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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
  • 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 […]

  • Greensboro-based Industries of the Blind makes new rescue strap for police

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro’s Industries of the Blind makes items like parachute bags and athletic apparel for the military. But the manufacturer’s latest creation is going to the Greensboro Police Department’s Special Response Team. “This is another way to help people that are protecting our country and city and we are proud to help save a life,” said Industries of the Blind President David LoPresti. The Greensboro Police Department’s Special Response Team was looking for a faster and safer way […]

  • Burlington Junior Police Academy helping kids stay out of trouble

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — For four weeks, 30 rising 7th and 8th grade students from Alamance County will exercise, march and read books under the watchful eye of Burlington Master Police Officer Chad Laws. “Once they get to high school, a lot of times they have developed a lot of bad habits that are hard to correct and they are not as open to constructive criticism as they are at the middle school age,” Laws said. So cadets like rising […]

  • 95-year-old Greensboro woman gets surprise ride in motorcycle

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For nearly 25 years, 95-year-old Fran Hart has volunteered her time at the Women’s Hospital gift shop in Greensboro. One day while talking to Volunteer Services Director Ginger Penley, Hart mentioned that AARP offered her a great rate on motorcycle insurance. But Hart doesn’t own a motorcycle. “I teased her,” said Penley. “Maybe they got your name from the tattoo parlor you’ve been going to. She laughed and the jokes started from there.” Other staff members at […]

  • Piedmont blueberry crops ‘incredible’ this summer

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — If you are going to have crop damage, this is the kind of damage Rick Langhorne wants to see. “The fruit load is incredible,” Langhorne said. “The branches are about ready to snap off. In fact one did snap off at the base.” At Langhorne’s Blueberry Thrill Farm in Gibsonville, his blueberry bushes are loaded with large berries that are easy to pick. On the other side of Guilford County, Bruce Henry’s Blueberry Hill in Colfax […]

  • Hot weather coming to the Piedmont; highs in the 90s this week

    High pressure will control our weather for most of this week. That means sunny skies with small chances for an isolated evening thunderstorm. Monday will be very warm with highs around 90 degrees. Tuesday, our highs will climb into the low-90s with low-to-mid-90s by Wednesday afternoon. Thursday should drop into the low-90s. With the muggy air, it will feel like temperatures are around 100 degrees on Wednesday and this could last into Thursday. On Friday, a cold front will begin to slide down […]

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