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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.

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 now back in my second home state to be the Weekday Morning Meteorologist for KQ2. I'm also currently in the process of getting the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal (AMS CBM.)

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

KQ2 Forecast: Tracking some snow chances & cold temperatures this workweek

We are waking up to mostly cloudy skies and temperatures on this Monday morning in the lower to middle teens. Factor in the winds from the southeast at 5-10 mph, gusting up to 20 and it will feel like a few degrees below zero so bundle up! It will be cloudy for your Monday but the 30s will make a comeback.

KQ2 Forecast: Snow has ended but much colder air moving in

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings has been discontinued for the entire KQ2 Viewing Area this Saturday morning as the snow has moved out. Roads are slick and snow covered so take it slow if you have any travel plans. Very cold air is now moving in behind the system.

Chiefs' K.C. Wolf getting St. Joseph Chiefs fans excited

The one and only K.C. Wolf stopped by the North Belt Highway McDonald's.

Savannah Chiefs fan celebrates 'Red Friday' with daycare students

A Savannah, Mo. Kansas City Chiefs fan celebrated "Red Friday" this week with her daycare students.

KQ2 Forecast: More winter weather on the way

We are still dealing with cloudy skies & misty conditions across northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri this Thursday morning. We have another disturbance pushing through this morning giving us some very light snow and some freezing drizzle. Roads could be slick and slippery so there will be a few concerns for the Thursday morning commute, so give yourself plenty of extra travel time & slow down.

KQ2 Forecast: Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Wednesday night

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6 pm Wednesday through 9 am Thursday.

KQ2 Forecast: A foggy & misty start to our Tuesday

Good Tuesday morning! After dealing with dense fog, drizzle & misty conditions this morning, we'll still have a lot of clouds around northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri for Tuesday. Temperatures will continue to remain below normal with highs in the middle to upper 30s.

KQ2 Forecast: Cloudy & chilly to start off new workweek

We are waking up to a few clouds and misty/foggy conditions on this Monday morning. Temperatures will be cold with lows in the lower 20s. The snow covered ground & cloudy cover will keep us on the chilly side for Monday with highs in the middle 30s.

KQ2 Forecast: Winter weather making a comeback heading into the weekend

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all of northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Saturday. Rain will transition to snow late on Friday and last through Saturday afternoon. Snowfall accumulations of 3-6 inches expected. Travel will be impacted late Friday into Saturday.

KQ2 Forecast: One more sunny day on Thursday, the return of snow

Temperatures do warm slightly & sunshine for one more day before rain & snow chances return Friday.

Saint Joseph
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 18°
Maryville
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 23° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 11°
Savannah
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 26° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 18°
Cameron
Clear
26° wxIcon
Hi: 29° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 14°
Fairfax
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 24° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 14°
The warmest days of the week will be Monday night into Tuesday with plenty of clouds overhead. A disturbance will move in Monday night and Tuesday that will bring the chance for some more rain and snow to the area. Right now, it appears any snow accumulation will be minor. We'll be in the upper 30s by Tuesday thanks to the southeast winds picking up. It will be gusty at times to 30 mph.
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