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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
  • 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

    A slow moving low pressure system will continue to soak the Piedmont. Rain is expected on Monday with highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Strong northeast winds will continue for Monday. Tuesday morning rain will give way to cloudy skies later in the day. Tuesday afternoon will be a little warmer with highs in the mid-to-upper-60s. The sun will return for Wednesday with highs in the upper-70s to around 80 degrees. Thursday will be sunny with highs in the lower 80s. […]

  • Making access to healthy foods in Lexington more convenient

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Located between Denton and Thomasville, the Patriot Market is a popular place to stop on Highway 109 in Davidson County. You can pick up the usual snacks you find at a gas station. Plus, store owner Matthew Shaffer says the convenience store is a good place to buy in-season fruits and vegetables. “It’s a no brainer. People want produce. They are already buying it and it`s just another addition to sell and at the same time […]

  • 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 […]

  • Small park coming to downtown Kernersville

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Trendy boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants are moving into downtown Kernersville. Now Kernersville’s town manager, Curtis Swisher, says another project will keep shoppers in downtown even longer. “We wanted to do something to enhance downtown a little further. The building behind us they done some renovations to it. Renovations up the street,” Swisher said. But what’s happening to the vacant school supply store isn’t a renovation. Contractors are tearing down the old building at the corner of North […]

  • Unwanted spring items showing up in plastic recycling in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — You might think you are doing a good job recycling your plastic bottles. But according to the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council, 70 percent of plastic bottles are thrown away. At Waste Management’s recycling center in Winston-Salem, they are seeing the opposite. “Folks can put everything in one large cart and they don’t have to separate anything and roll it out. What we have seen is a big spike in volume and the increase in recycling because we made […]

  • Free dental event coming to Mount Airy on Saturday

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – No insurance and cost are some of the barriers that prevent people from getting regular dental checkups. But dental professionals from Asheville, Clemmons and Sparta are coming to Mount Airy to share Dentistry from the Heart. “It’s near and dear to our heart,” says Executive Assistant Abby Chapman. “We love it every year. We love seeing the response. It’s a tremendous help to the community.” Dentistry from the Heart is a non-profit that provides free dental […]

  • 2 new penguins join Greensboro Science Center exhibit

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Whether they are hanging out on the beach or swimming in the water, lead penguin keeper Shannon Anderson has an idea why penguins are popular with visitors. “I think they are a great charismatic species. They got a lot of personality and they are cute in their tuxedo looking plumage,” Anderson said. Now there’s more cuteness to go around. Two new penguins are joining the colony. Simon hatched in November. Sinclair hatched in December. The brothers are joining […]

  • Forsyth Creek Week to motivate people to do more to protect our water

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – For Wendi Hartup, all the action at Kernersville’s Ivey Redmon Sports Complex is taking place in the wetland. “We wanted something pretty. Plants that can attract pollinators and dragon flies that eat lots of mosquitoes.” Hartup is the Stormwater Manager for Kernersville. She adds wetlands can help filter storm water runoff before it enters our streams. And that’s the purpose of Forsyth Creek Week, to show people the important function of wetlands and what we can do to project […]

  • Lexington City Board of Education may become elected board

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Out of 115 school boards across the state, 112 are elected. And if the Lexington City Council gets the approval, the number of elected boards could grow to 113. “We hold regular town hall series and that was one of the topics that kept coming up,” Lexington Mayor Newell Clark said. Currently the City Council appoints nine members to the Lexington City Board of Education. But Mayor Clark and council members say voters want to decide who […]

  • Thomasville to get a makeover

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — As you drive through downtown Thomasville, the Big Chair and passing trains are common sights. So much so that there’s a caboose parked across the street from Deedra Thayer and Shelia Wray’s Shear Creation salon. “We like the caboose across the street,” Thayer said. “It draws a lot of attention. Our train is so important here. Our little town has revolved around the train.” Thomasville also use to revolve around the furniture industry. But like a good […]