OU Catalyst Programs lead entrepreneurs to successful SBIR grant proposalsPublished: Friday, November 16, 2018 By: Jim Stafford Source: NewsOK
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.
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.