Mark Monstrola

Green areas represent where thunderstorms may develop today, while areas in yellow have the best chance for severe weather.

Being a native Pittsburgher, it was not easy for my wife Shannon and I to come to the conclusion it was time to pack up and make a move from the Northeastern part of the country. I was offered the job as the Meteorologist for KXAN News Today, the weekday morning news program on KXAN and The CW Austin in the Summer of 2013. With all of the buzz and noteworthy awards the Central Texas region had been (and still is) receiving, THIS decision to accept, was a no brainer.

Even after the tough task of leaving our families in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio behind, Shannon and I quickly fell in love with the Austin area. The beauty, the active culture, the “big city with a small town feel”, and of course the unbelievable weather are just a few reasons we are proud to call Austin home.

I am a big television, movie, and sports buff, with a disturbing addiction to ice hockey. After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology, my first job took me to Youngstown, Ohio where I spent 5 years at WFMJ, and met my lovely wife.
Forecasting weather around the Great Lakes is tough, however, I’ve come to realize the unpredictable nature of Central Texas weather may be more difficult! I love the challenge and tight knit group we have in the First Warning Weather Team. I can’t wait to see what our future in Austin holds.