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.
March 19 - Long Range Summary
Recent January–level temperatures across the Northeast are several degrees colder than even short range models forecast and a sign of a cold full week ahead. Substantial cold air by spring standards will also return to the Southeast by midweek in the wake of the 1st of 3 distinct storms lined up to track off the East Coast through early next week (Mar 26). Meanwhile marked pattern change in the eastern Pacific is forecast to direct the highest moisture levels of the entire cold season onto the Southern California coast early this week producing heavy coastal rain and mountain snow. Extended range model forecasts have been struggling greatly with downstream implications of this wetter Western pattern during the 11-15 day period and beyond, and are considered too warm across the Eastern half of the country. However, latest model forecasts have begun to shift colder across the Eastern half of the country during the 11-15 day period, and will likely continue this colder trend in subsequent runs consistent with atmospheric teleconnections which suggest prolonged flow of cold air (and snow) across the northeastern quadrant of the country into early April.
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