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.
June 17 - Long Range Summary
Transitional week ahead as last week’s record setting June heat across large areas of the West gradually erodes, and gives way to seasonal to below average temperatures by the end of the week. Western cooling will be slowest from interior California into the central Great Basin where triple digit heat (near 10° above average) will linger into midweek. Meanwhile noticeable heat and humidity gradually build northward through Texas (mid-upper 90s) and the Southeast (upper 80s-low 90s) especially during the latter half of the week as wet conditions begin to subside. All models continue each temperature trend through the 6-10 day period; cooling all of the West and northern Plains to seasonal levels or several degrees below average, while east of the Rockies above average warmth spreads northward to the Great Lakes and Northeast. Mainly pattern longevity separates recent extended range forecasts; with the European model far more prolonged with above average Northeastern heat into early July, while GFS runs shift the core of heat into the central U.S. at the expense of renewed Eastern cooling. However, warm (and drier) ECMWF 11-15 day Eastern forecasts are far more aligned with atmospheric teleconnection forecasts, setting the stage for a markedly warmer mid-late summer overall.
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