Kelly Cass is an on-camera meteorologist at The Weather Channel who first appeared on air at the network in January 2000. She can now be seen every Saturday and Sunday morning AMHQ Weekends and also fills in during the week.
Before joining The Weather Channel, she was the morning weekday meteorologist at WRGB-TV, the CBS affiliate in Schenectady, NY, where she worked for seven years. While working at WRGB, she was awarded the New York State Broadcasting Award for “best storm coverage” during the blizzard of 1993. She began her career as associate producer and later, weeknight weather weathercaster at WTZA-TV (now WRNN), an independent station in Kingston, NY.
Among her special reports for The Weather Channel, Cass has presented a feature about being selected for a flight in an F-A 18 jet of the Blue Angels unit of the U.S. Navy.
Cass earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Adelphi University on Long Island N.Y. She also holds a certificate of international study from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She holds the Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association, a broadcast meteorologist certificate from Mississippi State University, and is a full member of the American Meteorological Society with the Seal of Approval.
A native of Poughkeepsie, she has a special interest in lake effect snow and winter storms. She is also fascinated by all extreme weather including tropical systems.
Cass was a big athlete growing up, playing varsity soccer, softball and volleyball. While in Korea, she studied tae kwon do, achieving her red belt. She still enjoys outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and skiing. She and her husband have three children.
Where are you from?
I’m from Poughkeepsie, New York
Where did you go to college?
I started my college career at Dutchess Community College, then traveled to Seoul South Korea for a year at Yonsei University. Then it was Adelphi University on Long Island NY where I finished up my Bachelors degree. Finally I completed the broadcast meteorology program through Mississippi State University
What’s your favorite season?
My favorite season is spring, watching everything come back to life! I love the blossoming trees and flowers, and the warmer weather.
How long have you been with The Weather Channel?
I started at The Weather Channel in January 2000.
What’s your favorite weather memory?
My favorite weather memory involves sledding with my brother and sisters in upstate New York. We would also build forts and tunnels in the deep snow.
What is your most memorable/funniest on-camera moment?
Funny on camera moment, probably the time a fly went in my mouth as I was doing the weather. I actually gagged on it, and the anchor came running at me with a fly swatter!
What would people be surprised to know about you?
People might be surprised to learn that I was actually quite shy in school, as well as a tom boy! I was very into sports, playing varsity volleyball, softball and most especially soccer . In fact, I was the MVP and co-captain of my high school varsity team! While in Korea, I also achieved my red belt in Tae Kwon Do!
What sparked your passion for weather?
My passion for weather was the variety of conditions we would experience in upstate N.Y. Everything from intense thunderstorms to lake-effect snow showers. My career was catapulted by the blizzard of 93 though, when in the Albany NY area we picked up 2 feet of snow. We went around the clock covering that storm, and our team earned the AP Broadcast award for best coverage of that storm. Right after that, I got my first TV contract!
If you could only have of piece of weather data what would you choose and why?
Weather data, or equipment? I live by my radar, and love to see where the showers/storms set up. But I am also quite into the wind, not just speed but direction, as that can determine what kind of day we'll have in terms of temperature and systems moving in.
What do you want to say to our fans?
I want to say how much I truly appreciate my fans! I've been doing this a long time, and I've always gotten great feedback from viewers. It can be tough getting up in the middle of the night for the early morning shows, but knowing there are people out there who enjoy my work, and even send me messages on facebook or twitter, makes it all worthwhile!