CBS4 CHIEF METEROLOGIST
David Bernard is CBS4 News’ Chief Meteorologist and he appears on CBS4 News Monday through Friday at 5, 5:30, 6 and . Bernard joined the CBS4 News Team in August 2005, arriving from WWL/Channel 4 in New Orleans, just six weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit South Florida and devastated his former home in Louisiana. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (
In 2008, he was named as the Hurricane Consultant for the CBS network. He is seen regularly on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Gayle King along with the rest of the CBS Network News programs.
David is no stranger to hurricanes, having forecasted in one of the most active hurricane zones in the country for a decade. Widely heralded by the local press, he was called “… the welcome calm in the eye of this storm” by the Times-Picayune following New Orleans’ close brush with Hurricane Ivan in September 2004. The paper went on to say, “Build a better New Orleans TV weatherman and he’ll look a lot like David Bernard did during Ivan.”
He brought that same steady voice to South Florida during the extremely active 2005 hurricane season that featured Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
David appears often at South Florida schools and universities to discuss our local weather patterns and hurricane awareness. He is also involved and interested in various South Florida charities and causes including the Mental Health Association of Broward and the Miami Design Preservation League.
Prior to New Orleans, he held meteorologist positions at KJRH in Tulsa, Oklahoma; KVII, Amarillo, Texas and KZTV, Corpus Christi, Texas.
David is a former member of the American Meteorological Society’s Board of Broadcast Meteorology. In addition, he retains the Society’s
Bernard holds a degree in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a concentration in Climatology and Broadcast Journalism. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas.
Jeff Berardelli has served as the weekend evening meteorologist for CBS4 since 2007. Jeff arrived back in sunny Florida after 4 years as a morning meteorologist at WCBS-TV in New York City and fill-in weather anchor for the CBS Early Show. While there he helped build the 9-11 Tunnel to Towers event in lower Manhattan. He has now brought the yearly 5k down to the South Florida area to honor the heroes of 9-11 and raise money for our wounded veteran’s.
Having also worked in Tampa, Jeff has spent the better part of his career here in Florida forecasting hurricanes and severe weather. But Jeff’s enthusiasm for weather dates all the way back to the age of three. Since that very early age Jeff has had pinpoint focus in reaching the goal of working as a TV meteorologist. Jeff says “It has always been a part of my fiber and I’m grateful every day to be living my dream”.
While at CBS4 Jeff also created ZoomRadar, an interactive radar map for the internet and mobile, which is currently being used on CBSMiami.com. In addition to Jeff’s work at CBS4 he is also a professor of Meteorology at the University of Miami.
Now living in South Florida for over 5 years Jeff’s passion has become serving the community. Besides helping organize the Ft Lauderdale Tunnel to Towers run, Jeff is very active with the Children’s Cancer Caring Center. The CCCC is a 47 year local South Florida charity which provides free life saving cancer care for children who come from limited means and may not have insurance. Jeff is on the board of the CCCC and organizes fundraiser events for the charity. He also organizes a yearly fundraiser for Neighbors 4 Neighbors, CBS4’s community charity. “It is vitally important to me that I work hand and hand with the South Florida community to help make a difference locally”, says Jeff.
On his off days he loves to spend time fishing, scuba diving and kayaking in his favorite place in the world, the Florida keys!
Email him here… email@example.com
MORNING AND WEATHERCASTERS
Lissette Gonzalez is the morning and Weather Anchor for CBS4 and a certified meterologist. Viewers can watch Lissette’s weathercasts weekday mornings from to and again at . She can also be seen venturing outside of the studio to deliver her weathercast from
Prior to joining CBS4, Lissette served as Weather Anchor for KTLA’s Prime News in
Lissette has had a diverse and impressive career in broadcasting and entertainment on the national and local level. In addition, she has hosted and reported for such nationally syndicated shows as “EXTRA,” “Extra en Espanol,” and “Livin’ Large.” However, she got her start in front of the cameras right here in
Lissette is a former Miss Miami and Miss
Born and raised in
Lissette is very active in the community and frequently visits
Meteorologist Craig Setzer is the longest on-air degreed meteorologist at CBS4 and myTV33 news. His experience in the #1 hurricane market in the country makes him uniquely qualified to cover them and inform you. Few meteorologists in the
Craig Setzer’s interest in weather started at a young age when Craig, at 8 years old, developed a fascination with storms. He took that fascination, added a meteorology degree from the
Most importantly, when the tropics are active or severe weather threatens, Craig’s experience and knowledge put him in the forefront with extensive morning coverage on both CBS4 and myTV33 news. Keep up to date on his weather insight by checking Craig’s Inside Weather Scoop blog at www.cbs4.com.
Craig was awarded the Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorology Society (
With the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season underway, remember you can never be too prepared for a storm. From your home to your pets to your precious heirlooms, it’s better to get things ready now than wait until it’s too late and a storm is taking aim at the area.
Dr. Richard Knabb will be at the helm of the National Hurricane Center for the second consecutive year. Last year, superstorm Sandy welcomed Dr. Knabb into the job and became the second costliest hurricane disaster on record.
The growing combination of exploding coastline populations and bigger and more frequent storms are posing a huge challenge for the NHC and Dr. Knabb. CBS4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard sat down with Dr. Knabb to talk about how the NHC is meeting the new challenges.
Plus, CBS4 meteorologist Craig Setzer looks at the people and the tools that will be used in the minutes, hours, and days after a hurricane hits South Florida.
South Florida has been lucky in recent years to come away from most of the Atlantic hurricane seasons with little to no impact. But NOAA forecasters believe this could be quite an active year when it comes to tropical weather.
NOAA predicted an above-normal to possibly extremely active hurricane season in 2013. NOAA forecasters said the averages were well above the seasonal averages for a normal Atlantic hurricane season: an average of 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.
NOAA is forecasting 13-20 named storms of which seven to 11 will become hurricanes. NOAA said at least 3-6 of the hurricanes will be major hurricanes, meaning Category 3 or above.
While South Florida is uniquely prepared to deal with most of the elements a hurricane can throw at you, the lack of activity over the years could leave residents with a dangerous self-confidence that this year will be just the same as last year.
Besides the storm surge, heavy rains that accompany tropical systems often leave homeowners looking for help from any means possible. In the coming years, there are changes coming to flood insurance and it will impact all South Florida homeowners in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Needless to say, you might want to brace yourself for a storm of higher rates moving forward.
While much of the discussion leading up to a hurricane’s landfall focuses on the wind speed and the size of the storm, one of the most devastating parts of the storm is the storm surge. Storm surge risk varies greatly along coastlines because each one is unique and poses its own dangers and here in South Florida it’s not different.
Understanding the risk storm surge poses to you and your home is crucial to being hurricane ready from Key West through the Broward Intracoastal. Remember, rising waters and waves are a real danger.
Remember, storm zone planning maps and flood zone maps are completely different. It is possible that you can be out of a flood zone and still be in a surge zone.