SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - KEYT-TV and KKFX Fox 11 morning Meteorologist Meredith Garofalo will be leaving Santa Barbara and moving to Denver.
Garofalo, who has been at the station for three and a half years, will be an on-air meteorologist for the national weather network, WeatherNation.
WeatherNation is 100% dedicated to weather and features leading and seasoned meteorologists. When there’s breaking news on weather, WeatherNation taps into expert storm chasers, spotters and journalists to provide weather news, forecasts and information to keep to weather aware and safe.
"As much as I will miss my Santa Barbara family and friends, this opportunity will now allow me to provide you with coast to coast weather updates on a more frequent and comprehensive basis," Garofalo said in a Facebook post. "I plan on bringing the same amount of charisma, personality, and energy into my forecasts with this amazing team!"
Garofalo, a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society, was part of the morning show re-launch on the local ABC affiliate and founding meteorologist and Motivation Monday segment host on the Fox affiliate morning show.
"One of the pioneers of the program is leaving us for a great, new opportunity," KEYT-TV News Director Jim Lemon said in an email to staff. "I'd like to thank Meredith for all of her efforts to help our product grow and thrive across the multiple platforms."
While working in Santa Barbara, Garofalo was named the 2017 Community Partner of the Year by Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties, Voted Santa Barbara's Favorite Meteorologist in 2016 in a Weatherist Poll, and was the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation's 2016 Dancing Under the Stars Champion.
Garofalo was also on the Big Brothers Big Sister's Advisory Council, a Community Council Leader for the American Cancer Society, and three year co-chair for Family Service Agency/Big Brothers Big Sisters Cooking Up Dreams signature fundraiser.
Garofalo's last day on-air will be June 9 and she begins working at WeatherNation on June 19.
WeatherNation is available on DirecTV channel 361, DISH channel 215, Roku, AppleTV, PS4, Smart TVs, mobile devices, tablets, local digital channels and more.
Kelsey Gerckens will succeed Meredith as our full-time weathercaster so be sure to tune in.