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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!

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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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    Piedmont remains under Flash Flood Watch, Tornado Watch canceled

    The Tornado Watch across the Piedmont has expired, although the area remains under a Flash Flood Watch. Overnight, we had a wedge of cool air protecting the Piedmont. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 6 a.m. Thursday for Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Tomorrow we expect this cool wedge east of the mountains to be gone completely and this will make the threat of […]

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    Freeze warning in effect until 9 a.m.

    A powerful cold front is crossing the Piedmont, which brought rain Tuesday and freezing temperatures overnight into this morning. A Freeze Warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Rainfall totals for the past 12 hours have been between 3/4″ and 1-1/2″ and additional rain will add another 1/2″ to 1″ to our rain gauges. Unseasonably cold air poured into North Carolina, causing temperatures to plummet overnight. Mostly sunny skies are ahead for Wednesday and temperatures will rebound nicely, into the mid-50s […]

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    Rain moving across Piedmont, Freeze Warning for Wednesday morning

    A powerful cold front is crossing the Piedmont this afternoon, bringing heavy rain and blustery winds. A Freeze Warning is in effect from 3 am to 9 am Wednesday morning. Windy, wet conditions will accompany this front as it churns across the Triad between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Rainfall totals for the past 12 hours have been between 3/4″ and 1-1/2″ and additional rain will add another 1/2″ to 1″ to our rain gauges. Track the rain with the […]

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    Heavy rain, severe storms likely across the Triad Monday

    A low pressure system coming out of Texas will bring us a rainy Monday. The rain could be heavy at times with afternoon highs on Monday in the mid to upper 50s. For the drive home on Monday evening, a few thunderstorms will be possible. Storms on Monday evening will have to be watched because a few could become severe with the main threat being strong winds. An isolated tornado will also be possible for Monday evening. The best chance […]

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    Spring weather to take over the Piedmont this week

    It’s going to be a beautiful, springlike week ahead with highs in the 70s! High pressure will slide across the Carolinas today, bringing improving weather to the Piedmont. Winds will be much lighter today, between 5 and 10 mph with mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be climbing through the 60s by the lunch hour and making it to 70 degrees this afternoon! The UV index for today is 8 out of 10. Mostly clear skies are ahead for tonight with mild low […]

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    Mix of rain, light snow expected Tuesday morning

    Initially, temperatures will start above freezing, but may fall as the precipitation moves in. Don’t be surprised if snow falls at a higher rate at times after sunrise. Any snow accumulation will be confined to grassy surfaces and elevated areas like car tops. An upper level disturbance, paired with a strong coastal low, will intensify off the coast of North Carolina later today, producing breezy conditions in the Piedmont. Winds will increase to 10-15 mph overnight as skies clear and […]


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