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Contact: Emily.Byrd@wghp.com

Emily Byrd began studying the weather early in life, watching and listening for thunderstorms on the front porch. It was then that she developed a fascination with how the atmosphere behaves. There was never anything else that she wanted to do growing up than study the weather. Every evening at 6:16 p.m., she would leave the dinner table to catch Frank Deal doing the weather on WGHP. He always had a report from "our man" and a funny joke to share. Fred Blackman and Cynthia Smoot led the newscast and Rich Brenner signaled time to go back to the dinner table and finish eating. Two young upstarts joined the team, Neill McNeill and Van Denton, and the question on Emily's mind was "Are those really their names?"

Time has a wonderful way of answering our questions, and in 2002 she had the honor of joining the team at WGHP. It's great fun to walk the same halls as the people she grew up admiring and to be a part of the FOX 8 Family makes her work incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.

Emily grew up in the Triad, graduated from North Carolina State University with a Degree in Meteorology and from UNC-Greensboro with a Degree in Fine Arts. She worked at WXLV and WNCN before coming to WGHP.

When she isn't working, Emily enjoys time with her mostly-perfect daughter, gardening, sewing and jogging.
If you have a weather-related question for Emily, please e-mail, or tweet her @Em_I_Am!

Recent Articles
  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon Wednesday

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon today. The main impact in the Piedmont will be bridges, overpasses, decks, etc.   We expect patchy drizzle and temperatures in the 20’s this morning.  The good news is that temperatures will be above freezing by noon, and headed for the mid-30’s by this afternoon. Related: Hour-by-hour forecast images show freezing rain, sleet possible Ice amounts will be light in the Triad, less than 0.05″ and even less to the northwest.   Still, it does […]

  • Freezing rain possible on Monday; scattered showers expected

    The best place to see freezing rain will be north and west of the Triad. After 8 a.m. Monday, temperatures will climb into the mid-to-upper-30s and the small freezing rain threat will end. During the day on Monday, look for scattered showers with highs in the low-40s. Clouds and drizzle will stick around on Monday night with overnight lows in the mid-30s. During the day on Tuesday, temperatures will fall. So there’s a chance the drizzle will turn into freezing drizzle. […]

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    Rain, cold moves across NC on busiest Thanksgiving travel day

    A storm bringing wet, cold conditions will affect all travel today until the early afternoon– the busiest Thanksgiving travel day. A coastal low is going to churn up the Eastern Seaboard today, producing wet and wintry weather from Georgia to Maine. In the Piedmont, this is going to be a rain event with 3/4 inch to 1 inch in the rain gauge by tomorrow morning. Highs today will be in the mid-40s. Tonight, lows settle to the mid-30’s with persistent clouds in our skies. […]

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    Piedmont temperatures hit record low this morning

    The record-setting cold continues today, then a slow recovery in temperatures is ahead for the rest of the week. Yesterday, PTI recorded a new record low temperature of 21 degrees and a new record low maximum 35 degrees. This morning, temperatures dipped below the record low of 20 degrees to set the third record in less than 24 hours! With mostly sunny skies today, temperatures will be nudged up to 40 degrees by afternoon. A gentle, southwest breeze will continue to usher in milder weather, with lows […]

  • Cold weather arrives: Temperatures fall to the 20s, 30s and 40s

    It’s not winter yet, but it is going to start feeling like it, with highs in the lower 40s on Friday. Today, highs will be around 42 degrees, a whopping 20 degrees colder than average! The good news is that our winds will diminish and skies will be clearing through the day. Prepare for very chilly conditions for FOX8 Friday Football games though. With clear skies, temperatures are going to be very cold by Saturday morning. Lows will be in the […]

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    Freeze Warning in effect for Triad

    Bundle up as you head to work or school Monday morning. A Freeze Warning is in effect for most of North Carolina this morning. Temperatures will be at or below freezing in most locations east of the Blue Ridge for enough time to potentially end the growing season. Lows so far have been in the lower 30s in the Triad, and mid- to upper-20s in outlying communities. Clear skies and calm winds have produced this cold morning, but clear, sunny […]

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    Hour-by-hour forecast models: 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday

    A cold front is moving very slowly toward North Carolina, but likely won’t pass through until Wednesday morning. We will continue to have a severe weather threat overnight with the primary concerns being damaging winds (in excess of 58 mph), isolated tornadoes and flash flooding. Thunderstorms will be most likely during the evening and early morning hours (prior to 7 a.m.). While the thunderstorm risk diminishes, heavy rain may continue to be a problem until lunchtime, especially east of the […]

  • 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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    Scattered storms possible across the Piedmont on Thursday

    Showers are expected during the afternoon and early evening and rain chances are around 60 percent. While there may be a few thunderstorms, the strongest storms will likely be closer to the coastal plain. Temperatures will be steady, if not gradually decreasing through the afternoon to the mid-70s. Total rainfall for the day will be near 1/4-inch. Showers will taper off overnight, but clouds remain in place. This will hold our temperatures in the mid-60s through daybreak. The cold front […]

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    Flash Flood Watch in effect until midnight

    A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for the Piedmont until midnight. A line of heavy rain is moving across the Piedmont. A total amount of rainfall could be up to two inches in the Triad. The cold front should push through by midnight. Once it passes, the thunderstorm threat will diminish. However, rain showers may continue for a few more hours. Friday skies will clear and temperatures will be a little cooler with highs in the low to mid […]

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    Severe weather threat diminishes, scattered storms through tomorrow

    Latest from Van Denton: SPC (Storm Prediction Center) has removed our coverage area from the Slight Risk. Still we have the potential for a strong thunderstorm and even a small potential for a tornadic cell. Our odds are much lower but they are not zero. Right now there is a storm over NE Guilford, NW Alamance, SE Rockingham and Caswell county. This is lifting NE and there is still a good deal of wind shear today and all thunderstorms must […]

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    What are the chances of damaging wind, hail and tornadoes through Thursday?

    The severe weather threat continues today and tonight, with storms that could produce damaging, straight line winds, tornadoes and flash flooding. The warm front that has stubbornly clung to the southern Piedmont is slowly creeping northward. Along the boundary between cool and dry air, there is a wind shift that could cause storms to rotate. Any storm along this boundary will need to be monitored closely through evening tonight. Rain is going to be heavy at times, and some storms […]


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