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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
  • Baseball tournament held in Eden

    EDEN, N.C. — Eden’s Freedom Park is more than just a 58-acre recreational facility with a walking track, volleyball court and playground. The park is also a money-maker. “These tournaments are tremendous,” says Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Farmer. “It will have at least a half-million dollar impact on our local economy.” Big multiple day tournaments like the North Carolina Dixie Youth AAA State Baseball Tournament could bring up to $500,000. For one week, 16 teams made up of 240 […]

  • Urban farming in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Stephen Johnson lives just blocks away from UNC Greensboro. That’s why people look twice when they walk pass his front yard. “Most of my neighbors say ‘I love your front yard.’ They bring their kids and out-of-town guests through here — all sorts of folks,” Johnson said. Instead of grass, Johnson’s front yard has strawberries, raspberries, asparagus and other fruits and herbs. “One of my goals is to have something visible like this. People can say I […]

  • GTCC avionics program helping people find jobs

    With several Piedmont based aviation companies looking to fill job openings, people like Cary Floyd are learning more about Guilford Technical Community College’s avionics program. GTCC’s avionics program is the only one in the state. It’s a two year program that teaches students about the communication, navigation and electrical systems of an aircraft. A background in aviation is not necessary. Program Coordinator David Mayers believes the aviation field will produce more jobs in the future. “I think it’s something that […]

  • Greensboro-based Industries of the Blind makes new rescue strap for police

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro’s Industries of the Blind makes items like parachute bags and athletic apparel for the military. But the manufacturer’s latest creation is going to the Greensboro Police Department’s Special Response Team. “This is another way to help people that are protecting our country and city and we are proud to help save a life,” said Industries of the Blind President David LoPresti. The Greensboro Police Department’s Special Response Team was looking for a faster and safer way […]

  • Burlington Junior Police Academy helping kids stay out of trouble

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — For four weeks, 30 rising 7th and 8th grade students from Alamance County will exercise, march and read books under the watchful eye of Burlington Master Police Officer Chad Laws. “Once they get to high school, a lot of times they have developed a lot of bad habits that are hard to correct and they are not as open to constructive criticism as they are at the middle school age,” Laws said. So cadets like rising […]

  • 95-year-old Greensboro woman gets surprise ride in motorcycle

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For nearly 25 years, 95-year-old Fran Hart has volunteered her time at the Women’s Hospital gift shop in Greensboro. One day while talking to Volunteer Services Director Ginger Penley, Hart mentioned that AARP offered her a great rate on motorcycle insurance. But Hart doesn’t own a motorcycle. “I teased her,” said Penley. “Maybe they got your name from the tattoo parlor you’ve been going to. She laughed and the jokes started from there.” Other staff members at […]

  • Piedmont blueberry crops ‘incredible’ this summer

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — If you are going to have crop damage, this is the kind of damage Rick Langhorne wants to see. “The fruit load is incredible,” Langhorne said. “The branches are about ready to snap off. In fact one did snap off at the base.” At Langhorne’s Blueberry Thrill Farm in Gibsonville, his blueberry bushes are loaded with large berries that are easy to pick. On the other side of Guilford County, Bruce Henry’s Blueberry Hill in Colfax […]

  • 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 […]

  • Restoration underway at Korner’s Folly in Kernersville

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — On the inside Korner’s Folly in Kernersville it is known for more than 20 rooms filled with Victorian furniture. Outside, the bright red tin roof on the 1880 home grabs your attention. But the historic home’s executive director, Dale Pennington, says they are toning down the roof’s color. “The red tin roof was put on in the 1950s. While it’s the living memory for everyone, it’s not historically accurate,” Pennington said. Not only is the color and […]

  • High Point neighborhood residents concerned over drain issues

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Randy Freeman watches as a creek eats away at his backyard. “On the other side of my fence I had at least four feet and since I’ve been here it has washed away,” he said. Randy blames the drain that empties into the creek for his problems. The water doesn’t flow away from his house. Instead it washes away the land around the drain. Freeman’s slowly disappearing backyard is also affecting his next door neighbor Kenner […]

  • New wine and vineyard at Surry Community College

    DOBSON, N.C. — For a college that has won several medals at wine competitions, winemaker and instructor David Bower is excited about the latest wine creation at Surry Community College. “It will be great,” Bower said. “People will love it and I think it’s special. [It is] something that will bring in more from the wine program and incorporate that into the college.” Just in time for Surry Community College’s 50th anniversary, the Viticulture and Enology program is producing its […]

  • Local company making salad dressing for US Open

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Fresh salad dressing was Kissie Stroup’s reward for working in her grandmother’s vegetable garden. Today Stroup is adding her own twist to her grandmother’s salad dressing. Caterers use Little Black Dressing and you can find it at local stores. Kissie Stroup is thrilled that her family recipe is a hit. “It’s exciting because it starts as a hobby and it grows and you add smaller stores,” she said. Now, Little Black Dressing Company is adding a […]