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Vera Jimenez
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Vera Jimenez is KTLA's meteorologist and traffic reporter for KTLA 5 News at 6 and KTLA 5 News at 10.

Vera was born in Mexico and moved to Southern California when she was 3. Most of her family still lives in Garden Grove. She went to Bolsa Grande High School and Santa Ana Community College.

She later attended Cal State Long Beach where she graduated with honors in religious studies. It was during her time at SACC that she started in broadcasting. She interned at KIK-FM in Orange and then got a job producing traffic for Shadow Broadcasting. She landed a fill-in job doing traffic overnights at KFWB-AM. The best learning experience came while at KNX-AM, where she was an airborne traffic reporter.

Vera eventually got a chance to work on television -- first for KABC-TV and then for KCBS-TV, both here in Los Angeles. While at KCBS-TV, Vera went back to school to study meteorology from Mississippi State, earning her certificate in August 2009.

Vera has earned two Emmys, three Golden Mikes and three Golden Pylons.


Recent Articles
  • El Niño Update …

    As in all things weather related, there is still a bit of uncertainty as to whether we will be experiencing an El Niño year or not or if so how strong it will be. However, based on water temperature averages in the Pacific from February to April of this year, the National Weather Service has issued and El Niño Watch. A WATCH means conditions are favorable for an El Niño pattern within the next six months. According to the article […]

  • Cold & Windy …

    Gusty west to northwest winds will impact portions of southwest California through late Tuesday night. The strongest winds will be over the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties and in the Antelope Valley. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are expected. The strongest winds will occur Tuesday afternoon and evening. Click on the image to enlarge.

  • Solspot Surf Report

    Friday will be a great beach day with some playful S swell, warm beach temps, and finally a little break in the gusty winds. Look for clean conditions for most areas and still a little offshore flow, but nothing like we have had the last couple of days. Mix of S-SSW energy (180-200) will hold on Friday while a small WNW-NW windswell pulse tries to slip in from our local outer-waters. The Southern Hemi swell will be smaller than earlier […]

  • The Mercury Rises!

    Strong high pressure over the west coast will continue the hot weather over Southern California through Friday. The highest temperatures are forecast for Wednesday afternoon. It will also be windy and dry, so please keep your eyes open for any smoke and anything suspicious. Please click to enlarge.

  • Santa Ana Winds …

    A ridge of high pressure building into the Great Basin will bring northeast winds tonight through Thursday, with the peak winds expected Wednesday morning. Damaging gusts up to 70 mph are expected across the mountain ridges of the Inland Empire. The ridge aloft combined with offshore flow will also bring significant warming starting Tuesday. Highs are expected to peak on Thursday with coastal areas in the 80s to 90s and valleys in the 90s to near 100 degrees. Humidities will […]

  • Big Weather Changes!

    A fast-moving system will cross southwest California bringing mainly light rain along with gusty southwest to northwest winds. Showers will spread southward across Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Friday night into early Saturday. The best chance of showers will be Friday evening and overnight before sunrise Saturday. Storm totals are expected to be light, between 0.05 and 0.15 of an inch for the coast and valleys. At the foothills and mountains, slightly more, between 0.25 and 0.50 an inch. Snow […]

  • Spring Storm Drops In

    A late season storm will impact California on Friday and Saturday. Early Friday morning, west winds increase over the mountains and deserts. By Friday evening, hazardous sea conditions are also expected. The heaviest precipitation is expected Friday night. Showers will taper off on Saturday morning. Precipitation totals will be highly terrain dependent, with most coastal and valley locations seeing less than 0.15  of an inch, while favored locations along the coastal mountain slopes may see up to 0.75 of an […]

  • A Quick Look …

    Showers are expected to push southeast across the area tonight through Wednesday along with gusty southwest winds. Gusts could reach 35 to 40 mph over the mountains and the Antelope Valley. Showers will bring 0.25 to 0.75 of an inch of rain to most areas tonight through Wednesday afternoon, although the precipitation will be more hit and miss with this second wave of showers. The highest totals are expected over northwestern San Luis Obispo County and eastern L.A. County. Isolated […]

  • April Showers, Bring May Flowers …

    A cool and unsettled weather pattern will affect the region through Wednesday. An upper low pressure system will drop into the northern California waters on Monday, and slowly move southeast across the area through Wednesday. This storm has the potential to bring moderate rain Monday night, with a chance of showers continuing through Wednesday. In addition, cold air aloft associated with this storm will bring the potential for heavy downpours and small hail which could create minor debris flow activity […]