Mark McLean joined the 13WHAM News Weather Authority Team in May 2000 as a part-time morning meteorologist working behind the scenes. Since then Mark has joined the 13WHAM News weekend team and also can be seen on 13WHAM News Midday during the week. He occasionally presents local science and gardening stories on 13WHAM ABC and Fox Rochester as well.
He’s a native Rochesterian who proudly grew up in Spencerport and graduated from Spencerport High School. Mark is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval. In addition to his local weather broadcasts, Mark has been an adjunct professor of Weather and Climate at Monroe Community College in Brighton since fall 2001.
‘My personal weather passion started in middle school, it was probably earth science class that reeled me into meteorology’. Was it going to be physics, astronomy, meteorology, or horticulture? In the end the choice was meteorology and it was because of his love for lake effect snow and studying Lake Ontario’s impact on local Rochester weather.
‘The weather in WNY is always so active and interesting. It literally changes by the minute and hour. Much of that is because of Rochester’s proximity to Lake Ontario and the lakes dramatic impact on Rochester weather.’
When it came time to pick a place to study weather, he wanted it to be just as active as home. ‘Actually, I wanted that place to be right in the middle of the lake effect weather. SUNY Oswego seemed like the perfect place to satisfy my curiosity of lake effect snow’. Remotely located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Ontario, Oswego is one of the snowiest places on planet Earth. Typically, averaging more than 150” of snow each season. Lake effect weather is such an exclusive type of weather that few outside the Great Lakes ever get to experience.
Mark loves to spend his time away from the station with hi family. ‘My wife and two young boys are my everything. If I get a little time to dabble, I have a large reflector telescope that is a bunch of fun to use’. He also gets out of the office as scheduling permits to promote weather through school visits and station tours.
‘I knew I was going to be a scientist, but the choice of which science discipline to get into was tough at the time. Now, It’s easy to understand after a career that’s lasted 16+ years with the wonderful broadcast family at 13 WHAM-TV.