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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
  • Frustration grows over illegal dump site near Eden

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County Code Enforcement Officer Kelly Howell can’t believe an illegal dump site outside of Eden has doubled in size. “It’s a hazard to the community. No telling what’s living in that, chemicals leach out. We don’t know what’s in there,” Howell said. Sinks, tires, lumber and vinyl siding litter the site. Code enforcement officers have increased their patrols, but they still cannot find the people responsible for dumping what officers call commercial debris. That’s why […]

  • Community paramedics proposal in Forsyth County

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Ambulances with Forsyth County Emergency Services are constantly coming and going from their East Fifth Street base. The division can get as many as 140 calls per day. But Emergency Services Director Dan Ozimek says some of those calls don’t require an ambulance. So he’s looking to bring community paramedics to Forsyth County. “We are excited about it. It’s a shift. We are used to going out assessing, treating and taking the patient to the emergency […]

  • Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad raising funds for sonar equipment

    MADISON, N.C. — The Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad has a base at Belews Lake because the squad responds to at least one drowning call a year. Chief Rusty Gray says searching the lake for a drowning victim can be difficult. Belews Lake straddles four counties. Plus divers have a tough time seeing in the murky lake water. “Visibility is near nothing. You are basically in the dark,” he said. After spending 15 hour shifts on Belews Lake last April searching for […]

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    Are we finally done with winter weather in the Piedmont?

    Sunday afternoon highs were in the 50s – a great day to wash the salt off of your car or truck. But don’t get used to the warmth because cold air is returning. At the same time, some jet stream energy will bring rain showers into southern North Carolina. Some of this moisture could meet the colder air returning to the Piedmont. So there’s a small chance we could see light rain or freezing rain across the Piedmont. Along the […]

  • Local growers fighting blueberry eating bugs

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Good weather is not the only thing a farmer needs to grow a good crop. Rockingham County blueberry grower David Moore says a successful farmer needs to spend time in the classroom. “When you are growing a crop to sell to the public, you need to know everything. A lot of science and research, more than just the growing process,” he said. So on Tuesday afternoon, Rockingham County blueberry growers grabbed their pen and pad and […]

  • Affordable Care Act deadline approaching

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Time is running out if you plan to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 15. That’s why volunteers from community and health care organizations are going into the community to help people renew their policies and sign up new customers. “Everyone needs to able to go to the doctor for their annual exam, get prescriptions at a reasonable cost, all are reasonably priced plans” says Kathy Haughton, enrollment […]

  • Protecting people from measles in Guilford County

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The measles outbreak that is sweeping across 14 states is creating a debate between public safety and parental rights advocates. In Guilford County, Immunization Supervisor Vicki Smith believes required child vaccinations are protecting kids from getting measles. “It’s kind of surprising. We’ve seen 14 states with cases of the measles. Unfortunately a lot of the cases are children that have not been vaccinated,” Smith said. Smith works for the Guilford County Department of Health and Human […]

  • Environmentalists still concerned 1 year after massive coal ash spill

    EDEN, N.C. — Environmental and water quality reports say the Dan River is recovering from the Duke Energy coal ash spill that happened last year in Eden. On February 2, 2014, up to 39,000 tons of coal spilled into the Dan River when a storm water pipe at the Dan River coal plant snapped. Dan River Basin Association Program Manager Brian Williams has been monitoring the river ever since. Williams agrees the Dan River is safe for drinking and boating. But he worries […]

  • State of the Rivers luncheon held in Rockingham County

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — For many, the Dan River in Eden is still known as the location of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill. Almost one year ago, 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River. While water quality test conducted by the state, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Duke Energy showed the water was safe to drink days after the spill, a cloud of suspicion lingered over the river. So at a Tuesday luncheon, the City […]

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    Free tax help being offered for low to moderate income earners

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – Low to moderate income earners can get free tax help at Piedmont VITA locations. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA is a free first-come, first-served tax preparation program for households with income that is less than $53,000. Alisha Doulen is the VITA Coordinator in High Point. She feels it is important to have IRS certified volunteers available for people who cannot afford to pay a professional to file their tax return. “I don’t think we find […]

  • Promoting downtown Reidsville

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — Tena Isaacs is a downtown Reidsville business owner. Her gift shop, Round About Way, sells locally made jewelry and crafts like pottery and stained glass. “We have lots of people that come from out of town just to see all of the art and handcrafted items,” she said. And while shoppers are in downtown, Mark Wells, with the City of Reidsville, says shoppers are enjoying downtown amenities like free Wi-Fi, murals and mini-parks. “Some public money is […]

  • Freezing rain possible on Monday; scattered showers expected

    The best place to see freezing rain will be north and west of the Triad. After 8 a.m. Monday, temperatures will climb into the mid-to-upper-30s and the small freezing rain threat will end. During the day on Monday, look for scattered showers with highs in the low-40s. Clouds and drizzle will stick around on Monday night with overnight lows in the mid-30s. During the day on Tuesday, temperatures will fall. So there’s a chance the drizzle will turn into freezing drizzle. […]


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