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.
December 11 - Long Range Summary
Cold temperatures extending deep into the Southeast early this week in the wake of the recent historic southern snow event are certain to be followed by an even colder arctic airmass focusing farther north across the northeastern quadrant of the country by Wednesday at near 15° below average intensity. Models begin to diverge late week with intensity of warmer air spreading out of the Western half of the country into the East through early next week, but even the warmest 6-10 day forecasts shift markedly colder by the 11-15 day period. The coldest forecasts of the European model and 30-day MWA ensemble re-establish a similar amplified pattern as currently in place setting the stage for a frigid Christmas week across the Midwest and East, and are accepted as indication of an even colder start to January than previously anticipated.
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