Kirstie Zontini

I am thrilled wake up early to be a part of the Storm Center 7 team as the morning meteorologist for Channel 7 and AM 1290/News 95.7 WHIO radio. Growing up in Cleveland, I was exposed to all that Ohio weather has to offer from strong storms to lake-effect snow. It made me curious at a young age to learn why we see the weather we see. That urge to challenge myself and find the answers is something I continue to work towards in each forecast. I graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Broadcast News and a Meteorology specialization. I also completed Mississippi State University’s Broadcast Meteorology Certificate Program and then continued my education further to finish a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology. I am a member of the National Weather Association. In 2017, I am proud to say that I took home an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy award for my work on our team’s severe weather special, “Surviving the Storm.” We also took home a second place award for that same special in the “best documentary” category from the Society of Professional Journalists. Right after graduation I accepted a job in Youngstown, Ohio at WKBN/WYTV as a weekend meteorologist and weekday video journalist. Forecasting for a region greatly influenced by Lake Erie was a wonderful challenge and helped me grow professionally. Between severe weather season and lake-effect snow in the winter, there was never a dull moment. If I’m not in the weather center I am probably outside enjoying the day or looking for a new restaurant to try.    Where were you born? Illinois Where did you grow up? Eastlake, Ohio  What was your favorite TV show then? Rugrats What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  A singer and I have plenty of embarrassing home videos when I was young to prove it.   How might someone have described you in high school?  I think they would say I was friendly and motivated.  I liked to challenge myself so I did everything from taking AP Biology to singing in our show choir.  I made a lot of great friends through the years.   Were you involved in any high school sports?  I played fast pitch softball and was a cheerleader.   What was your first journalism job? My first paid job was in Youngstown, Ohio at WKBN/WYTV as a weekend meteorologist and weekday video journalist.  Northeast Ohio is a challenging part of the state to forecast for with everything from lake-effect snow to severe weather.  First experience ever on-air was doing weather for our nightly newscast on the PBS-affiliate WOUB at Ohio University.   What do you like about your job? I am never bored.  Each day brings a unique challenge to the forecast and that’s exciting to me.   What don’t you like about your job? You don’t always get to sleep as much as you’d like, especially during severe weather season, but the good out weighs the bad.  If not working, what could someone find you doing on a weekend on your time off? Trying to cook something or taking a walk.  I love being outside.   What might people be surprised to know about you? I went zip-lining and loved it!   What would be a perfect day for you? Taking a hike on a beautiful fall day then enjoying a new restaurant for dinner.  I’m not a picky eater at all so I love finding new places to try.   What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Meteorologist? Make sure it is what you really want to do because weather becomes a huge part of your life.  If you’re passionate about what you’re doing long hours won’t matter.   Favorites Favorite book:  The Great Gatsby  Favorite CBS show:  How I Met Your Mother Favorite food:  Italian, especially pizza Favorite hobby:  Cooking Favorite movie:  She’s the Man  Favorite music: Rock  Favorite travel destination:  Chicago.  I go every year with my mom and it’s the highlight of my summer.  

Latest from Kirstie Zontini

Mars, Saturn visible near the moon this week
 Clouds are expected to decrease the next few nights providing a great chance to view Mars and Saturn. September 17 through 19, the two planets will be near the bright waxing gibbous moon. “Head outside after sunset and look to the southern sky once it gets dark,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “It should...

Posted: a day ago

Clouds are expected to decrease the next few nights providing a great chance to view Mars and Saturn. September 17 through 19, the two planets will be near the bright waxing gibbous moon. “Head outside after sunset and look to the southern sky once it gets dark,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. “It should...
Air Force Marathon weather: What to expect
 Unlike last weekend that dealt with the remnants of Gordon, this weekend is looking a lot quieter in the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Wet weather from the remnants of Florence are expected to stay to the south through the weekend, however runners should be prepared for warm and muggy conditions.  ...

Posted: 6 days ago

Unlike last weekend that dealt with the remnants of Gordon, this weekend is looking a lot quieter in the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Wet weather from the remnants of Florence are expected to stay to the south through the weekend, however runners should be prepared for warm and muggy conditions.  ...
Hurricane Lane wettest tropical cyclone on record for Hawaii
   The National Weather Service in Honolulu released rainfall reports from what was once Hurricane Lane and the results changed the record books.  The Mountain View rain gauge collected 52.2 inches of rain which breaks the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Hawaii.  The old record was 52 inches from Hurricane Hiki back...

Posted: 21 days ago

  The National Weather Service in Honolulu released rainfall reports from what was once Hurricane Lane and the results changed the record books.  The Mountain View rain gauge collected 52.2 inches of rain which breaks the record for the wettest tropical cyclone in Hawaii.  The old record was 52 inches from Hurricane Hiki back...
Dayton hit its 3rd heat wave of the summer this week
 In the Miami Valley, a heat wave is classified as three consecutive days or more at or above 90 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. So far this year, Dayton has had 18 90-degree days. August 26, 27 and 28, Dayton hit 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of the summer. June 16 through June 18 and June...

