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On the Job: Patrick Market

Meteorology Professor and Thunder Snow Chaser

Dr. Patrick Market is an associate professor of synoptic meteorology at the University of Missouri. Between 2003 and 2010, Market and his colleagues spent their winters chasing snowstorms in search of the elusive thunder snow. By launching weather balloons into heavy snow events, they collected data on temperature, moisture, and wind speed and direction to learn about the conditions in which lightning and snow can occur together.

How did you become interested in weather?

One of my earlier weather memories was a tornado outbreak in 1974 in April. That outbreak was huge. It was very much like the one in late April [2011]. From Illinois into Indiana, Ohio, even Kentucky, there were something like 148 tornados in the span of two days...

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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