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.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Plans have been made and Greensboro Beautiful is ready to make Hamburger Square sizzle. Randal Romie is a Greensboro Beautiful volunteer. Romie said there is a special reason why the nonprofit organization can’t wait to transform the downtown Greensboro square. “It’s an essential part of Greensboro,” Romie said. “It’s an area we want to bring more people to and it was selected as a project for Greensboro Beautiful’s 50th anniversary.” Greensboro Beautiful and its partners see people […]
LEXINGTON, N.C. — A delayed apartment renovation project in Lexington is finally closing in on the finish line. Wellsley Robinson, of Core Properties and Development, took over Parkview Apartments on West Third Avenue in 2013. “It is so exciting. So many years in the making and to see the buildings ready for new life, it’s a labor of love,” Robinson said. The renovations of the two apartment buildings, constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, stalled when federal historic preservation tax […]
The work week in the Piedmont will begin and end with showers and thunderstorms. A slow-moving cold front will move into muggy air that is building across the Piedmont. So, for your Monday look for scattered showers with a good chance for thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Any thunderstorm that forms on Monday could contain damaging wind gusts and some hail. While strong winds and hail are the main weather concerns, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. We […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Big bikes, small bikes. It doesn’t matter to Action Greensboro volunteers. Laura Lorenz said she is thrilled that the bicycles keep rolling in. “We take any kind of bikes. Whether they need new tires, whether they are in perfect shape, we have lots of volunteers that will repair the bike, pump up the tires and replace parts if needed,” Lorenz said. Action Greensboro and their partners are collecting bikes for “Wheels on the Greenway.” The fun day […]
LEXINGTON, N.C. — After an unscheduled break, the Depot District Music Fest and the BBQ Capital Cook-Off are back in Lexington. “The community embraces not only the BBQ Festival once a year but these three coming up,” Uptown Lexington Executive Director Rebekah McGee said. In 2017, Breeden Insurance Amphitheater hosted the Depot District Music Fest, the BBQ Capital Cook-Off and the Multicultural Festival. Hosting three events from mid April to early May was a learning experience for all three festivals. […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Share Cooperative of Winston-Salem is working to bring a co-op grocery store to Peters Creek Parkway. In order for the 10,000-square-foot store to open, the group needs to raise a little over $1 million. Rev. Gary Williams is a co-founder of the Share Cooperative. He believes the community will come together so that a grocery store can open in the food desert. “It’s a labor of love and we have made tremendous progress in three years,” Williams […]
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Department of Transportation maintenance teams across the state continue their fight against potholes. Randolph County Maintenance Engineer Aaron Saunders said this year has been especially busy. “I be honest with you, this year we’ve probably been the busiest,” Saunders said. “We’ve been on potholes and enlisted the help of subcontract crews as well.” Three DOT teams, plus subcontractors, are criss-crossing Randolph County. And there are plenty of road craters to fill. According to entries received from […]
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County is taking a tough stance on trash. County commissioners recently approved a zero-tolerance litter resolution. County Manager Lance Metzler explained why commissioners are supporting the plan. “We feel like it is important to make sure our roadsides are clean and the commissioners have decided we are not going to put up with it anymore,” Metzler said. Metzler believes roadside debris comes from multiple sources. Some folks are tossing out garbage as they drive down […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Large, stately oak trees can add a bit of character to any neighborhood. Sadly, frequent storms and wind destroyed so many providers of shade and natural beauty. Christina Larson is the owner of Guilford Garden Center in Greensboro. To help homeowners replace damaged oak trees, she created the Greensboro Oaks Project. “We didn’t make any money on it,” said Larson. “We just felt it was important to give back to the community and help folks replant what […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A wave of political and social change swept across the United States during the late 1960s and 1970s. Fifty years ago, at Winston-Salem State College, a group of 12 African-American women felt the time was right to begin a new campus group. One of the 12 Founders, Anita Chase explains. “It was like a thirst, a need or a want. It filled a void that people were feeling,” said Chase. Women on campus wanted to connect and […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — At Patriot Rovers, three golden retriever puppies are running across a large enclosed area. The young dogs are having fun, but owner David Cantara said the pups will soon begin a serious mission. “Our goal is to provide a lifeline to these veterans and get them out of their headspace that they are in and help them cope with the aftermath of combat deployments,” Cantara said. It takes a little over a year to train golden […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nearly 40 college students are putting down the beach balls and picking up hammers. Students from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven are building homes for Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. Crews are spread out between two work sites on Richard Allen Lane in Winston-Salem. Gianna Mastroninni is from Southern Connecticut State University. She said it was an easy decision to spend her spring break […]