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

KQ2 Forecast: A stray shower and cooler temperatures for Sunday

After a beautiful Saturday with lots of sunshine and temperatures topping out in the upper 50s for highs, a weak cold front will pass through Sunday morning.

KQ2 Forecast: A nice and warmer weekend ahead

After a frigid & cold work week for northwest Missouri & northeast Kansas, fall is returning to the area this weekend. For our Saturday, expect a few more clouds but warmer temperatures thanks to a breezy south wind. Highs are likely going to be in the low to mid 50s.

St. Joseph schools celebrate Veterans Day

The St. Joseph School District took time to thank local veterans.

KQ2 Forecast: A cooler day followed by snow for Sunday

A cold front has pushed through, which has ushered in some cooler air and a few clouds. Temperatures in the lower 50s for highs. A disturbance with move through late Sunday night into early Monday, bringing a few snow showers. Not expecting much in the way of accumulation, but the coldest air of the season so far will filter in with it.

KQ2 Forecast: A beautiful & warmer Saturday

For our Saturday, a beautiful day is expected with plenty of sunshine and highs in the lower 60s. Any Saturday plans outside will be just fine.

Dispatcher honored for saving a life while shopping at Wal-Mart

On this week's Salute the Badge, we profile a northwest Missouri dispatcher who was honored for saving a man's life when she least expected it.

KQ2 Forecast: Falling back on Saturday night; Warmer day on Sunday

Don't forget that we "fall back" this weekend. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Wouldn't be a bad idea as well to check or change the batteries on your smoke or carbon dioxide detectors and NOAA weather radios.

Local experts explain dangers of black ice

Traffic crashes caused by icy roads in our area this morning and St. Joseph street crews want to remind you about black ice dangers.

KQ2 Forecast: First taste of real winter weather coming this work week

A cold front pushed through Sunday afternoon that will knock temperatures back down into the 40s for Monday. Hoping you got outside and enjoyed the weekend if you can because big changes are moving in for the upcoming work week.

KQ2 Forecast: Enjoy the nice fall weather for Sunday

A cold front will be pushing through Sunday that will knock temperatures back down into the 40s for Monday. We'll have sunshine once again during the day with highs into the middle 50s before clouds increase heading into the evening hours ahead of the front. Get outside and enjoy the day if you can because big changes are moving in for the upcoming week.

Saint Joseph
Clear
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Hi: 59° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 41°
Maryville
Few Clouds
41° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 38°
Savannah
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 41°
Cameron
Clear
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Hi: 56° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 37°
Fairfax
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 58° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 42°
After a beautiful Saturday with lots of sunshine and temperatures topping out in the upper 50s for highs, a weak cold front will pass through Sunday morning.
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