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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
  • Sunny Thursday with temps in the mid-70s; summer-like temps Saturday

    Sunshine and mild temperatures will stick around for the rest of the week. Memorial Day Weekend is looking somewhat unsettled at this point, especially in the Sunday/Monday time frame. Saturday will be the pick for outdoor plans. It will feel like summer with highs in the 80s, humidity and lots of sun. There is a chance for a late-day or evening shower. We have showers in the forecast Sunday and Monday but how wet will it be? The forecast hinges […]

  • Sunnier and warmer Wednesday with temps in the 80s

    Steady rain will come to an end between now and 9 PM. But areas of fog and drizzle will stick around. Then another batch of showers will develop after midnight. There is a chance for an isolated shower or patchy fog early Wednesday followed by clearing skies. Highs will be in the 70s to near 80 degrees across most of the state. Sunshine and mild temperatures will stick around for the rest of the week. Memorial Day Weekend is looking somewhat […]

  • Lingering snow showers Wednesday with temps in the near 40s

    Snow showers will linger into Wednesday and could cause some additional accumulation, especially in the hills. This should be mainly light. Then the weather calms down for a little while with more sun and near-average temperatures. Then early next week there are signs that another coastal storm could be lurking nearby (Tuesday – Wednesday). With the luck we’ve been having, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this become another winter weather headline for us. FOX61 Team Coverage: Middletown – […]

  • Timeline of Wednesday’s messy storm

    Today’s storm will bring a messy mix of everything starting with snow, then changing over to sleet, freezing rain and eventually rain. Most of the state will get 1″-3″ of snow followed by ice and rain on top of that. Here’s a timeline of how we expect this mess of a storm to unfold. Timing it all out: Ice changes to rain along the shore and southern CT by mid afternoon. The change from ice to rain will take longer […]

  • Sunny, warmer Tuesday with temps in the mid 40s

    Overall we’re looking at a quiet stretch of weather this week with lots of sun. The only chance of rain will be Thursday night into Friday morning. Also…temperatures will generally stay near or a little above average for this time of year (40s) with the exception of Wednesday which will be much warmer (50s). Snow lovers will have to be patient…for now. Forecast: Tuesday: Mostly sunny, seasonable. High: Mid-upper 40s. Wednesday: Partly sunny, breezy and mild. High: 53-58. Thursday: Early […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]