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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
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    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 […]

  • New bike trail in downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter, bicycle repair shop owner Greg Waddell is seeing the city’s bike scene change gears. “We got more people using our greenways for recreation,” Waddell said. “They are using Salem Lake. We are seeing a rise in people biking from their neighborhoods to downtown to work.” Matthew Burczyk is the transportation project planner for the City of Winston-Salem. He believes the new Long Branch Trail will make biking or walking to downtown a lot […]

  • Career coaching for high school students in Alamance County

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Cameron Coe is a senior and ready to graduate from Southern Alamance High School. But as he sits down with counselor Alyssa Womble, Coe explains he needs a plan so he can find his future career. “Alright Cam,” Womble said. “Tell me a little bit about what you want to do after you graduate.” Coe’s response: “I have no idea.” But Womble is no ordinary counselor. She is the Southern Alamance High School career coach. Alamance […]

  • Outdoor skills training program coming to Rockingham Community College

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — In Rockingham County, it’s not hard to find an outfitter that’s ready to guide you down a lazy river on a canoe or lead you through the rolling rapids. Rockingham County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mark Richardson says the county is in the perfect location to bring nature and job growth together. “The topography, the natural resources of the land and with the educational opportunity, it matches the desires of our citizens,” says Richardson. “They want […]

  • Rockingham County artists show off festive, decorative rocking chairs

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Festive and decorative rocking chairs are taking over Rockingham County. Teresa Phillips, executive director of the Rockingham County Arts Council, believes the 25 chairs are proof that art really rocks in Rockingham County. “We think it’s really important to spotlight the great resource that Rockingham County has and that is through its creative people,” Phillips said. Diana Moran is a Rockingham County artist. She enjoys music. So painting a rocking chair doesn’t come naturally. “To me, […]

  • Greensboro strawberry farmer battles rain, cold weather

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For Matt Rudd, this strawberry season is one to be remembered. “This is a very different year than we have ever seen. February was so warm. We ate strawberries in February. We never had that.” But Rudd didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. When the weather turned cold in March, the Rudd Farm nearly emptied two ponds keeping their strawberries warm under a cover of ice. “We had to struggle […]

  • It’s going to continue raining in the Piedmont until Tuesday morning

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  • Making access to healthy foods in Lexington more convenient

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  • New Greensboro nonprofit helping the homeless

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jeannine Lawrence can barely contain her excitement as she waits her turn at Greensboro’s Leon’s Style Salon. “It’s going to be a fun day. Looking forward to being pampered for the day,” Lawrence said. But this is no ordinary trip to the hair studio. Lawrence is homeless. So cosmetologist Erica Parker is donating her talent. She is washing and cutting Lawrence’s hair so she will look and feel great on her job interview. “It boost their spirits in […]

  • Rockingham County food pantry running out of food

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The shelves at The Salvation Army food pantry in Reidsville were just restocked early Monday morning. But 40 people a day visit the pantry to pick up items like cereal, juice and vegetables. That’s why Jocelyn Mitchell knows the shelves will become empty in about one to two weeks. “The truth is without donations, we wouldn’t exist,” Mitchell said. “We wouldn’t be able to give out what we do with donations from the community. It impacts us […]