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 12 - Long Range Summary

Large scale pattern reversal and stagnation is directing reinforcing shots of unseasonably cold air (and late season snow) into the same regions of the north –central U.S. which have been warmest through the 1st half of spring. Model forecasts continue to increase magnitude of cold Canadian air focusing between the northern Rockies and Upper Midwest early this coming week to levels typical of early March; featuring high temperatures in the low-mid 30s, and overnight lows in the teens and 20s. Model forecasts generally agree the cold early week northern U.S. airmass (15°-20° below average) will settle more south than east while modifying (weakening), to focus into Texas and the Deep South at less than 10° below average intensity by the end of this workweek to predominate the 6-10 day period. Farther east predominance of overcast skies and intermittent rain signal less extreme cooling near seasonal temperatures starting early this week, which will still be very noticeable in the wake of past weekend early summer-like high temperatures in the mid-upper 70s observed across the Northeast. Moderately cold air is forecast to spread through the East in a more transient manner during the 11-15 day period as the current blocked pattern breaks down. Soon thereafter warm air expanding across the entire West during the next 10-days will quickly flood the Eastern U.S. by the end of April, to predominate May according to 30-day MWA ensemble forecasts.

 


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