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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Next Decent Chance for Snow Comes Early Next Week

By and far the winners of the snowfall lottery this past week have been the mountains of Colorado. A weather feature often called an “atmospheric river” or sometimes the “Pineapple Express” has set up the past several days over the Western U.S. This feature is known for bringing incredible amounts of moisture inland to California, …

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Afternoon Storm Update for 2/6-2/7, 2019 Storm

The picture on this storm is becoming a bit clearer as we get more data in. This will be another tricky forecast (I’ll discuss why a bit further down the page) but basically most areas along the front range won’t see a whole ton of snow out of this. Some very specific areas will have …

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Batter Up! Next Storm System Rolls Into the Region on Wednesday!

After a period of quiet and somewhat tranquil weather, there is evidence our weather pattern may be shifting back to an unsettled period for a bit again heading towards the middle of the month. A new storm system pounding the state of California will begin to move towards Colorado. The storm will hit the mountains with …

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Blizzard Warning Issued for Palmer Divide and NE Colorado

Castle Rock Weather | Palmer Divide Weather | Blizzard Warning | Snow Storm | Winter Weather Advisory

Huge post with a lot of important information, please take this storm seriously and begin your preparations today! NWS Weather Alerts Blizzard Warning (8PM Monday – 11AM Tuesday) Cities/Areas Included Castle Rock-Fort Morgan-Byers-Limon-Akron- Including the cities of Castle Rock, Elbert, Fondis, Kiowa, Larkspur, Brush, Fort Morgan, Goodrich, Wiggins, Bennett, Byers, Deer Trail, Leader, Agate, Hugo, Limon, …

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AM Storm Update – Jan 21-22, 2019 Storm

NWS Weather Alerts There are no winter weather alerts with this storm for the Palmer Divide region. We will keep an eye out in case any get issued. Expected Snowfall (through Tuesday 12PM) *These are preliminary forecast amounts and will change with more data coming in on Sunday and Monday, stay tuned for changes* Castle …

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January 18, 2019 Storm Palmer Divide Snow Totals

Yesterday’s storm was a surprise for a lot of us along the Palmer Divide. If you lived outside that area you saw little to no snow at all, but we got hammered for lack of a better term. Here’s a map of what ranges many place in our area received from our latest storm: Snowfall …

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Storm Update: Jan 18-19-2019

We’ve been pretty quiet on the details regarding our next storm system throughout this week… that should probably tell you how excited we are getting about it. The fact is the next storm system has a ton of moisture in it, the mountains are going to see very high amounts of accumulated snowfall the next …

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AM Storm Update – Here Comes the Snow!

Weather Alerts NWS has upgraded the Palmer Divide and foothills to a Winter Storm Warning. This warning has been issued due to the expectation of heavy snow and higher snow accumulations resulting in difficult and hazardous driving conditions. The Warning and Advisory issued runs through 12AM Saturday so expect travel issues to linger into Friday …

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Friday Snow Storm – This One’s Looking Interesting!

This storm didn’t exactly come out of nowhere, we’ve been watching it for days but as you can imagine we are hesitant to get too excited about it given what has happened so far this year. Models have continued to keep decent snow accumulation along the front range and targets the Palmer Divide pretty well …

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Chance of Snow Friday?

Our weather pattern will see a bit of a wobble to end the week out… we say wobble because the overall longer term will be warm and dry. However, just because we are stuck in a longer term warm/dry pattern doesn’t mean we won’t see any snow or storm systems at all, it simply means …

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