Bernard has taught physics, physical science and earth & space science in the Pittsburgh public schools; meteorology at the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma; and meteorology and astronomy at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where he also served as chairman of the meteorology department. He has been a member of the steering committee and the instructional cadre of the National Advanced Resource Technology Center's course: Weather and Climate Applications for Resource Management. He was an instructor for the American Meteorological Society's 1996 short course on Climate Data and Information for Environmental Applications and their 1999 short course on Selected Applied Climate Topics, presenting a lesson on Internet Resources for Climate Products.
Bernard has worked as an intern at the Satellite Field Service Station in Honolulu, HI; as a visiting scientist at the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Hawaii; as a National Research Council resident research associate at the NWS Climate Analysis Center in Washington, DC; and as a research associate at the Institute for Storm Research in Houston, TX. Prior to joining the National Weather Service in 1994, he worked for the USDA Forest Service as a research meteorologist at the Forest Fire Laboratory in Riverside, CA.
Bernard is certified as a Consulting Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society, and as a physical science teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 1998.
Bernard is an alumnus and the class correspondent for his graduating class at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he majored in Physics and German. He received an 2005 Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Merit Award for "exceptional accomplishment in the nominee's chosen profession, to which he has brought a degree of progress or in which he has become a distingiushed leader, thereby bringing honor to the nominee and to Carnegie mellon University." Bernard learned his meteorology in the tropics, earning a M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Hawaii.
Bernard serves as the regional Science & Operations Officer. He is a member of the NWS Forecast Uncertainty Steering Team and is the regional focal point for collaboration with NASA's Short-term Prediction Research
and Transition Center, and the NWS Satellite Requirements and Solutions Steering Team. He attemptsa to remain current with numerical weather prediction in general and the numerical prediction of tropical cyclones in particular. Bernard provides technical support for the AWIPS Weather Event Simulators and the Workstation WRF local numerical weather prediction model. He operates the region's model output data server. He is the Webmaster for the Science & Training Branch. Bernard is the regional teletraining focal point, and has developed on-line teletraining tutorials.
Bernard has been a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1976, and served as the first chairman of the Society's committee on Local Chapter Affairs. He is a past president of the society's Houston and Riverside-San Bernardino chapters and past vice president of the North Texas chapter. He has been active in the society's K-12 education program--Project Atmosphere--for which he wrote the El Niño reference paper. He was recently presented with the Society's The Francis W. Reichelderfer Award "in recognition of distinguished contributions to the provision of operational environmental services to the public."
Bernard is a past vice president and former councilor of the National Weather Association. He has served on the Association's education committee and on one of the evaluation panels for the Association's broadcast seal of approval. He also supervised the NWA logo contest. He was honored as the NWA's Member of the Year in 2000 for his significant contributions to the Association over a long period of time.
Bernard has published technical papers in Monthly Weather Review, the Journal of Climate, the Journal of Climate and Applied Meteorology, the Journal of Geophysical Research, Weatherwise, The American Weather Observer, and Fire Management Notes, on topics ranging from statistical techniques for computing rainfall normals, to the classification of numerical fire simulation systems.