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Meteorologist Christina Edwards joined the WHNT News 19 Weather Team in September 2015.

Prior to moving to Huntsville, Christina was a longtime resident of Atlanta, Georgia, where she experienced a wide range of wild weather.

In fact, Christina will never forget her first experience observing thundersnow as the Blizzard of ’93 (also known as the “Storm of the Century”) dropped nearly 3 feet of snow in her neighborhood.

Fifteen years later, Christina vividly recalls watching an electrified thunderstorm heading south along I-75 on a warm, March evening; minutes later, that thunderstorm produced an EF-2 tornado in the heart of Atlanta, just two miles from where she lived.

Christina’s passion for science began at a young age, when she would watch the clouds for signs of changing weather patterns and produce homemade “weather forecasts” on poster boards for family and friends. That passion helped propel Christina towards a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduating from college, Christina worked as a digital meteorologist for The Weather Channel and weather.com as well as a weather producer for WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Christina is active in the weather community as a Boy Scout Weather Merit Badge counselor as well as a member of the American Meteorological Society.

When Christina is not watching the skies, she enjoys watching college football. Her favorite teams are the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets… and whoever is playing the University of Georgia. No matter the school, Christina always cheers on the marching band: She marched the sousaphone in her high school as well as college bands, and she is a member of the co-ed marching band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.


Recent Articles
  • Severe Weather Awareness Week: Tornado Safety

    Tornadoes are certainly no stranger to the Tennessee Valley. From 1950 through 2018, over 2,000 tornadoes have been confirmed in the state of Alabama, per the National Weather Service in Birmingham. It’s also important to note that tornadoes can occur year round in the Southeast. In fact, while spring is often a peak season for tornadoes in the Valley, a second peak also occurs in the fall, during the months of September through December. Tornadoes vs Funnel Clouds vs Water Spouts By definition, […]

  • Chilly and drier Monday; heavy rain expected Tuesday through Thursday

    Soggy conditions settled into the region Sunday, and as much as 0.6 inches (Muscle Shoals) to 2 inches (Fort Payne) of rain fell on Sunday alone! Morning temperatures will fall into the upper 30s to low 40s, with afternoon highs struggling to reach the upper 40s to low 50s. A few hours of sunshine are possible Monday before the clouds return Monday night. Rain showers will also Tuesday. Soaking Midweek Rain: The next wave of rain moves in on Tuesday […]

  • Heavy rain on the way; rivers may reach moderate flood stage next week

    Between February 17 and February 24, as much as five to seven inches of rainfall is expected to fall throughout the Tennessee Valley — and some isolated areas may receive as much as nine to twelve inches of rain! This is a very large amount of rain, especially since it will exceed the monthly February average of 4.84 inches — all within the span of a week. (Click here to read the latest forecast discussion) But it also poses the […]

  • How will February 2019 stack up to the wettest February dates on record?

    Between February 17 and February 24, as much as five to seven inches of rainfall is expected to fall throughout the Tennessee Valley — and some isolated areas may receive as much as nine to twelve inches of rain! This is a very large amount of rain, especially since it will exceed the monthly February average of 4.84 inches — all within the span of a week. (Click here to read the latest forecast discussion) But it also posed the […]

  • Severe Weather Awareness Week: The Dangers of Flooding

    During a thunderstorm, many people are understandably scared of the electrical current flowing through lightning, and even the sonic boom that creates the bellowing clap of thunder. But according to the National Weather Service and the Centers for Disease Control, floodwaters claim more lives than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. In fact, it is the second most deadly weather event across the nation (heat-related fatalities ranks first). Flooding is an overflow or over-abundance of water accumulating on land that is normally […]

  • Light showers this weekend, but heavy rain on the way next week

    Rain stayed away only on five of the first fourteen days of February in Huntsville. Rain falls on practically a daily basis for the next seven days making a damp month suddenly a very, very wet month. The seven-day rainfall forecast from NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center shows average cumulative totals around seven inches through next Thursday. That could prove to be a serious flooding threat: especially on the two days when most of that rain comes down: Tuesday and Wednesday (20th and […]

  • Heavy rain, thunderstorms arrive Monday night through Tuesday morning

    Gather the umbrellas, rain jackets and galoshes: You are going to need them this week! Cloudy skies will prevail Monday morning as a southeasterly breeze pulls humid air into the region. While a few showers are possible early Monday, the majority of the region will start the new week dry, albeit cloudy and cool. Monday morning temperatures will be in the mid-40s to low 50s, but the wind will change direction Monday afternoon, pulling warmer and more humid air from […]

  • Cloudy, wet weather returns Sunday; heavier rain early next week

    After a pleasant Saturday that featured a mix of sunshine and clouds, a thick blanket of cloud cover has arrived and it will continue to linger through the beginning of next week. Cloudy weather will keep Sunday morning temperatures above freezing: expect lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Despite a slightly ‘warmer’ start, the afternoon won’t be much warmer: highs stay in the upper 40s and lower 50s again. Some showers also develop Sunday, but our next best […]

  • February 22-24 is Alabama’s Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Free Weekend

    The weekend of February 22-24 is Alabama’s severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday. This means you can buy common items that cost less than $60 tax-free: items like batteries, cell phone chargers, radios, and self-powered light sources can be purchased tax free. While those items are usually first on your list, there’s also a few covered that you might not know you need. Items like tape, non-electric can openers, and ice packs would definitely be useful in the case of severe […]

  • SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training in Athens on February 12

    The National Weather Service in Huntsville is giving anyone with an interest in weather the opportunity to become a certified SKYWARN storm spotter. The storm spotter classes will be held in February and March. The classes are free and open to the public and typically last two hours. On February 12, a storm spotter class will be offered at the  from 6-8 p.m. at the McCandless Hall Building on the campus of Athens State University. Additional classes will be offered throughout […]

  • Are you weather-ready? February 17 through 22 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

    Severe weather can impact the Tennessee Valley at any time of the year but the peak seasons are spring as well as fall. For that reason, in late winter, it is prudent to review the different types of severe weather, the alerts associated with them, and the various safety tips that can keep you and your family safe. (MORE: NWS Huntsville offering free storm spotter training) This year, the state of Alabama will recognize February 17-22 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. […]

  • Winter’s chill hibernates, early spring temperatures are here!

    Mother Nature crammed two seasons within five days this past week! Wednesday afternoon highs struggled in the 30s, but by Friday, we were back in the 60s! Over the weekend, we expect more spring-like weather to continue with morning lows in the 30s/40s and afternoon highs in the mid-60s. The warmth continues into the week ahead, but with a catch: Rain chances go up heading into the new work week. It’s Groundhog Day… Again… It’s up to you if you […]

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