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.
DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Workers are almost finished taking the long talked about Yadkin River Park from the drawing board to the riverside. Chris Phelps is the executive director for the Tourism Recreation Investment Partnership or TRIP. Phelps was one of the first people behind the park. “I think we got here a lot quicker than a lot of people anticipated,” Phelps said. “It goes back to the partnerships.” A partnership between governments, citizens and corporations is making the park […]
DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Birds and squirrels are pretty common in Don Brown’s Davidson County neighborhood. But another animal is making an appearance as well. “They were here yesterday morning when I went to church,” Brown said. “And then late yesterday evening, they were back out again.” According to Brown and several neighbors, nine to 10 cows wander through the neighborhood. “Walking through the yards and eating the gardens up and leaving their hoof prints and other things,” Brown said. […]
Don’t forget your umbrella, the Piedmont will see some rain early this week. Scattered showers are in the forecast on Monday with morning temperatures in the 30s and afternoon highs in the mid-to-upper-40s. Ahead of a cold front, warmer air and better rain chances will arrive for Tuesday. Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper-50s. Wednesday will be a little cooler with highs in the middle-50s. Valentine’s Day Thursday is looking sweet with highs in the mid-to-upper-50s. Rain and […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. – It sounds strange, but staff members that are dedicated to celebrating the wonders of the natural world were setting brush fires at the North Preserve of High Point’s Piedmont Environmental Center. “In the absence of fire, deciduous trees will begin to move in and invade the pine forest and take the pine forest over,” explained Piedmont Environmental Center Director Dick Thomas. Overgrowth and trees like maple and oak have to go. Staff members and volunteers split […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. – Growing High Point is growing their influence. The group known for transforming empty lots into productive community vegetable gardens is now renovating homes. Their first project is a blue rectangle shaped home with boarded windows on the outside. Inside there are missing fixtures and exposed walls. Skip ahead a few months, the home at 1301 Pershing Street is almost unrecognizable. “Very exciting to see it all come together,” said Patrick Harman, executive director of the Hayden-Harman […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — The Student Success coaches at High Point University take their seats around the library table. In their hands you won’t find books or folders. Instead there are scissors, tape, shining paper, a box and a bow. One adviser then leans in toward the other one. “Maybe it would be easier if I cut so we can work as a team,” she says. The ladies quickly begin to understand that this is a team-building exercise. The box […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A Guilford County man taking pictures and video of wildlife spotted something else flying by. “I had been outside for an hour and decided I was done,” freelance photographer Bret Jones said. “But this bright light caught my eye, it was very small.” Jones quickly turned his camera back on and started filming, not sure if he got the small flashing object. When it vanished, Jones couldn’t wait to look at his work. “I kind of […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — At the Piedmont Triad International Airport, TSA security officers are officially back on the job. The government shutdown is over for now, and workers should get their paychecks no later than Thursday. But in the meantime folks like Damion Moore will continue to show their support for the TSA. “It was a no brainer for us to contribute to both of those airports and to show our appreciation for the work that they do for us,” Moore […]
Expect a good looking forecast for the Piedmont on Monday, with afternoon highs around 50 degrees. That’s ahead of a strong cold front, our clouds will increase Monday night with a slight chance for a few Tuesday morning showers. Our rain chances will increase during the day Tuesday with highs around 50 degrees. As the cold front crosses, cold air will rush in, changing the rain to a rain, snow mix or all snow. At this time, the changeover will […]
A dry cold front will bring the FOX8 viewing area clouds on Sunday afternoon with highs for the day around 50 degrees. A strong arctic cold front moving south will help keep partly cloudy skies in our Monday forecast. Highs on Monday will be in the upper-40s. The cold front will move across the Piedmont on Tuesday and the day will begin with rain. But as the cold air catches up to the rain, the rain could mix with or […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — It was more than a year ago, but Alyze Gaither remembers every detail of that day like it just happened. “It was scary,” Gaither said. At the time Gaither was a high school senior and pregnant. Fortunately there’s a program in Guilford County that helps young ladies become mothers and job holders. Holly Broadwater is the program manager for Teen Parent Mentor Program. “Our job is to bring these young ladies up to be mentors and […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As Chabarr McKenzie walks across campus, he is confident that he has found the right path. “It’s going great,” McKenzie said. “My classes are fantastic and I am learning and meeting new people and getting a feel for school.” The Winston-Salem State University freshman is studying to be a computer engineer. That means lots of hours in the lab. But there was a time when McKenzie wasn’t so sure about his future. “I always had that feeling […]