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
  • 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 […]

  • Girls encouraged to pursue STEM careers in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — From 3D mapping of the moon to planning a mission to Mars, Dr. Aprille Ericsson said her job is pretty fun. “The stuff I do is really fun,” Ericsson said. “It’s innovative and impactful to our environment, the world and understanding the universe.” Making discoveries on earth and beyond does sound like fun. That’s part of the message Ericsson is presenting at Davidson County Community College. The conference room is mostly filled with students from Davidson […]

  • Indoor sports complex coming to Bermuda Run

    BERMUDA RUN, N.C. — A group that includes a Davie County husband and wife team are looking forward to the opening of Carolina Athletic Performance. “Our vision was we wanted to connect with athletes of all walks of life, in every sport on a major level,” business partner Adam Barber said. Barber, along with his wife Jessica and business partner Jason Tutterow, said Carolina Athletic Performance will be a 120,000-square-foot facility that will have eight basketball/volleyball courts, five batting cages […]

  • Lexington will try out one-side-of-the-street trash collection

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Cities in Florida, Colorado and Washington do it. Now Lexington will give one-side-of-the-street garbage collection a try. “It’s not made to do citywide,” Lexington Assistant City Manager Terra Greene said. “But there are certain neighborhoods that are just made for it.” One of those ideal neighborhoods is Glenwood. At a recent community watch meeting, a homeowner suggested the city give the program a try. As it turns out, Lexington was currently studying one-side-of-the-street trash collection. Since other […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for Monday with mixture of snow and sleet likely in the Piedmont

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Monday morning to Monday evening and is mainly along and north of the Interstate 40/85 corridor. A storm system moving in from the west will bring rain with a transition to sleet and snow. A cold rain will fall across the Piedmont on Monday morning and across the mountains the snow will already be falling. The cold air will slowly move across the region from the north and west. So, by 12 […]

  • Wintry mix of snow and sleet likely across the Piedmont on Monday

    Much of the Piedmont will experience a mix of snow and sleet on Monday. Snow and sleet is likely across the Piedmont after 8 a.m. Monday and the wintry mix will continue until Monday evening. Along and north of Interstate 40/85, about an inch of snow and sleet will cover grassy areas and railings. If the wintry mix remains light enough, the warm ground should be able to melt the wintry mix. But if it comes down hard enough, it […]