BS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 1982
owner, Williwaw Publishing
I’ve had a strong interest in science from an early age. First is was rocks, then stars. Then our family moved to western Washington where the rocks are covered with biological material and the stars are obscured by clouds. But watching the dynamic weather of the Puget Sound area made the clouds more interesting, and led to a meteorology degree at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Eager to put my new knowledge to work and ready for adventure, I took the first position offered…as a meteorologist intern at the NWS office in Nome, Alaska. Both goals were amply met there, and at my subsequent posts at the Anchorage Forecast office and as a meteorologist at the Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center. After nine years with the NWS, I decided to try something different and bade the bureaucracy goodbye. With the two week maximum summer time off rule gone it was time for a longer Alaskan adventure, and my wife and I took the entire summer of 1991 for a 2,000-mile float trip down the Yukon River.
My 2nd career has built on the first. I now consider myself both a meteorologist and a publisher. Most of my material has been about weather and climate with a few side trails in related fields, and a few side jobs working on publishing projects for others. I have found I enjoy working with words, photos and graphics. In 2006 my family and I pulled up our 21 year Anchorage roots and relocated to Haines. It’s a great place to raise a family and I’ve enjoyed the lifestyles of Southeast Alaska and self employment.