Rachael Penton received a B.S. in meteorology from the University of South Alabama in Mobile after studying calculus, differential equations and statistics, physics, dynamic meteorology and much more over the course of four years. She went on to further study the sciences, earning a M.S. in Geoscience from Mississippi State University. Rachael holds the title of "Certified Broadcast Meteorologist" from the American Meteorological Society, the highest honor in the field.
After interning at WKRG in Mobile and at WLOX in Biloxi Rachael started her career at KALB in 2012, filling a variety of roles - from weekend meteorologist to Jambalaya anchor. Rachael then went on to work at WVLA in Baton Rouge as a meteorologist and MMJ.
Rachael then left the south for a morning meteorologist position at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. While in Alaska, Rachael forecasted the weather for the entire state, reporting on everything from extreme cold and winter storms to the aurora borealis and earthquakes. She also started a weekly cross country skiing segment in the winter and a gardening segment in the short summer months.
In 2017 Rachael took a 5,700-mile road from Anchorage to Ohio to work at WSYX in Columbus, Ohio as a meteorologist and reporter. In Ohio Rachael covered severe weather and winter storms in addition to reporting on a variety of environmental and general assignment topics.
Rachael rejoined KALB in 2019 as a meteorologist, reporter, and anchor. She is currently the First Look meteorologist at 4 PM Monday-Friday. She is a native of Mobile, Alabama but now has roots in Cenla after marrying a central Louisiana native. When she's not working, she loves planning trips and traveling internationally, gardening, reading, hiking, and cycling.