Weekday Morning and Noon Meteorologist, Mark Monstrola, became a part of the KXAN team in September 2012.
Mark has always been a curious person, wanting to find out why and how things work. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Mark would spend time watching summer thunderstorms with his mother on their front porch, wanting to know how weather develops.
As luck would have it, Mark's favorite college, Penn State University, had a great Meteorology program. Knowing that studying Meteorology involved a great deal of math and physics, two subjects he enjoyed very much, Mark knew it was a perfect fit.
Mark joined the KXAN team after spending five years on the morning show at WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio. During his time there Mark received his AMS Seal of Approval for Television Broadcast Meteorologists and won the distinction of "Groom of the Year" for Brides Magazine in 2011.
While there, Mark met and married his beautiful wife Shannon.Facebook.
Travis, Williamson counties and large parts of the Texas Hill Country were ripe for severe weather on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. But the threat fizzled for much of the region later in the day.
A cold front plowed through the area Wednesday morning and dropped temperatures by as much as 30 degrees within just a few hours.
Hail stone sizes ranged from pea-sized at 0.25 inches to egg-sized at 2 inches. Even though the storms were moving at a rapid pace, many roads and yards were coated with rare hail accumulations.
A large, upper-level low will continue to feed off of copious amounts of Gulf moisture, keeping the threat for storms in our forecast through midafternoon.
The winter weather is moving into Central Texas faster than expected, the National Weather Service said late Thursday afternoon.
Pacific-born Hurricane Paul is pumping up the moisture into Texas, giving the area a day full of cloud cover and the chance for a few showers.