Mark Thornton has been sailing on the Great Lakes for more than 25 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting. He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Race to Mackinac since 2014.
Mark is one of the foremost marine weather authorities on the Great Lakes. In addition to teaching weather classes for GLCCSchool, he is also president of LakeErieWX, a company focused on providing marine weather training and forecasting for Great Lakes boaters.