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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
  • Thomasville to get a makeover

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — As you drive through downtown Thomasville, the Big Chair and passing trains are common sights. So much so that there’s a caboose parked across the street from Deedra Thayer and Shelia Wray’s Shear Creation salon. “We like the caboose across the street,” Thayer said. “It draws a lot of attention. Our train is so important here. Our little town has revolved around the train.” Thomasville also use to revolve around the furniture industry. But like a good […]

  • Counting pollen for spring allergies in the Triad

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — On a sun-filled first day of spring, Bailey Park in downtown Winston-Salem is the place to be. “I had to take some time from my studies inside and get outside and enjoy the sunshine,” Emily Masterson said. Because of pollen, spring can be a tough time to be outside. That’s why people sensitive to pollen depend on the pollen count. At the Forsyth County Office of Environmental Assistance and Protection, Rob Russ is working to get that […]

  • Swedish interns become high school students for a day at ABSS

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Twice a year, Sandvik sends a group of interns to its tool shop in Mebane. But this time, the Swedish engineering company got a request from their interns they were not expecting. Three Swedish interns asked could they spend a day at Alamance-Burlington School System’s Career and Technical Education Center or C-TEC. Turns out, it was a great idea. “It was amazing,” said Julio Vasconcelos, an engineering manager based in Sandvik’s Mebane location. “Because they said many […]

  • Alamance County students learning to use 3D printers

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — When Terry Drummond’s advanced automotive class meets, they get to see and touch almost every part and system that makes up a car. But Drummond says one critical system is missing. “The anti-lock brake system of the car. We wanted to incorporate the design. But in order to do that, we had to duplicate what the car is doing and to duplicate that we need wheels turning.” Buying an anti-lock brake system simulator would have broken […]

  • Strawberry growers worry cold could wipe out crop

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — John Hedgecock’s strawberry blooms survived the chill of early March. But as we move into mid-March, Hedgecock is really worried about the cold air that’s in the forecast for this week. “I’ve never have experienced the weather getting down in the low 20s and teens [at this point in the growing season],” Hedgecock said. Just like a blanket, row covers are keeping 60,000 strawberry plants warm. But the few plants that have been exposed to the cold, the […]

  • Dan River Basin Association presents award to Eden

    EDEN, N.C. — When it come to environmental education and river promotion, Wayne Kirkpatrick, with the Dan River Basin Association, says no one does it better than the Rockingham County city of Eden. “The city has a way of doing that more efficiently. So we have a wider reach of letting people know of the natural world and how important it is to care for it and be aware of it,” Kirkpatrick said. That’s why the river boosters presented Eden with […]

  • Alamance County wants more people to sign up for emergency alerts

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Alamance County Emergency Management Coordinator Debbie Hatfield is making sure the county’s employee list is current for Wednesday’s statewide tornado drill. “If we had a real tornado or real event, they will know where to go, where to shelter in place and what their role is as the lead in their area and get to a safe place,” Hatfield said. Hatfield will signal the beginning of the tornado drill by sending county employees an ACE alert to […]

  • Surry County Schools looking for school bus drivers

    SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Surry County Schools is facing a problem that a lot of school systems in North Carolina are trying to manage. “It can cause us to park a bus either in the morning or afternoon which will delay students getting home or arriving to school because we can’t find the able bodies qualified to drive our school buses,” Surry County Schools Transportation Director Rodney Hardy said. Hardy says they have five positions open right now. But Surry County […]

  • Improvements for Swepsonville River Park in Alamance County

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — The new caretakers of Swepsonville River Park are not wasting any time in making improvements at the Alamance County park. “Just trying to beautify the place a little bit. It was already in good shape when we got it and just trying to protect the resource here,” said Brian Baker, director of Alamance County Recreation and Parks. The parks department is now maintaining one of the oldest parks along the Haw River. Swepsonville River Park was […]

  • Industrial hemp research pilot program in NC

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Growers from across the state gathered in Greensboro to get the answer to one question. Can industrial hemp be North Carolina’s next cash crop? “Basically, we want to learn about the growing process and what needs to be done to grow hemp effectively,” Shelton Deshields said. According to one industrial hemp trade group, in 2015 the market for hemp products was over $500 million. Most hemp products like cosmetics, food and textiles come from countries like Canada, […]

  • Guilford County Schools book drive helps flood-damaged schools

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A very successful book drive will help replenish two eastern North Carolina elementary school libraries that were flooded by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. “When a sister county and district has a need, we step up,” Guilford County Schools District Media Specialist Jacqueline Pender-Jones said. Pender-Jones and other media specialist really came through for Princeville Elementary and West Lumberton Elementary. “I knew we would get a lot of books to give to the students,” Pender-Jones said. […]

  • Piedmont Triad cities tackling litter problems

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Bingham Park is a little-known neighborhood park in Greensboro. But Greensboro Beautiful volunteers like Daniel Smith are very familiar with the area. “We get to see a lot of plastic bags, bottles, cups, and trash from fast food,” Smith said. And you can really see all of the litter because the trees and plants are still dormant. So while everything is clearly visible, volunteers will go to selected areas and pick up the trash. Smith says the […]