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Charles Ewing CROPPEd
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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
  • What you need to know about bounce house safety

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Beach goers in Florida were not prepared when a waterspout hit the beach. The wind gust sent a bounce house flying into the air. Four children were hurt when they tumbled out. Eric Staley, with Greensboro-based Kicks and Giggles Rentals, says this example shows why it is important to watch out for changing weather conditions. “Here in North Carolina we live in a place where we have weather conditions arise. But most of our weather, we have some […]

  • Thomasville Memorial Day Parade

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Parade goers began lining up as early as 9 a.m. to watch the North Carolina Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony in Thomasville. Trisha Payne has been coming to the parade for 11 years. Her favorite spot is the hill that overlooks the parade route into Cushwa Stadium. “We get crazy, we holler a little bit,” she said. While there are plenty of marching bands to cheer for, what really gets Payne’s attention are the veterans marching by. […]

  • Elon University students prepare to serve in Peace Corps

    When students graduate from college, finding a job is their first challenge. But for three Elon University graduates, their challenge involves feeding a village. “To my understanding of Guatemalan culture, there isn’t a lot of food diversity or access to different kinds of foods,” said Elaina Vermeulen, an Elon student who will serve with the Peace Corps after Saturday’s graduation. Vermeulen said her Peace Corps Prep Program classes will help her teach food sustainability. “I don’t know what their organic […]

  • Pools prep for the summer

    For Charles Jackson, the days leading up the Memorial Day weekend are some of his busiest. “This is my season, time for the pools to open up,” he said. Jackson is the special programs superintendent for Greensboro’s Park and Recreation Department. His job is to make sure Greensboro’s four outdoor pools are ready for summer. “Making sure our pools are clean,” he said. “Making sure the chemicals are balanced. Staff on schedule, enough staff for coverage.” The Guilford County Health […]

  • Thomasville community working to prevent future fights at city parks

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Since the beginning of April, Thomasville police have received reports of four fights at city parks. The biggest fight involving teens and young adults happened at Doak Park. Fifteen young adults and six juveniles were charged. “We can’t arrest our way out of it,” says Thomasville Police Chief Jeff Insley. “We have to hold folks accountable for their actions. But we also know there are other issues at play here.” According to Thomasville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Maria […]

  • Piedmont man relieved family in Nepal is safe after earthquake

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — For most of us, the Nepal earthquake feels like it’s thousands of miles away. But for 20 years, Dhan Gurung lived in Nepal. He couldn’t believe the devastation caused by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of his countrymen. “It was shocking, panic for me.” And his concerns grew when Gurung tried several times to get a hold of his father, mother and sister that still live in Nepal. “Try after try, three or four […]

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    Is there more severe weather on the way today?

    After dumping more than two inches of rain across parts of the Piedmont, the rain is finally moving out. Warm muggy air will be in place on Monday afternoon. Plus, during the day Monday, a cold front will move across the area. That’s why scattered showers and thunderstorms will be in the forecast for Monday afternoon. Also on Monday, there is a chance we could see strong to severe thunderstorms. Any thunderstorm on Monday afternoon will be capable of producing […]

  • Sprucing up Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dave Sechrist and his family are staying in Greensboro for a few weeks. While in town, he wanted to visit Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. “We like the beauty and the history. This place is dedicated to a very important battle,” Sechrist said. Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Ranger Vance Noles says the park is now fighting another battle. This time it’s weeds, decay and litter. “Along the roads there’s garbage. We try our best to maintain […]

  • Winter cold creates perfect storm of pollen

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Steven Stetts searches of aisles of Archdale Drug, looking for medicine to stop his pollen-related pain. “I had this for about a week and yesterday I had a bad sinus headache,” he said. Dr. Carter Bobbitt with High Point’s Allergy and Asthma Center says February’s freezing temperatures delayed the beginning of the tree pollen season. So when trees finally began producing pollen, it was also grass pollen season. “It’s bringing out the symptoms a lot more […]

  • Coyotes in the Piedmont: What to do about it?

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — On a spring night, you might hear the eerie sounds of a coyote’s howl to go along with chirping crickets. According to wildlife professional Aaron Burris, the Piedmont has a healthy coyote population. “They are very quick to rebound. Their population can grow quickly. Even through disease and hunting, they can rebound fast,” Burris said. Coyotes cover a wide range and they can adapt to any environment. So you can find them roaming the countryside or […]

  • Greensboro Transit Authority to ask city for money for hybrid buses

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For thousands of Greensboro residents, the bus is the best way to get around town. But Kimberly Driscoll says sometimes the ride can be difficult. “A lot of times it’s very crowded. They need more buses and probably cleaner.” The Greensboro Transit Authority has heard the complaints and they are making changes. The transit authority will ask the Greensboro City Council for over $3 million so they can buy five diesel electric hybrid buses. Hybrid buses are […]

  • Linwood, 5 years after the Piedmont tornado

    LINWOOD, N.C. — After spending most of the day at church, Helen Thorne and her family were looking forward to a quiet Sunday evening at home. Instead, on March 28, 2010, a tornado with winds between 100 and 120 mph roared across Thorne’s southern Davidson County home. “It sound like a train coming,” says Helen Thorne “The wind picked up for about ten minutes.” Thorne, her daughter and grandson huddled together as her home at Linwood’s Chestnut Grove Mobile Home […]


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