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.
September 18 - Long Range Summary
One final surge of cold Canadian air of the extended September series draining into the Midwest (7°-10° below average) this past weekend ensures a cool and wet 1st half of the week across the Northeast. However, at the same time colder and wetter pattern change starting in the West is certain to shift summer-like heat out of the Pacific Northwest (mid 80s-mid 90s) eastward in a modifying (weakening) form; warming Midwestern temperatures near 80° by midweek, and the Northeast to the mid 70s by the end of the workweek. Similar level modest warmth (3°-6° above average) is forecast to return to the central and southern Plains early this week (low-mid 90s in most of Texas). Meanwhile slightly below average temperatures in most of the Southeast to mid Atlantic region this week appear slowest to recover near seasonal levels (low-mid 80s)late in the 6-10 day period. Precipitation is far less certain amongst models and from run to run of the same model but longer range forecasts maintain relatively mild temperatures east of the Rockies into mid October, and even the cooler West recovers to seasonal temperatures starting late next weekend (Sep 24). At this point there is no substantially cold air in sight building across North America suggesting temperatures across most of the U.S. will remain slightly – moderately above average through most if not all of the latter half of fall.
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