It’s a thankless gig, being a meteorologist. When you nail the forecast, and everyone has had a chance to plan accordingly, you rarely have people stop you on the street and say, “Hey, Mark Heyka, thanks for the heads-up on the frost warning last night. You saved my heirloom tomatoes.” But when the weather takes an unpredictable turn, people tend to hurl their scorn not at Mother Nature, but at the science-loving men and women who publicly try to predict her behavior. It’s not fair. Still, KECI’s Kansas-bred storm watcher does it all with aplomb, and Missoula loves him for it. He’s knowledgeable, he’s adorable and he’s usually right.
Mark Heyka, KECI • nbcmontana.com/keci
Finalists, Best Meteorologist
2. Erin Yost, KPAX
3. Russ Thomas, KPAX