Robert B. Sykes Jr. vals during these heavy snowstorms. In the mid-1960s, 1917-199 9 he single-handedly set up a mesonetwork of over 70 observational sites around the eastern half of Lake Rober t B. Sykes Jr. Ontario to study this phenomenon. As a result of the scientific knowledge gathered from the network, he passed away on 29 Janu- was one of the first researchers to identify and describe ary 1999 at Hepburn the mesoscale convergence zone that fuels single- Medica l Center in banded lake effect snowstorms on the eastern Great Ogdensburg, New York. Lakes. For many years he broadcast local weather fore- He was revered as one of casts on WSGO radio across central New York state. the "grandfathers" of lake effect snow forecasting One of Sykes's greatest characteristics was his abil- around the eastern Great ity to treat weather forecasting as an art as well as a Lakes. As a researcher, he science. He truly enjoyed observing the state of the sky laid the foundation for the understanding of the atmo- and taught so many students to gather information spheric processes responsible for the development of through all of their senses. Many of his students still these
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 1999
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