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.
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — “The number one Southeast Jaguar,” “grandma,” or Ms. Cathie are some of the nicknames Cathie Hayes goes by. Southeast Middle School in Kernersville continued to express their admiration for their school custodian by wearing pink. “She is just one of the pillars of our school here that has just helped Southeast be as successful as it is,” Principal Stephanie Gentry said. Pink shirts and sweaters were just the beginning. As students and teachers walked the halls, you […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — There was a time when you couldn’t see the playground through the forest. But after the April 2018 Greensboro tornado, Greensboro Beautiful volunteer Randal Romie said the storm changed the landscape. “It was really bad. Trees were blown over and they couldn’t be saved,” Romie said. Matt Hicks is a supervisor with the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. He described what he saw as crews removed tornado damaged trees from Kings Forest Park. “You might […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — On a sunny but very cold Greensboro morning, Sylvia Beck, 83, and Bill Haney, 80, prepare to leave their Abbotswood at Irving Park home by putting on their sunglasses and grabbing their hats and jackets. Their next stop: hiking the trails that crisscross north Greensboro. “There are a lot of nice trails in Greensboro that you can hike that are 5 to 10 miles,” Beck said. She has always enjoyed being outside. Her husband, Bill Haney, caught […]
ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Firefighters put their lives on the line to save us and our property. But for fire crews, the danger continues even after the flames are out. Recent reports indicate that when you compare the general population to firefighters, firefighters face a higher cancer risk. Edward Lipscomb is the fire chief for the Altamahaw Ossipee Volunteer Fire Department. He explained why firemen are fighting higher cancer rates. “There are cancer-causing materials that are in building materials now, […]
LEXINGTON, N.C. — 94-year-old veteran Albert Gobble is the grand marshal of Lexington’s Veterans Day Parade. It’s a title he respects. “Well, I don’t excite too easily,” Gobble said. “But it’s an honor. I know it is.” It’s tough to get excited when your military career has taken you from the farmlands of Davidson County to bases on the other side of the world. Gobble was 19 when he was drafted into the United States Army Air Forces, which would […]
The time is officially here to break out your hats, gloves and warmest coats because a cold front is coming our way this week. Arctic air will arrive in the Piedmont-Triad Tuesday, according to FOX8’s Charles Ewing. Tuesday morning isn’t going to be so bad, but it will be cold and rainy with temperatures in the middle 40s. But instead of the temperature warming up during the day, a strong cold wind is going to blow in. As the temperature […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — When Thomasville celebrates the Christmas season in a few weeks, the city will welcome back a family favorite. The Thomasville City Beautification Committee raised $50,000 to refresh and re-imagine “Santa’s Magical Workshop.” Mechanical elves from the 1960s will once again fill the display windows of the old Belk department store. Denise Barnes, member of the Thomasville City Beautification Committee, can barely contain her excitement as she watches the elves return to their holiday hang out. “It’s just […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Two Piedmont university students are giving back to the community by sharing their love of exercise and healthy living. Ashley Banegas and Gabby Kozlowski are juniors at High Point University and volunteers at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point. The two created a new club at the school called the “Macedonia Milers Running Club”. Banegas said they started the club because the community neede a fun and healthy activity. “Do something for the kids […]
SOPHIA, N.C. — The silence of a Randolph County morning is broken when Darrell Spillman starts his auger. Spillman and his son walk across the field, drilling out the dirt and leaving holes wide enough to fit a Christmas tree. “It takes a lot of patience and understanding that sometimes you are going to lose crop,” Spillman said. “That’s just a part of farming in general.” Spillman runs Spillman’s Christmas Tree Farm in Sophia. This month, he is planting up […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — 107.5 KZL’s “Jared and Katie in the Morning” show gets us going with plenty of music and lots of laughs. But this particular morning was tough for Katie. “I haven’t had anything to drink. I haven’t had anything to eat, so I have a bad headache and I am grouchy,” Katie said with a laugh. “I take it for granted I go to the water fountain all of the time.” Katie is participating in the City of […]
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — It’s a Christmas tradition thousands of people wait hours to drive through. Chris Weavil, Forsyth County Parks and Recreation assistant director of operations, explained Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights is a huge Piedmont attraction and a major undertaking for the park. “One crew brings the lights to the actual site, and we have another crew that actually installs the displays,” said Weavil. “Then, we have the third crew that wires everything up.” Getting Tanglewood Park ready […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Treating a person’s spirit is just as important as treating an illness. That’s why there are lots of smiles when horticultural therapist Sally Cobb makes a house call. “Hi Jean!” said Cobb as she cheerfully greeted her patient, Jean. “Hi Sally!” replies Jean. “I got you some flowers,” Cobb said. Who wouldn’t be excited to get a large basket full of flowers exploding with color and filling the living room with a wonderful scent? “That smells sweeter […]