This year’s Howie Award was presented to Carl Garczynski of Indio.
Carl worked over 42 years for the National Weather Service and spent
the majority of his time in agricultural and fire weather
meteorology. He retired from the National Weather Service in 1996
and went on to serve as the Chief Meteorologist for the Desert
Weather Services in Indio.
Mr. Garczynski was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin and raised in
Milwaukee. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a meteorologist
and received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in meteorology from
San Jose State University. He spent two years of meteorological
research in the Antarctic from 1958 to 1960. He was named the Chief
Meteorologist for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Later, he was
named the Chief Meteorologist for the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Mr.
Garczynski was also the meteorologist/climber for the American 1992
Mt. Everest Expedition. Carl has also climbed most of the higher
mountains in North America plus the highest mountains on each of the
seven continents, however, he also says, "…but not quite to the
summits of Everest, Tibet or Vinson Massif, Antarctic." Most
recently, in the summer of 2007, Carl climbed Mount Elbrus in the
Caucasus Mountains of Southern Russia which is the highest mountain
Carl has been a resident of the Coachella Valley since 1966. He has
five children and ten grandchildren. The RCFB would like to thank
Carl for his years of dedicated service to Riverside County
agriculture and congratulate him on receiving the 2009 Howie Award
from the RCFB.
What is the Howie Award?