SYRACUSE - "And that's the latest from The Weather Outside." CNY Central Chief Meteorologist Wayne Mahar announced today he's getting ready to call it a career after 36 years of predicting local weather.
Mahar made the announcement on today's early evening newscasts. Live from the New York State Fair, Mahar said between his TV work, running a private forecasting business, along with a charity and other obligations, he's been "working about 80 hours a week since I was a teenager." He then added, "I'm 65, about to be 66," and he has decided "it's time to back down a bit."
According to a written announcement from CNY Central, Mahar will stay with the TV stations until December.
Beyond that, Mahar said he plans to continue "30 to 35 hours a week" with his private weather business and his charity, specifically mentioning the annual Canine Carnival will continue.
Live on TV, Mahar also vowed to spend more time with his wife of 46 years. "She's put up with my crazy schedule," he said, adding, "maybe do a little more traveling, see the kids and grandkids, they're out of the area."
Prior to joining NBC3 in 1985, Mahar started his TV career with 6 years in Maine. During his run in Syracuse, Mahar presented his forecasts on a number of local radio stations.
Mahar is set to be inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame this fall.
I think for Peter Hall will be the new Chief Meteorologist, Mike Brookins is to take NBC 3 weekday mornings spot and Lydia Knox is to do CBS 5's weekday mornings and noon spot with it's new news Anchor Melanie Johnson.
Looking forward to seeing that