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I always had lots questions about the weather. Why is it snowing? How do hurricanes form? But it was the tornado that rumbled through my childhood Raleigh home that really peaked my interest. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a degree in Atmospheric Science.

A few years later, I received the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. With my degree, I landed my first job at a Fox station in Macon, GA. Tropical storms, flooding rains, tornadoes and drought were some of the weather features that provided a challenge.

Spending four years in Macon can make a North Carolina native home sick. That’s why I am glad to be back in North Carolina, working for Fox 8. Away from work, I like to chase severe thunderstorms, track hurricanes, and hope that one-day NC State gets a good basketball team and cheer loudly for the NC State football team.

Recent Articles
  • Bed and breakfast in High Point competing for international award

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — When you think of trendy boutique hotel locations, you probably think of large cities like Austin, Texas, or far off places like Costa Rica and Kenya. But after an extensive three-year renovation, you might have to add High Point to the list. Louise Traficanti is the creative director for Eastern Accents. Eastern Accents is the new owner of Pandora’s Manor located at 407 W. High Ave. in High Point. “When we came here and saw the […]

  • Rockingham County woman overcomes setbacks, volunteers at outreach center that helped her

    EDEN, N.C. — Every time life has punched Nicole Boswell, she gets back up to fight again. “I live off of the three Ps,” Bowell said. “Prayer, persistence and perseverance.”​ So when Boswell became homeless, she didn’t get down, she got to work. Boswell took advantage of the resources at the “Home of Refuge Outreach” in Eden. Melissa Galloway is the executive director and founder of the outreach center. Galloway recalls meeting Boswell for the first time. “Nicole is a […]

  • Fire ‘extensively damages’ condos in High Point; one firefighter treated

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Between seven and 10 people had to run from their Tarrant Trace condos in High Point early Monday morning as a fire ripped through two units. High Point Fire Chief Thomas Reid was pleased that everyone made it out safely. “These people are very fortunate and I am thankful no one lost their life and no one got hurt,” Reid said. Two units on Tarrant Trace Circle were severely damaged while one has some damage to […]

  • Davidson County improvements will combine history and river access

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Davidson County is moving closer to transforming an area some of us drive by every day. Steve Shell is the Davidson County Board of Commissioners chairman. Shell explains the master plan for the York Hill Yadkin River Access calls for combining river fun with history. With the help of multiple sources like grants and donations, supporters are preparing to break ground on an $800,000 project that will improve access to the river along with providing better […]

  • Randolph County grower expects to have tremendous blueberry harvest

    RAMSEUR, N.C. — Across the Piedmont, one of the warmest Februaries on record was quickly replaced by spring snow and cold. Beverly Mooney, owner of Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur, feared another blueberry season would give her the blues. As it turns out, there were some rays of hope. “The temperatures did seem to bounce,” Mooney said. “We did have early warming in February. But when we had the freezes in March and April, the temperatures bounced pretty good for […]

  • Southwest Renewal Foundation gets grant for greenway in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A few steps away from High Point’s Southside Recreation Center, Paul Siceloff watches as earth movers dig and then smooth out a new pathway for southwest High Point. “We are very excited,” said Siceloff, the secretary/treasurer of the Southwest Renewal Foundation of High Point. His group is backing the effort to build a greenway in the community. “A theme or a focus is to be a heritage trail,” he said. “To identify the historic mill sites […]

  • Stokes County high school graduate gets more than $1M in scholarship offers

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — Seniors at Stokes Early College High School racked up about $4 million in scholarship offers. Trazon Mitchell is responsible for a good part of that haul. “I didn’t want to take out any loans,” Trazon said. “I wanted to pay for everything with scholarships.”​ So he applied for any sized scholarship. Thanks to his laser focus on academics and nearly 5.0 grade point average, Trazon received over $1 million in scholarship offers. “The key in getting […]

  • Piedmont pitmaster combines taste for barbecue, love for helping others

    Southern Barbecue Yankee pitmaster Mike Buchanan is combining the Piedmont’s taste for a barbecue with its love for helping others. With chicken and hot dogs sizzling on the grill, Buchanan explains how he came up with his charitable idea. “The beginning of all of this was at competitions we enter and seeing how many people would come to the competitions for food and couldn’t eat because they couldn’t afford it,” Buchanan said. So the team of two that make up […]

  • Couple living in Eden after fleeing Hawaii lava flow

    EDEN, N.C. — Instead of talking about their dreams, Kevin and Shelia Webb followed their dreams to Hawaii. “We read through the brochure and the magazines and it looked pretty good to us and we thought we’d take a chance and do it,” Kevin Webb said. So in March, they left their friends and family in Oregon and moved to the big island of Hawaii. The couple found a patch of land densely populated with tropical trees where they could […]

  • Flash flood watch for Davidson, Montgomery and Randolph counties from early Monday to Tuesday morning

    As Subtropical Storm Alberto moves closer to the Gulf Coast, the first wave of rain will move into North Carolina. Rain, heavy at times, will spread across North Carolina from south to north on Monday. For the Piedmont, the heavy rain should arrive late morning or early Monday afternoon. After this point, the rain will march across the region in waves. It will not constantly rain on Memorial Day Monday, but the driest part of Monday appears to be Monday […]

  • Local photographer gets letter from President Trump

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — As a little boy, Eddie Hough was always interested in photography and video. So with several cameras and lenses in hand, some dating back to the 1960s, the self-taught photographer traveled across Randolph County. Most of his pictures are black and whites of trees covered with a white fluffy blanket of snow. There are color prints of old farm houses nestled against a fall carpet of gold, red and yellow. And by looking at his picture […]

  • Erwin Montessori students make thank you cards for Alamance Elementary after tornado

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Erwin Montessori Elementary students are busy talking about and coloring their designs. But as a young student reads her card, you can tell this art lesson is different and carries a greater meaning. “Dear Alamance, thank you very much for welcoming us with kindness and a warm smile. I love the school and wish I could be here forever,” said the student. When the Erwin students lost their Greensboro school to the April 15 tornado, Alamance Elementary […]