Joe Pennington

I am excited to be back home and at 5NEWS! I grew up in the small western Arkansas town of Altus watching 5NEWS. My interest in weather goes back to my early childhood but peaked during the Fort Smith/Van Buren tornado of April 21, 1996. As I watched the severe weather coverage from Channel 5 that night, I knew then I wanted to be a meteorologist and work at 5NEWS.

One of my most memorable weather experiences was storm chasing in the Mississippi Delta in the Spring of 2010 and witnessing the destructive Yazoo City, MS tornado. It was a humbling experience to see the destruction left in its wake and it reinforced my desire to keep people safe from these tragic events by being a better severe weather forecaster.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking, watching college football, hanging out with my family and playing the drums in my local church.

I graduated from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville in 2005 with a degree in Marketing, and recently from Mississippi State University with a degree in Geoscience with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.

Recent Articles

  • Adventure Arkansas: Zip Lining at Dude Ranch

    Posted on: 10:15 pm, March 7, 2013, by , updated on: 04:02pm, March 7, 2013

    5NEWS Meteorologist Joe Pennington takes a ride down one of the longest, tallest and fastest zip lines in the country...
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  • Weather Week: The Dangers of Flash Flooding

    Posted on: 10:00 pm, February 28, 2013, by , updated on: 06:23pm, February 28, 2013

    When you think about killer weather tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards are likely the first that come to mind. But there’s...
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  • LIVE BLOG: Winter Advisory Cancelled

    Posted on: 5:04 am, February 12, 2013, by , updated on: 04:44am, February 13, 2013

    Snow will be possible late Tuesday afternoon and evening in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley.
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  • VIDEO: Possible Tornado Damage in Crawford County

    Posted on: 5:37 pm, January 29, 2013, by

    A possible tornado hit Crawford County Tuesday afternoon. Meteorologist Joe Pennington surveys damage near Natural Dam.
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  • LIVE BLOG: Tuesday’s Severe Storms

    Posted on: 3:50 am, January 29, 2013, by , updated on: 03:21pm, January 29, 2013

    Severe storms are expected by early afternoon with a threat of damaging winds and possible tornadoes.
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  • TODAY: Damaging Winds And Isolated Tornadoes Possible

    Posted on: 8:15 am, January 28, 2013, by , updated on: 02:19am, January 29, 2013

    The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the entire area for the threat of severe storms Tuesday afternoon.
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  • JOE’S BLOG: Severe Storms Possible Tuesday

    Posted on: 7:49 am, January 26, 2013, by , updated on: 03:08pm, January 27, 2013

    Temperatures over the weekend will start a slow warm-up before a more rapid warm-up early next week. Highs will be unseasonable warm in the low to mid 70's setting the stage for a round of winter-time severe storms.
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    Lightning from storms south of Hartman on 9/7/12.
  • JOE’S BLOG: Heavy Rain Arrives Mid-Week

    Posted on: 4:23 am, January 7, 2013, by , updated on: 01:32pm, January 7, 2013

    Most of the area continues in either a severe or extreme drought as we start the new year. A soaking rain mid-week will help start to put a dent in those drought conditions.
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  • Cold Blast Set To Arrive Monday

    Posted on: 8:40 am, December 7, 2012, by , updated on: 08:41am, December 7, 2012

    We have been enjoying temperatures more reminiscent of early Spring rather than late Fall for the past few days, but a cold blast will soon put much of the nation back into the deep freeze.
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  • VIDEO: Behind The Scenes In The Weather Center

    Posted on: 11:36 am, October 31, 2012, by , updated on: 12:05pm, October 31, 2012

    Here is a look at what it looks like behind the camera in the Max 5 Weather Center.
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  • VIDEO: Staying Safe in Your Deer Stand

    Posted on: 11:31 am, October 25, 2012, by , updated on: 11:35am, October 25, 2012

    Hunting season is in full swing across the area and one thing every hunter needs to brush up on is deer stand safety.
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  • Cold Temperatures Set To Return

    Posted on: 7:13 am, October 25, 2012, by

    A strong cold front will quickly put a chill in the air Thursday night after a stretch of mild, Spring-like temperatures.
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