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Kate McKenna

Kate McKenna is the Chief Meteorologist at WAAY 31.

Title: Chief Meteorologist
kmckenna@waaytv.com

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

The WAAY 31 StormTracker Early Warning Radar Network: How we decided where to put the radars

Extensive research by WAAY 31 meteorologists went into the placement of each radar site in the region.

The WAAY 31 StormTracker Early Warning Radar Network: The largest radar network in America

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Seasonable with a slight shower chance Thursday

We're coming to the end of the work week with nearly quiet weather and seasonably comfortable temperatures.

Only a few see the chance for a storm Wednesday

A slow moving cold front has been meandering across North Alabama. While it sparked a handful of showers and storms, most locations stayed dry and mostly cloudy Tuesday afternoon.

A few showers and storms Tuesday

Another cold front keeps our first week of August on the more comfortable side.

Pleasant mornings with seasonable afternoons

In the wake of Saturday's cold front, we've enjoyed a pleasant end to the weekend considering it's early August in Alabama.

A few storms to start the weekend, some sunshine to end it

The risk for a stronger storm still exists across the area through tonight.

Off and on storms to end the work week

Scattered storms become more likely Friday with the approach of a cold front.

A stormy streak starts Thursday

Off and on rain will be the trend through the first half of the weekend.

Waves of rain on the way

Over the next couple of days, we'll watch our weather pattern transition from a trend of scattered afternoon and evening storms to rounds of steadier, heavier rain by Thursday.

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Florence
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Fayetteville
Scattered Clouds
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Decatur
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Scottsboro
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Reported Deaths: 1639
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Jefferson12186230
Mobile9269204
Montgomery6350148
Madison512227
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Shelby311932
Marshall300134
Unassigned287856
Lee255442
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Calhoun162713
Walker147964
Houston133412
Dallas129823
Russell12672
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Franklin121520
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Jackson8904
Chambers83238
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Blount7453
Chilton7386
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Pike6727
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Clarke4919
Hale45926
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Winston43511
Perry4324
Wilcox41110
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Pickens3769
Conecuh37310
Sumter36018
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Macon31613
Washington31512
Crenshaw3073
Choctaw27612
Cherokee2497
Greene24711
Henry2473
Geneva2430
Clay2255
Lamar2052
Fayette1785
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Confirmed Cases: 114098

Reported Deaths: 1144
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Davidson19812208
Rutherford625453
Hamilton580347
Knox418638
Williamson336322
Sumner326471
Unassigned29285
Out of TN279314
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Smith3933
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Monroe3809
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Weakley3293
DeKalb3261
Franklin2964
Marshall2713
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Carroll2513
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White2323
Henry2310
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Chester2012
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Benton1111
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