By Bob Riggio

A Weather Legacy: Half-Century on the Job

A Book About South Dakota’s Weather

Published October 2020
Softcover • Color Illustrations
6″ x 9″ • 268 pages

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Bob Riggio

Bob’s career as a meteorologist in Rapid City, SD, spans from before the 1972 Flood to beyond Winter Storm Atlas.

Bob served and practiced meteorology in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Coe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Master of Science degree in meteorology.

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South Dakota Weather Enthusiasts

Why should I buy the book?


Our lives are not consumed by weather, but like it or not, weather consumes our lives — so treasure it. And for that reason alone, you should know what makes weather tick.

– Bob Riggio, Meteorologist


This book would be useful for anyone moving to the Western South Dakota area, as well as to anyone wanting to gain a basic background in meteorology. The occasional stories and light-hearted humor make the book easy to read.

– Matthew Bunkers, Ph.D.


Bob interprets the signs in the sky in a way that everyone can understand and appreciate. His personal touch helps the reader embrace the science and enjoy the experience of reading this book.

– David Carpenter, NWS Meteorologist In Charge Retired


Bob’s explanations of meteorological events are non-mathematical and presented in an entertaining manner.

– J.R. Miller, Emeritus Assoc. Prof. of Atmospheric Sciences, SDSM&T

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