WeatherWords: An interview with Kristen Cornett, Meteorologist


What’s your earliest weather memory?

I can remember our NOAA Weather radio going off when a tornado warning was issued.  I was barely old enough to read but I remember grabbing a map to see where that county was and if the storm was heading our way.  It was. And that excited me. My parents were like “WHAT?!?!?!”

What’s your favorite weather movie?

Twister! It came out while I was in meteorology school which makes it feel even more special to me.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about the weather?

I think my opinion here changes over time. Right now the first thing that comes to mind is confusing weather with climate. We’ll have an unseasonably cold stretch and folks will say “so much for climate change”. Yeah, that’s not how that works. I really wish people would educate themselves a bit more on this topic.


Meteorologist Kristen Cornett grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and became fascinated with severe weather at an early age.

She attended the University of Kentucky and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in GeoScience with an emphasis in Meteorology.

She earned the Seal of Approval from The American Meteorological Society in 1999, and is a member of the National Weather Association. Kristen joined KMOV 4Warn Storm Team in St. Louis, Missouri, in October of 2007.
She’s chased tornadoes, stood in the eye of a hurricane, and has appeared on MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, Early Today and The Today Show.

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