Updated On: Mar 04 2014 09:59:01 PM CST
Mark Rowlett returned to Texas in August 2009 to join KTXS as chief meteorologist.
The American Meteorological Society awarded Mark their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal.
In the most recent competition, Mark Rowlett was awarded first place for Best Weathercast in Texas (Division IV) by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters for the second year in a row.
Mark was born and raised in Corpus Christi, where hurricanes made a big impression on him – especially Hurricane Celia in 1970. "I wanted to learn how nature takes sunshine, air and water and creates lightning and 150-plus mph winds," he says.
Mark studied meteorology at Texas A&M University in College Station and earned his bachelor's degree in meteorology in 1980. While doing post-graduate work in meteorology, he began his television career in Bryan, Texas, at KBTX-TV in 1981.
His first move to Louisiana came in 1983 when he went to Lafayette to work at KLFY-TV. He says, "I remember forecasting and warning for three different hurricanes that moved across south Louisiana in 1985: Danny, Elena and Juan."
Mark moved to East Texas in 1987 to work at KETK as the station's first chief meteorologist.
"The station had been on the air just about eight months when an F3 tornado hit the station on a Sunday afternoon," he says. "I was on the air warning people to take cover until the electricity was knocked out. I got the six other people in the station to take cover under a desk in an edit bay. Thankfully, we weren't hurt, but the TV station was off the air for three days."
While working in Tyler, Mark went back to school and earned a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1994. "I really enjoyed learning about the management of local government, but I also learned that I liked weather a lot more," he says.
In 1998, Mark moved to Louisiana again to work at KTBS-TV in Shreveport. "We had a satellite truck in New Orleans the day before Katrina hit," he says. "I told our crew that I thought they needed to evacuate because I didn't think the levees would hold back the storm surge. Katrina didn't even bring rain to northwest Louisiana, but later that year Rita brought strong tropical storm force winds and about 6 inches of rain to Shreveport during a 12-hour period. In 2008, Ike brought that same type of weather, and again it made for a very long day of weather coverage."
In addition to bringing weather forecasts to the ArkLaTex, Mark taught geography courses at LSU at Shreveport for three years. "I really enjoyed working with the students and tying current events to the lesson," he says.
Mark has been married to Carrie for over 30 years, and they have two daughters: Jillian and Kristen and son-in-law Gustavo.
You can also connect with Mark here.