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
No development expected over the next 7 days, August should become more active
No major issues in the Tropics at the moment, we'll keep a close eye on things as we head in to August.
WEATHER WATCH: Heavy tropical rains could flood streets through Thursday
Multiple rounds of heavy downpours expected this week could trigger Flash Flood Warnings, especially Wednesday and Thursday.
Drainage project could help Galveston after sunny day flooding leaves neighborhood underwater
A proposed storm pump in the Galveston area could bring long-awaited relief to residents who withstand hurricanes and stronger rainstorms.
Was Hurricane Beryl worse than expected? Meteorologist weighs in
Many see Beryl as the worst storm since Hurricane Ike, considering the impacts of both the wind and rain.
Hurricane Beryl's unprecedented nature explained, and what's next for the record hurricane
Hurricane Beryl is the first major hurricane of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season and broke records over the weekend, reaching Category 4 strength. Here's what's next.
Is it getting hotter? How Houston's early summer heat this week compares to that from last June
Is it getting hotter? See what temperatures looked like last year in June as Houston anticipates its first heat wave of the season.
Tropical Storm Alberto slams Texas coast with surge and heavy rains
It's been over 24 hours since southeast Texas began feeling the impact of Tropical Storm Alberto. From tropical storm-force wind gusts to a surge of two to four feet, it's left many along the Gulf underwater.
Red flags fly across Galveston beaches as Gulf storm heads inland
ABC13 Meteorological Elyse Smith was on Galveston Island on Tuesday as red flags flew on the beach, warning of hazardous conditions.
What you should expect with Potential Tropical Storm One this week
The incoming rain from the Gulf is the first kind of tropical-like impact southeast Texas has seen in years. While location for flooding remains uncertain, you're being urged to avoid the roads during the worst of it.
Disaster recovery expert weighs in on how long it takes to rebuild from a derecho
It's pretty rare for a storm like this to happen in our part of the country, as they're more common across the plains and Midwest. But how long will it take to recover from such a storm?