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
  • Burlington police respond to several calls about dogs left in hots cars

    BURLINGTON, N.C. – While the Piedmont is getting a break from the oppressive summer heat and humidity, Burlington police and veterinarians are reminding us that leaving your dog in a parked car is a bad idea. “Cars get very hot very quickly,” said Stoney Creek Veterinary Hospital’s Sara Talbot. “With the windows closed and no air conditioning, it’s well over 100 degrees in there.” Over the weekend, Burlington police responded to calls of dogs locked in hot cars. In each […]

  • Davidson County high school student rescues drowning deer

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Before and after work, Davidson County high school student Chance Pressley and his friends enjoy riding their jet skis on High Rock Lake. But the group’s recent evening of fun turned into a rescue mission. “I was really confused,” Pressley said. “Why is there a deer in the lake? He was swimming and started bobbing up and down trying to get air. At that point he was drowning.” Pressley and his friends came across a fawn […]

  • Keeping a healthy lawn and garden during heavy rains

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A day filled with threatening clouds might not seem like the ideal time to work in the yard. But Gaither Terrell visited High Point’s Price Nursery Tuesday to buy flowers for her garden. “I’ve actually enjoyed being in the yard,”  Terrell said. “It’s been rainy but it’s been cooler. It’s muggy but the heat and sun is not as intense.” Plus all the rain we’ve been getting is really putting a dent in Terrell’s water bill. […]

  • Overnight storms cause damage in southern Guilford County

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Tim Huffman had an idea the early Monday morning thunderstorms rumbling across southern Guilford County were pretty bad. “All of a sudden I heard a big sound and heard it raining and, ‘Wow, that’s thunder!'” he said. But at first light, Huffman saw how bad the storms were. And it turns out the loud bang he heard that night was something else. “A great big pine tree. Part of it had broken and fell across the […]

  • Greenhouse gives grower a jump on summer veggies

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Wednesdays at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market brings a smaller crowd than the Saturday market. But Curb Market Assistant Manager Carolyn Hulsey says the smaller gathering is a great time to get to know the vendors. “If you are curious about what it is, he can tell you about it,” Hulsey said. “Maybe even suggestions on how to cook it and how to use it.” That’s why Laura Lauffer likes to stop by the Curb Market on […]

  • Splash pad brings families back to Washington Park in Lexington

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — The playful screams from children have returned to Washington Park in Lexington. It’s a sound Lexington Parks and Recreation Director Laura Duran loves to hear. “It’s been incredible since the day it opened,” Duran said. “It’s been so busy here. It’s wonderful to see people coming out and enjoying the facility.” Lexington Parks and Recreation recently opened the brand new splash pad at Washington Park. Little kids with their grandparents or parents like Devin Kelly are racing […]

  • Randolph County farmer using pigs to clear land for cattle pasture

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Larry McPherson raises cattle, chicken and goats on Uwharrie Farm in Randolph County. But now, there’s a new addition on the farm. “Piggies! Piggies!” McPherson calls out to five Berkshire and Duroc breeds of pig. The animals are known for rooting small trees and eating vines and weeds. “You couldn’t even see the ground in there,” McPherson said. “They already done a lot of clearing.” With one acre down and five more to go, the pigs […]

  • Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms on Memorial Day Monday

    Memorial Day Monday will be partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Any thunderstorm that forms on Monday will be capable of producing strong damaging wind gust and hail. Highs on Monday will be in the mid to upper-80s. Tuesday will be cloudy and cooler with highs in the lower-80s. On Tuesday, we will carry a 30 percent chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Wednesday will be partly cloudy with scattered afternoon and evening showers […]

  • Park officials working to make Keeley Park more duck-friendly

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tuesday afternoon’s heavy rain didn’t stop volunteers and Greensboro Park and Recreation employees from gathering at Keeley Park. “This is perfect duck weather,” Arts and Events Superintendent Josh Sherrick said. “I sent a message to the group to see if they want to do it and they said if it’s good enough for the ducks, then it’s good enough for us.” So together with volunteers from Syngenta and craftsman from Forge Greensboro, the group is celebrating their […]

  • Problems at Mayberry Mall in Mount Airy

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Emma Cagle, Taylor Tickle and Bailey Atkins are from Mount Airy. Each one has fond memories of Mayberry Mall. “It was really fun when I was little,” Cagle said. “We go to the mall and sit on Santa’s lap and we would sing there and now they don’t have anything like that.” “I can’t believe it,” Tickle said. “The mall use to be my favorite place to go when I was little. But the older I […]

  • Hurricane hunters in North Carolina as part of East Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour

    WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Maj. Lucas Caulder is one of the many hurricane hunters that are taking part in the East Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour. The United States Air Force Reservist explains his job to the crowd that descended on the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. To the audience, Caulder has an amazing job. But Caulder reminds them that his career carries a lot of responsibility. “Most of us have grown up at the coast or lived there,” Caulder said. “So it’s […]

  • Greensboro middle school students learn from WWII veteran

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For Aycock Middle School seventh-grader H’tuh Rcom, World War II veteran and Army medic Howard Strickland brought history to life. “I don’t know how he went through all that,” H’tuh said. “It would have been really hard for me.” Strickland was 19 when he was drafted. It took 17 days for him to sail from Norfolk, Virginia, to North Africa. As Strickland continued to share his memories of World War II with Aycock Middle School seventh-graders, he […]