Darren Peck
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Even if I didn’t have this job, I’d still study the weather in the morning and talk to anybody who’d listen to me about it for the rest of the day.

I wasn’t always this way though. Growing up in LA, the marine layer hardly inspires great meteorology. My moment of inspiration came from my first visit up north to Yosemite National Park when I was 19. I was absolutely floored by the place and took a job for the next two summers running a cash register at Glacier Point just so I’d never have to leave. I eventually did leave, with a renewed interest in understanding the natural world.

I earned a degree from Cal State Northridge with an emphasis in Geomorphology and Climatology and from there it was off to Flagstaff Arizona for my first job in front of the camera as a meteorologist. A few stops later I was in Las Vegas as the Chief Meteorologist for FOX5, always looking back toward California and intending to get closer to the mountains that had inspired me so much.

July 4, 2011 was my first day on the air with FOX40. Appropriately enough, I spent that day reporting live in the Sierra at Sugarbowl where they were skiing one last time thanks to the incredible winter we’d had in 2010-2011. There is no place like Northern California. It’s what I like to call “the best geography in the country” and that lends itself to some pretty fascinating weather. If you’ll let me…. I’ll talk your ear off about it.

I’m known around the newsroom for…

I’m known around the newsroom for keeping a constant supply of food in the weather center. On top of the list are peanut butter and dark chocolate.

I give back to my community by…

I’m in charge of “Know Your Neighbor” and I look forward to that more than just about anything else in the newscast. I find, research and present someplace new each day that makes Northern California a unique place to call home.

If I had free time, I would…

If I had free time I would go back to school and pursue an advanced degree in astrophysics…or is it metaphysics. I get those two confused.


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    NASA’s Discovery Beyond our Solar System

    Darren and Paul are excited to be talking with Dr. Nikole Lewis (Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute) about the latest big thing happening in outer space. Our cosmic neighborhood just got a little more crowded! On Wednesday afternoon NASA announced it has discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star only 40 light years away. The findings from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope also found that three of the planets are in the habitable zone where liquid water might flow on its […]

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    In Your Neighborhood: Truckee

    This week for In Your Neighborhood we are switching things up a bit; Darren and Paul are in Truckee enjoying the picturesque scenery. Darren is hanging out with the locals at the Truckee River Legacy Trail by the Truckee River. Truckee is working towards a system of trails and bikeways in and around Truckee that will connect people and places, reduce their community’s dependence on automobiles and improve their physical, social, and environmental health. The city has 20 miles of trails and […]

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    Adopt a Pet: Candy

    Candy, a 9-year-old chihuahua mix, is outside with Nereo Rebellato from the Sacramento SPCA and Darren. This sweet girl is hoping to be adopted.

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    Adopt a Pet: Daisy, Paws to Party

    Darren is outside with Bobby Mann and the cute pup Daisy. Daisy is in need of a new home. Front Street Animal Shelter is hosting their Paws to Party 2016 event at the California State Railroad Museum on Friday from 7-10 p.m. Visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/paws-to-party-2016-tickets-24633450313 for tickets.

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    Adopt a Pet: Simone

    Darren is outside with Simone and Bobby Mann from Front Street Shelter.   SIMONE – ID#A501967 My name is Simone and I am a female, tan and white Pit Bull Terrier mix. The shelter thinks I am about 3 years old. I have been at the shelter since Jul 11, 2016. This information is 1 hour old. For more information about this animal, call: City of Sacramento Animal Care Services at (916) 808-7387 Ask for information about animal ID number A501967  

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    First-Ever NASA Asteroid Sample Return Mission Launches

    Self-proclaimed “Space Geeks” Paul and Darren are chatting with NASA scientist Lucy McFadden about the latest NASA mission. Today, NASA will launch its first-ever mission to return samples from an asteroid for study here on Earth. NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer  or OSIRIS-REx  spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu. Asteroids are rocky debris left over from the dawn of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago. They’ve changed little over time, making Bennu a pristine time […]

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    Adopt a Pet: Manchester Terrier Mix

    Darren is outside with Ryan Hinderman from Front Street Animal Shelter wit Terrier Mix dog that needs a new permanent home.

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    College Students Create New Device to Help Solve CA Water Crisis

    Darren is chatting with some friends who have created a special device that can help solve California’s water crisis. “Huang, Lara Mendelssohn, Shea Molloy, and Tony Li won the M.A.D. Challenge. Their groundbreaking ElectroDialysis Desalinator for Irrigation (EDDI) system enables farmers to separate salt from water before they irrigate, allowing them to use only the necessary amount of water needed to achieve maximum crop yield. Using the SAMSUNG ARTIK IoT platform, the EDDI system controls smart activation of its device’s […]

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    Adopt a Pet: Georgia

    Darren is outside with Bobby from Fron Street Animal Shelter. Today her brought along 8-year-old Georgia a pit bull terrier mix.