Kate Thornton joined the NewsChannel 9 Storm Team in January 2014, and brings you your Forecast First on The Morning News each weekday morning and noon.
Kate is an award winning meteorologist who has been forecasting the weather in upstate New York for more than a decade. She’s forecasted everything from tropical storms with flooding rains, tornadoes, blizzards, sunny stretches, and of course lake effect snow.
A life-long Upstate New Yorker, Kate calls the small village of Saugerties in the Mid-Hudson Valley her hometown. That’s where her love for weather sparked at just 10 years old. She pursued her love of weather at the University at Albany, graduating in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Meteorology and minors in Geography, Business, and obtaining a GIS certificate.
She later continued her studies in the broadcast field and attended the New School of Radio and Television where she completed the broadcast journalism program with top honors.
Before coming to WSYR-TV, Kate started her broadcast career from just down I-81 as the Weekend Meteorologist/Weekday Multi-Media Journalist for WICZ-TV Fox40 in Binghamton, NY.
In her spare time, Kate loves to spend time with her friends and growing family. She and her fellow broadcaster husband Erik are parents to three busy and amazing daughters.
Kate has a passion for the weather and explaining the forecast to the NewsChannel 9 viewers. One of her favorite things to do is to visit local schools to share her love for weather and the importance of STEM to young minds. Teachers, feel free to reach out for a weather-filled visit from Kate!
You can usually find Kate out and about at her daughters’ activities, running while pushing the girls in the double stroller at a race, or working out with her group of mom friends. Kate also fuels her second passion, volleyball, as a local high school coach.