Rachael Witter

POSTED: 3:45 PM May 16 2014   UPDATED: 1:11 PM May 30 2014

Rachael was born and raised in a small town in western New York, just south of Rochester. She grew up under feet of snow every winter, which is where her early interest in weather came from. After high school determined to experience severe weather, she headed 1,000 miles west to Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in meteorology.

Her media career started in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she worked at the ABC affiliate for two years. She covered several severe weather outbreaks and winter storms while there. Her career then took her to South Carolina, where she spent several months learning to forecast tropical systems and even experienced a few winter storms during her time in the south. Rachael says snow in the southeast is a whole different kind of winter than she's ever experienced.

Rachael is excited to experience all the Northstate has to offer. She enjoys kayaking, hiking and the outdoors, and she has ran four half marathons. Fun fact, Rachael has an identical twin who also works in TV!

Rachael's Recent Articles

Dental students raise money for trip to Guatemala

Students from the Shasta College dental hygiene program are raising money to take a mission trip to Guatemala. The students will bring a mobile clinic to the developing country and provide cleanings and educational programs. They need to raise more than $10,000 to pay for airfare and supplies.

Weather Forecast: T-Storm chances continue

Thunderstorm chances continue for the Northstate through tomorrow. Cloud cover holds down daytime highs in the upper 80s Monday. Mountains may see some thunderstorms as well.

Weather Forecast: Weekend thunderstorms

It will be cooler tomorrow thanks to clouds and possibly some thunderstorms. Best chance will be in the afternoon, and in the mountains. A few may slide down onto the valley floor. Cloud cover will hold down daytime highs in the low 90s in most spots.

400-year-old tree collapses at Ide Adobe, causes significant damage

A nearly 400-year-old oak tree collapsed at Ide Adobe State Historic Park, causing it to lose all of its limbs Sunday morning. Limbs landed on the park's Adobe building and damaged the structure. The Adobe building acts as a museum and is full of artifacts from the 1800s. Officials still don't know what caused the tree to fail.

Kids learn life saving skills at Whiskeytown Lake

Whiskeytown Lake is providing kids with a unique opportunity. Lifeguards at Whiskeytown Lake are putting on a junior lifeguard class, one that will teach participants skills to help respond in case of a water emergency. Red Cross lifeguard certification requires kids to be at least 15-years-old. This class goes through the entire material the Red Cross class does.

Weather Forecast: Mid-Week cool down

It is hot to start the work week. Temps go up into the triple digits for pretty much everyone, with sunny skies.

Weather Forecast: Hot Sunday

Things heat up in the triple digits in most areas tomorrow. Expect lots of sun to end the weekend and kick off the work week. Temps go even higher Monday. Most areas will be in the triple digits, looks like upper 100s for the valley.

Redding Library brings high-tech equipment to teens

Teens can now get their hands on some high-tech equipment at the Redding Library. Through a California State Library Association grant, the library was able to purchase $12,000 worth of software and equipment for teens. There is animation, 3D printing/video and photo editing software for teens to experiment and create on. The library also has a 3D printer, video cameras and a green screen. They're called Creation Stations.

Coffee shop spreads random acts of kindness

Heritage Roasting Company in Shasta Lake started a new program called Love in a Cup. Customers can donate money to a jar that pays for coffee for the less fortunate. It came from an old Italian tradition called suspended coffee. Suspended coffee is a drink, already paid for, that is available for someone who can't afford it.

Skin cancer still a risk under cloudy skies

Redding is notoriously sunny, but even on cloudy days, there are still factors that can lead to skin cancer. Cloud cover won't protect from sunburns. The danger of sunburn comes from the angle of the sun, even if it's hidden by clouds. The sun's rays still come through cloud cover. The sun's angle is highest during the summer and fall. Sunscreen, protective clothing and shade are the best ways to avoid prolonged sun exposure that could lead to skin cancer.