Butler County Times Gazette
  • Bogner to sign books in Andover, Augusta

  • Kansas native and meteorologist Mark Bogner has written a book
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  • You’ve probably heard the old saying “if you don’t like the Kansas weather, just wait a few minutes.” It’s a subject that has fascinated Kansas native and meteorologist Mark Bogner for most of his life.
    Bogner has now written a book about the subject called “A Year of Kansas Weather” and will be in Butler County twice over the next month for book signings.
    “I sat down in the fall of 2011 and started to write my thoughts about the weather and growing up on a Kansas farm in the 1970s,” said Bogner.
    Over the next year, every time something would strike Bogner about the weather, he said he would write about it.
    Bogner planned to give the book to his family for Christmas and he did. But they thought it was so good he should publish it.
    Within days of posting the work on Amazon it started to sell as far away as England.
    “Everybody is interested in Kansas weather,” said Bogner. “I don’t try to fool myself into thinking I am a great writer or anything.”
    Bogner was born and raised on a farm near Kingman with five sisters and one brother. He graduated from high school in Kingman in 1986 and then from the University of Kansas, with a degree in atmospheric science, in 1990.
    He said he remembers things like being stuck in a snow storm as a child with this siblings, and getting heat stroke while working on his family’s farm.
    “If you grow up in Kansas, at some point the weather is going to make an impression on you,” said Bogner. “For me it made such an impression that I wanted to study meteorology.”
    If Bogner looks familiar it’s because you’ve probably seen him on television. He spent 23 years, on KSN Channel 3, forecasting to Kansas residents what they could expect from Mother Nature, and keeping families safe during severe weather.
    He now teaches meteorology at Butler Community College, passing on his love for weather to the next generation.
    “I remember when I was in those seats learning about the weather,” said Bogner. “It is neat to see a young and enthusiastic student learning about meteorology. I see flashbacks of myself at that age and it is very rewarding.”
    People can get a copy of “A Year of Kansas Weather” and have it signed by Bogner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams Ace Hardware in Andover.
    On Saturday, April 19 Bogner will give a severe weather presentation at the Kansas Museum of Military History in Augusta and will sign books afterward. That event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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