I am chief meteorologist at KBAK and have worked within the field of meteorology as a weather forecaster, media broadcaster and consultant for 37 years. At 5 years old on Okinawa, my family and I lived through a typhoon and from that time on my passion was to understand weather. As a military meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years, I analyzed weather in all parts of the world. My severe storm skills were honed while at Global Weather Central in Omaha, Nebraska in the 1970s, where I issued storm warnings for the entire nation. I am an avid severe storm chaser and have flown into hurricanes. When stationed in Houston with the U.S. Air Force, I had an opportunity in 1972 to work with astronaut Gene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 moon mission, providing weather support for the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle. My transition into television came in 1980 while serving as a weather briefer for the Alaskan Air Command. The 3-star general I briefed each day suggested I do TV weather. My television career began as a weekend weathercaster in Anchorage, Alaska.
I attended Texas A&M University and graduated with honors from the U.S. Air Force School of Meteorology. I am a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, and earned that designation from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2005. Additionally, I received the AMS Seals of Approval for Television in 1983 and Radio in 1985. I also hold the National Weather Association (NWA) Television Seal of Approval (1992) and founded the Kern Chapter of the NWA in 2006. I am both a meteorologist and station scientist. Over the years I worked at various television stations throughout America, including Anchorage, San Antonio, New Orleans, Portland, St. Louis and Hartford. I have written several papers on forecasting techniques with additional research that has led to UV radiation forecasting methods and a process to predict the onset of El Nino conditions in the Pacific. My experience ranges from arctic work in Alaska to tropical forecasting in Panama. Since 1984 I have also consulted for various law firms and insurance companies as an expert.
I had visited all 50 states by age 19 and am currently attempting to climb to the highpoint of each state. To date, I have accomplished this goal in 43 states. From 1991 through 2004 I hosted the "MoonWalk", which was a nighttime hike up a high Sierra peak under the full moon of August. While in Connecticut I founded a Christian radio station and more recently chaired the Homecoming of Heroes parade here in Bakersfield. In 2005, I established the Katrina Hope Foundation to help in the re-assimilation of Hurricane Katrina victims into other communities nationwide. I have been married to Deborah for 34 years and have 2 sons, Aaron and Micah.
I have a considerable background in weather, broadcasting and civic enrichment. You can watch my weathercasts Monday through Friday at 5, 6, 10 and 11. I can also be heard throughout the day forecasting the weather on KERN AM-1180 radio.