Lauren Rainson is a meteorologist and reporter for 12 News. She joined Team 12 in March 2022 and contributes across all shows and platforms, covering Arizona’s wide range of changing weather patterns. From extreme heat and drought, to hail, sleet and snow, mudslides and flooding, climate change, and Monsoon, Rainson loves helping people learn more about how weather impacts their lives.
Born and raised in Central Illinois, Rainson is a proud graduate of Eastern Illinois University, where she earned her degree in broadcast meteorology. She went on to receive her master's at Mississippi State University and received her National Weather Association Television Seal of Approval.
Lauren started forecasting at WAND-TV (NBC) Decatur, Illinois. She later worked in the Peoria-Bloomington market as the morning meteorologist at WMBD (CBS) and WYZZ -TV (Fox). She went on to join AccuWeather with her forecasts appearing nationally on ABC World News Now, Fox News, and Yahoo Finance.
*Lauren and her husband love Arizona and the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert
*She enjoys hiking, biking, exercising, and exploring the Grand Canyon State
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