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Rachael Penton

By KTVA Alaska 1:05 AM January 20, 2014

There are only two things I’ve been interested in since I was a kid: weather and visiting new places.

So, when KTVA called and asked if I wanted to move to Alaska to do the weather I said, “YES!” Alaska is about as far away from my southern roots as I can get. I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, the home of Mardi Gras, heat and humidity, and the Gulf of Mexico’s beautiful beaches.

My family does have an Alaska connection though.  My grandfather was stationed at JBER back in 1973, so my grandparents left Idaho with their four boys (including my dad) and drove all the way up the Alaska Highway when it was still gravel. My dad graduated from Bartlett High School before heading back to the lower 48. Little did I know that I would set out on a similar adventure 42 years later!

I previously spent three years working in the Bayou State. KALB in Alexandria, Louisiana gave me my first shot at working in TV. I spent two years there eating crawfish and working as a meteorologist, anchor, and reporter. After that I headed to WVLA in Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, where I spent another year.

Before the journey all began I spent four years at the University of South Alabama, where I earned a B.S. in meteorology. Two years later, I received an M.S. degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University. During my time with MSU I had the opportunity to go storm chasing on the Great Plains. My chase group was front and center when the widest tornado in recorded history touched down in El Reno, Oklahoma!

When I’m not forecasting the weather I love cooking, riding my bike, and traveling. The most interesting place I’ve ever been is Reykjavik, Iceland. I’m looking forward to exploring as much of Alaska as possible, learning how to make a mean salmon dish, and hitting the beautiful bike trails here.

So grab that coffee, and I’ll see you on Daybreak!

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