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

Dayton hits first heat wave of 2018
 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. Dayton saw two 90 degree days in a row in May and this weekend, we added two more. It  officially hit 92 degrees Monday making this stretch an official heat wave in Dayton...

Posted: 2 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. Dayton saw two 90 degree days in a row in May and this weekend, we added two more. It officially hit 92 degrees Monday making this stretch an official heat wave in Dayton...
May weather highlights and June outlook 
 May was one for the record books! Here are five things to know about this past month.  Dayton ended up the second warmest May on record with an average temperature of 70.5 degrees at the Dayton International Airport. The warmest on record was 71.3 degrees set back in 1896. 
 Dayton hit 90 two times and they were consecutively...

Posted: 15 days ago

May was one for the record books! Here are five things to know about this past month.  Dayton ended up the second warmest May on record with an average temperature of 70.5 degrees at the Dayton International Airport. The warmest on record was 71.3 degrees set back in 1896.   Dayton hit 90 two times and they were consecutively...
When to spot International Space Station flyover in Dayton this week
 There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Thursday the ISS will appear in the west/southwest sky at 9:25 p.m. It will pass by in six minutes reaching up 53 degrees above the horizon before disappearing in the northeast sky. The space station...

Posted: 29 days ago

There will be several chances to see the International Space Station fly over Dayton this week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Thursday the ISS will appear in the west/southwest sky at 9:25 p.m. It will pass by in six minutes reaching up 53 degrees above the horizon before disappearing in the northeast sky. The space station...
When, where to spot Venus in night sky this week
 Look for Venus in the sky the next few evenings. About an hour after the sun sets at 8:45 p.m., Venus will be visible near the very thin crescent moon. The moon will be below Venus May 16. On May 17, the moon will be right next to Venus, and on May 18, the moon will be above the planet. Venus will be very bright in the evening sky and it...

11:22 AM Wednesday, May. 16, 2018

Look for Venus in the sky the next few evenings. About an hour after the sun sets at 8:45 p.m., Venus will be visible near the very thin crescent moon. The moon will be below Venus May 16. On May 17, the moon will be right next to Venus, and on May 18, the moon will be above the planet. Venus will be very bright in the evening sky and it...
How to spot the planet Jupiter through weekend
 Wonder what the bright looking star is at night in May? It is likely Jupiter you are seeing! May is a big month for the planet. On May 8, Jupiter was at opposition or exactly opposite of the sun. This made it the brightest in the night sky it will be all year. The opposition of Jupiter just means it is opposite of the sun as seen from earth...

1:33 PM Thursday, May. 10, 2018

Wonder what the bright looking star is at night in May? It is likely Jupiter you are seeing! May is a big month for the planet. On May 8, Jupiter was at opposition or exactly opposite of the sun. This made it the brightest in the night sky it will be all year. The opposition of Jupiter just means it is opposite of the sun as seen from earth...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Storm Talk with Chief Meteorologist from Tulsa
 Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott from Tulsa, Oklahoma called into Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast to talk Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini about his experiences as a chief in “tornado alley.”  James explained he’s a fourth generation Okie (a native to Oklahoma). Aydelott said growing up in...

2:40 PM Friday, May. 04, 2018

Fox 23 Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott from Tulsa, Oklahoma called into Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast to talk Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs and Kirstie Zontini about his experiences as a chief in “tornado alley.”  James explained he’s a fourth generation Okie (a native to Oklahoma). Aydelott said growing up in...
How to spot the full ‘pink’ moon and Jupiter
 Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said.  “The full moon this month...

11:03 AM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

Mostly clear skies are expected this weekend, leading to good viewing conditions for a full moon, with Jupiter also visible near the moon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.  The full “pink” moon is Sunday night and clear skies are expected, Zontini said.  “The full moon this month...
Daylight starting to increase across region
 Despite most of April feeling like winter, one thing you may have noticed that doesn't shift is the fact that our days are getting longer! The sunset as of April 17 is already past 8:15PM.  From now through April 30 we will gain about 31 minutes of daylight. That means even on the coldest of spring days, you get those extra hours of...

3:03 PM Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Despite most of April feeling like winter, one thing you may have noticed that doesn't shift is the fact that our days are getting longer! The sunset as of April 17 is already past 8:15PM.  From now through April 30 we will gain about 31 minutes of daylight. That means even on the coldest of spring days, you get those extra hours of...
By the numbers: Spring snowfall
 Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016.    >> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9.  Union 1.2"...

10:01 AM Friday, Apr. 06, 2018

Most of the Miami Valley woke up to snow on the grass Monday morning. The most recent year that had snowfall that accumulated around this time was 2016.    >> RELATED: Mild day today; snow showers possible tonight, Sunday evening Totals ranged from a dusting to about an inch the morning of April 9.  Union 1.2"...