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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.

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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 […]

  • Push to use more local foods in Winston-Salem restaurants

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Local growers met recently with Piedmont chefs and restaurant owners to see how they can get more of their goods into their kitchens. Chefs like Jay Pierce say working with Piedmont producers is a good deal for everyone. “If we are spending money in our community, we are investing in cooks and growers. They are taking that money and spending it here as well. It builds a stronger community,” Pierce said. Also, chefs and owners say customers want […]

  • Tips for tree and lawn care in preparation for spring

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — February is still a cold weather month. But with a few warm days in the forecast this week, nursery owners like Mike Garner, of Sedge Garden Nursery and Landscaping, believe now is a good time to prepare your trees and lawn for spring. “People say ‘you are kidding me’ [regarding treating your lawn] in late February, early March. I tell them crabgrass can come up on the south side of a building and struggle and then take off.” Garner adds the […]

  • Shoppers hit the stores to prepare for snowstorm

    Lots of snow could be on the way and Piedmont residents are not taking any chances. Home improvements stores reported being sold out of winter weather items including cat litter, used for slippery surfaces. At Southside Hardware in High Point, Steven Stetts says sleds and ice melt were in heavy demand. “If we had a tractor trailer we would have sold it by now,” Stetts said. “Wish we had a tractor trailer of ice melt.” “We’ve got a couple sleds,” said Sam […]

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    Guilford County crews prepare for coming snow

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — With snow in the forecast, Guilford County Department of Transportation teams are loading their trucks with salt brine and pretreating highways and interstates. If the forecast for snow is right, Antonie White with the Guilford County DOT feels this will be a very long week. “Monday will be our last normal work day. Tuesday we will get ready for plowing and we won’t leave until all the snow is off the roads.” Meanwhile, Greensboro Field Operations teams […]

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    Coal ash spill flows into the Dan River

    EDEN, N.C. — Duke Energy, along with federal, state and local teams, are working to stop a coal ash spill at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden. Duke Energy says as much as 27 million gallons of ashy water along with nearly 82,000 tons of coal ash flowed into the Dan River when a 48-inch stormwater pipe snapped on Sunday afternoon. At this time Duke Energy does not know why the pipe snapped. But Duke Energy spokesperson Paige Sheehan […]

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    Advocates push to stop euthanasia of animals by gas chamber in Randolph Co.

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Animal advocates from Randolph County and across the Piedmont took their message of change to the Randolph County Commissioners Monday night. Sandy Tuttle was at the meeting. She hopes county commissioners will stop the Randolph County Animal Shelter from using carbon monoxide gas to euthanize unwanted pets. “It’s very painful. It’s torture and they shouldn’t be doing it,” she said. Randolph County Public Health Director MiMi Cooper says the county uses euthanasia by injection and gas. Carbon […]

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    Street maintenance teams battling potholes in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — It’s been a busy January for Greensboro street maintenance teams. So far this month, Street Supervisor David Munoz said crews have filled 162 potholes. “[There have been] a lot of potholes. We get complaints from citizens. We try to be proactive go out and seek potholes,” he said. Four teams travel the streets of Greensboro from Monday to Thursday. Their goal is to fill pothole complaints within a 24 hour period. Munoz blames the population of potholes on our warm then […]

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    Madison Rockingham Rescue Squad needs new station

    MADISON, N.C. — The Madison Rockingham Rescue Squad has grown to six vehicles. But Chief Rusty Gray says their base of operation has been around since the 1950s. “It has served its time. We have out grown it. The American Legion has out grown it. It is really time for us to move forward,” he said. Moving forward means building a new $1.5 million to $2 million base. The new base would have basic items the old center doesn’t have […]

  • Slight chance of snow flurries this week

    On your MLK, Jr Monday, it’s going to be very nice day with sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s. But don’t get used to the warm weather. A blast of cold air will move in on Tuesday and stay for the rest of the week. As the cold air moves in, there’s a chance we could see a few snow showers Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday will be sunny but cold with highs in the low 30s. We should make it above freezing on […]

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    Greenway extension to join two cities

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point’s Interim Parks and Recreation Director Lee Tillery constantly hears the same concerns. There is a one-mile gap in the Greenway system. “We get a lot an inquiries day in and day out. A lot of people use the Greenway. It promotes fitness and getting out with your family and utilizing the Greenway.” Currently High Point has nine miles of Greenway. But when High Point adds the other a mile link, Tillery says it will bring High […]