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.
An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through Saturday evening as heat indices could make it feel like 105-115 degrees outside.
An Excessive Heat Warning is now in effect through Saturday evening as heat indices could make it feel like 105-110 degrees outside. Take precautions to stay cool and hydrated.
The Salvation Army received a shipment of fans from Westlake ACE Hardware on Wednesday.
An Excessive Heat Warning will go into effect Wednesday afternoon through Saturday evening as heat indices could make it feel like 105-110 degrees outside.
We'll have one more day of near average temperatures in the middle to upper 80s before they start warming back up to the 90s late week.
More scattered chances for showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Friday into the weekend. On Friday, we will be watching for the potential for a few storms to be on the strong-side with gusty winds, heavy rain and small hail.
The Troy Lions Club held their 25th annual July Fourth 5K Run & Walk Thursday morning.
Rain chances will stick around for your Fourth of July Holiday. It's looking right now to be scattered chances throughout the morning into the afternoon, but not a complete washout. Good news is that it's looking to be dry for the fireworks Thursday evening. We'll continue to watch the forecast. High temperatures will be near average in the middle 80s.
Our next chances for rain & thunderstorms look to move back in Wednesday as high pressure that has kept the Central Plains dry will start breaking down, allowing for an active weather pattern to start picking up again.
We'll remain mostly dry & sunny heading into Tuesday. We could see a random pop up stray shower during the afternoon. High temperatures will remain near 90 degrees.