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Mary Kay Kleist

kleist Mary Kay KleistMary Kay Kleist is a meteorologist for CBS 2 Chicago.

Kleist joined CBS 2 Chicago in 2002 and while at the station became a “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” in 2007, the highest distinction in the industry, and earned an AMS Seal of Approval and an NWA Broadcasting Seal of Approval. While at the station, she has won four local Emmy Awards for her work on CBS 2 Chicagos′s broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon. She also provides the morning forecasts for CBS-owned WUSN Radio’s The Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray Morning Show.


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Kleist joined CBS 2 Chicago from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, Mich., where she had worked as a meteorologist since 1999, reporting the weather for the station’s weekend newscasts.

Kleist worked in Tampa, Fla. (1995-99), as the meteorologist for WFLA-TV. While in Tampa, she also reported the weather for The Tampa Tribune and the local edition of CNN Headline News. Kleist also served as weather anchor at WFLA-AM Radio. Kleist first worked in Chicago from 1994-1995 as a weather anchor for WGN-AM Radio and CLTV.

Kleist began her career at WJCL-TV in Savannah, Ga. (1992-94), where she worked as the weekend weather anchor, as well as a health and general assignment reporter, news anchor, photographer, editor and also anchored the local edition of CNN Headline News.

Kleist graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Central Florida in 1992 with a B.A. in Radio and Television.

She later graduated from the Broadcast Meteorology Program at Mississippi State University.

Kleist lives in Naperville with her husband and two children

Weather

Sunshine And Cooler Lakeside This Afternoon; Rain Didn’t Help Drought

The storms that might have woken you up in the wee hours have gone on their way, leaving sunny skies and close to the lake, pleasantly cool temperatures.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

Weather

Warm And Pleasant Afternoon; Thunderstorms For Some This Evening

The clouds earlier in the morning have given way to sunny and pleasant skies, but some areas could be seeing thunderstorms later.

CBS Chicago–07/30/2012

Weather

Sunny And Idyllic Afternoon With Highs Only In The 70s Lakeside

The weather will be idyllic by most estimations for the rest of the day Friday, with the sun shining and the air having a September-like feel with highs just in the 70s along the lake.

CBS Chicago–07/20/2012

Extreme Heat

Chicago Falls Just Shy Of Record For Heat

The temperature is once again expected to rise to 100 degrees on Tuesday, and a heat advisory is in effect for the whole area.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2012

Weather

Tuesday Will Be Another Day Of Extreme Heat

Chicago was bracing for another 100-degree day, prompting emergency officials to ask residents to take precautions.

CBS Chicago–07/16/2012

Weather

Pop-Up Storms Drench Chicago Area

Given the drought we’ve been suffering, Friday afternoon’s messy storms caught a lot of people by surprise.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2012

Weather

Highs To Hit 90 In Some Areas; Look For Rain This Weekend

Parts of the Chicago area are now considered to be in a severe drought, but at least some rain is expected this weekend.

CBS Chicago–07/12/2012

Taste Of Chicago

Picture Perfect Day With Highs In Upper 80s, Lake Cooling As Taste Begins

A picture perfect summer afternoon is in store Wednesday, with just the right weather for enjoying the first day of the Taste of Chicago.

CBS Chicago–07/11/2012

Weather

Breeze To Cool Lakeside Area As High Hits 80s All Around

A pleasant afternoon with a temperate lake breeze is on tap for Tuesday, but the 90s will be back before the week is out.

CBS Chicago–07/10/2012

Weather

Sunny Afternoon Coming With Highs In The 80s, Lake Cooling

The triple-digit heat wave is over at last, a breath of outdoor air no longer feels like a breath of Jello, and walking for miles outside is no longer misery-inducing experience.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2012

Weather

Unseasonably Cool For Monday, But Extreme Heat Coming This Week

The weather is cool and springlike Monday, but don’t get used to it.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2012

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Preschoolers Plagued With Grown-Up Dental Problems

As CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist reports, a growing number of preschoolers have mouthfuls of cavities that require surgery to fix.

06/21/2012

Heat

Heat Wave Has Local Residents Taking Extra Steps To Stay Cool

The sweltering heat continues for a second day Tuesday, as temperatures again climb into the 90s and humidity makes it feel as hot as 100 degrees.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2012

Heat Wave Scorches Most Of The U.S.

Get Ready For Highs In The 90s Through Next Wednesday

Get the air conditioner in the window and make sure your ice tray isn’t empty, because it’s going to feel tropical outside for the better part of a week to come.

CBS Chicago–06/15/2012

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Only 0.01 Inches Of Rain So Far This June

If you’re seeing brown grass and dusty soil, it’s not your imagination – it’s bone dry out there.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2012

Weather

Cooler Temperatures Blow In; No Rain In Sight Anytime Soon

The temperature has cooled down from the sweltering 90s that have been hanging around since the weekend, but conditions remain bone dry after the rain missed most of the area on Monday.

CBS Chicago–06/12/2012

Weather

Warm, Calm And Dry Thursday, But Sticky Heat On Tap For The Weekend

Conditions will be undeniably beautiful for the rest of the day Thursday, but break out the gym shorts and Gatorade this weekend, as steamy heat settles in.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2012

Weather

Cool At The Lake Again, But Sunny And Pleasant

Temperatures will remain cool at the lake for a third day, but it won’t be long before a heat wave sets in.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Weather

Sunny And Cool Again, But Look For Heat And Humidity Come The Weekend

Temperatures will be sunny, but cool, for the rest of the day Tuesday – and once again, temperatures will not exceed the 60s along the lakefront.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Weather

Pleasant And Dry For Rest Of The Day, But Cool By The Lake

Skies will be dry and temperatures pleasant for the duration of the day Monday, but you might need a spring jacket if you’re walking along the lakefront.

CBS Chicago–06/04/2012

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