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

Author's posts

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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Colorado Drought Update

Latest Drought Update The biggest change to Colorado’s drought status for the week was the expansion of severe drought conditions across a good portion of Western Colorado to include many mountain areas. Many mountain areas have experienced above normal temperatures most of the summer and have been very dry. The expansion of the severe drought …

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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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