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 11 - Long Range Summary

Recent weekend cold high temperatures more than 25° below average across nearly all of Texas and 15° below average across the Southeast will not last as another strong warm-up is on tap across the South this week. However, less warming will make it into the northeastern quadrant of the country in an active storm parade emanating from the West, including significant snow and ice across the interior Northeast Tuesday. What has changed most in recent model forecasts are significantly colder 6-15 day trends indicating eastward expansion of arctic air from the current frigid core (30°-40° below average) between the northern Rockies and the Upper Midwest, into the East in a less extreme but still significantly below average form. Only timing details separate recent extended range model forecasts in onset of a very cold end to February in the Midwest, South and East. Return of sustained cold to the East later than MWA previously forecast is a sign winter-like conditions are likely to persist into mid March, before the still anticipated strong temperature reversal to seasonably warm conditions by late March ushers in a much milder mid-late spring than observed last year.


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