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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Chilly, snowy at Castle Rock Starlighting 2018!

Castle Rock’s Biggest Event of the Year! If you’re new to Castle Rock or a seasoned veteran of the town, the Starlighting put on by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce is definitely an event not to be missed! The the festivities run from 2PM-7P with the Starlighting Ceremony kicking off promptly at 5PM. Be …

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Be prepared! Sunday Will Be Cold and Snowy Along Palmer Divide

For the past few days we’ve had an idea that a storm would affect the region late Saturday into Sunday but we didn’t think much of it because it really didn’t look like much was there. Yesterday the storm started to come together a bit better on the models and we saw that snowfall was …

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10/30/2018 – Tuesday AM Storm Update

Expected Snowfall totals for Areas Around the Palmer Divide Here’s our latest thinking on overall snowfall for areas along the Palmer Divide. Our forecast is largely in line with the NWS forecast, but lower than some of the TV stations have been predicting around here. I still think the ground being so warm will play …

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Shifting to an Unsettled Weather Pattern This Week

Quick Look Quick look at information regarding timing, impacts and severity for folks who just want the quick information about this storm Timing Expect precipitation to begin mainly as rain on Tuesday morning Models currently have the transition to snowfall occurring in the early to mid morning hours on Tuesday Snow showers continue on and …

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Saturday PM Palmer Divide Storm Update

Not many major changes to what we are seeing tonight based on new data coming in. A lot of the mid and shorter range models are coming in and have dropped snow totals just ever so slightly across the area. As we’ve been saying all along, the way this storm system is moving in (the …

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Cold Blast – Accumulating Snow Coming This Weekend

Finally Starting to Feel Like Fall Temperatures have been running well below normal for the past few days, we haven’t seen average or above average temperatures in Castle Rock since October 5. That’s great news after how warm September was and even better news is that we’ve seen a bit of moisture as well. After …

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Weather Pattern Change Ahead

After several weeks of well above average temperatures and incredibly dry conditions, it looks like we may finally see a fall weather pattern change on the horizon! Ridge of Doom is Breaking Down! For the past several weeks a high pressure ridge has been fairly efficient at keeping warm dry air over Colorado and keeping …

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El Nino 101: What is El Nino?

What Is the El Nino Southern Oscillation? (ENSO) For most people they hear the word “El Nino” and know that it means big shifts in the weather pattern for Colorado (whether from being here long enough or hearing it from the local TV Weather people> But many don’t know exactly what “it” means exactly or …

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Fall Weather Arriving Right on Schedule!

Scorching September We’ve all heard from our local TV stations about how hot it’s been in Denver. We’ve seen 8-plus consecutive days in the 90’s for Denver, this is unusual and helps demonstrate how warm many areas along the front range have been. Some areas of the far Eastern plains even reached 100 degrees yesterday …

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Florence: Dangerous Storm Could Effect East Coast This Week

Hurricane Florence is a storm we’ve been watching for a few days now… as we’ve seen models jump back and forth we advised caution and keeping an eye on this storm. It also wasn’t a bad idea to make preparations for this storm whether it be preparing to evacuate or to go to the store …

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