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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
  • NC wine industry thriving

    YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — Late summer to early fall is a busy time for North Carolina wineries. At Laurel Gray Vineyards in Yadkin County, workers like Ryan Keaton are turning grapes into wine. Any given season the winery may see three or four chardonnays and three or four merlots. To make that much wine, Keaton and fellow co-worker George Butler will work from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Keaton and Butler are applying what they learned at Surry […]

  • Violent crime dropping in Rockingham Co.

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — By working as a team, Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page says violent crime in the county is dropping. “Project Safe is not a silver bullet,” Page said. “But it is a strategy to reduce violent crime in your community.” Project Safe Rockingham County brings together law enforcement teams from the local level all the way up to the federal level. The group then partners with organizations that can provide community services to violent offenders like drug […]

  • Damaged light poles causing Rockingham Co. High to relocate football games

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Two damaged wooden light posts at Rockingham County High School will cause the football team to miss as many as three home football games. Rockingham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rodney Shotwell explained what engineers found when they inspected the poles. “The cracks are not the sole reason, it’s what’s inside. They did test to determine the safety factor.” An engineering firm said a 15 mph wind could topple the poles. So the Aug. 30 game was […]

  • Relieving overcrowding at Randleman Elementary

    RANDLEMAN, N.C. — The new school year is bringing a lot of changes for Randleman Elementary School Principal Laurie Sypole. “I still have to use my map,” she said. I was so used to the school. Now I have to take my map out.” Second grade students are no longer in mobile classrooms. They are now inside of the elementary school. The more than 100 fifth graders that were at Randleman Elementary are now at Randleman Middle School. “The teachers […]

  • Greensboro teachers doing more with less

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — This school year, Dana Davis has two children at Greensboro’s Irving Park Elementary. While the school year has just started, she has already noticed a difference. “The higher the class sizes, the less one-on-one they will get,” she said. “Although there are great things happening here at Irving Park, I do think it could affect how smoothly things will run.” Irving Park Elementary lost five teachers and two teacher assistants. Some classrooms have as many as 29 […]

  • Duck Smith House, Seagrove (prior to fire)

    Two structure fires in Seagrove were intentionally set

    SEAGROVE, N.C — A guest and the owners of the Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast escaped the flames that were burning the Seagrove business. “I was not comprehending it,” says bed and breakfast co-owner Barbara Murphy. “I was in a sound sleep and I was not dealing with it real well.” Firefighters quickly put out the early Monday morning fires that were on the porch of the bed and breakfast and the porch of the nearby cottage. No one […]

  • GTCC opening new campus, training facility

    COLFAX, N.C.– Distributing goods along the East Coast is big business in the Piedmont. About 10 percent of our workforce is a part of the logistics field. Getting training to land a job in global logistics has gotten a lot easier. Guilford Technical Community College is signing up students at its new Global Logistics Center in Colfax. Associate Vice President for Student Support Alison Wiers says the large classroom space will give students the training they need to work at […]

  • Davidson Co. Senior Services in need of meal delivery volunteers

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — For some seniors, a frozen meal is their only reliable source of nutrition. Davidson County Senior Services is using frozen meals because they don’t have enough volunteers to deliver hot meals. “The seniors are getting frozen meals once a week. And if we recruited 10 to 15 more volunteers, those seniors could enjoy a hot meal daily instead of the frozen meals they are currently receiving,” says Volunteer Services Coordinator Jacob Gordon. Barbara Ally is a […]

  • Elon named greenest university in the state

    ELON, N.C. — Organizations like The Princeton Review and Sierra Club say Elon University is leading the way when it comes to sustainability. “It has been a process at the university. It’s not a destination. It’s a journey,” says Elon University Sustainability Director Elaine Durr. “Sustainability is something numerous people have been involved with. It’s offices, students, staff; it’s a collective effort on campus.” Elon has car charging stations, solar panels for hot water heaters and 19 Leadership in Energy […]

  • Baseball tournament held in Eden

    EDEN, N.C. — Eden’s Freedom Park is more than just a 58-acre recreational facility with a walking track, volleyball court and playground. The park is also a money-maker. “These tournaments are tremendous,” says Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Farmer. “It will have at least a half-million dollar impact on our local economy.” Big multiple day tournaments like the North Carolina Dixie Youth AAA State Baseball Tournament could bring up to $500,000. For one week, 16 teams made up of 240 […]

  • Urban farming in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Stephen Johnson lives just blocks away from UNC Greensboro. That’s why people look twice when they walk pass his front yard. “Most of my neighbors say ‘I love your front yard.’ They bring their kids and out-of-town guests through here — all sorts of folks,” Johnson said. Instead of grass, Johnson’s front yard has strawberries, raspberries, asparagus and other fruits and herbs. “One of my goals is to have something visible like this. People can say I […]

  • GTCC avionics program helping people find jobs

    With several Piedmont based aviation companies looking to fill job openings, people like Cary Floyd are learning more about Guilford Technical Community College’s avionics program. GTCC’s avionics program is the only one in the state. It’s a two year program that teaches students about the communication, navigation and electrical systems of an aircraft. A background in aviation is not necessary. Program Coordinator David Mayers believes the aviation field will produce more jobs in the future. “I think it’s something that […]

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