Meteorologist Kirk Prueger works at the ARS National Soil Tilth Labo- Melhuish of News/Talk ratory in Ames, Iowa. He is one of the few field-scale 750 WSB Radio has been meteorologists in the United States. Since 1992, he has chosen by a panel of ex- participated in crop and rangeland multidisciplinary perts as the best meteo- studies in New Mexico, Oklahoma, California, Ohio, rologist in Atlanta, Minnesota, and Maryland, as well as Iowa. He played Georgia. The honor was a lead role in providing validation data for regional awarded by Atlanta modeling estimates of evaporation and other surface Magazine in their annual December "best of ' issue. components like heat in these studies. The citation read, "Not just another pretty face. So, At Ames, Prueger established a research program don't look for him on TV. But when weather is im- in 1993 to measure the effect of crop residue on evapo- portant most of Atlanta tunes to Melhuish. He reads a ration and how cover crops can reduce nitrate-nitro- Doppler like a wizard reads his crystal ball. He sees gen leaching by removing excess soil water in the what other weathercasters fail to see. He's old reli- spring. Understanding
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1999
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