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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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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4/23/2018 – Big Change This Afternoon!

We are posting our first severe weather risk areas map today! Just another reminder that storm season is about to kick off across Colorado. Today’s marginal risk mainly includes Northern and Northeastern Colorado as this areas looks most favorable for strong and severe thunderstorms to develop. Conditions aren’t great though; I suspect the main threat …

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4/20/2018 – Almost Show Time!

While some models bounced the snow totals up as of this morning, some left things unchanged. The Nam3k model that showed no snow for Castle Rock yesterday now shows abour 2-3 inches, the HRRR is still showing very little snow at all (within the range we can see) and the GFS is relatively unchanged. The …

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4/19/2018 – PM Storm Update

Very quick update on the storm tonight, models have dropped snowfall and overall precipitation across the board. That being said; like so many storms this year the foothills and mountains will get a healthy dose of snow. Below are 2 models, the longer range GFS which has been a bit more keen on snowfall accumulation …

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