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
  • Solar farm proposal could help Thomasville nonprofit

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina sits just outside downtown Thomasville. Blake Ragsdale is the communications director for the nonprofit. He believes the peaceful campus is the perfect place for children and families to restart their lives. “The goal is to provide healing and hope to a lot of children that don’t have a lot of hope,” Ragsdale said. The people living on campus are dealing with serious concerns like abuse and neglect. With the community’s […]

  • Making the Winston-Salem State University marching band

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Preseason football normally gets all of the attention in August. But Michael Magruder reminds us that this month is also practice time for marching bands. “I’ve been doing it for so long that I look forward to this time of the year,” said Magruder. “It just burns in me to get the students together and start preparing them for the next season.” Margruder is entering his 40th year as Winston-Salem State University’s “Red Sea of Sound” Band […]

  • UNC-Greensboro unveils new logo and brand campaign

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — On a bright sunny day, a DJ plays loud dance music outside of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro dining hall. A few steps away, there’s a giant inflatable Spartan helmet and cheerleaders. The gathering appears fit for a returning champion. But as UNCG Chancellor Dr. Franklin Gilliam reminds us, victories don’t always take place on the field. “We’ve done well in the classroom,” Gilliam said. “We are only one of two of the 17 UNC […]

  • Triad homeowners battle mosquitoes after heavy rains

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Not only are they a nuisance, mosquitoes can transmit the deadly West Nile Virus. So after two weeks of heavy rain, homeowners are doing what they can to reduce their exposure to the biting bugs. Companies like PMI Pest Management and Triad Mosquito Squad are spraying yards and homes, killing current and future mosquitoes. Matt Beam is a staff biologist for Triad Mosquito Squad. According to his research, we are looking at high mosquito pressure. In other […]

  • Rainy days impact farming in the Piedmont Triad

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Coming off of a fantastic strawberry season, Rudd Farm is looking to duplicate that success during the summer. Kenneth Rudd is one of the owners of the Greensboro farm. Unlike the strawberries, growing summer produce like cucumbers, squash and zucchini has been challenging. “You were going to get up and water something everyday because you were not getting any rain to help us,” Rudd said, of the recent weeks of dry weather. Most of July was so […]

  • Group working to find lost graves in Old Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Located in Old Salem, St. Philips Moravian Church is the oldest African-American church building still standing in North Carolina. In 1859, when members of the church thought the nearby graveyard was full, they created a little-known second site near the present day intersection of East Salem Avenue and Cemetery Street in Winston-Salem. “The persons buried here were the slaves that built Salem​,” said current St. Philips Moravian Church member Conrad Mitchell. The Second African-American Graveyard contains 50 […]

  • Improvements to historic Wil-Cox Bridge begin

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Years of debate and planning are finally paying off for the Wil-Cox Bridge Steering Committee. On Monday morning, the public joined county officials and the committee to break ground on a five- to six-month project that will turn the nearly 100-year-old bridge into a tourist destination. Dr. Max Walser is the committee chairman. He describes why he is backing the plan. “It can attract people to stay in motels and eat in our restaurants,” Walser said. […]

  • Some portions of the Piedmont see flooding Sunday night; more showers this week

    After a relatively quiet weekend, active weather will return to the Piedmont as we begin a new week which included heavy showers in Randolph, Davidson and Guilford counties on Sunday night. Monday will also see cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Any storm that forms on Monday will be capable of dropping heavy rain. Afternoon highs on Monday will be in the lower-80s. Tuesday and Wednesday will bring a slightly better chance for heavy rain producing showers and thunderstorms. […]

  • North Carolina National Guard allows children to experience fun activities at camp

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – The joyful sounds of kids from across North Carolina yelling, screaming and splashing are echoing through the woods that surround the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Education Center. Since Alice Dean is looking at a lot of smiles, that means the summer camp is working its magic. “There’s a lot of laughter,” said Dean. “They are not worried about what’s going on at home.” Back at home, Dean knows a parent could be preparing for a mission that […]

  • Overnight showers in the Piedmont, thunderstorms in the forecast next week

    For the next few days, we will track an upper level system moving across the eastern half of the United States. This system will keep scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. Sunday and Monday will feature scattered showers and thunderstorms with highs in the low-to-mid-80s. Rain and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for Tuesday with highs in the upper-70s to lower-80s. Shower and thunderstorm chances remain high on Wednesday with highs in the upper-70s to lower-80s. Umbrellas will […]

  • Dr. John Locke to retire after decades directing hugely successful UNCG Summer Music Camp

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Thirty-six years ago when Dr. John Locke accepted a teaching position at UNC-Greensboro, his first goal was to establish an influential music camp. Locke recalls some in the community thought he wouldn’t be able to achieve such a feat. “Band directors around town said, ‘John, go ahead and give it try, but it will never work. Too many other successful camps and it doesn’t have a chance. I’m sorry,'” Locke said. Over 60,000 students later, UNCG’s Summer […]

  • Tropical depression that could turn into tropical storm this weekend continues to linger off NC coast

    A tropical depression off the coast of North Carolina that could strengthen into a tropical storm this weekend continues to linger off the coast. The depression is expected to remain offshore and will have maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. High surf and rip are the only current dangers. By Tuesday, the future system, which could turn into Tropical Storm Chris, should begin to move northeast and away from the United States. Thanks to a cold front, several days of hot […]