Growing up in Canton, Ohio, Jennifer Rukavina was destined to become a meteorologist. “I have loved weather since I was old enough to know that rain fell from clouds,” she says. A fear of thunderstorms heightened her interest in the dynamics of weather and eventually led to a Masters of Science degree in Geosciences/Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She also taught Broadcast Performance in Meteorology while a graduate assistant. “My knack for communicating with others transformed me into a Broadcast Meteorologist,” she adds.
Jennifer finds that forecasting severe and winter weather events are her most interesting challenges. “Growing up about an hour from Lake Erie and going to school in Mississippi allowed me to experience most weather phenomena…from Lake Effect snow storms to a hurricane. I stood just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico as Hurricane Lili made landfall on Louisiana in 2002. It was incredible experiencing the power of that storm,” she reports.
Jennifer has been nominated for 3 Emmys for coverage of the April 2006 Tornado Outbreak, including the Dyer County tornado, and Winter Storm ‘09. Most recently, she was awarded the KY Associated Press Best Weather Anchor for 2010. Jennifer is a member of the National Weather Association and co-coordinated the Southeast Severe Storms Symposium in 2003. She comes to WPSD NewsChannel 6 after working as a Weekend Meteorologist at WCBI-TV in Columbus, Mississippi. Her goal is “to provide clear information that will help keep viewers safe during hazardous weather as well as let them know when the weather will be beautiful. I have enjoyed getting to know Paducah and am proud to now call it my home.”
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