Former television meteorologist jailed on felony domestic violence charge


A well-known former meteorologist is behind bars in Jefferson County, charged with a felony crime.

Mark Prater, who in April left his job as chief meteorologist for CBS 42, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail Wednesday just after 3 p.m. According to jail records, Prater is charged with second-degree domestic violence/stalking.

His bond is set at $100,000. Prater remained in jail Thursday morning.

Trussville police Lt. Phil Dillon said the warrant against Prater was issued on Dec. 4. Trussville and Moody police, along with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Prater at his Moody home.

A protection from abuse request was filed against Prater also on Dec. 4. According to that document, the woman said Prater over several days in late November threatened to take her daughter away by going through her father. He also is accused of showing up at the woman’s house at which time she called the police. He left a note at her door.

On Dec. 4, according to the PFA request, Prater called her 17 times and sent her 37 emails that morning. A judge granted the PFA and set a January hearing on the matter.

Under Alabama law, a person commits the crime of second-degree domestic violence in the second degree if the person commits second-degree assault, intimidating a witness, burglary, stalking or criminal mischief where the victim is a current or former spouse, parent, child, any person with whom the defendant has a child in common, a present or former household member, or a person who has or had a dating or engagement relationship with the defendant.

Second-degree domestic violence is a Class B felony, except the defendant, if convicted, must serve a minimum of six months in jail or prison without probation, parole, good time credits, or any reduction in time for any second or subsequent conviction.

Mark Prater, CBS 42 chief meteorologist, no longer with station

Mark Prater, CBS 42 chief meteorologist, no longer with station

“I’m thankful for the time I had at CBS 42, but now was the time to part ways,” Prater said.

Prater left the WIAT staff after spending 10 years with the station. Details surrounding his departure were not made public.

Prater, who grew up in Prattville, joined ABC 33/40 when it went on the air in 1996 but left after his contract expired in 2004. He then went to work with Independent News Network out of Davenport, Iowa before returning to Birmingham four years later.

The former award-winning television personality in the past had 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.