Posted: 22 days ago

In the Miami Valley, a heat wave is classified as three consecutive days or more at or above 90 degrees, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. So far this year, Dayton has had 18 90-degree days. August 26, 27 and 28, Dayton hit 90 degrees making it the third heat wave of the summer. June 16 through June 18 and June...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Wildfires, Earthquakes & Wind Storms of the Pacific Northwest
 This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs talked with Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer from KIRO in Seattle about the challenges that come with living and forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.    You may have seen Seattle in the headlines already as they have dealt this summer...

Posted: 25 days ago

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs talked with Chief Meteorologist Morgan Palmer from KIRO in Seattle about the challenges that come with living and forecasting in the Pacific Northwest.    You may have seen Seattle in the headlines already as they have dealt this summer...
Tips for safe driving in foggy conditions
 Driving in fog can be dangerous but there are steps you can take to stay safe.  Slow down. Give yourself extra time to get to your location especially if it is foggy for a commute
Use your low-beams or fog lights NOT high beams. Highs beams reflect too much off the fog causing glare and making it harder to see the road and what is in...

9:40 AM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

Driving in fog can be dangerous but there are steps you can take to stay safe.  Slow down. Give yourself extra time to get to your location especially if it is foggy for a commute Use your low-beams or fog lights NOT high beams. Highs beams reflect too much off the fog causing glare and making it harder to see the road and what is in...
Sunsets to start earlier as summer winds down
 Heading through the middle of July, summer is in full force. Dayton has reached the point of our warmest daytime high temperature on average, which is 84 degrees. The sunset has also begun to change.   The latest sunsets in Dayton are around 9:08 p.m. As of July 12, the sunset is 9:05 p.m and the daylight hours will continue to shorten...

4:26 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Heading through the middle of July, summer is in full force. Dayton has reached the point of our warmest daytime high temperature on average, which is 84 degrees. The sunset has also begun to change.   The latest sunsets in Dayton are around 9:08 p.m. As of July 12, the sunset is 9:05 p.m and the daylight hours will continue to shorten...
Fireball spotted in Indiana 
  A fireball was spotted July 8 that captured the attention of over 600 people. Reports came into the American Meteor Society from nine states. The fireball sightings were mainly from Iowa but stretched as far away as Indiana. A fireball is just a very bright meteor. It is as bright as the planet Venus. Thousands occur each day but they...

3:45 PM Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018

 A fireball was spotted July 8 that captured the attention of over 600 people. Reports came into the American Meteor Society from nine states. The fireball sightings were mainly from Iowa but stretched as far away as Indiana. A fireball is just a very bright meteor. It is as bright as the planet Venus. Thousands occur each day but they...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast recap show
 Summer is here, and that can mean a lot of vacation time.  Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs are working hard to get schedules lined up and a new podcast dropped. In the meantime, here’s a look back at a few episodes that are available. In mid-March Kirstie and McCall sat down with WHIO anchor and reporter Gabrielle...

8:48 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

Summer is here, and that can mean a lot of vacation time.  Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs are working hard to get schedules lined up and a new podcast dropped. In the meantime, here’s a look back at a few episodes that are available. In mid-March Kirstie and McCall sat down with WHIO anchor and reporter Gabrielle...
Excessive Heat Warning will make for scorching Fourth of July this year 
 The Miami Valley will be heating up this Independence Day! A week spent near 90 degrees will continue for the holiday. Excessive Heat Warning in effect Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. for Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties. The warning is extended for Montgomery county until 8 p.m. Thursday. (Heat Index of 105-110 degrees) A weak...

2:27 PM Monday, Jul. 02, 2018

The Miami Valley will be heating up this Independence Day! A week spent near 90 degrees will continue for the holiday. Excessive Heat Warning in effect Wednesday from noon until 8 p.m. for Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties. The warning is extended for Montgomery county until 8 p.m. Thursday. (Heat Index of 105-110 degrees) A weak...
Strawberry moon, Saturn and Mars visible this week
 This month’s full moon, known as a strawberry moon, will brighten the night sky from late Thursday, June 28 until Friday morning. But don’t expect a ruby-colored sphere in the sky. The moon’s name actually comes from the Algonquin tribe, one of North America’s most populous Native American tribes, who would...

3:23 AM Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

This month’s full moon, known as a strawberry moon, will brighten the night sky from late Thursday, June 28 until Friday morning. But don’t expect a ruby-colored sphere in the sky. The moon’s name actually comes from the Algonquin tribe, one of North America’s most populous Native American tribes, who would...