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

A little stormy with a lot of heat

We're stuck in a bit of a weather rut over the next several days.

Hot and stormy Wednesday

Storm chances increase midweek, but no threat for severe weather is expected.

Still hot with an isolated storm

The storm threat lowers for Tuesday, but the temperatures do not.

An isolated storm chance Sunday

Storm chances are lower Sunday, but it will be just as hot and humid as the past few days.

WAAY 31 Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna on today's storms

Saturday won't bring us a break from the storms.

Hot and humid Saturday

A stormy night will be followed by a very hot Saturday.

Possibility of storms again Friday

The end of the work week holds the chance for another round of strong to severe storms.

Strong to severe storms before sunrise Thursday

The threat for severe weather is with us late tonight and early Thursday morning.

A stormy pattern persists

Scattered storms Wednesday become widespread and stronger by Thursday morning.

Showers and storms again for Tuesday

Scattered storms, some strong to severe, stay in the forecast through most of the work week.

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