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.

January 15 - Long Range Summary

Early week arctic air reinforcement surging due southward to the Gulf Coast and Florida is stronger in latest modeling (25° below average), along with a swath of snow and ice extending from central Texas late Monday through the northern Gulf Coast states Tuesday. Unlike early January the Northeast will be spared the core of coldest air this week, but very frigid air arriving last weekend (15° below average) will be slow to moderate through the majority of the workweek. It is late week into the start of next weekend (Jan 19-20) when fundamental pattern change marks onset of near sustained well above average temperatures in the Midwest and East to predominate the remainder of the month into early February, and a cooler and stormier West. However, recent extended range model forecasts are colder in the Plains as active Western storms periodically eject east of the Rockies, to briefly cool temperatures below average in the northern Plains, and near average in Texas. Longer range confidence in return of cold air to the Eastern U.S. to predominate mid-late February is increased as the 30-day MWA ensemble is latching onto re-establishment of arctic air across Canada earlier in the month.


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