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.
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 email@example.com. I love the world of weather and I can't wait to see where it will take me next.
The National Weather Service Office in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill sent out a damage survey crew on Wednesday.
If you are looking for a nice day, that day will be Wednesday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the lower to middle 70s. The nice weather will be short lived as storms return to the forecast late Wednesday through the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Here are pictures KQ2 viewers shared with us from Tuesday night's storms in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.
For your Tuesday, more rain is forecast to move in and could bring a few more inches of heavy rainfall to the area, which is certainly not needed. There is also the threat for strong to severe thunderstorms early Tuesday afternoon.
Students at Helena Elementary School had the chance to explore various career options for their Career on Wheels event.
Changes will head our way heading into a new work week as an active weather pattern sets in. We are waking up this Monday morning to increasing clouds with chilly temperatures in the 40s. The first half of Monday should be dry but cool with rain chances increasing during the late afternoon into the evening. Highs in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees.
Oak Grove Elementary School held a donut sale to help raise money for one of their own students fighting a rare brain tumor
A group of high school seniors got quite the celebration on Thursday just days before graduation.
Friday will be our last quiet day for a while with mostly sunny skies. High temperatures will remain above average in the upper 80s with a breezy south wind, gusting up to 25-30 mph. Rain and storm chances returns to the forecast for the upcoming weekend.
We could even top out near 90 degrees on Thursday. Our last 90 degree day was on October 3, 2018 so let's see if we can get to out first 90 degree day of 2019. Stay tuned!