John Braddock

John R. Braddock is a NOAA/NWS Certified Storm Chaser and Amateur Meteorologist living in Castle Rock, Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in Computer Science and a Colorado native, he specializes in short range forecasting, severe weather and mountain weather dynamics.

Most commented posts

  1. Latest Guidance on This Weekend’s Storm (Apr 15-17, 2016) — 9 comments
  2. Monster April Snowstorm Brewing? — 7 comments
  3. Confidence Increasing for Significant Colorado Winter Storm — 6 comments
  4. Current Look at Colorado Weather Watches/Warnings for Weekend Storm — 5 comments
  5. Models Beginning To Agree on Snow (Apr 15-18 Storm Update) — 4 comments

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7/25/2018 – Monsoon Pattern will make for Active Weather Day

The 2018 summer monsoon pattern has firmly established itself across the Southwestern United States and with it moisture is being funneled into Colorado. Many areas have seen strong storms with hail and heavy, flooding rains over the past few days. Severe Weather Outlook for Wednesday As with most storms the past few days, there is …

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Heavy Rain Possible Thursday

Monsoon Sneak Peak Thursday, the high pressure ridge responsible for our hot and dry conditions shifts slightly to the West. This means good moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will make its way into Colorado. That combined with weak steering winds, means storms will move slowly and have the potential for heavy rain! Storm chances …

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6/25/2018 – Palmer Divide Weekly Weather Outlook

The week ahead looks to transition back into a more summer pattern for Colorado and most of the Southwest and South. As the storm system responsible for our cooler air and rainy conditions departs off to the Northeast, a high pressure system moves in from the Southwest. High pressure generally means the storm track gets …

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Hazy and Hot Days Ahead

Take a quick look at an overlay of large active fires and surface winds this morning in Colorado and you’ll see exactly where the smoke is coming from. Large fires to the Southwest and South with strong winds from the Southwest and South are acting as a conveyor belt to move all of that smoke …

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Elephant Rock Race 2018 Forecast for Castle Rock and Palmer Divide

The “unofficial” kick of to cycling season will start this weekend in Castle Rock as cyclists can choose a variety of courses that vary in length and difficulty. Colorado’s weather is known to be quite changeable, but the good news this year is that the overall weather is excepted to be calm. The only thing …

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5/28/2018 – Heads Up! Severe Weather Expected Today!

What’s Going on Today Today looks to be an active thunderstorm day with severe weather expected across much of Northeastern Colorado. The main threat out of theses storms is large, damaging hail but given the low level  moisture and wind profiles there is an isolated tornado risk as well. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted …

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5/32/3028 – A Taste of Summer This Week

The Week Ahead After bouts of severe weather last week including storms that brought hail, heavy rain and winds to the area we will quiet things down nicely this week. The overall weather pattern is already beginning to transition into something we tend to see in summer with warmer temperatures riding into the area with …

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Severe Weather Threat Continues This Week

5/14/2018 A line of strong and severe storms moved across the Palmer Divide bringing hail, rain, lightning and wind. No tornadoes were sighted or reported, but given the dynamics we expected that. The chance for any tornadoes was quite low overall, but storms certainly had enough energy for hail! The storm mainly effected areas of …

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5/10/2018 – Record Heat Followed by Unsettled Weekend

Thursday Will Be Downright Toasty! Temperature records will be set to fall for many areas across Colorado’s Front Range on Thursday. Warm air from the Southwest will continue to funnel into the state making for breezy conditions, low humidity and record high temperatures. Castle Rock looks to come up just short of setting a new …

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5/1/2018 – Kicking Off Storm Season with a Bang

Marginal Risk of Severe Weather for Colorado Today The latest Storm Prediction Center outlook has Northeastern Colorado under a marginal risk for severe weather today. This means that the risk is overall low for strong to severe storms but high enough that a few scattered storms may break out in the region. Surrounding areas in …

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