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.
February 19 - Long Range Summary
Record setting temperature contrast builds through midweek across the entire U.S. as late spring-level warmth in the Southeast (70s-low 80s) intensifies and expands northward to the eastern Great lakes and Northeast at 20°-30° above average strength, while frigid arctic air in the Northwest and northern Plains (subzero highs) spreads southward deep into the Southwest to Texas at 15° below average intensity or more. Each extreme temperature anomaly will moderate several degrees during the latter half of this week, but the general west-east contrast between cold and warm late winter conditions will predominate most of next week. However, plummeting Eastern U.S. temperatures during the 11-15 day period are now of highest forecast confidence as ALL models have latched onto marked pattern change effectively ending strong or prolonged above average warmth. Latest model forecasts which spread below average temperatures deep into the southern U.S. from Texas to Florida by the end of the 11-15 day period set the stage for a very cold and wintery March by spring standards across the Midwest and East.
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