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
  • Volunteers needed to help train local tracking dogs

    Whether you are a world class athlete or someone that loves to bake, the more you do it, the better you become. That’s why a Piedmont dog trainer is looking for volunteers. R.V. Wakefield is the owner of Tri-County Trackers. Wakefield, along with his two Doberman Pinschers, look for missing pets. Now he is adding Baron, a German Shepherd, to the team. “So with my dogs, they are air scenters,” Wakefield said. “Sometimes their noses are down on the ground. […]

  • High Point University senior starting his own business before graduating from school

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point University senior is starting his own business before graduating from school. After seeing and experiencing his own painful moving days, Ryan Gilbert thought there had to be an easier way of bringing your clothes, shoes and office supplies to campus. “I noticed that whenever session happened, people tend to downsize and they need storage,” Gilbert said. “So it’s an almost recession-proof industry. So that’s what got me started in it.” Gilbert got to […]

  • Davidson County Community College’s aquarium program is growing

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Eight May graduates from a specialized program at Davidson County Community College have jobs before they have degrees. David Ring is the aquarium science technology instructor at DCCC. Ring said for a program that started just five years ago, having eight employed graduates before commencement is a huge accomplishment. “We’ve been getting the word out slowly but surely,” Ring said. “Now the aquarium track has caught up to the popularity of the zoo track.” The aquarium […]

  • Take a walk through the newly-renovated Union Station

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Train stations across the United States and even in the Piedmont are getting a second look. Trains and buses are once again rolling out of the Galyon Depot in Greensboro. In Winston-Salem, Union Station will soon open its doors to the public. Michelle McCullough is the historic resource officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. She smiled as she walked through the newly-renovated Union Station. “You get the sense that this building has life and stories to tell,” McCullough said. […]

  • Changes coming to Hamburger Square in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Plans have been made and Greensboro Beautiful is ready to make Hamburger Square sizzle. Randal Romie is a Greensboro Beautiful volunteer. Romie said there is a special reason why the nonprofit organization can’t wait to transform the downtown Greensboro square. “It’s an essential part of Greensboro,” Romie said. “It’s an area we want to bring more people to and it was selected as a project for Greensboro Beautiful’s 50th anniversary.” Greensboro Beautiful and its partners see people […]

  • Preservation credits help rehabilitate historic Lexington apartments

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — A delayed apartment renovation project in Lexington is finally closing in on the finish line. Wellsley Robinson, of Core Properties and Development, took over Parkview Apartments on West Third Avenue in 2013. “It is so exciting. So many years in the making and to see the buildings ready for new life, it’s a labor of love,” Robinson said. The renovations of the two apartment buildings, constructed in the 1920s and 1930s, stalled when federal historic preservation tax […]

  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms, possible on Monday and a chance of an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out

    The work week in the Piedmont will begin and end with showers and thunderstorms. A slow-moving cold front will move into muggy air that is building across the Piedmont. So, for your Monday look for scattered showers with a good chance for thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Any thunderstorm that forms on Monday could contain damaging wind gusts and some hail. While strong winds and hail are the main weather concerns, an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. We […]

  • Action Greensboro collecting bikes for ‘Wheels on the Greenway’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Big bikes, small bikes. It doesn’t matter to Action Greensboro volunteers. Laura Lorenz said she is thrilled that the bicycles keep rolling in. “We take any kind of bikes. Whether they need new tires, whether they are in perfect shape, we have lots of volunteers that will repair the bike, pump up the tires and replace parts if needed,” Lorenz said. Action Greensboro and their partners are collecting bikes for “Wheels on the Greenway.” The fun day […]

  • Breeden Insurance Amphitheater to host Depot District Music Fest, BBQ Capital Cook-Off and Multicultural Festival

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — After an unscheduled break, the Depot District Music Fest and the BBQ Capital Cook-Off are back in Lexington. “The community embraces not only the BBQ Festival once a year but these three coming up,” Uptown Lexington Executive Director Rebekah McGee said. In 2017, Breeden Insurance Amphitheater hosted the Depot District Music Fest, the BBQ Capital Cook-Off and the Multicultural Festival. Hosting three events from mid April to early May was a learning experience for all three festivals. […]

  • Group working to bring co-op grocery store to Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Share Cooperative of Winston-Salem is working to bring a co-op grocery store to Peters Creek Parkway. In order for the 10,000-square-foot store to open, the group needs to raise a little over $1 million. Rev. Gary Williams is a co-founder of the Share Cooperative. He believes the community will come together so that a grocery store can open in the food desert. “It’s a labor of love and we have made tremendous progress in three years,” Williams […]

  • Randolph County DOT teams working to fix potholes

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Department of Transportation maintenance teams across the state continue their fight against potholes. Randolph County Maintenance Engineer Aaron Saunders said this year has been especially busy. “I be honest with you, this year we’ve probably been the busiest,” Saunders said. “We’ve been on potholes and enlisted the help of subcontract crews as well.” Three DOT teams, plus subcontractors, are criss-crossing Randolph County. And there are plenty of road craters to fill. According to entries received from […]

  • Rockingham County approves zero-tolerance litter resolution

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Rockingham County is taking a tough stance on trash. County commissioners recently approved a zero-tolerance litter resolution. County Manager Lance Metzler explained why commissioners are supporting the plan. “We feel like it is important to make sure our roadsides are clean and the commissioners have decided we are not going to put up with it anymore,” Metzler said. Metzler believes roadside debris comes from multiple sources. Some folks are tossing out garbage as they drive down […]

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