Meteorologist Lissette Gonzalez has served as the morning and noon weather anchor for CBS4 News since 2007. Viewers can watch Lissette’s weathercasts weekday mornings from 5 am to 9 am and again at noon. She can also be seen venturing outside of the studio to deliver her weathercast from South Florida’s most vibrant events and celebrated venues. Lissette’s weathercast was recently recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a “Florida Award of Excellence.” And she was also selected as one of Brickell Magazine’s “Top 20 Professionals under 40″ and she was featured in Ocean Drive Magazine’s “Beach Patrol: The people who make Miami.” Born and raised in Miami, Lissette is happy to be back home now in South Florida tracking the tropics and forecasting the weather she is so familiar with.
Prior to joining CBS4, Lissette served as the evening Weather Anchor for KTLA’s Prime News in Los Angeles, the number two market in the country. Lissette’s weathercast was recognized by the Associated Press Association of California, Nevada and Hawaii with a Mark Twain AP Award for “Best Weather segment.” She was also nominated for a Los Angeles Emmy Award for her work as host of the KTLA special “Access LA: de todo-Latin Explosion.” Lissette delivered her weathercasts and often covered entertainment news from different venues, events and award shows, including the “Imagen Awards” and the “National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards” where the list of celebrities she interviewed included Andy Garcia, Antonio Banderas, Edward James Olmos, and America Ferrera.
Lissette has had a diverse and impressive career in broadcasting and entertainment on the national and local level. In addition, she has hosted and reported for such nationally syndicated shows as “EXTRA,” “Extra en Espanol,” and “Livin’ Large.” However, she got her start in front of the cameras right here in Miami at the University of Miami anchoring the “Daybreak” and “Primetime” Newscasts on UMTV, and hosting and reporting for the local show “Miami Hoy”(“Miami Today”).
Lissette is a former Miss Miami and Miss Florida. In 1998, she was named second runner up to Miss America, and won over $50,000 dollars in scholarship money, which helped her complete her studies and graduate from the University of Miami with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Music-Vocal Performance. Lissette then starred as “Maria” in the Off-Broadway hit “4 Guys Named Jose and Una Mujer named Maria” in New York and Miami, and was subsequently nominated for the prestigious Carbonell Award. Her success Off-Broadway led to a record deal in 2001 with RCA and she had the opportunity to record with Grammy-award winning music producers and songwriters in both New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
Lissette completed the Broadcast Meteorology program at Mississippi State University with honors and was recognized with an award and inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society for her outstanding academic achievement in the program. She is a member of the local and national American Meteorological Society. Lissette also hosts a weather segment for “The Welcome Channel,” an exclusive 24-hour channel dedicated to providing visitors and locals with information on Miami and its beaches.
Lissette is very active in the community and was recently recognized by the Dania Lions Club with the Lions Club International Medal of Merit Award for her service to the community. This award recognizes individuals who are an asset to their profession and leaders in the community. Lissette frequently visits South Florida schools to speak to students about weather and the importance of education. She supports many organizations including Dream in Green, Amigos for Kids, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, American Red Cross, Women of Tomorrow, Best Buddies and Padres Brillantes. Lissette hosts, performs and participates in many charitable events and is very involved with CBS4′s Neighbors 4 Neighbors programs, including the School House Toy Drive, Adopt-a-Family, among others.
Lissette has teamed up with fellow CBS4 Meteorologist Jeff Berardelli to help raise funds for Broward burn victim Michael Brewer. And she also teamed up with Jeff to host a ”Strike out Cancer” event to help benefit the Children’s Cancer Caring Center Lissette also participates in events including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Research, the annual Celebrity 5K to help benefit Community Partnership for the Homeless, and the Miami Corporate Run.
Lissette is still very passionate about music and has had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem and “God Bless America” at the Heat, Marlins and Dolphins games and at the Sony Ericsson. Lissette also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
It was a very wet and messy Monday across South Florida. Ft. Lauderdale picked up 4.86 inches of rain, breaking the old record of 2.04 inches set back in 1981; Miami received 3.96 inches of rain; and West Palm Beach picked up 6.73 inches of rain.
The average start date for the rainy season is today, May 20th, and starting this afternoon through the middle of the week South Florida will see plenty of rain.
After a dry, breezy and beautiful weekend across South Florida, wet weather will return to our area this week.
A wet and messy morning greeted South Floridians as plenty of rain soaked the area. The rain came from a short wave of energy moving in from the Gulf of Mexico that took the showers and thunderstorms with it into the Atlantic waters, but the rain isn’t done with the area just yet.
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South Florida woke up to a mostly dry morning, but the weekend will see another round storm due to a front on its way to the area.
The same cold front that has spawned severe weather the past few days across much of the U.S. is currently tracking across the Southeast and will be dipping down across the Sunshine state as we head into the weekend.
Another round of storms slammed South Florida overnight and during the morning hours with tons of lightning, gusty winds and torrential downpours due to a low pressure system over the Panhandle.
A dry and quiet start across South Florida will transition into showers and thunderstorms in the late afternoon to early evening courtesy of a low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico and a frontal boundary.
Temperatures didn’t quite drop as far as we expected Friday morning, bottoming out in the low-to-mid 50′s around most of the area, with a few spots dropping to the upper 40′s.