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
  • Randolph County man builds sledding ramp

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — You have plenty of fresh fallen snow, a sled, but no hill. So what do you do? Mike Warwick had an idea. “Scrap metal, a little plywood and three days later we have a ramp,” Warwick said. Just in time for the big snow, Warwick’s grandchildren are enjoying what he calls “Mount Level Cross.” The kids climb to the top with their sleds, or big inflatable pool toy, and shoot down the ramp. The kids spend […]

  • People stocking up on supplies ahead of winter storm

    The sun is shining brightly over Quality Hardware of Thomasville. But most folks today are not thinking about the sun, they are thinking about the sign outside of the store. A simple “We have sleds” sign is bringing in the crowds. “I got two kids they want to go out and play in the snow,” Cody Grimmett said. “They have been asking for weeks when they can go play in the snow. We are hoping to get some sledding done […]

  • Preservation boom underway in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Revolution Mill is now a hub for business, residents and restaurants. In downtown Greensboro, the Cascade Saloon building renovation is nearly complete. Preservation Greensboro has a lot to be proud of. “Greensboro has caught historic preservation fever in 2017 and 2018,” Preservation Greensboro Executive Director Benjamin Briggs said. The next property undergoing renovations is Hillside Estate in the Fisher Park neighborhood of Greensboro. From the ceiling to the hardwood floor, craftsmen are rebuilding the intricate designs that […]

  • 100-year-old weather log in Clemmons family’s Bible

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — Parts of the Yadkin River no longer flows along the border of Davie and Forsyth counties. The river is frozen solid in large sections because of our recent stretch of extremely cold temperatures. The cold wave got the Lowder family thinking, ‘Has it been this cold, for this long before?’ So they turned to an unusual source for weather research. “It sort of surprised me to get the info,” Tommy Lowder said. “It’s neat to have it.” […]

  • American Red Cross helping more people this season, as more fires are being reported

    Every time there’s a call for help, the phone John Hughes carries sounds an alarm. “We want to make sure their immediate emergency needs are met,” said Hughes. “They have food, clothing and shelter, a place to stay.” Hughes is the Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Red Cross. Because of our recent deep freeze with temperatures in the single digits, fire departments have been responding to a lot of house fires. When the flames are […]

  • An arctic air mass will continue to keep the Piedmont in the deep freeze

    An arctic air mass will continue to keep the Piedmont in the deep freeze. Sunday will be sunny with a high of around 32 degrees and cloudy on Sunday night with lows around 20 degrees. Right now, it looks like Monday will begin with cloudy skies. But by Monday around lunchtime, there will be a light wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be possible across the mountains with sleet and freezing rain possible across Surry and Wilkes […]

  • Hikers brave the freezing cold for trails and views at Hanging Rock State Park on New Year’s Day afternoon

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. – Darrell Dietz and his son Darren heard a lot about Hanging Rock State Park. So, while they are in the Piedmont, they want to check out the park for themselves. “We are originally from Michigan and we were in Tennessee,” said Darrell Dietz. “But they don`t have the view and drop off like Hanging Rock, we saw a lot about it.” And as father and son make their way down the trail, they pass a group […]

  • Cold weather will continue to freeze the Piedmont this week, residents should wear layers while headed back to work

    Extremely cold air will continue to freeze the Piedmont this week. On Monday, New Year’s Day will be sunny and cold with afternoon highs in the mid-to-upper 20s. People headed back to work on Tuesday should dress in layers as morning temperatures will be in the low-teens. Tuesday afternoon highs will be around 30 degrees. By Wednesday, the Piedmont should make it above freezing with morning temperatures in the mid-teens and afternoon highs in the mid-to-upper 30s. Thursday will be […]

  • ‘Somebody just popped Santa’: Popular inflatable Santa in Jamestown slashed

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — A 20-foot inflatable Santa Claus is a big hit in Jamestown. “The kids love him,” homeowner Christina Sumner said. “They come over and ask, ‘When is Santa going to be up?’ I had a little girl and her dad drive by the other night and yell, ‘We love Santa!'” But a lot of kids and neighbors will be disappointed for the remainder of the Christmas season. Late Monday night, Sumner’s husband heard a loud sound coming from […]

  • High Point Central students given laptops

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Fifteen High Point Central High School students gather in the media center. No one has told them the reason why they are here. But soon the reason is revealed when each student unwraps their gift. “I was excited,” freshman Zarrria Quick said. “I didn’t plan on getting a MacPro. I was excited.” High Point Central administrators say the students were selected because they are hard workers and in good academic standing. Plus the administrators feel the […]

  • Uwharrie Charter Academy students giving dogs a better chance for adoption

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Animal shelters across the Piedmont hear the same reasons over and over when a pet comes back. Either the adopted pet requires too much time or the dog is too wild. So students at Asheboro’s Uwharrie Charter Academy Middle are stepping in to teach shelter dogs new tricks. “You would like to have a mannerly dog and it takes a lot of tiny steps to get to that,” animal advocate and Uwharrie Charter Academy teacher Lisa Routh […]

  • Protecting pets from the cold in the Piedmont Triad

    On cold days and nights, Fur-Ever Friends volunteers know there’s a need to keep outdoor pets warm. That’s why volunteer Alice Singh is placing a dog house and wood shavings on her truck. The special delivery will go to a family that can’t afford to properly shelter their pet. “Actually it warms my heart just as much or maybe more to go out and help these people and give them the things they need for their animals,” Singh said. “They […]