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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
  • Chance for severe weather today across the Piedmont

    FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd says there is an “enhanced” chance of severe weather today across the southern Piedmont.  Storms will be strongest south of the Triad, but severe weather cannot be ruled out completely anywhere in the Piedmont.  The timing for stronger storms is between 2 and 10 p.m. Scattered showers will keep the Piedmont damp through the lunch hour today.  Thunderstorms that may produce damaging, straight-line winds or isolated tornadoes are expected to develop in the afternoon and evening. […]

  • Latest on system churning along NC coast

    A strong area of low pressure is churning off the coast of North Carolina today. While it is not expected to become a tropical storm, it is producing strong winds and periods of heavy rain. Between Surf City and Duck, there is a Tropical Storm Warning. There is a Tropical Storm Watch from Surf City south, to the South Carolina line. This storm will be moving quickly to the northeast through today, passing the Outer Banks by mid-afternoon. Total rainfall […]

  • Creating crafts for kittens waiting for their forever home

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Any time is a great time to get kids involved with pets and crafts, so why not combine the two? Sharon Gray, of Animal Rescue and Foster Program in Greensboro, says it’s a great experience for everyone. “A: it’s teaching the children to give back to the community, but B: our cats love it… We love being able, when they get adopted, to send toys with them that smell like them.” I found some easy, affordable crafts […]

  • Local homeowners raise chickens for their colorful eggs

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — More and more homeowners in our local cities are choosing to raise chickens for their colorful, flavorful eggs. Amy Convery is a local homeowner who has four chickens – Dorothy, Sophia, Rose, and Blanche. “We like the idea of… kind of sustaining ourselves as much as possible with the garden.” While the eggs are free, the upfront expense getting a coop and a safe enclosure for the chickens is no joke. Still, Amy says the experience has […]

  • High Point farm offers guests chance to save butterflies

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — When it comes to monarch butterflies, Nora and Brandon Akers, of All-A-Flutter Farm have a lot to share. Sure, butterflies are pretty, but they are also key to pollinating crops and flowers — and at All-A-Flutter, the more the merrier. It turns out the monarch butterfly population has been steadily declining for the last decade because their habitats are being destroyed. “Monarchs are hovering just above the endangered species list, right there with honey bees, so […]

  • Wake Forest students raise puppies to be service dogs

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Marcie Moore knows how important service dogs are to others. Her sister, Maggie, has a diabetes alert dog who is a lifesaver. When Marcie started college at Wake Forest University last year, she decided to help other people who will be relying on service dogs. She is a volunteer puppy trainer for Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers. She has inspired more WFU students to do the same thing and now there are nine puppy trainers on campus. […]

  • Humane Society of the Piedmont holds car show to raise money for new van

    Did you know that one pair of cats that haven’t been spayed or neutered can be responsible for over ten thousand cats in a 5-year period?  That’s a staggering fact, and most of those kittens and cats end up in local shelters, facing euthanasia. The Humane Society of the Piedmont is aiming to stop that trend in its tracks by providing affordable spay/neuter surgeries to local rescue groups and Piedmont families. “If we can get to a no-kill status on […]

  • Greensboro teacher starts club to support out-of-the-ordinary animals

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dogs and cats are the most common pets in local rescues, but did you know there are exotic animals also needing forever homes? They can be tough to place because few people know how to handle, care and socialize reptiles, marsupials, and birds. Tara Culbertson is one very creative teacher who has designed a program for her classroom that also helps with socializing her foster pets. You can visit the school Facebook page here. People considering adoption […]

  • Great Dane acts as therapy dog for Randolph Hospital patients

    ASHEBORO, N.C. — Skye was born into Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love Rescue and destined for great things. She spends many evenings visiting patients at Randolph Hospital. FOX8 went with the dog one evening and the way she brightened the faces of everyone, staff and patients alike, was really heart-warming. Patients who have been away from home, away from their familiar routines and away from family, had a moment or two of sheer joy; moments to forget their health challenges […]

  • Rescued baby goat befriends miniature horse at Red Dog Farm

    Willie was a tiny, baby goat when he was found on a front porch in Jamestown last year.   He was healthy but weighed less than 10 pounds.  The homeowner called Red Dog Farm for help, and Willie’s rescuers knew just what to do. Because he’s a goat – and genetically wired to jump and climb – Willie needed special quarters until he could join a group of grown goats.  Daisy Trull, who manages many of the livestock in Red Dog Farm’s […]

  • Dog yoga taking over LeBauer Park in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Yoga has never been more popular in the U. S., but have you heard of Doga? “Doga is the union of body, mind and spirit with our dogs as the teachers,” says Megan Blake, a pet lifestyle coach, and yoga teacher. With her partner, Super Smiley, by her side, Megan is hosting the first Doga class in the Piedmont Triad at LeBauer Park in Greensboro. The class is free and starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Anyone can […]

  • Preparing yourself and your dog for a 5k run

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The weather has been unseasonably warm and people have been out and about for weeks. Some are training for upcoming races in the Piedmont while others are just strolling with the family dog. So, why not combine the two? Getting your dog fit enough for a 5k run is fun and very similar to getting yourself in shape. Of course, consult your veterinarian to be sure your dog is healthy for tackling longer distances and a faster […]