NORMAN--When Ashton Robinson Cook was 3 years old, a tornado struck the mobile home in which he lived with his mother in Little Rock, Ark. The experience terrified Cook but also stirred a lifelong interest in all things weather.
I developed technology and started introducing the tools and incorporating several larger-scale oscillations that impact severe weather
He became the first African American male to earn a Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Along the way, Cook worked at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman. He studied the relationship between the El Nino Southern Oscillation and winter and spring tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma and the Midwest.
Cook subsequently developed a weather forecasting model to predict severe weather outbreaks months in advance, based on oceanic temperature changes. “I developed technology and started introducing the tools and incorporating several larger-scale oscillations that impact severe weather,” he said. “Then out came this model, and it’s actually performed better than I could ever have expected or dreamed.” ..To read more, subscribe to the blackchronicle newspaper