People ask me all the time, what made you want to be a weather man? Well, it has never really been a question in my mind. I grew up in Kearney, Nebraska (located in central Nebraska) and the weather there changes just as much as it does here with severe weather and blizzards and all that good stuff. I love it. I remember one time when I was a kid I was out on the lake my family visited often and we were boating when dark clouds started to roll in, the winds picked up, and it just got really eerie very fast. By the time we were able to get the skis and rope in the boat and head back to the dock there were massive white cap waves coming over the boat. I hid under our inner tube with my cousins and I was scared to death and thought that day would be my last. Thankfully, my father is a great driver and we made it back safely. Afterwards, I was so thrilled. How did it happen so fast? One minute it was sunny and calm and the next I was about to die. I was enthralled with weather from then on.
From a very young age family and friends always said I would do something in weather because that's what I always talked about. However, to me it was a hobby not a career. Then, in middle school, I started acting at the local community theatre and my whole world changed. I found my voice and my presence. I went on to do One Act (play competition), Speech, Mock Trial, and Spring Play all throughout high school. Eventually, I realized that if I really wanted, I could actually combine these two hobbies (weather and performing) and make a career as a Broadcast Meteorologist. That was a great realization.
Currently, I am attending the University of Missouri and working towards my Atmospheric Science degree. I cannot wait until I am officially "Meteorologist, Kenton Gewecke." I started at KOMU as a weather intern and I was happy to find that everyone I met welcomed me with open arms. Honestly, KOMU has some amazing and hardworking people working here and I am blessed to have been added to the team in a professional capacity.
When I am not watching the skies, working, in classes, or studying I am most likely in front of a TV or movie screen. I am a huge movie and television enthusiast. I relax best by enveloping myself in a TV show for an hour or watching a good movie. It is nice to just leave this world and all my worries and stresses behind and just be somewhere else for a while. That's my "me time." I also enjoy hiking, road trips, going to a new restaurant, tennis, cooking, and spending time with my friends without my phone. I also love Columbia and Mid-Missouri. It is a beautiful place that always has a new adventure waiting to be had.
Thank you for tuning into KOMU 8 and trusting our Live Doppler 8 First Alert Weather Team for all your weather needs, whether it be day-to-day forecasts or something severe. We do our absolute best to make sure you have the most accurate and up to date forecast possible. We are here for YOU! Also, you should download our KOMU 8 Weather App because they are OUR forecasts, not some computer's and you can also set it to your location and get weather alerts for your area as well as updated Weather On Demand videos straight from our Weather Center that are updated throughout the day.