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

Hot & dry Friday afternoon

Mornings are comfortable now, but afternoon temperatures will be running above average through the weekend.

Temporarily more seasonable

Following a round of intense storms Tuesday night, Wednesday has proven to be much nicer...and quieter.

Saturday storms, then dangerously hot

The biggest concern in the coming days will be the heat.

Strong storms Friday with intense heat next week

Heading into Friday, we'll be monitoring a couple of weather features.

Severe threat lessens, though storm chances continue

Thursday brings another day of typically hot and humid weather with the chance for thunderstorms.

A few midweek storms

Following a mainly quiet Tuesday, the chance for showers and storms reenters the forecast for the rest of the work week and start of the weekend.

Typically hot & humid start to the school year

The Tennessee Valley caught a break in the showers and storms today, but the heat and humidity are here to stay for a while.

A typically hot stormy start to August

July ends the same way August begins - with a few afternoons storms and otherwise hot, humid weather.

Muggy with a few storms Wednesday

July comes to a close with a seasonably humid and somewhat stormy day.

A cool night by July's standards

While temperatures are slightly warmer Thursday, it will be another perfect day for late July.

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