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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!

Recent Articles
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    Heaviest rain expected Friday into Saturday; Emily Byrd has the latest

    There are still two different areas of concern and one is looking just as bad as before. The other is looking better. The first is the coastal low and front near the coast. This combined with the upper low over the southeastern U.S. will help produce flooding rainfall across North Carolina. The rain will pick up tonight and fall heavily at times late Friday into Saturday. The heaviest rain is expected to fall tonight from midnight until dawn on Saturday. […]

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    Hurricane Joaquin reaches category 3 ahead of significant rainfall; Emily Byrd has the latest

    The Piedmont is in for more rainfall — ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, which became a category 3 hurricane Wednesday night. This, along with other contributing factors, will result in significant rain in North Carolina. Rain will become more widespread throughout the day on Thursday and this trend continues into the weekend. A flash flood watch is in effect from 8 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Sunday for the Triad all the way to the Triangle. Rainfall amounts should average around 6 inches […]

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    One Tank Trip: Bull City Escape

    Tom, Emily and Bree recently took a one-tank trip to Durham to take on Bull City Escape. If you love puzzles, this is for you! Gather some friends, co-workers or complete strangers who look really smart, and tackle this real-life escape game. You will be locked in a room together. You have to hunt for clues, solve puzzles and use teamwork to find the key that will lead you to freedom. You only have 60 minutes and will be allowed […]

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    Subtropical Storm Ana first named storm of 2015 hurricane season

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Ana was spawned off the coast of Georgia on Thursday as the first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic tropical storm season. Technically, Ana is a subtropical storm because she didn’t form in tropical latitudes. She’s not packing anything close to hurricane force gales, but instead a stiff breeze of 45 mph maximum sustained winds, according to the National Weather Service. Ana is creeping at 2 mph toward land and is expected to arrive at the […]

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    Threat for severe weather across the Piedmont

    There is a threat of severe weather this afternoon and a Tornado Watch has been issued for Davie and Iredell counties until 8 p.m. The Storm Prediction Center has central and eastern North Carolina in the Enhanced Risk category for thunderstorms that could produce damaging winds and/or large hail. Bumped up again… SPC puts the Piedmont at an Enhanced Risk of severe weather. Details to follow on on #FOX8… — FOX8 Weather (@fox8weather) April 20, 2015 Probability of damaging […]

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    Piedmont counties under Winter Weather Advisory

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for several Piedmont counties until noon Friday due to the threat of black ice. Temperatures are falling and rain will be tapering off west to east by early evening. As this rain tapers off temperatures will be falling to near freezing and some of us will see some sleet and possibly a few snowflakes. Areas that get some rain when temperatures fall to 32 or colder will also see some light freezing rain. […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory in effect for Piedmont, black ice expected

    There is a Winter Weather Advisory for black ice until 10 a.m. Friday. Wet roadways refroze overnight. Use caution during the morning commute and watch for black ice. Skies will remain cloudy to mostly cloudy through Saturday. Highs in the mid 30s and lows from the mid 20s tonight to the upper teens to near 20 Friday night/Saturday morning. On Sunday we start out cold in the low to mid 20s and then a chance for light rain returns late in […]

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    Are we finally done with winter weather in the Piedmont?

    Sunday afternoon highs were in the 50s – a great day to wash the salt off of your car or truck. But don’t get used to the warmth because cold air is returning. At the same time, some jet stream energy will bring rain showers into southern North Carolina. Some of this moisture could meet the colder air returning to the Piedmont. So there’s a small chance we could see light rain or freezing rain across the Piedmont. Along the […]

  • 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 […]


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