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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, autumn-like temperatures headed this way

    Cold front #1 has crossed North Carolina, but cold front #2 is headed our way. The first front has brought the humidity down significantly, and the day will be sunny and much more comfortable than yesterday. High pressure, sandwiched between the two fronts, will keep our winds light and our skies clear.  High temperatures will be in the mid 80s, very close to our normal high of 83. Tonight, expect clear skies across the Piedmont.  Lows will settle to the […]

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    Cold front crossing NC today

    A cold front is going to cross North Carolina on Tuesday, and a noticeable change is ahead in the weather. On Tuesday, temperatures will remain above normal near 87 degrees by the afternoon. The humidity will also be high. Skies begin as mostly cloudy for the early part of the day, but a clearing trend will be underway by the afternoon. There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with total rainfall remaining below 1/10″ in area rain […]

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    Storms in your Labor Day forecast

    The heat and humidity of summer will continue on Labor Day along with scattered showers and thunderstorms. There is a 30 percent chance of rain for both Monday and Tuesday. Total rainfall will be less than 1/4″ in Piedmont rain gauges. High temperatures will be near 90 degrees both days with a UV Index of 9 out of 10. A cold front will pass through the state in time to usher in low humidity and cooler temperatures on Wednesday. Highs […]

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    Chance of rain Labor Day weekend

    It’s a terrific end to the work week with skies becoming partly cloudy and highs near 85 degrees. Winds will be light and the UV index will be an 8 out of 10. If you will be hanging out by the pool this weekend, get your swimming done early, as showers start to pop up in the forecast by Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-80s Saturday and Sunday, but we’ll warm up to 90 degrees by […]

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    Humidity returns today

    Step outside Tuesday and you will notice a difference. It’s going to be hotter and muggier than the past several days — a reminder that summer is not over yet! Expect skies to become partly cloudy Tuesday afternoon as highs approach 89 degrees in the Triad. Our rain chances will remain low for Tuesday at less than 20 percent, but there will be an increasing chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday.  Total rainfall through Saturday is expected […]

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    Cloudy day ahead with a chance of rain

    A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday for most of the Piedmont Triad. Expect visibility to drop to 1/4 mile or less during the morning commute, especially along I-40 and I-85. After the fog burns off, we’ll have flashes of sunshine through the clouds. Temperatures will warm to the mid-70s by lunchtime and top out at 82 degrees Tuesday afternoon. There is a 40 percent chance of showers, perhaps a thunderstorm, during the afternoon and overnight […]

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    Rain sticking around this week

    It has been a very wet start to the week, with heavy rain just before the daybreak hours. Showers will become scattered into Monday’s lunch hour and then isolated into the evening. Total rainfall could be 1/4″ to 1/2″ across the Piedmont overnight. Temperature-wise, we’ll be much cooler than normal, topping out in the mid-70s Monday. Expect a warm-up through the work week as temperatures crawl through the 80s and into the lower 90s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will remain […]

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    Low humidity, partly-cloudy skies today

    Mostly cloudy skies are ahead for Wednesday, but at the surface, north to northeast winds will change everything for the better! The relative humidity is dropping across North Carolina, so expect crisp, autumn-like air Wednesday afternoon and evening. Highs will rise to 80 degrees Wednesday afternoon with a meager 10 percent chance of showers. Wednesday night, skies become mostly clear by daybreak and the dry air will bring morning lows to the upper 50s in the Triad. To the north […]

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    Sunny and mild day ahead

    Friday is going to be a bit warmer and we’ll get a break from the rain! Expect mostly-sunny to partly-cloudy skies Friday and highs that will be very near normal — around 88 degrees. The UV index is going to be very strong, a 10 out of 10, and outdoor activity should be limited between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to avoid sunburns. Rain chances start to increase over the weekend, but it will be far from a washout forecast. […]

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    Cloudy morning with possible showers this afternoon

    Thursday starts with mostly-cloudy skies and patchy fog, but skies will become partly cloudy as the afternoon rolls around. A cold front, poised to cross the Piedmont later Thursday, will spark off scattered showers and thunderstorms. There is a 40 percent chance of rain, and the Triad can expect between 1/10″ and 1/4″ of total rainfall. Highs will be around 84 degrees. Thursday night, the cold front slips eastward and skies will become mostly clear. Lows in the mid-60s will […]

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    Showers, possible thunderstorms back in the forecast

    Showers and a few thunderstorms are ahead for Wednesday. The chance of rain is 60 percent Wednesday afternoon and evening. Total rainfall through daybreak Thursday will be around 1/2″ in the Triad and closer to 3/4″ along the Blue Ridge. Any thunderstorms that develop are not forecast to be severe. Temperatures will be quite steady Wednesday, starting in the lower 70s and topping out in the lower 80s by the afternoon. With a forecast high of 82 degrees, Wednesday will […]

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    Nice weather continues

    It’s going to be another very comfortable, warm day across the Piedmont. The relative humidity remains low, and temperatures will be in the mid-80s by Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday’s high temperature will be 85 degrees. Overnight, lows settle to the upper 60s and clouds will increase across our skies. There is a 20 percent chance of isolated showers in the western end of the state, though very little measurable rain is expected through daybreak. Rain chances will increase through the day […]