Ken McKinley earned a bachelors degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Cornell University and attended graduate school at MIT where he participated in research applying doppler radar data to meteorological applications. He worked for a large meteorological consulting firm for 10 year providing forecast services to a variety of clients worldwide. In 1991 he founded Locus Weather. While he serves a variety of clients, a significant portion of the business is focused on the marine community. McKinley is well known in recreational yachting circles and has provided weather routing services for many yachts worldwide.