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Rachel Frank is an Emmy award-winning meteorologist. You can catch her forecasts on the FOX61 News at 4, 5, 10 and 11 p.m.

Rachel graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a focus on forecasting. She joined FOX61 in October 2008 from WFMZ in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she spent two years at WICU in Erie, Pennsylvania. Rachel is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.
Rachel caught the weather “bug” in middle school after completing a science project about clouds.

Says Rachel, “The weather in Connecticut never ceases to amaze me. This is one of the only regions in the country that gets almost every type of severe weather. Tornadoes, hurricanes, nor’easters, heat waves, cold snaps, flooding…the Nutmeg State gets it all!” Forecasting the weather isn’t just a job for Rachel. It’s her passion.

Working in Connecticut for the last seven years, Rachel has covered many historic events, including Superstorm Sandy and Irene. But she says her favorite storm was the blizzard of February 8-9, 2013. “I remember watching the radar at 3 a.m. during the height of the event wide awake thinking, ‘this is a 100-year event. We may never live to see another storm like it.’” Sure enough, Connecticut got crushed. Some towns received over 3 feet of snow.

Rachel loves being a mom and enjoys spending time with her husband and two little ones! She also loves hiking, biking, scuba diving, snowboarding, traveling and eating out.


Recent Articles
  • Breezy, cold night with temps in the mid 20s; chilly, sunny Thanksgiving

    Today is the busiest travel day of the year, so of course we had some rain to deal with! The rain is over now and clouds will continue to break as the breeze picks up. Wind gusts could reach up 30 miles an hour. The wind will diminish overnight, towards daybreak with lows in the 20s. This will be followed by cool sunshine heading into Thanksgiving. Temperatures will be near 30 degrees for the Manchester Road Race so runners and […]

  • Tracking AM showers Wednesday; clearer afternoon

    The weather will remain dry tonight for anyone looking to travel before the big Thanksgiving rush. However, we do expect some rain for the biggest travel day of the year Wednesday. Showers will develop towards daybreak Wednesday with areas of rain right into lunch time.  Some of the rain could be heavy at times, especially in eastern and southeastern Connecticut. Rain could linger into the early afternoon for some towns followed by some clearing. It will turn breezy in the […]

  • Rachel Frank’s 2017-18 Winter Outlook

    A Connecticut winter never fails to surprise. In the last decade alone we have seen wild swings in winter weather from some of the warmest on record, to some of the biggest snowstorms. How we made the forecast: When attempting a winter forecast, meteorologists look at global weather patterns. One of the biggest factors can be the “El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO).” We’re talking about the water temperature thousands of miles away, in the equatorial Pacific. But this phenomenon […]

  • Mild, sunnier Tuesday with temps in the 50s

    Skies will clear tonight with temperatures dropping into the 30s. Tuesday looks beautiful for anyone looking to travel before the big Thanksgiving rush. We expect lots of sunshine and mild temperatures in the 50s. There may be some travel issues overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning with areas of rain. Rain should be done by mid-morning on Wednesday followed by clearing skies and highs in the upper 40s. Thanksgiving looks dry and sunny; the only real downside will be below-average high […]

  • Warmer winter in CT? That’s what some forecasters are predicting

    HARTFORD —  U.S. forecasters say chances are good that much of the nation will have a warmer than normal winter. But it likely won’t be as toasty as the previous two winters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine. Below-average temperatures are forecast for southern Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Tier states. The report released Thursday predicts normal temperatures from Indiana to Idaho. NOAA’s Mike Halpert says […]

  • Mostly sunny Thursday with temps in the 70s

    Just when you thought fall weather was here to stay…SURPRISE! Summer-warmth will be making a comeback the next couple of days. It will not be as hot as last week when we broke records but you’ll notice a difference. Some early clouds Thursday will give way to another sunny and warm day. Temperatures will approach 80 for many towns. A cold front will approach and stall nearby for Friday bringing the chance for a few showers. Most of the day […]

  • Wednesday: Sunny, warmer with temps in the 80s

    Just when you thought fall weather was here to stay…SURPRISE! Summer-warmth will be making a comeback the next couple of days. It will not be as hot as last week when we broke records but you’ll notice a difference. Wednesday will be sunny and warmer with highs in the mid 70s to near 80 degrees.  A southwest wind will be noticeable too at 5 to 15 miles an hour. Some early clouds Thursday will give way to another sunny and […]

  • Tracking early showers Thursday, cool & breezy with temps in the 70s

    It’s been a full summer stretch for the second half of September! We haven’t had a below-average day in terms of mean temperature since September 11, and that streak may not end until Friday or Saturday. Temperatures will steadily decrease as we head into the weekend. Highs on Thursday will be in the 70s to near 80 in a few towns, and it’ll come along with clearing skies after a possible morning shower. You may notice the gusty breeze at […]

  • Watching the track of Hurricane Jose

    Normally I don’t even talk about weather 10 days away. But with social media and weather enthusiasts sharing worst case scenarios on Facebook, sometimes I need to comment on things I would normally leave behind the scenes.  It’s not that I enjoy keeping secrets from you but forecast error magnifies over time so forecasting over a week in advance has little skill/accuracy (to be honest). There are some rumors swirling about Hurricane Jose hitting New York in ten days. Don’t […]

  • A taste of fall returns Friday with temps in the 60s

    There are a couple of sprinkles out there right now along with partly to mostly cloudy skies. This is all associated with a strong cold front.  While the front will bring little (if any) rain, it will bring a BIG change in temperatures.   Clearing is expected heading into this evening behind the front with temperatures dropping into the mid 40s to near 50 degrees. A real taste of fall returns by Friday with highs in the 60s despite lots […]