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WeatherNation Named “WRN Ambassador of Excellence”

16 Oct 2021, 3:00 am

WeatherNation has been named a NOAA Weather Ready Nation “Ambassador of Excellence for 2021“. The entire team at WeatherNation is humbled by this recognition!

From WRN 2021 Ambassadors of Excellence Tour

The National Weather Service founded the WRN Ambassador program as an “effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events”. Ambassadors are “making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards.”


There are over 11,000 Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors throughout the country!

You can also become a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador with NOAA. For more information, click here.

Throughout this year we have worked with WRN to bring you technological advances, preparedness tips and survival stories. Below is a list of some of those stories:

Building a Weather-Ready Nation: SKYWARN Storm Spotter Program

Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Safe Place Selfie Day

Building a Weather-Ready Nation: Hot Car Dangers

Weather-Ready Nation: Lightning Strike Survivor

Thank you to WRN and NOAA for recognizing WeatherNation with this honor, we are excited to continue the mission of building a Weather Ready Nation!

About the author
Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.