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

Sunny and a bit warmer Wednesday

Some milder air is on its way to North Alabama over the next 48 hours.

A bit of sunshine with chilly temperatures Tuesday

After a break from the clouds Sunday, they've been hanging tough to start the work week.

Blustery but dry Sunday

The rain's no longer falling, but flooding issues persist. Temperatures will be dropping, too.

Rain and a few storms on the way by Saturday evening

The first part of Saturday is mainly dry, with only the chance for a few showers before lunchtime.

Mild and mostly cloudy for Black Friday shopping

The weather holds out for Black Friday shopping and any travel plans you might have for the day after Thanksgiving.

A cool and cloudy Thanksgiving

Turkey Day looks just fine across North Alabama.

Strong storms possible through early Wednesday

The risk for a strong to severe storm packing damaging wind and a brief tornado is on the table starting late Tuesday night.

Rain before and after Thanksgiving Day

Travel weather leading up to Thanksgiving isn't perfect, but at least we'll have the timing of the rain on our side.

Rain tapers as temperatures drop Saturday

A cold front brings a few rounds of rain, then much cooler temperatures by Saturday night.

Mostly cloudy and seasonable Thursday

Thursday brings us one last pleasant, mild day before the rain is back to end the work week.


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