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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!

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    Cold front will bring windy conditions, possible snow flurries

    A cold front that will sweep through the Piedmont on Tuesday will bring cold, windy conditions and a slight chance of a few scattered snow flurries. The first of a few cool-downs will occur today, with high temperatures about 12-degrees cooler than Sunday. Skies will be mostly sunny for the first half of the day, then become partly cloudy by afternoon.  Expect highs to be near 60 with light winds. Tonight, partly cloudy conditions will continue as temperatures slip into […]

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    Windy, cool day across the Piedmont

    High pressure to the north and low pressure to the south will usher in a brisk northeast breeze today. Expect mostly cloudy skies from central North Carolina to the coast, but more opportunities to see sunshine in our mountains today.  Showers will be confined to the eastern end of the state through the afternoon. Winds will be between 10-20 mph and temperatures will only be in the lower 60s across the Piedmont. Tonight, mostly cloudy skies stay in the Piedmont […]

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    Cold front to bring heavy rain, gusty winds

    A cold front is moving across the Piedmont this morning and into the early afternoon.  Along the front, expect heavy rain and gusty winds, up to 30 mph.  There will be embedded thunderstorms along the front as well. By lunchtime, the front will be moving across eastern North Carolina.  Scattered showers remain in the forecast from the Triad to the mountains. Total rainfall will be between 3/4 and 1 inch by midnight tonight.  High temperatures are going to be steady, […]

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    Superb weekend headed your way

    A superb weekend is headed your way! High pressure in southern Canada will nose down the East Coast through the weekend. This just reinforces the northeasterly flow across North Carolina and keeps our skies clear to mostly clear. Highs stay in the mid-70′s through Sunday with morning lows settling to the 50′s each day. Lots of events are happening this weekend. Everybody’s Day in downtown Thomasville, Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, and a World Rabies Day vaccination clinic in Liberty.  Feral Cat […]

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    Mostly sunny and mild today

    Morning fog will be patchy across the Piedmont on Thursday morning, but with every hour that passes — the skies will becoming clearer! Clouds will diminish Thursday as high pressure in southern Canada starts to ease into the northeastern U.S. As this high builds southward, the weather will stay dry and mostly clear, day and night. Mayberry Days in Mount Airy starts Thursday and runs through the weekend. Everybody’s Day is Saturday in downtown Thomasville. Temperatures through the weekend will […]

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    Temperatures, humidity dropping

    Temperatures are starting out in the lower 70s and the humidity remains high Friday morning, but drier air is on our doorstep. Dew point temperatures, (an indication of how much moisture is in the air), are in the mid- to upper-60s, but will be falling into the 50s Friday afternoon. That means it will feel more and more like autumn as the day progresses. Skies will become mostly clear later in the day. This is superb news for Friday Football […]

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    Last day of muggy heat before cooldown

    It’s here! The last day of oppressive muggy heat. Starting Thursday night, the humidity will be dropping and temperatures will follow. We just have to get past Thursday — although it will be hot. Highs will be in the upper-80s under partly-cloudy skies. As a cold front crosses North Carolina, rain chances will increase to 40 percent in the late afternoon and early evening. Total rainfall isn’t expected to be very impressive — 1/10″ or less. As we head into […]

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    Hot, muggy day ahead; Slight chance of rain

    Hot, muggy weather will continue through the day Wednesday and into Thursday. The good news is that a cold front that’s headed toward North Carolina will cross the state Thursday night. That means changes are ahead! On Wednesday, highs will be in the upper-80s to near 90 degrees. Even if the thermometer gives a reading in the upper-80s, the humidity will produce a heat index between 90 and 93 degrees in the afternoon. Skies, once again, will be partly cloudy. Rain […]

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    Muggy, hot weather continues

    Hot, humid weather will have a firm grip on the Carolinas for the next several days. Expect highs in the upper-80s to lower-90s across the Piedmont with dew points in the mid- to upper-60s — whew! Skies will be partly cloudy in the afternoon and only isolated showers are in the forecast with less than a 20 percent chance. Two cold fronts will bring a powerful blast of cooler air to the south by this weekend!  Highs on Saturday and […]

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    Warm, muggy week ahead

    It’s going to be a very warm start to the work week — and even hotter weather is on the way. Highs Monday will soar to the upper-80s by the afternoon under partly-cloudy skies.  You may notice the humidity is higher Monday as well. Dew point temperatures are in the mid- to upper-60s — so it will feel muggier for the next several days. Monday night, skies will be mostly clear and some patchy fog may develop toward daybreak. Low […]

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    Cold front rolls across NC

    A cold front rolled across North Carolina Thursday night; and we’re going to enjoy cooler, dry air for the next couple of days as a result. Mostly-sunny skies are ahead for Friday with highs around 82 degrees. Dew point temperatures will be in the mid-50s, which will be absolutely perfect for anything done outdoors. High pressure to our northeast will usher in light east winds overnight. This will produce partly-cloudy skies across the western Piedmont. Temperatures will be pleasant, in […]

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    Cold front to bring autumn-like temperatures tomorrow

    Temperatures will be warm Thursday, but a cold front is poised to swing those temperatures back into autumn-like territory by Friday. Expect mostly-sunny skies Thursday with highs near 87 degrees by the afternoon. That high temperature is above normal for this time of year, but dew point temperatures will remain low. A cold front will cross the state, and by Friday morning even drier air will be pouring into North Carolina. Highs on Friday will be near 80 degrees in […]