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John Ensworth

John Ensworth works from Longmont as the Principle Investigator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth and space science education product review through the IGES (The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies – www.strategies.org). He is in his 14th year running this review. He is an astronomer (from the 2nd grade onward) and became a meteorologist (in the 5th grade) when a thunderstorm in Arizona rained on his telescope when the weather service had only forecasted a 10 percent chance of rain. He has college degrees in physics and astronomy and climatology and a graduate degree in meteorology and earth science. He lectures at the Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud, the Estes Park Memorial Observatory in Estes Park, and for a number of online universities. He built and runs a backyard observatory near Pace and 17th in northeast Longmont where he has lived for 8 years with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats. Invitations to open house nights at this observatory, LTO, and EPMO will be posted with future discussions when they are scheduled. Forecasting severe weather and snow amounts via text lead to this column. He began texting friends about the weather right after the September 2013 flood. The readers of this column will, hopefully, keep him honest in what he "thought" he had forecasted for "the most recent" storm.

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Longmont weather forecast: Rain/snow Friday night then another blanket on Monday

Longmont weather forecast: Rain/snow Friday night then another blanket on Monday

Unsettled weather continues this next week with a good snow on Monday then rain showers later in the week.
Thursday Update: Longmont Weather Forecast: Our first significant snow arrives, then more next week

Thursday Update: Longmont Weather Forecast: Our first significant snow arrives, then more next week

A wet cold/chilly week with more snow streteches before us.
Longmont Weather Forecast: Extended rain and snow next week

Longmont Weather Forecast: Extended rain and snow next week

A bit of mid to late Spring weather now followed by much rain, snow, and chill for days!
Wednesday Update: Longmont Weather Forecast: Warm Thursday, chilly Friday, nice Weekend, showers next week...

Wednesday Update: Longmont Weather Forecast: Warm Thursday, chilly Friday, nice Weekend, showers next week...

Exceptionally warm weather through Monday becomes a chance of showers Tuesday then more seasonable temperatures.
Longmont weather forecast: Warm spring weather

Longmont weather forecast: Warm spring weather

Incredibly nice, warm, dry weather settles in for most of the next ten days. Spring!
Monday AM Update: Longmont weather forecast: Spring weather arrives - with wind, a chill, a bit of moisture

Monday AM Update: Longmont weather forecast: Spring weather arrives - with wind, a chill, a bit of moisture

Except for a Monday afternoon cold front, and a cool damp Tuesday, spring and dry weather is here for the week.
Longmont weather forecast: Cool and damp until a warm dry weekend moves in

Longmont weather forecast: Cool and damp until a warm dry weekend moves in

The week ends chilly with Friday rain (maybe snow) showers then becomes a very warm dry weekend and beyond.
Tuesday PM Update: Longmont weather forecast: Snow chances begin to increase again...

Tuesday PM Update: Longmont weather forecast: Snow chances begin to increase again...

Small snow chances continue then pick up Tuesday PM into Wednesday AM.
Saturday Update: Longmont weather forecast: Warmth and melting continues, rain and snow begin the week.

Saturday Update: Longmont weather forecast: Warmth and melting continues, rain and snow begin the week.

A warm morning changes to midday rain then late afternoon snow. If you are close to the foothills, significant snow should build up.
Sunday PM Update: Longmont weather forecast: We have a foot, shall we add more? Now add wind...

Sunday PM Update: Longmont weather forecast: We have a foot, shall we add more? Now add wind...

We're seeing a roughly nine-hour delay in the storm, but 1.5 to 2.5 feet of snow around Longmont is likely.