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
  • Rockingham County food drive helps feed families

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — At the end of Cherokee Camp Road in Rockingham County, you will find an ordinary warehouse. But according to Curtis Pierce, Rockingham County Veterans Coalition Food Pantry chairman, what’s stored inside of the warehouse means the world to a lot of people. “Some of them couldn’t survive without this pantry,” Pierce said. “That’s why we are here to help those people in tremendous need.” Veterans can get a bag of food from the food pantry. Pierce […]

  • Piedmont volunteers helping tornado survivors

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — One homeowner can’t take on the massive tornado cleanup alone. That’s why east Greensboro homeowners were excited to see volunteers like Teryon Smith. Smith is working with Habitat for Humanity. The group is making temporary roof repairs and boarding up shattered windows. “They are going through a troubling time,” Smith said. “But they got a smile on their face and they are still appreciative and it makes me humble as well. Makes me appreciate what I am […]

  • Deputy injured after crash on Old US 52 in Welcome

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Davidson County sheriff’s deputy and an older driver were involved in a serious crash in Welcome late Tuesday morning. The crash was in connection to law enforcement agencies chasing a possible kidnapping suspect. The pursuit began around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, when the 911 center picked up a call from a cellphone, no one responded. That’s when operators pinged the phone and found the location. Lexington police arrived at […]

  • Locals talk about Rockingham County tornado, damage

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Marlo Madkins is in disbelief as he walks through his grandmother’s Reidsville home. “My grandmother was right here in this room when she had to go to the restroom,” Marlo Madkins said. “Something told her to go to the restroom.” When Ollie Madkins walked into the next room, the house shook and she heard a loud boom. “Sounded like a train,” Ollie Madkins said. The roar became deafening, then faded. When Ollie Madkins stepped out of […]

  • Severe weather possible starting Sunday afternoon, including heavy rain and damaging wind gusts

    A strong, springtime cold front is moving our way and strong, damaging wind gust, hail, heavy rain and even an isolated tornado will be possible Sunday afternoon and evening. Sunday morning will be cloudy with a few showers possible. But as we head into Sunday afternoon, the cold front will begin moving across the region. Strong thunderstorms could be in the Foothills around 3 p.m. The storms will then move across the Triad around 4 p.m. and exit the Piedmont […]

  • Forsyth County’s first all-inclusive park coming to Kernersville

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Orange plastic fencing and jack hammers pounding the pavement are some of the sights and sounds at Kernersville’s Fourth of July Park. Sure it looks more like a construction zone than a park. But Kernersville Parks and Recreation Director Ernie Pages said in a few short days, the work will be worth it. “Special. It makes us feel special. A lot of parks and recs are doing it and saying, ‘Wow we need to do something about […]

  • Improvements at Greensboro soccer complex bringing in big events

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro boosters felt the BB&T Soccer Park at Bryan Park was falling behind and losing events to other soccer venues. So with private and public money, improvements were made at the soccer complex — $4.5 million total with $3 million coming from the City of Greensboro. “For our players who train four times a week, it’s important when they come to an event it’s a world class environment on the field,” U.S. Soccer Development Academy Technical Director […]

  • Guilford County Department of Public Health raising money for car seats

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The Guilford County Department of Public Health is using a unique fundraiser to help the community it serves. “A lot of our staff go out into the community and hear from parents that this is a huge need,” Guilford County Department of Public Health Educator Sandy Ellington said. “Sometimes they have to borrow car seats to get babies home from the hospital.” To celebrate Public Health Month, staff at the health department can dress down if […]

  • It’s been 8 years since the High Point tornado

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — March 28, 2018, was a better weather day than March 28, 2010. Eight years ago, a severe thunderstorm spun up three tornadoes across Davidson and Guilford counties. The strongest was the EF-3 tornado that moved across north High Point with winds up to 138 mph. Allyn Sims was 10 years old at the time. She recalls that her family huddled in a small closet as the tornado swirled through their neighborhood. “We are panicking, we wanted […]

  • Arena, conference center and hotel coming to High Point University

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Before a packed on-campus theater, High Point University President Dr. Nido Quebein announced the university will start a major project that will benefit the campus and the city of High Point. “We believe colleges and universities play a major role economically and with quality of life in the regions they reside,” Quebein said. With that in mind, High Point University will build the $130 million Nido and Mariana Quebein Arena and Conference Center. A small hotel […]

  • 3 deputies to patrol at North Carolina Zoo

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Three deputies from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office will be a part of the large Easter crowds that mark the beginning of the tourist season at the North Carolina Zoo. “They are just here to monitor the situations,” Public Relations Officer Debbie Fuchs said. “If we need them, they are here. But their primary role is security.” The zoo and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office have been looking at enhancing the zoo’s security since 2015. The […]

  • GTCC professor says Piedmont a prime spot for distribution centers

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — With Lidl and Sheetz distribution centers joining the ones already here, Guilford Technical Community College associate professor Sam Chinnis feels the Piedmont is a prime spot for transporting goods from manufacturers to neighborhood stores. “The infrastructure of the highway system, a growing airport and we are close to many ports on the east coast,” said Chinnis. This could be part of the reason why Publix is considering building a massive distribution center in eastern Guilford County. The […]