What About Bob? Mild-mannered meteorologist Bob Swanson spends most days in his cubicle at the USA Today headquarters in McLean, VA. Bob works as the assistant weather editor for both the USA TODAY newspaper, as well as weather content on USATODAY.com.

Before moving to northern Virginia, Bob spent six years wandering the country as a TV weatherman, most recently at WJHL in Johnson City, TN. During that time period, Bob developed and honed his weather presentations in over 350 school and library performances. These visits often feature weather games, several science demonstrations, and, most importantly, his self-penned weather songs, including "The Weather Wiggle."

"I think education is in my blood," Bob says when asked why he enjoys bringing his weather lessons into the schools. Perhaps that is because he has spent so much time in school.

Bob graduated in 1992 with degrees in both Physics and Philosophy from the University of Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania. He followed that up with several years of teaching high school science at Bohemia Manor High School in Chesapeake City, MD. He returned to the classroom in the fall of 1997-this time not as a teacher, but again as a student, entering the master's program in meteorology at Penn State University. Still in school, Bob landed his first television job as the weekend meteorologist at WTAJ in Altoona, PA, which in turn led to full-time employment at KHBS-KHOG ABC 40/29 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

His experience in Arkansas gave him a new appreciation and fascination with severe weather, as well as further education in severe weather forecasting. The frequency of severe weather outbreaks pointed out the importance of teaching severe weather safety, and Bob has also included this as part of his school program.

"I hope that I can inform and entertain, perhaps even inspire some students by showing that meteorology, and science in general, can be fun." An avid fan of bluegrass, old-timey, and alternative country music, Bob brings his harmonicas, guitar, banjo, and mandolin along for his weather presentations. "I tell students to pick up an instrument as soon as they can, as it can provide a lifetime of enjoyment." His musical abilities have certainly paid off for Bob-he sang his proposal to his wife, Meredith. They were married in Tupelo, MS on August 17, 2002.

 



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