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

  • Record Breaking Heat Set To Arrive For Entire Area

    Posted on: 3:36 pm, July 29, 2012, by , updated on: 03:44pm, July 29, 2012

    'Drought begets drought' -- This is an old saying that remains true this year. The drought has dried the ground and left us vulnerable for an extended period of excessive heat.
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  • JOE’S BLOG: Recap Of June 2012 Heat

    Posted on: 3:02 pm, July 1, 2012, by , updated on: 03:03pm, July 1, 2012

    The end of June brought blistering heat to our area where daily record-setting temperatures were common. All-time record June heat was also tied in both Fort Smith and Fayetteville.
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  • JOE’S BLOG: Heat Wave To Continue

    Posted on: 5:37 pm, June 24, 2012, by

    Tropical Storm Debby will continue to track away from our area and that will allow a strong area of high pressure to bring near record heat to our area for the next 7-10 days.
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  • Drought Conditions To Continue For Area Farmers

    Posted on: 5:55 pm, June 21, 2012, by

    The latest drought monitor places most of Arkansas in a severe drought. Recent rains in Benton and Washington county have helped to temporary relieve the severe drought conditions.
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  • UPDATE: Cold Front to Bring Storms Monday

    Posted on: 4:04 am, June 11, 2012, by , updated on: 12:21pm, June 11, 2012

    We are tracking a cold front that will arrive Monday afternoon sparking showers and storms. Some of the storms Monday afternoon and evening will be strong to severe.
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  • Drought Intensifies For Parts Of Area

    Posted on: 9:15 am, June 7, 2012, by

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of Western Arkansas in a deepening drought.
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  • Joe’s Blog: Severe Weather Chances Return Wednesday Night

    Posted on: 10:26 am, May 30, 2012, by , updated on: 12:21pm, May 30, 2012

    Round 3 of showers and thunderstorms will take aim at the area once again late Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday morning.
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  • Joe’s Blog: Heavy Rain And Strong Storms Possible Tuesday Night

    Posted on: 11:15 am, May 29, 2012, by , updated on: 11:17am, May 29, 2012

    Another complex of storms will arrive in the area overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Limited severe risk.
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  • Joe’s Blog: Much Needed Rain Set To Arrive This Week

    Posted on: 10:26 pm, May 27, 2012, by

    On the heels of a mostly dry month of May, beneficial rain will arrive this week. A cold front will start to push into the area late on Memorial Day with a chance of a few scattered showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two
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  • Storm Analyzer: In-Depth Look At Etna/Denning/Clarksville Tornado

    Posted on: 6:33 pm, May 24, 2012, by and , updated on: 07:06pm, May 24, 2012

    May 24/25th, 2011 was the first time since February 2008 an EF-4 tornado stuck our area. The tornado that hit Etna, Denning and eventually northern Johnson County will be researched in the years to come because of interactions between a squall line and the supercell that produced the deadly tornado.
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  • Joe’s Blog: Is A Drought Just Around The Corner?

    Posted on: 10:43 am, May 21, 2012, by , updated on: 12:19pm, May 21, 2012

    Rain falls remains below average in Northwest Arkansas and around average for the River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma. Is a drought around the corner with the hot and dry weather setting into the area?
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  • Joe’s Blog: Partial Solar Eclipse Set To Arrive Sunday, May 20th

    Posted on: 7:43 am, May 16, 2012, by , updated on: 07:46am, May 16, 2012

    A partial eclipse will occur Sunday, May 20th across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.
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