Rosie Newberry is the newest full-time addition to the Live Doppler Eight First Alert Weather Team. Newberry started with KOMU 8 in 2010 and served as a weekend weathercaster and a fill-in weekday weathercaster until she was named daytime weathercaster in September 2012. You can catch her during KOMU 8 News at Noon and KOMU 8 News at Five.
I originally hail from Springfield, MO, where I graduated from Glendale High School in 2006. Although not everyone knows this, Springfield is actually renowned for its extreme weather variability. I grew up knowing that late spring and early summer meant severe thunderstorms … or, in a child’s eyes, code for playing card games in the basement! Winter would inevitably bring inches upon inches of snow, where school would be canceled and we would spend all afternoon sledding/sliding/slipping on the huge hill in front of my house. Being raised right here in Missouri was a wonderful way to get me started on the path to meteorology: Encountering all four seasons every year certainly makes one appreciate change!
I didn’t always know I wanted to be involved in atmospheric science, though. I received my undergraduate degree in 2011 here at the University of Missouri in Classics, with an emphasis in Latin. Communication fascinates me, and I hope to be able to broadcast in multiple languages someday. I made the switch to get a Master of Science degree in meteorology in the fall of 2011 and am currently working under the amazing faculty in the Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS) Department at MU. I came to KOMU 8 in the fall of 2010, wishing to shadow the fantastic full-time staff here at the station. Under them, I have grown exponentially and continue to try every day to learn something new. My policy is to bring you the most up-to-date forecast for each day and to let you know how the weather is going to impact you.
In addition to bringing you the weather, I love getting out in the community and working with various charities, including MDA and Special Olympics. I also love working in schools around Mid-Missouri, teaching kids about weather facts and severe weather safety.