Bismarck State College
Associate of Science
Planting wheat, baling hay, and having a father who was a college Chemistry Professsor for 30 years, were a major influence on Rob eventually choosing meteorology as a career. Question after question Rob used to ask his parents about the skies and the difference in the weather patterns. While he initially started off college at Bismarck State College with aspirations of becoming a stock broker, Rob revisited his interest in meteorology when he took an elective college course called, Meteorology and Astronomy. After receiving an Associate of Science degree at Bismarck State College, he moved on to the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science. During his time at KU, he directed the storm chasing team, encountered tornadoes in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma and meet his television weather mentor, Bryan Busby, Chief Meteorologist at KMBC in Kansas City.
Two incredible things happened in 1994, Rob married his high school sweetheart, Lonna, and he was hired by KDLT, NBC-TV in Sioux Falls, SD as the Chief Meteorologist. In 1995, KCRG-TV the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, IA called upon Rob for their weekend meteorologist. Who knew Iowa would have such crazy weather, from ice storms to tornadoes and everything in-between. Newscopter 9 was the first television news helicopter he flew in. Get this, the pilot liked to fly without the doors on, scary but fun. Speaking of fun, so too was Tampa, FL. In 1998, BayNews 9, the 24 hour news/weather channel hired Rob as a weekend Meteorologist and technology reporter. Sugar soft sand, sun and incredible t-storms that's Florida, but not so great are the fire ants. Ouch!
In 2001 an opportunity to move back to the Midwest, closer to family and 4 seasons, Rob & his family packed up and joined the weather team at KSTV-TV, the ABC affiliate. Here he was the weekend meteorologist, then the midday meteorologist, followed by the double-shift weekend meteorologist. In early 2009, local news budgets brought a change to the landscape. Rob left the local television news scene and joined the new weather frontier here at WeatherNation.