Mark Rhein

Mark, a Wheeling, IL native came over to Murray and Trettel in 1996 as a weather forecaster when Murray and Trettel bought Central Weather Service. Mark has helped anchor the nightshift since arriving at Murray and Trettel. In addition, Mark earned a CIS certificate at Harper College and has become part of the IT team at Murray and Trettel.

Mark was intensely interested in weather forecasting at a very early age and began working in the field of weather at Central Weather Service in Wheeling, while still in high school. Central Weather Service was a competitor private weather company owned and operated by former long-time local broadcast meteorologist Earl S. Finckle.

Mark graduated from Wheeling High School in 1976 and was offered a full-time position at Central Weather Service. Under Earl’s tutelage, Mark learned the fine points of forecasting the weather and was promoted to staff meteorologist at Central Weather Service in 1988.

Mark married his wife Christine in 1988 and has two girls who have finished college and are embarking on careers. Mark spends his off time being a family man and enjoys following the Blackhawks and finding time to go fishing.

Weather Command Remote Operations


Continue to call for questions: 847-963-9000 and hit 2 for the On-Duty Forecasters (working remotely). Non-Urgent questions can be emailed to:

See updated detailed letter below:



Dear Valued Weather Command® Client,

In this ever changing environment and unprecedented times we find ourselves in due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), we here at Weather Command® have been hard at work ensuring a continuity of our forecasting and warning services that includes continuing consultations with our forecast staff. We are working entirely remotely away from our main Palatine office. 

You should not see any change in the forecast or warning products that we typically issue. While we are working remotely, you can continue to call in to our forecast center at 847-963-9000 and hit 2 to speak with a forecaster. That call will get routed to the Forecasters on duty for that shift. We would advise that this option be reserved for the most critical of forecast or warning questions.

We will also be opening up a new alternate ability of weather questions being directed to our forecast center email address at . Questions directed to this email address would be answered as quickly as possible, most likely within 30 minutes of the question being posted. Questions sent here would be for non-critical weather situations.

As a staff, we will (as needed) be increasing the amount of important information that we send out with our Blackboard mass messaging system to help keep everyone informed of important weather information. With our Blackboard messages, hopefully we will answer questions that you might have that and would mitigate the need for a phone or email weather question.

We will also be posting any urgent information on our webpage at . We appreciate all of your patience with us as we transition and maintain this new posture in our operations at this time.

Wishing you all well!


John Boyle

Executive Vice President / Director of Sales and Marketing

Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) 

Weather Command® / Murray and Trettel, Inc.

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