Metro State since 2005, teaching various meteorology classes ranging from Synoptic Meteorology, Weather Analysis Techniques, and Mesoscale Meteorology. His research interests include Mesoscale Convective Systems, Winter Weather Phenomenon, Rapid Cyclogenesis, and Heavy Precipitation Processes.

Ng received his Ph.D. in Meteorology from Saint Louis University in 2005, researching on processes associated with heavy banded snowfall in the Midwest. Before receiving his doctorate, Sam received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and followup with a Master of Science degree from Texas Tech University in Atmospheric Science (2001).
Sam Ng

Noah Brauer

Noah Brauer is a meteorologist at MeteoStar in Denver, CO. He holds a degree in geography and minors in math and atmospheric science. Noah is from Vancouver, Canada, and now calls Boulder, CO home.

Noah spends the spring chasing severe weather across eastern Colorado and the great plains of the United States. Most recently, he caught this incredible tornadonorth of Wray, Colorado.
Greg Moore

Greg Moore

Greg grew up in California and moved to Colorado in 2008. He spent a number of years in as a pitcher with both the Los Angeles Angels and the Colorado Rockies before becoming a paramedic in 2004. Greg is Weather5280’s severe weather aficionado and eyes-on-the-ground in northern Colorado.

Greg now works as a 911 paramedic with the Eagle County Paramedics in Eagle County, and teaches ACLS, CPR, and cardiology. Greg is a professional photographer, and has been chasing severe weather in Colorado for years.