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Vanessa Alonso

I'm excited to be now back in my second home state of Missouri to be the Weekday Morning Meteorologist for KQ2's Hometown This Morning.

Title: Meteorologist
valonso@kq2.com

Meteorology has been a part of me since I was only seven years old when Category 5 Hurricane Andrew devastated my hometown of Miami, Florida in August 1992. That experience with Mother Nature gave me the drive and inspiration to where I am today. I am a member of the American Meteorological Society & the National Weather Association. In February 2019, I was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal.

I graduated from the University of Miami in 2008 as the first student to receive a Bachelor of Science in Communication in both Meteorology & Broadcast Journalism. I was very active during my five years there by being involved in various clubs and organizations across campus including being a cheerleader, dancer, & flag girl during football season. I was a SKYWARN storm spotter for the National Weather Service in Miami. I interned at the weather departments of CNN in Atlanta, WTVJ NBC 6, WSVN Channel 7 FOX and WFOR CBS 4 in Miami. I even was highly involved as a writer, reporter, and weather forecaster for UMTV’s award winning show “Newsvision.”

In August 2009, I left the Sunshine State & the hurricanes behind and headed out to the Show Me State of Missouri to pursue my career goals and dreams. I lived first in Joplin working for a short time at KOAM-TV/KFJX FOX 14 as their Weekend Meteorologist. There I got the chance to experience all four seasons for the first time ever, from the snowy & cold winters to severe weather & tornadoes in spring to the hot & dry summers to the cool & changing colors in the fall and the sunny skies in between.

In April 2011, I went up north to Kirksville to work at KTVO-TV as their Bilingual English/Spanish Meteorologist and Multimedia Journalist. Five weeks after I moved from Joplin, the EF-5 tornado hit the city on May 22. I used to live in the area that was in the tornado's path and it was just heartbreaking to see that the parts of town I knew were just gone. I'm so proud on how much they have rebuilt and how far they have come. In the almost six years I was at KTVO, I did extensive Winter Weather, Severe Weather & Tornado Warning Coverage.

In Febuary 2017, I went over to the Sunflower State to KSNT-TV in Topeka, KS where I was their Weekend Morning Meteorologist and Multimedia Journalist. During my 10 months there, I got the chance to go out in the elements and storm chase in the stations own "Storm Tracker" Hummer.

I'm excited to be back now in my second home state to be the Weekday Morning Meteorologist for KQ2.

When I'm not following the weather, I like to stay active by traveling, dancing, exercising, cooking/baking, movies, reading, shopping, hanging out with my family & friends, watching my hometown teams (Go Canes, Heat, Marlins & Dolphins.) I've also developed a fan base for the Kansas City Royals & Chiefs plus the KU Jayhawks. I also I'm a huge Disney fan and I try to visit Walt Disney World any chance I can get.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to me at valonso@kq2.com. I love the world of weather and I can't wait to see where it will take me next.

Recent Posts by Vanessa Alonso

Atchison, Kansas flooding: "Worst that we've had since 2011"

While northwest Missouri continues to get ready for the Missouri River to crest, northeast Kansas is doing the same.

Cameron WWII veteran makes a library to remember Holocaust survivors

One northwest Missouri veteran is helping to educate future generations remember the lessons learned from the Holocaust, and it's all thanks from help of his own neighbors.

KQ2 Forecast: Drier and warmer heading into the second half of the workweek

Flood Warnings remain in effect until further notice for areas along the Missouri River with crests coming in between Thursday into Friday. We'll have a mix of sun and clouds on Wednesday afternoon as skies begin to clear after Tuesday's rain. We finally also begin Spring at 4:58 pm Wednesday.

KQ2 Forecast: A rainy day ahead for Tuesday

The next chance for rain will be on Tuesday as our next storm system pushes through. Rainfall amounts will be anywhere from a quarter to three quarters of an inch. This is something we will be keeping an eye on closely as it could cause some minor rises on river levels. Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees.

KQ2 Forecast: Watching rain chances and Missouri River levels this workweek

To begin the workweek, skies will remain sunny for Monday. Temperatures will be slightly below normal for this time of year but will find themselves into the lower 50s. The next chance for precipitation will be on Tuesday.

Sightseers watching rising river levels

The rising water levels at the Missouri River has been attracting area residents.

American Red Cross preparing to help communities hit by flooding

The American Red Cross is getting ready to help those affected by the river flood threat.

KQ2 Forecast: A sunny and quiet weekend ahead

Friday and the weekend is looking calm and quiet and very nice. Flooding along area rivers continues to be a problem with crests on most rivers, including the Missouri River come early next week.

KQ2 Forecast: Widespread rain and windy conditions for Wednesday

We will have another chance of widespread rain for our Wednesday. Highs will be above average as we reach the lower to middle 60s by Wednesday. Winds will be picking up from the southeast by Wednesday, gusting up to 45 mph at times.

College students spend spring break building home in St. Joseph

More than a dozen students from Salem State University in Boston are spending spring break building a home in St. Joseph.

Saint Joseph
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Maryville
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Savannah
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Cameron
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Fairfax
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Temperatures will continue to warm up by the end of the workweek as they go up into the upper 50s to near 60 degrees with a lot of sunshine both on Thursday and Friday. Flood Warnings remain in effect until further notice for areas along the Missouri River.
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