This is Andrew

Hello I'm Andrew, though you'll often find me online as asketchyfish. I have loved weather and the outdoors ever since I was born. This love started while growing up in the foothills of the Rockies in Colorado and then furthered while studying Meteorology at the University of Utah at the foot of the Wasatch. From this love, I have now spent most of my life buried in the world of meteorology, aviation, entrepreneurship, the outdoors, and technology.

Currently, I am a Engineering Manager for Breeze Airways, a new low cost airline flying mostly on the west and east coasts. Previously, I was the Technical Founder and Chief Technology Officer at OpenSnow, a company dedicated to providing weather forecasts and in-depth analysis for skiers and outdoor enthusiasts around the world. On the side, I also manage a handful of projects under the Bugtree brand, ranging from contract software development work to coffee roasting. Prior to founding OpenSnow, I was a Program Manager at the National Weather Service and a Developer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

When my head is not lost in the clouds or buried in snow, you can find me somewhere outdoors — hiking, skiing, or playing a number of sports. You also might find me on the other side of the planet on one of my frequent travels. In a window seat, of course.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

Associate Engineering Manager
Breeze Airways
October 2023 - Present
Technical Founder and Chief Technology Officer
March 2011 - May 2021
Lead Meteorological Developer
National Center for Atmospheric Research
July 2010 - July 2011
Mobile and Geospatial Program Manager
National Weather Service
May 2007 - July 2010

Professional Service

Chair and Zero Waste Committee Chair
Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Commission
City of Minneapolis
January 2015 - May 2019
Board for Private Sector Meteorologists
American Meteorological Society
January 2015 - January 2018
Director of Technology
Associated Students of the University of Utah
University of Utah
June 2008 - May 2009


B.Sc. Meteorology
University of Utah

Honors and Awards

NOAA Administrator's Award
US Department of Commerce
Regional Staff Recognition Award
NOAA National Weather Service Western Region
Member of the Year
University of Utah Department of Meteorology American Meteorological Society Chapter

Invited Talks

"There's No Business Like Snow Business"
Ohio University 10th Annual Meteorological Symposium
Athens, Ohio
March 2019
"A Talk with Private Sector Meteorologists"
American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting
Austin, Texas
January 2018
"Climate Change & Snow on the Slopes"
Scientific America
March 2013
"You Too Can Be a Weather Forecaster!"
MinneBar 11
Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 2014
"My Vacation Was Better Than Your Vacation"
Ignite Boulder 15
Boulder, Colorado
May 2011
"Ensemble Streamflow Prediction in the Colorado River Basin"
Colorado River Basin Shareholders Conference
Boulder, Colorado
July 2008

Selected Publications and Quoted Articles

"Meet the weather wizard of Lake Tahoe"
San Francisco Chronicle
8 March 2019
"8 Ski Apps, Ready for Winter"
The New York Times
26 November 2019
"This Founder Quit His Job to Help Skiers Find Fresh Snow. Now, 2 Million of Them Use His App"
Inc Magazine
April 2018
"In Pursuit of Powder? Tips for Finding It"
The New York Times
17 December 2017
"Tech Startup: OpenSnow"
Colorado Biz Magazine
8 December 2014
"Shared work spaces give companies jump start"
Minnesota Business Magazine
21 August 2014
"Your Real Risk of Lightning Strikes at the Beach"
Shape Magazine
23 July 2014
"The Storm Troopers at OpenSnow"
POWDER Magazine
3 February 2014
Outside Magazine
8 July 2013
"Jewish Entrepreneurs Find Home in Boulder"
Boulder Jewish News
15 May 2013
"Top Snow Sports Blogs"
Outside Online
18 January 2013
"Is There Snow in Your Future? Find out at OpenSnow"
11 December 2011
"Boulder resident Andrew Murray selected for NASA space launch's Tweetup"
Boulder Daily Camera
27 June 2011