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

Redding woman brings yoga to the water

A Redding yoga instructor takes the popular workout onto the water. On Water Yoga offers classes year-round on stand up paddle-boards. Almost every yoga pose done on land can be done on the water. 

"There's a little bit of modifications to the poses, we do nearly all of the difficult poses that we do on land, with maybe some modifications," said On Water Yoga instructor Audrey DeLong. 

Paddleboard yoga can require extra balance. Instructors are working on being able to do more difficult poses like handstands. Most easy poses are a little more difficult on the water. 

"You might be strong-arming one side or the other and you're really aware of that on the board, you'll dump yourself in. There's constant core work and constant balance on the board," said DeLong.

Most people who try the class, even though it is challenging, want to sign up for more classes after they complete one.

"It's fun for me to challenge people. Yoga is a mind-body practice as well and we get a lot of that," said DeLong.

Classes are held at Whiskeytown Lake. You can sign up at onwateryoga.com.

Redding Airport expansion nearing completion

Construction on the Redding Airport started in February 2011. The $9 million dollar project adds 10,000 square feet to the facility. The passenger holding area will now seat up to 200 people. Restrooms have been added inside the security checkpoint.

Northstate rattlesnake removal companies

Western rattlesnakes are common in the Northstate. They aren't aggressive by nature, but will bite if they feel scared or threatened. The easiest thing to do if you find one on your property is to leave it alone. If you want the snake removed from your property, there are some companies that will remove it for a fee.

Wildlife moving closer to residential neighborhoods

A black bear was spotted in a residential neighborhood near Anderson. Adam Fishman spotted the bear walking along the back side of his property Tuesday afternoon. A bear hasn't been seen in that neighborhood before.

Drought may cause Lewiston to run out of water

The drought may lead to water shortages in the town of Lewiston. Lewiston Park Mutual Water Company usually has five wells to supply its 500 customers. The water to fill the wells comes from groundwater. Dry conditions this summer have caused the groundwater supply to decrease. The water company has had to turn off two of its five wells because there is no water to refill them. The wells can only put out one gallon per minute. They normally put out 25 to 60 gallons per minute. The company is also resorting to pumping in water from the Trinity River. 

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.

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.

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.