Best Meteorologist 

Mark Heyka

Missoula Mayor John Engen designated May 20 this year “Mark Heyka Day.” It’s not often a weatherman receives such recognition, but as Engen noted when making his proclamation, Heyka’s not an ordinary weatherman. Heyka is a devoted community steward who’s spent the past 15 years not just forecasting Missoula weather, but also doing good deeds. He raises money for kids in need and Blue Mountain Clinic, and serves on the board of directors for NCBI Missoula and the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Indy readers may love the way Heyka forecasts Missoula’s wacky weather, but we think they also appreciate that he’s a really solid dude. At Rock Lotto in February, one band even named itself Mark Heyka Overdrive—and Heyka himself showed up and bought a round of drinks. Mark Heyka, KECI: nbcmontana.com/keci

Finalists, Best Meteorologist

2. Erin Yost, KPAX: kpax.com

3. Russ Thomas, KPAX: kpax.com

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