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

  • Strong Storms Possible Monday

    Posted on: 7:29 am, October 22, 2012, by , updated on: 12:06pm, October 22, 2012

    The work week is off to an unseasonably mild start, feeling more like Spring than Fall. An upper level storm system will track across the area giving us storm chances late Monday afternoon into the evening hours
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  • WEATHER BLOG: Fall Colors

    Posted on: 5:09 am, October 19, 2012, by , updated on: 11:37am, October 19, 2012

    Recent rain and cool overnight temperatures have helped create more fall colors in the area, especially in Northwest Arkansas.
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  • Helpful Weather Links For Hunting Season

    Posted on: 5:53 am, October 18, 2012, by

    It's no secret that deer activity is affected by the weather patterns. But the cycles of the moon can also have an impact on how deer activity and feed patterns.
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  • EF-1 Tornado Confirmed In Benton County

    Posted on: 9:23 am, October 15, 2012, by

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa conducted a storm survey Sunday and confirmed an EF-1 tornado in Benton County.
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  • LIVE Weather Blog – Oct. 13th

    Posted on: 4:39 pm, October 13, 2012, by , updated on: 05:05pm, October 13, 2012

    Severe weather updates throughout the night.
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  • Temperatures Set To Tumble Over The Weekend

    Posted on: 7:40 am, October 5, 2012, by

    An unseasonably strong cold front will bring a soggy and cold end to the work week and weekend.
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  • JOE’S BLOG: Strong Cold Front Brings Rain Chances Friday

    Posted on: 8:22 am, September 7, 2012, by , updated on: 01:12pm, September 7, 2012

    After a late summer heat wave more reminiscent of mid-summer is about to come to an end as a strong cold moves through the area Friday night. Showers and storms will develop along this front throughout the afternoon hours and track into our area late Friday afternoon and evening.
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  • Summer Heat Returns For Labor Day

    Posted on: 4:14 pm, September 2, 2012, by , updated on: 12:07pm, September 3, 2012

    Summer heat is set to crash the Labor Day party with highs soaring over 100 for most of the area. A Heat Advisory has been issued for much of eastern Oklahoma and parts of the River Valley through Tuesday evening.
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  • VIDEO: Sisters Win at Washington County Fair Pageants

    Posted on: 7:06 pm, August 29, 2012, by

    VIDEO: The Washington County Fair is underway in Fayetteville. 5NEWS Meteorologist Joe Pennington met three Northwest Arkansas sisters who each...
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  • Isaac Takes Aim At Gulf Coast

    Posted on: 10:35 pm, August 26, 2012, by

    Tropical Storm Issac is starting to emerge into the Gulf of Mexico. Plenty of warm waters await Isaac as it tracks toward the Gulf Coast. This will lead to an intensification to hurricane status before landfall.
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  • An Early Fall Pattern…And Perhaps A Hurricane?

    Posted on: 5:39 am, August 20, 2012, by

    After a fall-like weekend with cooler temperatures and widespread rain, the workweek will start off on a pleasant note. The jet stream continues a northwest to southeast movement and that is acting to filter in some cooler temps
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  • Cold Front To Bring Chance Of Strong Storms

    Posted on: 11:50 am, August 15, 2012, by , updated on: 12:10pm, August 15, 2012

    Thunderstorm chances will increase Thursday ahead of a cold front that will arrive and push through the area Thursday evening into Friday. There is a risk a few of the storms will be strong to severe.
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