Bob earned his degree in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and started his career in 1980 at Weather Central, a weather consulting firm based in Madison. Weather Central also provided broadcast services to WKOW-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. He became the Chief Meteorologist at WKOW in 1989, a position he has held ever since. Bob is in his 41st year at WKOW. In 2019 he was presented with the Wisconsin Silver Circle lifetime achievement award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Bob believes strongly in climate change education, and has given numerous presentations to school, civic, and faith-based groups. Bob is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon, WI, where he is council Vice President and leads a Care for Creation ministry that led a successful effort to install rooftop solar. He is also a member of his synod’s Care for Creation Ministry and the Wisconsin Faith Coalition for Climate Justice. Bob is Chair-Elect of the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee, which encourages broadcast meteorologists to speak out about climate change. He is a member of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit and non-partisan organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Bob is a member of the CCL Lutheran Action Team, the CCL Wisconsin Faith Based Outreach Team, and co-leads the CCL Meteorologist Outreach Action Team.
Bob’s presentation on climate change begins with science. He looks at how climate scientists have determined that we are in a climate crisis. Bob will look at how the warming climate has supercharged our atmosphere which has resulted in more frequent and more intense extreme weather events. Next, he will discuss the consequences from climate change that we’re experiencing now, with an emphasis on how the climate has changed locally and the problems that these changes are causing in our lives. Bob will show projections of how much more the climate will change through the end of the century if we continue to burn fossil fuels at the rate we are now. The projections will show how urgent it is to transition to renewable energy quickly, otherwise our children and grandchildren will live their adult lives in a climate much different (and much worse) than the one we have lived in. Bob will look at solutions, including ways to reduce your carbon footprint and the absolute need to put a price on carbon with bills now in congress.