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
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    LIVE BLOG: Severe Weather Event Continues Into Tuesday

    A severe weather outbreak will be likely Monday, including the possibility of tornadoes.

  • Strong Winds Tear Roofs from LeFlore County Businesses

    Residents in Poteau, Okla. are cleaning up after a possible tornado hit Monday evening (May 20).

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    Adventure Arkansas: Trail Run

    Tired of running at the gym or in your neighborhood? 5NEWS meteorologist Joe Pennington takes us for a run on some of the areas many trails.

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    LIVE BLOG: Severe Weather Expected Wednesday Night

    Severe weather chances will ramp up later tonight across most of the area. Damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes will be possible tonight.

  • Lightning from storms south of Hartman on 9/7/12.

    Pattern Change: From Cold To Severe Weather

    On the heels of a colder than average March that saw Fayetteville register the 9th coldest March on record and the 41st coldest March in Fort Smith it appears one more cold shot is headed our way for the first week of April.

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    Adventure Arkansas: Zip Lining at Dude Ranch

    5NEWS Meteorologist Joe Pennington takes a ride down one of the longest, tallest and fastest zip lines in the country with the guides at Horse Shoe Canyon Dude Ranch in Jasper, Ark. This “Adventure Arkansas” segment is brought to you by Fayetteville’s Adventure Subaru. For more information on zip lining, visit http://horseshoecanyonduderanch.com/

  • Weather Week: The Dangers of Flash Flooding

    When you think about killer weather tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards are likely the first that come to mind. But there’s something much more deadly. “Flash flooding is one of the weather phenomena that kills the most number of people,” said Nicole McGovack, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa. Heavy rain can cause a rapid rise in area creeks and rivers. Most flash flood deaths occur when people try and drive across a flooded roadway. So why do […]

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    LIVE BLOG: Winter Advisory Cancelled

    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

    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

    Severe storms are expected by early afternoon with a threat of damaging winds and possible tornadoes.


    TODAY: Damaging Winds And Isolated Tornadoes Possible

    The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted the entire area for the threat of severe storms Tuesday afternoon.

  • Lightning from storms south of Hartman on 9/7/12.

    JOE’S BLOG: Severe Storms Possible Tuesday

    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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