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

Here’s how you can see the Taurid meteor showers this month
 November is a great month to do some stargazing! Not only will Venus be a great planet to look for before sunrise in the south/southeast sky, but the Taurid meteor showers also are active in the beginning of the month. The debris from Comet Encke is what produces the meteors, and the constellation Taurus is the radiant point. The estimated...

Posted: 13 days ago

November is a great month to do some stargazing! Not only will Venus be a great planet to look for before sunrise in the south/southeast sky, but the Taurid meteor showers also are active in the beginning of the month. The debris from Comet Encke is what produces the meteors, and the constellation Taurus is the radiant point. The estimated...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Pumpkin Edition 
 Fall is here and that means pumpkins are available all over the Miami Valley. A popular spot in Yellow Springs to enjoy all things fall related is at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Farm manager Stuart Young sat down with Storm Center 7 Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs on some hay to talk about the pumpkin crop and what it is...

Posted: 27 days ago

Fall is here and that means pumpkins are available all over the Miami Valley. A popular spot in Yellow Springs to enjoy all things fall related is at Young’s Jersey Dairy. Farm manager Stuart Young sat down with Storm Center 7 Meteorologists Kirstie Zontini and McCall Vrydaghs on some hay to talk about the pumpkin crop and what it is...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Seeing devastation first-hand
 Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It moved over the Panhandle October 10, right over Mexico Beach, Fla.  It was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and ended up the third-strongest in the United States based on pressure...

1:57 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle when it made landfall as a strong Category 4 hurricane. It moved over the Panhandle October 10, right over Mexico Beach, Fla.  It was the first Category 4 hurricane ever to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle, and ended up the third-strongest in the United States based on pressure...
Look for Jupiter this week near the moon 
 Clouds should cooperate Thursday and Friday nights to use the thin crescent moon to find Jupiter. The sun will set around 7 p.m. Thursday with Jupiter setting around 9 p.m.  Use that window to look to the southwest sky to find the moon next to the planet Jupiter. On Friday evening around the same time, look for the moon to the top left...

2:16 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Clouds should cooperate Thursday and Friday nights to use the thin crescent moon to find Jupiter. The sun will set around 7 p.m. Thursday with Jupiter setting around 9 p.m.  Use that window to look to the southwest sky to find the moon next to the planet Jupiter. On Friday evening around the same time, look for the moon to the top left...
Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Fall colors to arrive for the changing season
 Cloudy with a Chance for Podcast traveled outside to Sycamore State Park for this week’s episode. Fall has officially begun and this season produces beautiful color’s across the Miami Valley and the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Urban Forestry Program Manager sat down with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and...

5:30 PM Friday, Oct. 05, 2018

Cloudy with a Chance for Podcast traveled outside to Sycamore State Park for this week’s episode. Fall has officially begun and this season produces beautiful color’s across the Miami Valley and the state. Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Urban Forestry Program Manager sat down with Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini and...
Oktoberfest forecast calls for fall temperatures
 Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of fall. The fall equinox is at 9:54 p.m. Saturday and the weather matches the new season. You might want to put on a pair of jeans and even a sweater this year.  Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. We go from the 90s this week to the upper 60s. Without much sunshine and a breeze, a sweater would...

2:25 PM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

Oktoberfest falls on the first weekend of fall. The fall equinox is at 9:54 p.m. Saturday and the weather matches the new season. You might want to put on a pair of jeans and even a sweater this year.  Saturday: Mostly cloudy and cooler. We go from the 90s this week to the upper 60s. Without much sunshine and a breeze, a sweater would...
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...

6:07 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

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.  ...

3:14 PM Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018

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...

3:09 PM Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018

  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...

10:55 AM Monday, Aug. 27, 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. 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...

3:01 PM Friday, Aug. 24, 2018

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...