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
  • 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 […]

  • High Point firefighters testing newest truck before they finish loading it and putting it into service

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – High Point firefighters with Station 12 are testing their newest truck before they finish loading it and putting it into service. Engine 12 is a 1,000-gallon pumper truck and will soon be joined by Engine 6, a smaller 500-gallon pumper truck. A rescue truck will go into service next week. Deputy Chief Brian Evans said the three trucks are a good investment for the city. “These three apparatuses cost the citizens $1.8 million. It was done through a contract buy so […]

  • Busy 4th of July weekend expected at High Rock Lake

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — During the summer season, the ducks have to share High Rock Lake with the boaters. This is especially true during the Fourth of July holiday. Kathy Tucker and her family described their day boating on the lake. “You’ve got to be careful and be aware of your surroundings at all times,” Tucker said. Additional boat traffic will be on the lake on and after July 4. Law enforcement officials will be on High Rock Lake to […]

  • Alamance County elementary, middle school girls learn about technology

    GRAHAM, N.C. — At Alamance Community College, a classroom filled with 20 Alamance County elementary and middle school girls are giving commands to devices called TJ Bots. But in order for the small cardboard cubes to work, the students had to put them together.. “They were able to look at the motherboard and see how it was set up and the components. Also they attached the jumper wires to connect to the motherboard and the LED lights,” said Lakeisha Vance, […]

  • Severe thunderstorm watch issued for parts of the Piedmont as Monday will bring scattered showers

    A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 10 p.m. Monday for portions of the Piedmont including Forsyth, Davidson and Randolph counties. The watch comes as a cold front drifting across the state on Monday will bring scattered afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms. A few thunderstorms could contain heavy rain and produce damaging wind gust. Storms could develop as early as 4 p.m. along the Blue Ridge, but stronger storms in the Piedmont may occur later, between 9 p.m. […]

  • Bed and breakfast in High Point competing for international award

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — When you think of trendy boutique hotel locations, you probably think of large cities like Austin, Texas, or far off places like Costa Rica and Kenya. But after an extensive three-year renovation, you might have to add High Point to the list. Louise Traficanti is the creative director for Eastern Accents. Eastern Accents is the new owner of Pandora’s Manor located at 407 W. High Ave. in High Point. “When we came here and saw the […]

  • Rockingham County woman overcomes setbacks, volunteers at outreach center that helped her

    EDEN, N.C. — Every time life has punched Nicole Boswell, she gets back up to fight again. “I live off of the three Ps,” Bowell said. “Prayer, persistence and perseverance.”​ So when Boswell became homeless, she didn’t get down, she got to work. Boswell took advantage of the resources at the “Home of Refuge Outreach” in Eden. Melissa Galloway is the executive director and founder of the outreach center. Galloway recalls meeting Boswell for the first time. “Nicole is a […]

  • Fire ‘extensively damages’ condos in High Point; one firefighter treated

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Between seven and 10 people had to run from their Tarrant Trace condos in High Point early Monday morning as a fire ripped through two units. High Point Fire Chief Thomas Reid was pleased that everyone made it out safely. “These people are very fortunate and I am thankful no one lost their life and no one got hurt,” Reid said. Two units on Tarrant Trace Circle were severely damaged while one has some damage to […]

  • Davidson County improvements will combine history and river access

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Davidson County is moving closer to transforming an area some of us drive by every day. Steve Shell is the Davidson County Board of Commissioners chairman. Shell explains the master plan for the York Hill Yadkin River Access calls for combining river fun with history. With the help of multiple sources like grants and donations, supporters are preparing to break ground on an $800,000 project that will improve access to the river along with providing better […]

  • Randolph County grower expects to have tremendous blueberry harvest

    RAMSEUR, N.C. — Across the Piedmont, one of the warmest Februaries on record was quickly replaced by spring snow and cold. Beverly Mooney, owner of Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur, feared another blueberry season would give her the blues. As it turns out, there were some rays of hope. “The temperatures did seem to bounce,” Mooney said. “We did have early warming in February. But when we had the freezes in March and April, the temperatures bounced pretty good for […]

  • Southwest Renewal Foundation gets grant for greenway in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A few steps away from High Point’s Southside Recreation Center, Paul Siceloff watches as earth movers dig and then smooth out a new pathway for southwest High Point. “We are very excited,” said Siceloff, the secretary/treasurer of the Southwest Renewal Foundation of High Point. His group is backing the effort to build a greenway in the community. “A theme or a focus is to be a heritage trail,” he said. “To identify the historic mill sites […]

  • Stokes County high school graduate gets more than $1M in scholarship offers

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — Seniors at Stokes Early College High School racked up about $4 million in scholarship offers. Trazon Mitchell is responsible for a good part of that haul. “I didn’t want to take out any loans,” Trazon said. “I wanted to pay for everything with scholarships.”​ So he applied for any sized scholarship. Thanks to his laser focus on academics and nearly 5.0 grade point average, Trazon received over $1 million in scholarship offers. “The key in getting […]