WAYNE MAHAR (Journalist)

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Wayne, the chief meteorologist at CNY Central’s weather team, hails from Brunswick, Maine, and has a rich history in weather broadcasting. He graces NBC3’s screens on weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 p.m., occasionally appearing on CW6 and CBS5.

Since his arrival at CNY Central in 1985, Wayne has revolutionized weather reporting in Central New York. He’s known for broadcasting directly from the Weather Deck at CNY Central, a tradition he started due to his deep passion for meteorology. Another noteworthy addition to the team is Doppler the Weather Cat, a stray cat that Wayne affectionately adopted on the Weather Deck.

Wayne boasts more than 30 years as a professional member of the American Meteorological Society, holding the prestigious AMS Television and Radio Seals of Approval for excellence in weather broadcasting. In 1984, Wayne was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America by the United States Jaycees organization.

His dedication to meteorological education is evident through initiatives like “Wayne’s Weather Workshop” for high school earth science classes and a co-authored course workbook on meteorology science, which is sold worldwide. In 2007, Wayne collaborated with meteorologists Chris Brandolino and Peter Hall to create an educational mock weather disaster, a requirement for a college degree in emergency preparedness.

Before his television career, Wayne founded Precision Weather Service, a weather consulting firm serving clients across various industries worldwide. He even provides expert weather-related testimony to the state Supreme Court.

In 2008, Wayne established the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting animal welfare initiatives in Central New York, in honor of his late mother. He grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and received his training from the National Weather Service. Wayne and his wife, Dianne, are proud parents of two adult daughters, Emily and Caitlin. Beyond meteorology, Wayne is an avid hockey fan, supporting teams like the New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, and Boston Bruins. He also enjoys spending quality time with his family and traveling.

Wayne’s most memorable stories include the Labor Day Storm and the Blizzard of 1993. Although he once dreamed of being a professional hockey player, Wayne acknowledges that he’s a bit past his prime for that now. His role model is his mother, who instilled values of hard work, kindness, and family in him. Wayne currently resides in Baldwinsville and falls under the Aquarius astrological sign. His hobbies include ice hockey, working out, and holding a third-degree black belt in karate. When it comes to favorites, Wayne enjoys Chinese (Shepard’s) pie, pizza, and hot wings. His preferred destinations are Sedona, Arizona, and Bermuda, and his entertainment choices range from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Trace Adkins, and from non-fiction books to movies like “Remember the Titans” and TV shows like “24.”

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