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.

November 29 - Long Range Summary

Above average warmth which predominated the majority of the West and northern Plains throughout November is quickly expanding eastward, with the Northeast last to shift warm. A cold start to the coming week across the Northeast featuring temperatures 5° below average is certain to briefly reverse 5° above average midweek, before cold air returns at the end of the week. All models prolong this modest volatility across the Northeast characterized by near seasonal mean temperatures when averaged over several day time scales through the end of the 1st full week of December. Extended range models eventually flood the Northeast with milder air during the 11-15 day period, but this accompanies large scale pattern change directing notably colder air through west central Canada into the Rockies and Plains. Central U.S. cooling forecast to start late in the 6-10 day period may not mark onset of sustained below average temperatures. However, that is not the case across Canada where progressive cooling sets the stage for significantly colder mid December conditions across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, which are likely to expand into the East by the final week of the month to persist through early January.

 


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