Kyle Mounce

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I remember an Indiana severe weather outbreak from when I was in middle school. The TV meteorologists were doing continuous coverage and talking about how serious the situation was. That's where my fascination with weather began. I wanted to know how weather worked. What causes a storm to form? How can it rain in one spot and not another? Each day, I look forward to bringing you the forecast and information you need to plan your day.

Q: What was your first job?
A: My very first job was to copy/transfer patient files in a doctor's office. My first on-air job was at WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Ill. I was a weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: Castle, Modern Family, Friends and Law & Order

Q: What is favorite way to spend a day off?
A: Now that I'm back in Indy, I get to spend a lot of my time with family. I also enjoy exploring downtown museums and trails or taking a weekend road trip.

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A:  Bazbeaux

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: Winter weather forecasting -- not only can precip amounts be a challenge, but the type can be too. There's a big difference between the impact of .25" of snow and .25" of ice.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: I've covered so many weather disasters, it's difficult to pick just one. So, here's one from each city I've worked in:
1) The Indiana tornado outbreak of November 2013, the 3rd-largest outbreak in Indiana's history.
2)  The ice storm of 2009, which paralyzed parts of KY, IL, TN & MO for a month.
3)  The destruction of an EF-2 tornado that hit part of the University of Iowa. I had never seen anything like it, at least in person. It just amazed me how people's lives could be changed in seconds.

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Just one?  Clue.  Makes me laugh every time.

Q: Favorite book?
A: Going back to my childhood, it was "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."  I can't remember how many times I checked it out of the library.

Q: What's on your iPod?
A: I like a wide range of music. You'll find everything from new pop and country to jazz.

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A:  I had the deepest bass voice in my high school choir.

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Don't take life too seriously.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: The beach! Panama City is a favorite because of the calm, emerald water.

Q: Proudest career moment?
A:- Earning my AMS and NWA Seals of Approval.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: I have a dog named Cali.  She's a 4-year-old Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix.

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: running errands, doing house work, hanging out with family and friends.  Nothing too special, and probably sounds pretty familiar.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: People who don't use their turn signals.

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into the business?
A: Practice! Take advantage of an internship and get as much experience as you can. The more polished you are, the better your chance of standing above the rest.

Q: When you have visitors to Indy, where do you take them?
A: We usually go to the zoo or one of the many museums in the city. Do a little shopping and search out somewhere new and local to eat.

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: Riley Hospital. They have done so much for my nieces.

Q: When was the last time you tried something new?
A: I tried snow skiing for the first time last year. I spent most of the time falling down the hill.

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: I have to say it's my iPhone. There is so much I use it for. I feel lost without it.

Q: Favorite childhood memory
A: A large group of my family used to take vacations to Monticello, IN.  We would rent a cabin, take our boat out on Lake Shafer and spend evenings at Indiana Beach.

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: Walking on the roof of my childhood home comes to mind. I don't mind heights, when I'm in a building or on a roller coaster. Put me on the roof, and I turn into Spiderman. I put as much of myself in contact with the roof as possible. So yeah, roofing wouldn't be a good job for me.

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: Kevin Gregory has been my mentor since before high school. I'm fortunate to now work with him each week.

Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: I would have probably pursued a career as a pilot, or something with aviation.

Q: If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would do?
A: I'd schedule a golf trip with my sons to St. Andrew's in Scotland.

Q: If you could witness any event, past or present, what would it be?
A: One of the Apollo missions, as a member of the crew

Q: What is your proudest achievement?
A: Being the first of my family to graduate from college. It has helped me get where I am today, and I'm pretty darn happy with where things have led me.
 

Kyle Mounce is excited to return home to Indiana as a weekend meteorologist for RTV6.

Kyle grew up in Avon, where his fascination with weather started at a young age. He knows just how crazy our weather can be and that’s what keeps Kyle passionate about forecasting and tracking weather.

Kyle might seem to have "one of those faces" you've seen before. That's probably because he worked with StormTeam 6 as a fill-in meteorologist in 2011.

Kyle's career with RTV6 actually started back in 2003 when he signed on as a volunteer for Call 6. Soon after volunteering, he began learning about forecasting the weather from chief meteorologist Kevin Gregory as a weather intern.

Before Kyle jumped in front of the camera, he completed his meteorology studies at Mississippi State University. He also graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Indiana University.

Kyle’s forecasts also hold the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and National Weather Association (NWA) seals of approval.

In 2005, Kyle began bringing viewers in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa accurate forecasts to help them plan their day. After two years of harsh winters, he moved south to Paducah, Ky., and began working at WPSD-TV.

During his more than five-year stay in Western Kentucky, he covered historic flooding, an ice storm, severe weather and everything in between.

When the weather is calm, you'll likely find Kyle enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends. However, no matter what he's doing, he always has one eye on the weather.

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