MAD US Weather is the weather blog of Mark Ellinwood which highlights the Mid-Atlantic region and provides forecasts and weather discussion country-wide. Weather related pictures and video are also included, most of which comes from regional and nationwide storm chasing by yours truly.
Born and raised in Central New York, I experienced a multitude of exciting weather events during my childhood years. The most significant events in CNY are the intense lake-effect snow squalls, which can put 8-12+ inches of fresh powder on the ground for days at a time. Despite the extreme snowfall I experienced every winter, my true weather passion stems from thunderstorms and severe weather. As a kid, many days were spent watching thunderstorms on the porch or from a window. I grew to love weather at a very young age, and as early as middle school, I had decided that I wanted to be involved in weather for life.
I earned my Bachelor’s of Science with Honors in Atmospheric Science at SUNY University at Albany in May 2009. I also minored in Mathematics and Computer Science, and won the Top Forecaster Award for the SUNY Albany Class of 2009. Finally, I attended one semester of graduate school at NC State before becoming a Operational Meteorologist at a MDA Weather Services in February 2010. After 4.5 years, I moved up the road to become an Operational Meteorologist at WeatherBug/Earth Networks in June 2014.
In addition to this site, I also co-founded U.S. Tornadoes with Ian Livingston in February 2012, which is where I do all of my tornado threat forecasts and annual chasecation blog posts.