Dr. John Snook
John Snook obtained a BS (1980) and MS (1982) in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Dr. Snook completed a PhD (1993) in atmospheric science at Colorado State University.
John moved to Colorado in 1984 and worked as a meteorologist for 15 years at a NOAA applied research lab in Boulder. John worked closely with the National Weather Service to implement numerical weather prediction techniques in local forecast offices. He helped to implement a local weather prediction system at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and received a NOAA bronze medal for his efforts.
John moved to private industry in 1999, working for Colorado Research Associates and then co-founded Foresight Weather. Foresight Weather developed computer modeling techniques designed to provide detailed weather forecasts tailored for the energy industry. These same techniques were also applied to the highway winter maintenance and fire weather communities.
John continues to specialize in computer weather modeling applications for various industries, and also spends time in winter working as avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
April 15 - Long Range Summary
Seasonably cool start to this week across the majority of the Midwest and East will be brief, as 70s-80s building back into the Plains at the same time are part of the next very warm airmass by mid spring standards to spread eastward back into the Midwest and East midweek. Seasonably cool air will briefly return to the Eastern half of the country late this week as the series of coast to coast translating deep Pacific troughs with cooler air in their wake continue. However, strong warm-ups observed ahead of each recent wet storm have already outweighed limited and brief cooling in their wake such that above average temperatures have predominated the 1st half of April across most of the U.S. More importantly nearly all 11-15 day model forecasts have aligned to significantly less temperature volatility nearly devoid of seasonably cool air in drier conditions, setting the stage for a much warmer end to April and start to May.
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