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.
Last week, the Piedmont had a taste of spring. This week, winter has returned. Temperatures fell slowly to the lower to mid-30s Saturday due to clouds. Rain on Saturday could bring a few sleet pellets mixed in at the start in the Triad with possibly a few patches of freezing rain mainly north and west of the Triad where it will start earlier. Amounts will be very limited, but there is a winter weather advisory in the foothill and mountain […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Just like one of his hits, Luke Kuechly’s unexpected retirement announcement rocked Piedmont Panther fans. “It caught me off guard,” Kedrick Russell said. “My heart dropped when I found out the news that Luke was retiring.” A first-round pick in 2012, Luke Kuechly grew into a legend. The seven-time pro bowl linebacker was a defensive star for the Carolina Panthers. “He was a driving force on the defense,” Bennett Waller said. “He was able to read the […]
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The Thomasville Fire Department wants the citizens they protect to think twice before they hand over their hard-earned money. According to Eddie Bowling, Emergency Management Director for the City of Thomasville, someone is using their name to run a scam. “It’s very concerning when someone shows up at a community member’s home and collecting money and misrepresenting the fire department,” Bowling said. “We appreciate folks would dial 911 or call the fire station to letting us know […]
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Dale Pennington and other staff members got a big, unwanted surprise when they arrived to open the historic Kernersville home, Korner’s Folly. “We were not expecting to see this tree in such disarray on Sunday,” said Korner’s Folly Executive Director Dale Pennington. “This tree is over 100 years old. It’s a cedar tree that was planted when the house was built in 1880.” The tree survived an untold number of winter snow and ice storms and dangerous […]
EDEN, N.C. — The City of Eden received a $750,000 Community Development Block grant that will help qualified homeowners make needed home repairs. “I am really excited about it,” said Kelly Stultz, Eden’s Planning and Inspections Director. “We’ve had scattered site money in the past and money focused on other areas, but this is the first time we had funds solely focused on this mill village,.” The mill village in the Draper community of Eden was built around a textile […]
If the strong to severe thunderstorms in Tennessee continue to move east at 50 mph, strong to severe thunderstorms could be in the Triad around 10 p.m. From roughly 7 p.m. Saturday night to 12 a.m. early Sunday morning, there’s a chance strong to severe thunderstorms could come through the Piedmont. The main danger will be damaging wind gusts that could bring down trees and powerlines. The Piedmont is under a slight risk for severe thunderstorms. There is a chance […]
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro provides financial support to organizations and causes that leave a lasting impact. Now the foundation wants to make sure every sector of our community benefits. Cultural exhibits are some of the many programs that are made possible with funding from the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. To ensure similar programs continue, the foundation is working to expand its donor pool. “We were honest with ourselves and said to be the best community foundation that […]
FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Deputy M. Norwood has been with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for one and a half years. The job gives him a chance to meet the people of Forsyth County and at times, enjoy the beauty of the Piedmont county. “It’s one of those perks to being able to work in Forsyth County, in the rural areas,” Norwood said. “A lot of sights with the animals and winding roads and stuff like that.” Recently, the perks […]
GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The new year is bringing big changes to Guilford County Emergency Medical Services. This week Training Manager Jan Paladino will begin teaching the department’s largest paramedic class. “Last year we graduated 8, so we doubled the number of students,” Paladino said. “This will present us with some unique challenges like scheduling, and it will take longer since we have so many students.” Sixteen current Guilford County Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs will train to become paramedics. […]
A Winter Weather Advisory is headed to the Piedmont Triad as near-freezing temperatures Tuesday and possible moisture set up the possibility for a wintry mix. At 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, a Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for our mountain counties and will remain in effect until 4 p.m. If the moisture arrives in time, there could be a wintry mix of rain and snow. According to Charles Ewing of the FOX8 Max Weather Center, it could start as early […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The pressure is on! With Christmas quickly approaching, you are running out of time to buy your gifts and get the Christmas ham ready. At the Friendly Center in Greensboro, Chris Stanley is getting an early start on finishing his wish list. “It’s not that bad actually,” Stanley said. “The parking lot is pretty empty, so I came early.” But it doesn’t take long for the crowds to take over. Melanie Thomas said the additional shoppers are […]
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Meadowlark Elementary and Middle Schools share everything. The two Winston-Salem schools share a campus, long drop off and pick up lines and crossing guards. Kalina Gidley and Bryson Gidley-Wade are a brother and sister crossing guard team. With their help, parents and school buses move quickly in and out of the very busy campus. “I try to do a good job, and it’s nice to be appreciated,” Kalina said. “It’s nice to know that I am doing […]