Kelli McShane

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My passion for weather dates back to before I was capable of spelling the word “meteorologist”.

As a Chicago suburb native, I have experienced all types of weather from the most brutal winters to the most sweltering summers. November 17th, 2013 will always be an important day for me as it assured me that I wanted to pursue broadcast meteorology. A tornado outbreak unfolded in Central/Northern Illinois and I wanted nothing more than to be able to communicate to the public and save lives. My passion for weather dates back to before I was capable of spelling the word “meteorologist”.

Growing up, the local news was always on TV. I recall watching Tom Skilling and Jerry Taft present the weather, longing to do what they were doing. I’ve learned from watching them and mimicking them in my living room as a kid. I wanted to know how to forecast the weather like they did.

After graduating high school in 2014, I began my journey in becoming a meteorologist at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Moving far from home was an exciting challenge. At WKU, I was able to learn everything there is to know about the weather. I was a part of the WKU Storm Team and a forecaster for White Squirrel Weather. I interned at WBKO in Bowling Green and got the true broadcast meteorology experience, and it grew my passion even more. Additionally, I was able to go storm chasing through a course offered at WKU. For two weeks, our group traveled throughout the middle of the country forecasting severe weather and watched it unfold right before our eyes.

In addition to meteorology, I have a degree in Spanish. I am not a native speaker, but I started learning the language at a very young age and it has developed into a bilingual skill set. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Segovia, Spain where I was able to further develop my speaking skills and immerse myself in a new culture.

In my free time, I enjoy experiencing nature, going to concerts, trying new food, and watching sports. I am a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks.

I’m excited to be part of the WYMT Weather Team and to serve the mountain community. I love to get to know people, so feel free to reach out to me anytime.

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