Air Force meteorologist featured on Weather Channel

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The director of weather for Pacific Air Forces is currently being featured on the Weather Channel's program, "When Weather Changed History."
Lt. Col. Paul Roelle, who is assigned to the PACAF Operations Directorate, took part in the four-hour interview last year while stationed with the 14th Weather Squadron in Asheville, N.C. 

The show looks at different historical events and how weather played a role in shaping their outcome. Colonel Roelle discusses two events, the Hindenburg disaster and the bombing of Nagasaki. 

"I've had the privilege to brief a whole range of military and civilians on what I do," said Colonel Roelle, "but I've never had the opportunity to look at an historical event and explain how weather played such a crucial role in (it)." 

When first asked to do the interview, Colonel Roelle realized he had better do some research on the two events. 

"Fortunately there is one of the world's best climate libraries located at the 14th Weather Squadron," he said. "And additionally, my friends and co-workers were able to share their insight to prepare me for the interview." 

Colonel Roelle said the whole experience was very exciting and the crew from the Weather Channel was very professional. 

"The team who produced the show were absolutely top notch and were able to coach me through the process," he said. "I know I would not have ever had this opportunity if it was not for the Air Force and I hope I represented my career field and the Air Force well." 

"When Weather Changed History" airs every evening at 9 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes running on Sunday nights.