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Meteorologist Howard Bernstein joined 9NEWS NOW in November of 2000. You can now see him reporting the weather weekdays on the 9NEWS NOW in the mornings from 4:25-7:00 AM and again at Noon
Howard's fascination with the power of weather spurred his interested in meteorology. In 1994, his weather beat took him to KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City, where one of his joys was storm chasing. Howard joined a camera operator and a satellite truck, setting out to find tornadoes and other weather events. "Weather", says Bernstein, "affects everybody, there's no avoiding it". His conversational style gives viewers a greater understanding of daily forecasts and important weather events.
Howard earned a degree in 1988 Atmospheric Science from State University of New York at Albany, where he graduated cum laude. In 1990, he earned his AMS Seal from the American Meteorological Society. One of Howard's most memorable weather reporting moments was covering Hurricane Andrew in 1992, for WVUE, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Howard recalls preparing for the storm's 140 mph winds and wrath by packing up his valuables in the family car and parking it at the local airport garage for safekeeping, believing the apartment he lived in might not be there when he returned. Howard refers to that weather event as "the Super Bowl of storms." Howard also reported the weather for WUHF in Rochester, New York, in 1997, when that area received 43 inches of snow in 2 days.
In April of 2002, Howard was the first Washington TV Reporter on the scene of the devastating tornado and spent much of the next month reporting on the after effects.
The winter of 2009-2010 also posed quite a task for Howard and his colleagues and Howard described it as "the most amazing winter for me since I was a kid".
Howard loves going to schools and talking to students of all ages about weather. "I remember how curious I was about weather as a little kid and I just love encouraging children to follow and explore their own curiosity." Howard is an avid do-it-yourselfer and his one "you won't believe it personal fact" is that he actually has a high school varsity letter in bowling.
Howard, his wife and son live in Maryland.