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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

Damaging wind, hail, and tornado risk this evening

The risk for severe weather quickly increases through the next several hours.

Rain and storms expected Friday

A cold front is approaching from the west, meaning steady rain and a big drop in the temperatures by the no more upper 70s for bit.

Warm but gray Thursday

It's not sunny, but warm temperatures and mainly dry conditions make for a fairly pleasant Thursday

Warmer with a few showers Wednesday

North Alabama lucked out on this St. Patrick's Day with a few peeks of sunshine and much milder temperatures, all after starting out with widespread showers.

Warm, rainy week ahead

After a gray and damp Monday, the rest of the work week doesn't look to fare much better.

Storms graze North Alabama Wednesday

A complex of thunderstorms will be racing southeastward out of Arkansas into Mississippi, brushing Northwest Alabama as it does so.

Rainy again, starting tonight

Once again, we dodged the raindrops over the weekend only for them to return during the week.

Sunny and mild all weekend

After a sunny and breezy day Friday, we should see some even better weather Saturday.

Sunny, breezy, and feeling like 40s Friday

The next few days are cool, but lovely across North Alabama.

Showers taper by Thursday afternoon

Scattered showers, mainly in our southeastern counties, will continue through Thursday morning.

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