Lauren Rainson, On-Air Meteorologist

Lauren was born and raised in central Illinois, and received her Bachelor of Science in from Eastern Illinois University, where she studied broadcast meteorology. 

Her career began as a fill-in meteorologist and reporter at WAND TV in Decatur, Illinois.  A year later, she accepted a position at WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois as a morning news meteorologist.  Lauren’s passion for all things weather inspired her to complete her Master of Science degree through Mississippi State University. 

This opportunity led to her participation in the 2016 Great Plains Storm Chase, where she witnessed nearly every aspect of severe thunderstorms play out before her eyes.  Shortly thereafter, in May 2018, Lauren received the National Weather Association TV Seal of Approval.

Although she was born and raised in central Illinois, much of Lauren’s family is from Pennsylvania.  She is excited be a part of The AccuWeather Network and its mission to providing weather information to help people improve their lives.