POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 7:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 9:40pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
Well, East Texas, the best weather team in the area just got better as we welcome back a familiar KETK face, meteorologist Dr. Robert Thornton.
A graduate from Mississippi State University with a Doctorate in Earth and Atmospheric Science (emphasis in Climatology), Dr. Robert Thornton has worked for the State Climatologist of Mississippi and taught at the university level. Before returning to graduate school, Dr. Thornton spent 13 years working as a broadcast meteorologist in Mississippi and Texas and worked as a freelance consultant. He also served as a post-doctoral researcher for Mississippi State University and the Agricultural Research Service.
In addition, Dr. Thornton has served as a National Science Fellow and taught science at an area middle school. His doctoral research involved climate and its effects on irrigation in the Mississippi Delta. Specifically, his research illustrated how surface water in reservoirs can be used as an alternative to groundwater for irrigation. Dr. Thornton is also a member of the KETK-TV "Hall of Fame," and righfully so.
His research & consulting areas include:
Radar estimates vs. actual measurements
Radar data interpretation
Weather data collection
Groundwater conservation for irrigation/farming through precipitation capture
Forensic meteorology & data interpretation
Severe weather preparedness
Land surface-atmosphere effects on precipitation
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2012 - Ph.D., Earth and Atmospheric Sciences/Climatology - Mississippi State University
1996 - M.S., Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology - Mississippi State University
- 1993 - B.S., Agricultural Journalism - Texas A&M University
KETK is so glad to welcome back Dr. Thornton, who will begin Thursday, January 9, on KETK Today, FOX51 Today and East Texas Live.
"Katie is a hard act to follow," said Dr. Thornton. "Even though I had been here 11 years, she stepped in and developed a huge following, so it's some big shoes to fill. Many will remember me, but I trust the folks of East Texas will watch and we'll work on that next award from BSCENE."
Like we said, the BEST just got BETTER!
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