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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
  • Coworking space coming to Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Brad Bennett believes coworking will create more jobs in Winston-Salem. “The more we can do to spark creativity and drive innovation we create jobs,” he said. Coworking is a style that brings entrepreneurs and inventors together so they can work together toward a common goal. “So what we want is cross pollination… people looking to others to help them build,” he said. “So you might have a graphic artist working with a programmer working with a clinical application to create […]

  • Tips on fighting underage drinking in the Piedmont

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Kenneth Thompson with Guilford County Schools says alcohol is a huge temptation for teenagers. “When you see it, then there’s that tendency to experiment with things you see people doing,” he said. According to a 2009 survey, 72 percent of 12th graders in North Carolina have tried alcohol at least once. To help teenagers make smart decisions about drinking, Guilford County relies on a program called SMART. Students Mentoring Awareness Resource Team, or SMART, meet with […]

  • Windy weather expected for the Piedmont

    A low pressure system moving up the East Coast will bring winds to the Piedmont that could be as strong as 50 mph on Sunday in Surry and Wilkes Counties. One to two inches of snow is possible across the mountains Sunday with wind gust as high as 65 mph. Sunday afternoon highs in the Piedmont will be in the mid to upper 50s. A few showers are possible during the first half of the day followed by slowly clearing skies. Winds […]

  • Report: Congestion, damaged roads bad for state economy

    A national transportation research group says North Carolina’s crumbling and congested roads could stall the state’s economy. The transportation group, TRIP, says North Carolina ships $364 billion in goods annually. In order for the Triad to remain competitive with other states, TRIP Research Director Rocky Moretti says communities, instead of the federal government, should pay of road improvements. On average Triad commuters waste 22 hours in traffic and burn $465 in lost gas. Moretti’s report also says North Carolina’s fatality […]

  • Winter weather keeping insurance companies busy

    Accidents on slick roads and trees into homes are keeping local insurance agents like Dan Loggins busy. “I’ve never seen a winter like this with back to back storms. It keeps us hopping, and puts pressure on the claims system and pressure on the customers,” he said. After reassuring customers, the next task is to work with restoration companies to make sure repair work is done on time. Parker Williams with Phoenix Restoration adds, “Relationships with the insurance companies are important. The […]

  • Increased traffic on I-74 damaging road in Forsyth Co.

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The rough winter has created a lot of potholes across area roads, but North Carolina Department of Transportation Division Engineer Pat Ivey says another factor is hurting a section of Interstate 74. “We have seen an increase in traffic, especially truck traffic, which deteriorates our roads a little quicker,” he said. Interstate 74 westbound near the Forsyth County/Guilford County line is filled with deep ruts and bumps. According to a 2011 traffic count, 25,000 cars and trucks travel […]

  • Animal advocates protest use of gas chamber in Davidson Co.

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — The push to stop animal shelters from using the gas chamber has moved into Davidson County. With signs in hand, a group gathered outside of the Old Courthouse in Lexington. The animal advocates believe gas chambers are inhumane and lethal injection is the more humane way to euthanize an animal. Davidson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Larry Potts says the County’s animal shelter does use lethal injection and only uses the gas chamber for dangerous animals. “[The […]

  • Cleanup underway in Burlington, Elon following ice storm

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C.  — Elon University Senior Dallas Reynolds couldn’t imagine how much damage ice could do. “To be honest it looked like a horror movie. Trees down everywhere, accidents here and there, a big mess,” Reynolds said. During the recent storm a large one hundred year old oak tree fell on Belk Pavilion. The classroom building that opened in 2007 now has a large hole on the roof. Belk Pavilion is closed. But Elon University spokesperson Eric Townsend says no classes […]

  • More salt than usual used in Piedmont cities this winter

    A winter filled with multiple snowstorms has made ordering salt difficult for Piedmont cities and stores. “It’s been hard” says Southside Hardware’s Jeff Idol. “We had some salt carried over from last year and it was gone after the first snowstorm in hours.” It took two weeks for a new order of salt to arrive at Southside. At Lexington’s Lanier True Value, Gail Lanier sold salt to school systems that were desperate for salt. “Last snow, we had we had people […]

  • Improvements made at Greensboro Coliseum prior to ACC Tournament

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Leading up to the ACC Tournament, improvements are being made to the Greensboro Coliseum. The coliseum has not increased in size, but Greensboro Coliseum Complex Managing Director Matt Brown says the second floor concourse is now 50 percent wider. “We utilized square footage and put the restrooms closer to the public and used the larger space in the corners for concession areas,” he said. Also, the hand rails along the second floor concourse have been replaced with […]

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    Warm Sunday, sleet possible on Monday

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A spring-like Sunday will be followed by a winter-like Monday afternoon. We will see sunny to partly cloudy skies on Sunday with highs in the mid 60s. Rain will arrive early Monday morning with temperatures close to 50 degrees, but our temperatures will fall during the day as cold air from Virginia moves in. Rain may mix with and change to sleet by Monday evening.  Sleet amounts should be light because the cold air will be trying to […]

  • Open Door Ministries Hope House helps homeless families

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Brown family in High Point is getting a new start in life thanks to the Hope House. “It’s more than a blessing,” says Sterling Brown. “It came at a time when we were going through a tremendous time.” The Brown family was living in a hotel and was not sure if they would be able to own another house again. But Open Door Ministries Hope House gave the family time to search for jobs and […]