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.
May 14 - Long Range Summary
Near record heat began early May in the Southwest before progressively spreading eastward last week through the Plains and Midwest into the mid Atlantic region and Southeast, where it will linger into the start of this 2nd full week of May. Moderate cooling in the Southeast starting Tuesday (still several degrees above average) accompanies clouds and rain advancing northward from Florida. What is more important is precipitation will become the only source of cooling going forward through the remainder of May as actual cold air retreats farther north into northeastern Canada. Fast weakening observed to a large Pacific storm once it entered the West late last week is a harbinger of a repetitive mild late spring pattern overall featuring mostly scattered convective type rainfall across the majority of the Plains, Midwest, and East favoring continued predominance of above average warmth. Warmer and drier May conditions which are the exact opposite to the end to spring observed last year signal a much hotter start to summer 2018.
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