Mark Strehl was a bit different as a kid. In third grade, after finding some fossils behind his grandmother's house, his mind was made up. He wanted to be an Archeologist! That was, until his fourth grade science teacher pointed out that it is geologists who study fossils!
But all that changed the very next winter when Chicago weather legend Harry Volkman came to Mark's church to be the keynote speaker. By fifth-grade, that was it. Mark thought Harry was the coolest guy and had the most excellent job. He was hooked.
Mark had the privilege of taking over for Harry when he left FOX 32 News.
"Taking over for Harry was a true honor...I felt like my life interest in weather had truly come full-circle, and I was helping carry on the tradition," Mark said.
Mark grew up in Ottawa, where his very first job came at age 16 working at the local radio station. He attended both Northern and Southern Illinois University and holds the AMS Seal of Approval.
He has worked on both coasts, from Eugene, Oregon to Albany, New York. He has also been a Meteorologist at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis and in Milwaukee at WISN-TV, but can think of no better place to be than back here, at home, in Chicago.
On Monday, Chicago-area weather will be cloudy and mild, with highs near the mid-40s. Showers and thunderstorms will move in late Monday evening into the overnight hours.
There is a 50% chance of rain on Thursday, a 60% chance of rain on Thursday night and a 30% chance of rain on Friday. Both Thursday and Friday will have highs in the low and mid 40’s.
FOX 32 Chicago Meteorologist Mark Strehl said that Monday looks solid, with some sunshine and seasonal high temperatures in the mid-40s.
The Thanksgiving Day forecast currently includes a 30% chance of ran with highs in the mid and upper 40s.
The weather heading into the weekend will be in the 50s.
Severe weather is anticipated for the Chicagoland area Saturday.
Expect cooler temperatures Saturday as a cold front slides through the area.
Light to moderate rain continues to be widespread over Chicago Sunday morning, along with cloud cover — which appears to be suppressing and stabilizing the development of any thunderstorms at the moment.
The Chicago area will not see much sunshine on Monday, but temperatures will warm back up to around 70 degrees.
A wind advisory has been issued from 6 p.m. Saturday night until 9 a.m. Sunday.