Get to Know KCRA 3 Sacramento's Meteorologist Mark Finan
Nov 04, 2015 05:26PM ● Published by David Norby
Photography by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group
When KCRA 3 Meteorologist Mark Finan was seven years old, he received a barometer for Christmas—and was thrilled. “Ever since I can remember, I was curious about the weather,” Finan recalls with a laugh.
For over two decades, Finan has been an on-air weather reporter, and he’s seen plenty of wild weather patterns in his day. During one hurricane in North Carolina, he was forced to drive in high winds and heavy rain in order to report on the storm and its aftermath. “I was amazed by the sheer power of the weather,” he says. “I could also see the impact of weather on people.” As a result of such experiences, Finan works hard to make his weather forecasts as accurate as possible. His primary goal is to give people plenty of warning—and advice about what to do—in the case of an extreme weather event.
When he isn’t in the studio, Finan plays golf, cycles, and pursues his interest in photography. He also volunteers his time as an emcee for area charity events and is a frequent guest speaker at local schools. His favorite part is seeing kids get excited about the weather—in much the same way he did as a child. “It’s fun,” Finan shares. “Kids have an incredible curiosity.”
— Amber Foster
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
A: Enjoy the time you have with those you love.
Q: What comes to you naturally?
A: Curiosity about the weather and the atmosphere.
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: Lack of courtesy.
Q: Are you high or low maintenance?
A: Low—I keep things simple.
Q: Biggest life inspirations?
A: My parents—they always worked hard.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: Making a career out of what I really like.
Q: Favorite humanitarian cause?
A: American Red Cross—helping people in crisis.
Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received?
A: If you work at what you really like, it won’t seem like work.
Q: What’s next?
A: With any luck, a very wet winter.