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
  • 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 […]

  • FOX 4’s Cooking with Karli recipes

    Chicken Spiedini Ingredients: Four 6oz boneless skinless chicken breast halves ¾ cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup Amogia Sauce (recipe follows) Directions: 1. Place chicken breasts between sheets of plastic film; pound chicken gently with a meat tenderizing mallet until very thin, about 1/4 inch thick. 2. In a mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. 3. In shallow dish, combine olive oil and melted butter. 4. Dip chicken into […]

  • Training Tip: It’s Race Week!

    Race director, Beth Salinger, stopped by the Fox 4 studio to talk about what you need to know for race week.  For more information on the Hospital Hill Run, or to volunteer for race day, visit their website: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com

  • Training Tip: Dealing with the Heat

    This week we talk to Margaret E Gibson, MD from UMKC School of Medicine.  She discusses how to handle the heat while running.  For more information on the Hospital Hill Run, or to volunteer for raceday, visit their website: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com

  • Training Tip Tuesday: Overcoming the Hill

    In this week’s training tip, Dina Myers, Wayne Hobbleman and Karen Raymer discuss tips to overcome the hills and hitting the wall.  For more information on the Hospital Hill Run, visit their website: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com

  • Training Tip Tuesday: Eating the Right Foods

    Nancy Treu talks about the proper foods to eat leading up to the Hospital Hill run. For more information on the Hospital Hill Run, visit their website: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com

  • Training Tip Tuesday: Proper Stretching

    This week’s training tip is about the proper ways to stretch pre and post run.  Dr. Iodice has some tips for the right things to do to prevent injury.  For more information on the Hospital Hill Run, visit their website: http://www.hospitalhillrun.com

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