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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
  • FOX4 Forecast: Winter Weather Advisory starts at 6pm for the metro

    Stay Weather Aware today! We’re starting out cloudy with temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Temperatures will be stay above freezing so expect a cold rain before transitioning to snow. A Winter Weather Advisory go into effect at 6 p.m. in Kansas City and last through noon Saturday. For areas north of the metro, a Winter Storm Warning is in place. The latest on the timeline, snow totals and what to expect for Chiefs Sunday in the update 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!

  • Straight-line winds: How do they differ from tornadoes and how destructive can they be?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was one year ago that the metro had one of its biggest severe weather outbreaks in recent history. Between Kansas and Missouri, we had 12 confirmed tornadoes. But it’s not just tornadoes that can be destructive. Last year on this day, there were almost 100 reports of wind causing damage on both sides of the state line. Shingles were ripped off homes, and trees and power lines were downed. The wind even toppled semitrailers! And […]

  • Danish practice helps you get cozy and really embrace the gray days of winter

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It`s no secret that Kansas City has had its fair share of gray skies and cold days this winter, but if you knew there was a way to make those gloomy days more enjoyable, would you try it? It centers around a Danish practice called, “hygge” and the concept of cozy. Watch the video above for FOX4 Karli Ritter’s report that could help you embrace the final few weeks of winter. “Kind of connecting with friends, […]

  • Pictures: Your wooly worms predict winter forecast

    Note: Karli Ritter, FOX 4 meteorologist, originally posted this in September 2014, but it still applies today! It’s that time of the year, fall is here and people are getting their first taste of cooler weather. With the reminder that snow, ice and bitterly cold air isn’t too far away, I start getting asked what my thoughts are on the upcoming winter. While I do certainly look at several meteorological websites, air and sea temperatures and overall weather patterns, I […]

  • Persimmons have forecasting abilities in Missouri folklore

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Move over Punxsutawney Phil. Missouri has its own way to predict the weather. Folklore holds that the shape of the seedling inside a persimmon seed can predict upcoming winter conditions. University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist Patrick Byers says there’s no research that backs up the folklore. But that didn’t stop him from collecting fruit from persimmon trees in Lawrence, Newton, Webster and McDonald counties. His evaluation of 102 seeds suggests this coming winter in the Ozarks […]