Mark's interest in weather began when he was in 1st grade and the passion grew more and more over the years. Always talking about the weather, he would have family, friends and even his teachers in school ask for forecasts, especially when a snowstorm was brewing. Mark attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and graduated in 2004 with a B.S. in Meteorology. In college, he was able to get a lot of experience in the field by doing internships at NBC 10 in Philadelphia, working with Glenn "Hurricane" Schwawrtz and John Bolaris, and also working as a volunteer for the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ.
After graduating, Mark's first job came in early 2005, working as an Environmental Scientist for a small company near my hometown in Southern New Jersey. In October of 2005, he moved to Maryland to take a position more in the meteorology field, working as a meteorologist and IT Engineer for Ensco, Inc. Mark currently works at the NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD as a contractor for the government supporting the Advanced Weather and Interactive Forecasting System(AWIPS) used at all 160+ National Weather Service Offices and Regional Centers.
Hurricanes, winter storms and long-range forecasting are his most passionate areas in meteorology and he continually does research on those areas away from work. He also got the opportunity to storm chase in the central US in 2007 and 2009, both for two week periods and saw his first tornado in addition to lots of spectacular thunderstorms.
Mark currently resides in Rockville, MD. His hobbies include weight lifting, running, playing soccer, watching all types of sports, and going to the beach in the summer. He is also a huge horse racing fan.
Mark's email: mark (at) phillyweather (dot) net.