Kent Ehrhardt delivers weekday weathercasts on "News 4 This Morning." Since joining "News 4 St. Louis," Ehrhardt has covered severe weather, including tornadoes, threatening thunderstorms and snowstorms in the Midwest region.
Ehrhardt joined KMOV Channel 4 as Chief Meteorologist in June of 1998, marking his return to St. Louis, his hometown. He graduated from Pattonville Senior High School.
Ehrhardt's forecasts can also be seen everyday in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis' daily newspaper.
Ehrhardt was widely recognized for his expertise in severe weather coverage as the Chief Meteorologist for 13 years at WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida. His career highlights include round-the-clock coverage of hurricanes Andrew, Gilbert, Hugo, Gordon and Erin. His forecasts were also available in numerous newspapers as well as on radio throughout south Florida. Ehrhardt was honored with several awards for his superior hurricane coverage including The Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference Media Award and The National Hurricane Conference Media Award. Ehrhardt was also honored with the Missouri Broadcasters Association Best Weathercast Award in 1999 and 2002.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Southeast Missouri State University and is certified in Advanced Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ehrhardt also earned science and meteorology credits from Portland State University, Lyndon State College, Palm Beach Community College and various conferences and workshops. In addition, he has earned the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association Seals of Approval. He has served as a Board Member of the National Weather Association and in 1995 was named Member of the Year.
Ehrhardt has been named the "Official Meteorologist" for the American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri (ALAEM) and, as such, lends his expertise to that organization in their role of assessing and reporting air quality in our viewing area. In partnership with the ALAEM, Ehrhardt provides viewers with the 4 Warn Aircast, an exclusive daily forecast broadcast on "News 4 St. Louis" (from mid-May through mid-September) in which he forecasts the next day's air quality.
The 4 Warn Aircast is an annual informational campaign that educates viewers on the health hazards of poor air quality. The campaign also encourages residents to make proactive changes to reduce or eliminate ozone-producing activities during this critical season, in an effort to reduce the ground level ozone pollution and to help St. Louis clean the air.
In addition, Ehrhardt is the "Official Meteorologist" of the St. Louis Attractions Association, a non-profit organization representing more than 140 of the metropolitan area's top attractions. He has also served as "Official Meteorologist" for several of St. Louis' largest events.
Giving back to the community is important to Ehrhardt. Throughout the year, he appears at many local schools, churches and non-profit events. In 2000, the St. Louis Chapter of Special Olympics asked him to join their Resource Development team. Ehrhardt was very active with Special Olympics when he was in Florida. In fact, he was inducted into the Palm Beach County Special Olympics Hall of Fame in 1999, in recognition of his many years of service there.
Ehrhardt said that he had no plans of leaving the West Palm Beach area, but then the call came that he couldn't refuse. When he accepted the position as Chief Meteorologist at KMOV Channel 4, colleagues who learned he was leaving knew immediately where he was moving. "They knew the only place I'd go was St. Louis. I'd talked to them forever about the great sense of community here, about how there's no better place in the world to raise children," Ehrhardt said.
Ehrhardt's love for the city is limitless. He finds beauty and enjoyment in all aspects of St. Louis, including the people, the traditions, the food and the scenery. He considers the Arch, Busch Stadium and the Budweiser sign on Highway 40 as his favorite landmarks here.