Karli Ritter joined FOX4 in March of 2007 and forecasts for FOX4 News from 4:30-9:00 a.m.

Karli’s passion for weather started at a young age while she was growing up in central Florida. In between the afternoon thunderstorms, she would often track every hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on her own personal tracking map. Then she saw a waterspout in the Florida Keys… she was hooked!

Her passion led her from central Florida to the panhandle, where she studied at Florida State University. While there, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. During her time at FSU, her involvement with a student-run weather show started her on the path to becoming a television meteorologist. After graduation, she worked in Sarasota, Fla, and Montgomery, Ala.

Since moving to Kansas City, Karli has become involved with many charities around town including Heroes for Hospice, which she co-founded. She also earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in November 2007 from the American Meteorological Society. Karli also enjoys storm chasing but has scaled back now that she has a daughter to chase instead.
When she’s not in the FOX4 Weather Center, Karli enjoys honing her new mom skills, traveling, cooking, fishing, yoga, running (three marathons and counting!), spending time on a boat and playing or watching any sport.

Karli, her husband, daughter and son are so happy to call this part of the country home.


Recent Articles
  • Garry’s Forecast: A few morning showers

    Fog has started to develop in a few areas and some of us are under a dense fog advisory until 9am Sunday morning. Rain should hold off during the daylight hours before showers and storms develop in the evening hours. Joe’s latest podcast is with a familiar face here in KC…former TV weatherman Joel Nichols. He’s worked at a couple of TV stations here in the Metro and has had a great career over the years. In part 1 we […]

  • What you need to know to get a good haul when you go morel mushroom hunting

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Morel mushroom hunting is serious business in this part of the country. The annual Morel Mushroom Festival is this weekend in Richmond. The frenzy is growing as we approach the peak of the season, and this season is even better than years past. Most of the metro was sick of all the cold and snow the Kansas City area saw not long ago. But morel mushroom hunters are loving that harsh winter now. All that snow […]

  • If you need another reason to plan a trip to Iceland

    Karli Ritter takes you underground in northeast Iceland to explore ice caves. For more information on Anton’s company, Geo Travel, click or tap here. For more information on Vogafjos Dairy Farm, click or tap here. For more information on the Myvatn Nature Bath, click or tap here.

  • Karli Ritter explores northeast Iceland

    Travel through northeast Iceland with Karli Ritter as she embarks on day two of her second tour of the country. For more information on Anton’s company, Geo Travel, click or tap here. For more information on GeoSea, click or tap here.

  • Travel back to Iceland with Karli Ritter as she searches for the Northern Lights

    Karli Ritter returns to Iceland during Northern Lights season. Travel with her on day one as she searches for them. For more information on Icelandair Hotels, click or tap here.  

  • How much snow will KC get this winter? FOX4 meteorologists share their predictions

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It has never happened before. Back to back to back years with single digit snowfall. The winter of 2015-16 saw 5.9”. The winter of 2016-17 was only 4.9”. And last winter, 2017-18 had 7.7”. Big snows have been non-existent. You have to go all the way back to February 4, 2014 to find a day that has had 3 or more inches of snow! This past winter’s dendrite deficit led us into a prolonged summer drought. Some […]

  • Everything you need to know to travel through Iceland like Karli Ritter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s no secret that Meteorologist Karli Ritter loves to travel. So when Icelandair launched Kansas City’s first nonstop transatlantic flight, Karli hopped on the flight and set out for the adventure of a lifetime. The pictures and videos were stunning and had many asking how they could complete a similar trip. Below you’ll find Karli’s full itinerary that gets you around Iceland in three days. Click or tap here for details on how to score a $349 […]

  • A city for all ages, Karli Ritter gives a tour of downtown Reykjavik

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland — During her tour of Iceland, Karli Ritter said the country’s capital is a city on the rise. Cranes and bustling tourism show that downtown Reykjavik is exploding. In the video at the top of the page, Karli goes to the water’s edge, marina, the city’s concert hall and conference center, and takes a drive to a destination right outside the city that is a hub for art, history and music lovers.

  • Karli Ritter takes us on a tour of Reykjavik’s history

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland — FOX4’s Karli Ritter is a history buff, and Iceland’s largest city is rich with history… really old history. She starts at the Arbaer Open Air Museum where architecture and actual homes from years’ past are on display. She then goes back downtown, and further back in time at The Settlement Exhibition, where ancient ruins dating back to the year 871 are on display. See all of her historic tour in the video at the top of the […]

  • “Into the Glacier”: Karli Ritter takes you under the ground and into the ice

    LANGJOKULL, Iceland — Did you know  1/10 of Iceland’s surface is covered in ice? When FOX4’s Karli Ritter traveled along Kansas City’s first nonstop transatlantic flight, she found herself taking part in the “Into the Glacier” experience. Like the lava caves, this experience begins two hours outside of Reykjavík, but the similarities stop there. Old German missile transport trucks have been remodeled to transport visitors to the top of the glacier. An app controls the ever changing tire pressure so they […]

  • What’s on the menu? Karli Ritter tastes Icelandic cuisine

    REYKJAVÍK, Iceland — When Americans think of European cuisines, most instantly think the rich flavors of French, Italian, or Greek. But on her trip to Iceland, FOX4’s Karli Ritter got to see what the northern island nation has to offer. Icelanders enjoy a wide variety of fish, prepared in every way from fried, to pickled, to dried jerky. Iceland imports much of its meat, but raises quite a bit of lamb, making it quite common to find on Icelandic menus. […]

  • Karli Ritter explores Iceland’s mightiest lava cave

    ICELAND — Beneath the gorgeous, green, rolling hills and cascading waterfalls of Iceland are countless meandering lava caves. The volcanic island nation is (literally) a hotbed of geothermic activity, with hot springs and vast fields of lava rock a mainstay of Icelandic scenery. Karli Ritter toured Víðgelmir, the country’s largest lava cave, and FOX4 cameras were rolling to bring you along for the trip!

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