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

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 I love the world of weather and I can't wait to see where it will take me next.

Recent Posts by Vanessa Alonso

KQ2 Forecast: Still feeling like summer as we head into the new work week

After a very warm & humid Sunday across northwest Missouri & northeast Kansas, the hot and dry stretch of weather is expected to continue heading into the new work week.

KQ2 Forecast: A hot & humid late summer day ahead for Sunday

Sunday should be a dry day with partly cloudy skies but it will be warmer. Highs could touch the lower 90s in spots with heat index values in the mid 90s.

KQ2 Forecast: A very nice & cooler day ahead for Friday

A cold front has moved through, ushering in cooler and drier air into northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. Friday is looking nice with sunny skies and very pleasant, less humid conditions. Highs will be a few degrees below average in the upper 70s.

KQ2 Forecast: Strong to severe storms possible on Thursday

We'll start off the day with a mix of sun and clouds with highs going up to the lower to middle 80s. The best chances for rain and thunderstorms will be during the afternoon into the early evening hours. Some storms could be on the strong to severe side with large hail and damaging winds.

Future firefighters remember & honor those lost on September 11

On September 11th, 2001, 343 firefighters lost their lives in the World Trade Center. One fire instructor is teaching her students who were all born after 9/11, a real life lesson in what these brave men & women did that day.

Blue Tree Project helps those cope with loss due to suicide

One northwest Missouri mother is helping those who loss a loved to suicide to make sure they are not forgotten on World Suicide Prevention Day.

KQ2 Forecast: Another warm and humid day for Wednesday

The late summer warmer temperatures and humid conditions will continue through midweek. Highs on Wednesday will be once again in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. We'll see lots of sunshine.

KQ2 Forecast: Summer weather pattern continues for Tuesday

The late summer warmer temperatures and humid conditions will continue through midweek. Highs both Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. As for rain chances, there are some scattered on/off chances for Tuesday.

KQ2 Forecast: A hot & humid day ahead for Monday

The late summer-heat is making a comeback for much of the upcoming work week. Highs Monday are going to be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.

Chiefs Red Friday flags sold out in St. Joseph

People were in line bright and early Friday morning to get their hands one of this year's Chiefs Red Friday flags.

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We continue to see temperatures well above normal across northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri on Thursday. We are tracking the potential for more widespread and possibly heavy rainfall this weekend as a slow moving frontal boundary meanders across the region.
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