Wayne Hart - Chief Meteorologist Wayne has been the Chief Meteorologist for NEWS 25 since 1993.His
First Warning Doppler Forecast can be seen each weekday on NEWS 25
at 4:30, 5, 6 & 10 p.m. Wayne's forecast can also be found each day in the Evansville Courier & Press
, Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
, McLean County News
, and can be heard weekday afternoons & evenings on the NEWS 25
First Warning Doppler Radio Network. Wayne
earned the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) from the American Meteorological Society
(AMS) becoming only the 34th meteorologist in the country and the first in the Tri-State to achieve this distinction.To earn the title of Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, a broadcaster must hold a degree in meteorology or equivalent from a college or university, have their weathercasts evaluated by the AMS
, and pass a rigorous academic exam. Wayne is also one of fourteen members nationwide serving on the AMS Board of Broadcast Meteorology for 2005 & 2006.He
is responsible for evaluating candidates for the AMS Seal of Approval & CBM certifications.Wayne
was awarded a Certificate of Special U.S. Congressional Recognition and a Citation from the Kentucky House of Representatives
for service performed while tracking & alerting citizens of the F3 tornado that struck Webster county in April of 2002.He
was also awarded an Emmy in 1998 for the production of "First Warning to Severe Weather", a thirty minute prime time severe weather preparedness special.Wayne is a member of the National Weather Association and has held the AMS Television Seal of Approval since 1987.
Wayne's interest in weather began back in the 1970's when he
was in the seventh grade.He also became very active in high school theater, but he chose weather forecasting for his career and graduated from Cornell University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science.While studying meteorology at Cornell, Wayne decided to give television a try, and after graduation, he started his broadcasting career at WGRZ in Buffalo.He
moved to the Ohio valley in 1987 to accept a job at WLKY
in Louisville, and six years later, Wayne
traveled down river to Evansville & NEWS 25
visits numerous schools throughout the Tri-State each year discussing severe weather safety & storm tracking.He
is also active in the NEWS 25
telethons where you can see him helping raise money each year for the Easter Seals'
Rehabilitation Center and Santa Clothes Club
.He is also the local spokesperson for the NEWS 25/Papa John's Fan Club which raises money to provide fans each summer to those Tri-Staters in need.
A native of Glenolden, Pennsylvania, Wayne
wife Amber live in Evansville & are proud parents of boy & girl twins.Wayne
is interested in historic preservation and enjoys music & sports, especially golf, football, volleyball, & hockey. Wayne
can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.