Kate McKenna

Kate McKenna is the Chief Meteorologist at WAAY 31.

Title: Chief Meteorologist

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

Mild and mostly sunny Tuesday

The work week kicked off with showers and a gray sky, transitioning into a mostly sunny and mild afternoon.

Still chilly but dry Saturday

Behind Friday morning's cold front, we'll get a break from the rain for the next 36 hours or so.

A few leftover showers to end the week

Showers become less numerous through the day on Friday.

Chilly with showers on the way

A cloudy Wednesday marked a sign of things to come: more cloudy skies Thursday, followed by our next round of rain.

Slight warming ahead of our next round of rain

Clouds increase Wednesday and rain returns Thursday.

Bitterly cold again Tuesday morning

Lingering clouds made for a cold, gray day across North Alabama. We even saw some flurries earlier in the morning!

Scattered showers and storms through Wednesday

Rainy and warm, dry and cold. There's a little bit of everything in the forecast over the next few days.

Showers and a few strong storms through Tuesday

Our break from the rain and storms has been a brief one.

Damaging wind, tornadoes possible Saturday

Severe storms are racing across Arkansas toward North Alabama overnight.

Damaging wind and tornadoes possible Saturday

With the weekend approaching, we are getting some clarity in regard to the threat for severe weather Saturday.

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