Wayne Mahar is President and Founder of Precision Weather Service, one of the oldest private weather consulting firms in North America. He has also been the Chief Meteorologist for WSTM NBC, WTVH CBS and CW-6 television stations in Syracuse, New York since December 1984 and was the first meteorologist on central New York television, setting the standard of weather reporting in the snowiest major city in the United States.
Within Precision Weather Service, Wayne heads up the companies Special Events forecasting sector, providing site specific weather forecasts and Storm Alerts to more than 200 events worldwide annually. These events have ranged from the MLB All Star Game to Super Bowl concerts, the Academy Awards to high profile Hollywood weddings, and major concerts to even President Obama and most recently Presidential candidates events. Because of this Wayne has become known as “Meteorologist to the Stars”.
With storms being of utmost importance for outdoor events, Wayne has become internationally recognized as an expert in weather safety for outdoor fairs, festivals and concerts. He has presented talks on weather safety many times in the United States and Canada, published numerous articles internationally on weather safety and developed a unique Table Top Exercise for outdoor events.
Wayne is a professional member of the American Meteorological Society, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and National Weather Association. In the television field, he holds the prestigious Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society signifying excellence in weather broadcasting.
Forensic meteorology is another specialty Wayne has a tremendous amount of experience in. This is the science of researching weather related cases, usually Court cases involving slip and falls, car accidents and such, and determining exact weather conditions at the site in question.
In 2008, Wayne established the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, a not for profit raising money for animal rescue organizations in central New York. The foundation was established on behalf of Wayne’s mother who passed away in 2007, and who, like Wayne, loved animals. As of late 2016, his foundation has donated more than $135,000 to central NY rescues. The foundations biggest annual event, Canine Carnival near Syracuse, is the largest animal rescue event in the northeast attracting 15,000 to 20,000 people and hundreds of rescues each Fall.
Wayne is originally from Brunswick, Maine, currently residing near Syracuse, NY. Wayne and his wife have two daughters. When not dealing with the “high pressure” world of weather, Wayne plays hockey, enjoys working out and is also a Third Degree Black Belt in karate.