H.W. "Buzz" Bernard

H.W. 'buzz' bernardIn early 2009, after 13 years with The Weather Channel, Buzz Bernard retired from the network as a senior meteorologist. Prior to joining The Weather Channel, he served as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for 33 years, retiring with the rank of colonel and having received, among other awards, the Legion of Merit.

Prior to becoming a novelist, Buzz published five nonfiction books about weather and climate. He's had first-hand experience with hurricanes, having penetrated the eyewall of such a storm with the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters. That mission wasn't nearly as exciting--or as terrifying--as the one described in Eyewall, but he did get an up close and personal look at how the job is done.

Besides his trip with the Hurricane Hunters, Buzz has flown air drops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and was a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command (now Air Combat Command) airborne command post (C-135). Additionally, he provided field support to forest fire fighting operations in the Pacific Northwest, spent a summer working on Alaska's arctic slope and served two tours in Vietnam. Various other jobs, both civilian and military, have taken him to Germany, Saudi Arabia and Panama.

A native Oregonian, Buzz attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science while also studying creative writing. After leaving active duty with the Air Force, he and his wife Christina lived in New England and suffered through its winters for two decades before heading for the warmer climate of Roswell, Georgia, near Atlanta. It's much warmer there!

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