Jennifer is the weekend morning meteorologist at WHNT News 19. She has over three years of experience forecasting weather in the Southeast.
Jennifer grew up in Rochester, NY where she grew up shoveling feet of lake effect snow and dealing with below zero wind chills in the Winters. Her family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina while Jennifer was in high school. After graduation she attended East Carolina University where she graduated with a bachelor of science in Geography, a minor in mathematics and certificates in both Atmospheric Science and Geographic Information Systems. She then went to Mississippi State University where she taught GIS labs and did research for the Institute of Clean Energy Technology, along with studying and earning her Masters degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast Meteorology.
During her last semester at MSU she did the weekend weather at WTVA in Tupelo, MS, where after graduation she became a fulltime meteorologist and has worked for the past three years. While at WTVA, Jennifer covered one of the most historic tornado outbreaks in U.S. history on April 27th, 2011. Along with presenting weekday forecasts in Tupelo, Jennifer also worked part time at Hyperion Technology Group Inc. where she did research in the Great Plains chasing storms.
In her spare time, Jennifer loves to travel, storm chase and spend time with her family and friends.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a *Winter Weather Advisory* for most of the Tennessee Valley effective this evening from 6:00 p.m. through noon Tuesday. Click here for the text from the National Weather Service: A strong cold front will move across the region today, with an area of low pressure forecast to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and ride up the front as it stalls to our south Monday. The low pressure […]
We are watching a batch of light snow move across Mississippi into Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee; we will update this live blog on Valleywx.com frequently as information comes in. If you have a snow report, highway report, wreck report, or picture of snow, we’d love to be able to share it with everyone else! Send pictures to email@example.com – and connect with us on social media. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #valleywx to show us what’s happening […]
We’ve been talking about this severe Arctic outbreak for several days now and it’s about to arrive this evening/overnight. Thanks to increasing clouds overnight and a southerly breeze, temperatures were about 15-20° milder this morning compared to Saturday morning. Morning lows ranged in the mid to upper 30s and low 40s. You’ll likely notice the wind has picked up this morning and it will continue to do so, ahead the approaching Arctic front currently just west of Memphis, Tennessee. Below […]
We continue to closely monitor showers and storms developing along and west of the Mississippi River this morning. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has trimmed back some areas along and west of the Mississippi River out of the Moderate Risk for severe storms today, due to lack of storm development/intensity. Much of middle and west Tennessee and northwest Alabama, communities west of I-65, remain under a Moderate Risk for severe storms for this evening and overnight. Below is the latest […]
Halloween…it’s right around the corner and everyone is finalizing their costumes and trick-or-treating plans. Unfortunately we may be contending with some showers and a few storms around prime trick-or-treating time in parts of the Tennessee Valley. We’ve been talking about this storm system and the potential for storms on Halloween for several days and now and model guidance continues to come into better agreement on timing, but there are still some discrepancies. As of right now, it looks like the […]
(WHNT) – Reports started coming via social media shortly after 8:15 pm of a bright green object streaking across the sky. This object was a fireball – a meteor brighter than the planet Venus. According to Dr. Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office at Marshall’s Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the fireball that streaked across Alabama’s sky Monday night was 15 times brighter than the planet Venus. Below is more information on the event from Dr. Cooke: […]
CHEROKEE, Ala. (WHNT) – People in Colbert County saw some major flash flooding Wednesday morning due to heavy rains. Much of the flooding was in Cherokee. The Colbert County EMA said reports of flooding started coming in just after 11:30 a.m. The EMA says heavy rains sat on top of Cherokee for nearly an hour. Flooding was reported near Highway 72, in the downtown area and around the high school. The EMA said it did not receive any reports of […]
We woke up to tranquil weather this morning, but showers and storms have been developing over the past several hours and are continuing to develop and increase coverage. The majority of the rain so far has been north of the Tennessee River, with isolated/spotty showers south. Some of the storms that have developed have been producing some heavy rain, along with frequent lightning and some gusty wind. Below is the latest radar image, showing a slow-moving heavy storm around the […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the Severe Weather Institute and Radar and Lightning Laboratory or SWIRLL. The Tennessee Valley is no stranger to severe weather and this new research facility could help improve forecasting and warnings. State, local and UAH officials and students were among the attendees of the historic event. The $7 million dollar grant to construct the building was funded by the state of Alabama, made possible through the efforts of […]
Based on veloctiy data from The University of Oklahoma’s RaXpol data (Rapid-scan X-band Polarimetric radar) the El Reno tornado that hit central Oklahoma Friday (May 31, 2013) has been upgraded to an EF5 tornado, with a maximum width of 2.6 miles. This makes it the widest tornado on record in the United States, wider than the F4 Wilber-Hallam, Nebraska, tornado May 22, 2004 that held the previous record for the widest tornado on record at 2.5 miles wide. Below is […]
Let me begin by stating that the severe weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest over the past couple of days and today, is NOT heading towards the Tennessee Valley. Rain chances will slowly increase into the weekend, but widespread severe weather is not going to be an issue for us. For a detailed look at the Tennessee Valley forecast, check out the WHNT Forecast Page. Tornado season has really ramped up over the past couple of weeks in […]
Rain chances will be increasing across the Tennessee Valley throughout the day as an upper low tracks right over the state of Alabama, which is currently centered just south of the Memphis, Tennessee area. Generally light showers have been tracking over northwest Alabama over the past several hours. Expect the rain to get heavier throughout the day and spread northeast. Below is the latest radar image as of 9:55 am. The large band of persistent rain from yesterday is just […]