Lauren Linahan

WRGX Meteorologist

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Lauren Linahan Bio

A couple of weather events stand out in fueling my fascination with meteorology: in 2004, the eye of Tropical Storm Bonnie passed over my hometown of Valdosta, Georgia. My young mind was boggled by how suddenly a torrential downpour and howling winds can usher in serene, clear skies. 10 years later, I was stuck in SnowJam 2014 in Atlanta, a situation where snow and ice had the power to temporarily immobilize a metropolitan city.

Yet my road to weather was not a clear cut one. Though I regularly watched The Weather Channel along with my bowl of breakfast cereal as a child, it never dawned on me that I could ever be a meteorologist; I was always the "artsy" type. However, one fateful day in college, I begrudgingly stepped in to a required lab science class, which happened to be Intro to Weather and Climate. The rest is history.

I grew up in South Georgia, the epicenter of heat and humidity in the Southeast. I received a B.S. in Environmental Geosciences and a B.A. in French from Valdosta State University. I am currently furthering my education in the atmospheric sciences through Mississippi State’s Broadcast Meteorology Program, and will complete my studies in August 2017. In the future, I even hope to pursue my Master's in Meteorology. Yes, I would honestly be content attending school the rest of my life!

During my undergrad, I was a teaching assistant for meteorology courses at Valdosta State. My first job post-graduation was at CNN in Atlanta as a tour guide, which allowed me to meet people from all walks of life from all over the world. While at CNN, I participated in an internship-like environment in their weather department, and also shadowed at WMAZ in Macon.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling with friends and family or sitting down with a good, home-cooked meal to a Netflix marathon. My hobbies include dancing, exercising, and spending time in the Great Outdoors (weather permitting or not). Most importantly, I am on a mission to find the best Mexican food in Dothan.

I have always been a storyteller, and I will be a platform for your voice in the Wiregrass; I am here to serve you through both the seemingly mundane AND severe weather. If you want to chat, find me on Twitter (@LinahanWX) and Facebook (Meteorologist Lauren Linahan) or email me at

Sports Headlines

Posted: 12/11/2017 - Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Marcus Jones bolstered his resume as he was named to the ESPN Freshman All-America Team, the network announced Monday.

Posted: 12/09/2017 - Troy tied the Sun Belt Conference record for points in a game and set an NCAA record with 81 points in the first half throttling Montevallo, 130-50, in Trojan Arena on Saturday.

Posted: 12/07/2017 - Troy University Director of Athletics Jeremy McClain and the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame Committee announced Thursday the members of the seventh induction class into the Troy University Sports Hall of Fame. The eight new inductees will be enshrined in a special ceremony on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Posted: 12/06/2017 - Willie Taggart was introduced as the 11th head coach in Florida State history on Wednesday as he returns to the Sunshine State after one season at Oregon.

Posted: 12/06/2017 - After leading Troy to consecutive 10-win seasons and the school’s sixth Sun Conference championship, head coach Neal Brown has been named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday. Additionally, one of the most dynamic all-purpose threats in the country, true freshman Marcus Jones has been named the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year.