A native of Oklahoma City, Bob earned his bachelor's degree in meteorology from Rice University in 1983 and went on to get a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1988, where he studied lightning at the National Severe Storms Laboratory and engaged in a fair bit of storm chasing on the side. He has written five books on weather and climate change, including one of the most widely used textbooks for 101-level college meteorology courses, Meteorology Today (11th edition/Cengage, 2016), with lead author C. Donald Ahrens. Bob also wrote The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change (AMS Books, 2014), and is a contributing editor of Weatherwise magazine. He has written more than 50 articles for Nature, Scientific American, Discover, Sierra, The Guardian, AIR & SPACE/Smithsonian, and other media outlets. Bob began blogging for The Weather Underground in 2015.
From 1990 through 2014, Bob had the privilege of serving as a writer and editor at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research and publishes AtmosNews. This job gave him a front-row seat at a jaw-dropping array of research pertaining to the atmosphere--from the Sun's core to the ocean floor, as they liked to put it.
Bob lives near Boulder, Colorado, where he and his partner are avid hikers and cyclists. Bob also enjoys classic cinema, travel, landscape and sky photography, and Italian/Asian cooking.