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.

Recent Articles
  • HPC

    JOE’S BLOG: Strong Cold Front Brings Rain Chances Friday

    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

    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.

  • joe at the fair

    VIDEO: Sisters Win at Washington County Fair Pageants

    VIDEO: The Washington County Fair is underway in Fayetteville. 5NEWS Meteorologist Joe Pennington met three Northwest Arkansas sisters who each won their age division this year at the fair pageants.

  • early cycle 00z

    Isaac Takes Aim At Gulf Coast

    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.

  • 500map

    An Early Fall Pattern…And Perhaps A Hurricane?

    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

  • light

    Cold Front To Bring Chance Of Strong Storms

    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.

  • Heat advisory

    Record Breaking Heat Set To Arrive For Entire Area

    '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.

  • dax

    JOE’S BLOG: Recap Of June 2012 Heat

    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.

  • sun-2271

    JOE’S BLOG: Heat Wave To Continue

    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.

  • Drought_6_14_2012

    Drought Conditions To Continue For Area Farmers

    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.

  • monday severe threat

    UPDATE: Cold Front to Bring Storms Monday

    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.

  • last 90 rain

    Drought Intensifies For Parts Of Area

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of Western Arkansas in a deepening drought.


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