Rob grew up on the South Shore watching weatherman Don Kent on TV, then studied meteorology at Penn State. He got his start in radio with the college's campus radio station, and has worked at Accuweather, and WRKO Radio, Boston. His forecast appears daily in the Patriot Ledger.
How does Rob actually forecast the weather? "I don't just look out the window," he says. "That's like looking into a room through a keyhole. You see part of the room but you can't see the guy behind the door who's holding the gun!"
Instead of the keyhole approach, Rob relies on up-to-the-minute information from satellites and hourly FAA computerized forecasts. He is in constant touch with weather stations at Blue Hill, Logan Airport, and other airports throughout New England, and also talks regularly with amateur weather watchers on the South Shore.
We know a lot about what's going to happen locally based on current information. And we know that weather information is one of the most important things clients want," Rob says.
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