Dennis Shanahan
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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That's why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I've been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

Recent Articles
  • Warming Trend Begins Sunday

    Dennis Shanahan’s Saturday night forecast for Northern California

  • May Snow Survey Canceled

    ECHO SUMMIT- California’s Department of Water Resources has canceled a planned May 1 Sierra snow survey near Echo Summit. The rare cancellation comes because there is currently no snow at all in the field where the survey takes place, and no significant snowfall is expected in the area by the end of this month. Precipitation is falling in the form of rain and hail this week over much of the Sierra. The lack of significant snow this season has been brutal on businesses that […]

  • Thunderstorm Sparks Fire Near Downtown Truckee

    TRUCKEE- Lightning struck a couple of trees behind Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee on Tuesday afternoon, splitting bark and igniting flames in the branches and surrounding brush, even while rain fell on the area. According to Cal Fire, if this were a normal water year, the vegetation would have enough moisture at this time of the season that lightning-caused fires would be unlikely. “But unfortunately because of the drought, a simple lightning strike can easily spark a wildfire,” said Cal […]

  • Foot Race Plans Derailed Over Train Track Safety Concerns

    SACRAMENTO- Organizers of foot races that cross railroad tracks are facing increased scrutiny by Union Pacific. Each of the past 10 years, organizers of the Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival Run were able to deal directly with Union Pacific to have trains held when runners were crossing the tracks in Midtown Sacramento. This year, for the first time ever, Union Pacific denied the request, forcing race organizers to change plans. The June 7 event was going to feature a 5K and a half-marathon for […]

  • Proposed Water Cuts Raise Concerns for Some Districts

    SACRAMENTO- Some California water districts are calling proposed cuts unfair. Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive conservation order calls for 25 percent cuts in water use statewide.  The State Water Board has to decide how to make that happen. The board has come up with a proposal that would require some water agencies to cut back by as little as 10 percent, while others would have to reduce water use by 35 percent. “It’s very difficult to explain to customers how that’s fair,” said Einar Maisch, […]

  • Drivers Oblivious to New Stop Signs in Elk Grove

    ELK GROVE- New stop signs have been installed at an Elk Grove intersection that has a history of accidents, but many drivers are failing to notice them. FOX40 first aired a report in February about the intersection at Elk Grove Boulevard and East Park Drive. Concerned citizens spoke out in that report, and some made formal requests with the city’s traffic department for speed control measures. The city responded by installing new stop signs along Elk Grove Boulevard at the […]

  • Gondola to Connect Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows

    SQUAW VALLEY- A plan is in place to link Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows with a gondola capable of carrying 1,400 skiers and snowboarders per hour, the resorts announced Monday. For more than 20 years, a private landowner who had an icy relationship with Squaw Valley shot down the idea of a gondola crossing over his land to link the two mountains. But in new a video produced by the resorts and posted on their joint website, the landowner, Troy Caldwell, explained […]

  • Rocklin Animal Shelter Shuts Down Suddenly

    ROCKLIN- The Rocklin Community Animal Shelter received word from the city Wednesday morning that the shelter had to shut down. “We really didn’t ever see this coming,” said shelter supervisor Amber King in a Wednesday afternoon conversation with FOX40. “That’s why it was such a shock this morning.” The shelter was suddenly faced with the task of finding homes for all its animals within one day. “We had almost 30 dogs in the building at the time, and probably right […]

  • Sacramento City Council Lifts Natomas Building Moratorium

    NATOMAS — The City of Sacramento received a long-awaited letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday, ending a building moratorium. This means construction can resume in Natomas for the first time in six years due to progress on nearby levee repairs. The city will be accepting building permit applications for Natomas beginning Wednesday of this week.  Those permits will be issued beginning June 16. The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved a yearly construction limit of 1,500 new homes and 500 […]