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
  • High Point school gets check thanks to award-winning teacher who lost battle with breast cancer

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — If it was possible to fit all of Allen Jay Elementary School’s teachers and students into the cafetorium, they would have gladly done so. According to Principal Carla Florres-Ballesteros, that’s how much everyone loved Meghan White. “She was worried about the equity of her students, especially the most needed students,” Florres-Ballesteros said. “She went above and beyond to develop relationships with her students and the parents to make sure the needs of the students were met.”​ […]

  • Entire FOX8 viewing area under a freeze warning until Monday morning

    Our winds are settling down, the skies are clear, that means it’s going to be a cold night.  A freeze warning has been issued for the entire FOX8 viewing area until Monday morning. If you have any plants on your deck or patio, please bring them inside.  Any plants planted in the ground should be covered with a cloth so they can stay warm. ​Monday afternoon will be sunny with highs around 60 degrees.  A southwest wind will keep us above […]

  • Freeze warnings and frost advisories issued across the FOX8 viewing area as temperatures drop

    Our winds are settling down, the skies are clear and that means it’s going to be a cold night. A freeze warning has been issued for Davie County, our Virginia border counties, the foothills and mountains until 10 a.m. Monday. If you have any plants on your deck or patio, bring them inside. Any plants in the ground should be covered with a cloth so they can stay warm. The rest of the FOX8 viewing area will be under a […]

  • Dual-language classes taught at Allen Jay Elementary in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — At High Point’s Allen Jay Elementary, a classroom filled with kindergartners are happily singing along to a video. By listening to the rhythm, you can tell the children are reciting their A-B-Cs. But the characters on the screen and the language the kids are speaking might be unfamiliar to a lot of us. “Thirty percent of our students are English speakers. Thirty percent are Spanish speakers. Thirty percent speak Urdu,” Principal Carla Flores-Ballesteros said. Urdu is […]

  • High Point Market donates furniture to Hurricane Florence survivors

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Normally when the High Point Market wraps up, furniture exhibitors head home. But High Point Market Authority President and CEO Tom Conley said this year will be different. “We heard a lot of them will keep their doors open, look for product, tag it and get it over to fill the truck,” Conley said. “This is a 53-foot truck and we hope we can fill it to the brim.” When the furniture market officially ends on […]

  • Archdale Boy Scouts troop loses $8,000 worth of gear when trailer stolen

    ARCHDALE, N.C. — Boy Scouts Troop 19 in Archdale is in disbelief. “Who would steal a trailer from a nonprofit organization?” Eagle Scout Liam Conover said. “We haven’t done anything but go camping and service projects.” The 6-by-12 foot silver trailer was last seen locked and chained outside of an Archdale church. Assistant Scout Master Ross Conover was just as shocked to get the news about the stolen trailer. “It was absolutely devastating for all of us involved,” Ross Conover […]

  • Piedmont agencies ready to provide hurricane relief again

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — These are busy times for the Greensboro chapter of The Salvation Army. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the wave of paperwork and volunteer activity. To get through a busy day, Capt. Matt Hedgren remembers The Salvation Army mission statement, “meet human needs, without discrimination.” “That might mean helping a family in Greensboro getting registered for Christmas and tomorrow going to serve a hot meal to a family that just got hit by a devastating storm,” Hedgren […]

  • Renovations at Carolina Theatre of Greensboro complete

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — After three and a half month renovation, The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro is ready for its close up. “It positions us well to have a bright future,” said Spencer Conover, director of development at the Carolina Theatre. During the summer, Conover watched as workers tossed out nearly 1,100 old, green-colored seats and replace them with new red and gold colored chairs. Meagan Kopp, director of marketing, said she feels the new seats are a big improvement and […]

  • ‘Eyes of Freedom’ memorial at Holly Hill Mall in Burlington through Sunday

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol, along with a line of veterans riding their motorcycles adorned with American flags, escorted a tractor-trailer through the streets of Burlington. The patriotic scene clearly illustrates that the truck is carrying special cargo. When the caravan stopped at the Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, Mike Strahle described the portraits that are inside of the truck. “Their expression, their pleasant nature, their commitment to duty, all of that comes through in their […]

  • Greensboro improving the way it communicates with non-English speakers

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Human Relations Education and Outreach Coordinator Jodie Stanley believes the city is doing a good job communicating with non-English speakers. “Language is critical to accessing services. That’s something Greensboro recognizes and we want to be the gold standard to what we are providing,” Stanley said. The city’s language access plan involves several steps. The first step is pretty standard for a lot of cities. There is a language line available if someone needs a translator. But […]

  • Rezoning could signal growth in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The Davidson County Planning Board is looking over a rezoning proposal that could pave the way for one of the largest planned communities in the county. According to Planning Director Guy Cornman, up to 450 detached town homes could be built off of Hege Road. Hege Road is between the Arcadia and Midway communities in northern Davidson County. “This will be aimed toward the aging baby boomers, this is a growing part of our society,” Cornman […]

  • Murals popping up all around downtown Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — ​Downtown Greensboro is known for its shops and entertainment venues. Zizi Barhouma, marketing and media relations director for ArtsGreensboro, believes the central business district is giving folks another reason to come downtown. “Whenever I tell people I work in the arts, the first thing they bring up is the different street murals and it’s exciting,” Barhouma said. “It shows there’s growth in our community.”​ ArtsGreensboro supports artistic expression and arts education. The organization has noticed over the […]