Elyse Smith
Elyse Smith a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist for KTRK-TV in Houston, TX. She arrived in The Lone Star State after spending three years in Buffalo, NY at the NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV. Elyse's career began in 2017 at KRCG-TV in central Missouri. Since then, Elyse has covered some of the most extreme weather in and out of the studio. This includes the historic November 2022 Lake Effect Snowstorm nicknamed "Snowvember 2.0", the Buffalo Christmas Blizzard of 2022, and the EF-3 Jefferson City Tornado, to which she earned a National Murrow Award for her coverage of the storm. Her most recent accomplishment was earning the 2022 Best Weathercast award from the New York State Broadcaster's Association. Elyse has also been featured in the Washington Post, Bloomberg, CBS News Radio and Missouri Magazine.

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She's a sunny, optimistic self-proclaimed 'science nerd!'

Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Elyse's interest in weather was sparked by a tornado siren that was next to her backyard at her childhood home. Her curiosity for the weather never ceased, eventually leading her to Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana from which she graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology with minors in Mathematics & Theatre in 2017. While attending Valpo, Elyse gained experience through her internships with James Spann and Tom Skilling, and served as the Social Chair, Vice President, and President of the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the AMS/NWA. After graduation, she stayed involved with both the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and National Weather Association (NWA), volunteering on several boards and even presenting at national conferences. Elyse is currently serving as the Program Chair of the AMS Early Career Leadership Academy, from which she is a graduate of as well.

And when she's is not at the office or out in the stormy weather, Elyse enjoys yoga, reading a great book, and attempting new recipes. Her favorite sport is football, but don't blame her if her NFL team loyalties lie outside of Texas. And as an avid cruiser, she's ready to plan a vacation from Galveston! Elyse is looking forward to exploring Houston and discovering what this part of the world has to offer.

Elyse's Stories
Flood Watch in effect until 10 p.m. south of Houston
A surge of Gulf moisture is producing slow-moving thunderstorms that have already dropped half a foot of rain some neighborhoods south of Houston.
Philippe staying clear of the US
The Gulf remains quiet, but things are still active in the Atlantic Basin.
Houston area could see delayed oncoming of ragweed season as city still under late summer drought
ABC13 Meteorologist Elyse Smith sat down with Dr. Duyen Nguyen, an allergy and immunology doctor with Memorial Hermann, who recommends what those who suffer from severe allergies should do to combat the late-onset.
Several Houstonians focused on protecting properties for future flood events
Many Houston homeowners are opting into flood insurance due to the risks of home flooding. Experts tell ABC13 on why investing in flood insurance is necessary to avoid financial crisis.
What the rest of hurricane season could look like after tropics have been active recently
Experts say we're over halfway through hurricane season and past its peak. With the tropics currently active, here's what we expect for the rest of the season.
Ike 15 years later: Looking back on lessons learned from storm that made landfall in Galveston
It has been 15 years since Hurricane Ike made landfall, claiming dozens of lives and causing billions of dollars in damage in Southeast Texas. ABC13 looks back on what we've learned from it.
Business owner recalls reservoir flooding 6 years after Harvey: 'You're never prepared for that'
Six years after Hurricane Harvey, a small business owner shares the struggles he faced. Learn more about his ongoing recovery process and how to prepare for future floods.
More Americans believe climate change is happening, but talk of fixes still polarizing
Two-thirds of Harris County adults believe climate change is happening, but one professor points out the difficulty of a transition from fossil fuels, which the Houston area depends on.
Regenerative art structure, Arco del Tiempo, brings green energy & much-needed shade to Second Ward
The regenerative art installation emits light as the sun moves across the sky and shines on different portions of the sundial. The one-of-a-kind structure is expected to bring green energy and much-needed shade.
Weathering Tomorrow: Houston's top impacts from climate change by the year 2050
Data is projecting nearly three decades to what our climate will be like in the year 2050. Here's what we found out.