Mark Prater


Chief Meteorologist

Mark joined WIAT 42 during the summer of 2008. You can join Mark for his forecast Monday through Friday on WakeUp Alabama on WIAT 42, WIAT 42.3 and on the web at

Nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge of severe weather, Prater has been honored to receive the coveted National Edward R. Murrow Award and Emmy Award for his on air work as a Broadcast Meteorologist.   Mark has been named Birmingham’s Best News/Weather anchor on a number of occasions. The Associated Press also named him Alabama’s Best Weathercaster in 1999

In 2010, Prater was awarded the coveted “ABBY” Weather Anchor of the Year Award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association for the entire state of Alabama.

Mark’s a full member of both the NWA (National Weather Association) and the AMS (American Meteorological Society). He also holds the seal of approval for both the NWA and AMS. After 23 years in television and radio, Mark has enjoyed being a meteorologist for markets all over the country, but his heart and home has always been here in Alabama.

Mark is married to Carol Willis of Prattville, Alabama. Mark and Carol have four children who are the lights of their lives. It’s the time with all four of their children that they value the most.