Richard "Heatwave" Berler

C.B.M. Chief Meteorologist

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I love weather!

On my office desk is my Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society (18th person to earn the designation). Next to that is a sign that I made in my 6th grade art class (in 1966) that reads "I, Richard Berler shall do my best to be a Weatherman".

My first job out of college (Florida State University) was in 1976, at KDAL (now KDLH) TV and radio in Duluth, Minnesota. "Heatwave" is the nickname that was given to me by my meteorology classmates in my freshman year of college when they saw that I liked it hotter than Florida.

I left that job to take my current position at KGNS, on Valentines Day, in
1980. My dream since the 4th grade had been to walk the streets of Laredo at high noon (I was amazed that Laredo could reach 100 in the month of February!).

In 1985, the National Weather Service placed the official government
thermometer and rain gauge in my care.

I have presented talks at American Meteorological Society (AMS) Broadcast Meteorology Conferences in Seattle, New Orleans, Denver, Miami, Boston and Nashville, and at the 14th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation in San Antonio. I had a 3-year term on the AMS National Board of Broadcast Meteorology, and co-chaired the AMS Broadcast Meteorology Conference in Oklahoma City in 2011.

The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized me with the John Campanius Award in the field of meteorological observation in 2010.

I am thrilled to share weather information with the folks of our
communities on air, online, and on Twitter, and in viewing area schools. I’m proud to work at KGNS and even more proud to be married to Carol G. Berler.


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