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Kate McKenna

Kate McKenna is the Chief Meteorologist at WAAY 31.

Title: Chief Meteorologist
kmckenna@waaytv.com

As you might expect, I've been fascinated with the atmosphere since I was a child. When I was nine, I was trapped in a storm that produced baseball-sized hail in my home state of Kentucky. Afterward, I wasn't exactly keen on thunderstorms. That began to change as I got older. Eventually, what started as a fear spawned an intense curiosity in all things related to the sky.

My studies took me south to Mobile, where I earned my B.S. in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama. Before graduation, I had the opportunity to storm chase for two weeks in the Plains with a class from Western Kentucky University.

Before moving to Huntsville, I served as Chief Meteorologist in Medford, Oregon at KDRV where I was voted "Favorite Weatherperson" in a local publication. While in Oregon, I covered everything from 100,000 acre wildfires and severe weather to historic snow events and deadly wind storms. Earlier, my career began in Victoria, Texas as the morning meteorologist at KAVU.

After being out west for a few years, I'm thrilled to be back down south, closer to my family on the Gulf Coast!

Recent Posts by Kate McKenna

Limestone County tornado history draws national attention

Limestone County has been in the cross-hairs of the two largest tornado outbreaks in American history.

Showers end and sun returns Friday

While Friday starts mostly cloudy with isolated showers, the afternoon will be much nicer.

Increasing showers, a few storms Thursday

While you'll likely hear a few rumbles of thunder Thursday, there's no outlined risk for severe weather.

An almost summer-like Wednesday

After a somewhat sunny Tuesday, the blue sky will be back for Wednesday.

Pleasantly warm again Tuesday

We'll see a good mix of clouds and sun Tuesday and the temperatures still manage to climb above average.

Sunny and even warmer Monday

The work week will kick off much like the weekend ended: a sunny sky and warm temperatures.

Showers taper and clouds break Saturday

Although a few lingering showers are in the forecast early Saturday, we'll see improving conditions through the second half of the day.

Lingering showers and considerably cooler Friday

Lingering showers and a gray sky behind Thursday night's cold front will make for a dreary Good Friday.

Damaging wind possible with severe storms Thursday evening

The next line of strong to severe storms will be in the Tennessee Valley in less than 24 hours.

Quiet and warm until Thursday's severe threat

After a brief break, we're already tracking the next round of severe storms.

Huntsville
Few Clouds
64° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 64°
Florence
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 64°
Fayetteville
Few Clouds
61° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 61°
Decatur
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 62°
Scottsboro
Few Clouds
64° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 64°
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