Emily Byrd began studying the weather early in life, watching and listening for thunderstorms on the front porch. It was then that she developed a fascination with how the atmosphere behaves. There was never anything else that she wanted to do growing up than study the weather. Every evening at 6:16 p.m., she would leave the dinner table to catch Frank Deal doing the weather on WGHP. He always had a report from “our man” and a funny joke to share. Fred Blackman and Cynthia Smoot led the newscast and Rich Brenner signaled time to go back to the dinner table and finish eating. Two young upstarts joined the team, Neill McNeill and Van Denton, and the question on Emily’s mind was “Are those really their names?”
Time has a wonderful way of answering our questions, and in 2002 she had the honor of joining the team at WGHP. It’s great fun to walk the same halls as the people she grew up admiring and to be a part of the FOX 8 Family makes her work incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
Emily grew up in the Triad, graduated from North Carolina State University with a Degree in Meteorology and from UNC-Greensboro with a Degree in Fine Arts. She worked at WXLV and WNCN before coming to WGHP.
When she isn’t working, Emily enjoys time with her mostly-perfect daughter, gardening, sewing and jogging.
If you have a weather-related question for Emily, please e-mail, or tweet her @Em_I_Am!
Call them “honkers” or just a nuisance, Canada geese are thriving here. In fact, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission estimates more than 100,000 of these birds call our state home. Not everyone likes these noisy, and sometimes aggressive, neighbors. Enter: The Geese Police! That’s today’s Project Pet.
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Researchers are looking for 10,000 dogs for a study on the aging process. The “Dog Aging Project” is a collective effort from 16 different veterinary schools, medical schools and research facilities nationwide, including North Carolina State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. It turns out dogs age much like people, albeit at a faster pace. Signs of aging in both species include dementia, cancer, and heart disease. Dogs also live in the same environment as us, so scientists are hoping this study […]
“Men and women… they run 29 miles through the mountains running next to a donkey. They’re not riding the donkey. They’re not pulling the donkey. They have somehow persuaded nature’s most stubborn creature that it feels like spending the afternoon running 29 miles with them.” That’s Christopher McDougall describing ‘pack burro racing,’ Colorado’s official summer heritage sport. Christopher has written a book on how he rescued a small donkey named Sherman, and tackled one of the most challenging races with […]
By now, most of us have heard about the Belgian Malinois that helped to corner isis leader Al-Baghdadi. Now, breeders have been inundated with requests for Malinois puppies. Thing is, this isn’t always a good choice as a family dog. If you were to compare a Golden Retriever to a Malinois, it’s like comparing a compact car to a mack truck. “They’re just like 50-, 60-pound muscles,” said Dr. Harvey Goho, of Skeet Club Veterinary Clinic. “While Malinois are really, […]
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Cats. They have a reputation for being aloof. But a recent study in the journal Current Biology shows there may be more going on in that feline noggin than we thought. It turns out cats like their people as much as dogs and humans like their people. So how did researchers come to this conclusion? Cats were put into an unfamiliar room with their caregivers for two minutes, then separated for two minutes, then reunited for two minutes. Then, researchers […]
Jessica Mashburn is known locally for her beautiful voice. She performs regularly at Printworks Bistro in Greensboro. After volunteering at the Guilford County Animal Shelter, she decided to share her talent in a different way … through photography. Mashburn began Furr Frames — digital picture frames featuring portraits of shelter pets. These frames are located in 35 locally-owned restaurants and stores in Greensboro and Guilford County. Already, 80 of her photographed pets have been adopted. “A lot of these pets […]
Krissie Newman stays busy with her work at Rescue Ranch in Statesville, but she has also contributed her time to disaster rescue training. Recently, she spent a week in Abacos Island to help animals who survived Hurricane Dorian, working with International Animal Welfare Fund (IAWF). “It’s been a nice organization to be a part of, and to know that you’re going in and everyone is doing it for the right reasons,” she said. The scope of the devastation is something […]
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