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!
GREENSBORO, N.C. — When the Crooked Tail Cat Café opened last November, it was something never seen before in North Carolina. It’s a café and a temporary home for adoptable cats — with an artsy flair. “Almost all of our cats are available for adoption. We do have a couple of house cats that rotate in and out, but on any given day, we have 10-12 adoptable cats,” said Karen Stratman, the café owner. Karen and one of her featured […]
HIGH POINT, N.C. — You can help provide pet oxygen masks to our emergency responders by attending “Every Snout Counts” this weekend! Sometimes, emergency responders find themselves resuscitating a pet that has been injured in an accident or house fire. Getting oxygen to those animals is critical, but oxygen masks for humans don’t fit over the muzzles of family pets. Captain David Peters of the High Point Fire Department says masks specifically shaped to an animal’s face is a lifesaver. […]
MOUNT ULLA, N.C. — Metal crates can be noisy and they definitely aren’t pretty. Because of this, many pet guardians choose to keep their pet’s crate in another room, away from their humans. Brian Bryant, Mount Ulla, sees every pet as a member of the family, and he knows most of us feel the same way. He decided to start “Designs by Bryant,” making custom crates that look like furniture. His designs are made by hand with locally sourced materials, […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Have you ever read the label on those doggie treats you give your four-legged bestie? It’s shocking how many ingredients are impossible to pronounce, not to mention how hard it is to know what some of them actually are. There is a group of local bakers working hard to give you something better! They work at arcBARKS in Greensboro and everything in their treats is preservative-free and completely natural. Visit their store on Spring Garden Street or […]
Raise the Woof is in one week! Builders are scrambling to put the finishing touches on houses that will be auctioned off for four local charities, and the guys with Beta Theta Pi at High Point University have their design ready to go. Nick Esposito says they are really making this a showstopper: “We’re going to put two windows on the side. We’re going to have a dog door in the front and then we’re going to have a nice, […]
Our family pets can suffer from heart disease just like humans! While critters don’t have issues with blockages in arteries or high cholesterol, they can still have cardiomyopathy (issues with the heart muscle), heart murmurs, irregular heartbeat and heart failure. Detecting heart problems early is something your vet does during regular check-ups. Symptoms may not become apparent until heart disease has progressed and may include lethargy, coughing or breathlessness. The sooner a problem can be diagnosed, the better the prediction […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — One of the biggest threats to your family pet is so small, many don’t see it: the mosquito. It’s the carrier of a dangerous parasite, the heartworm, and our pets are threatened with infection year-round. Dr. Eugenia Tam of Adams Farm Animal Hospital explains the heartworm’s life cycle. “A mosquito will bite your pet, it will transmit the parasite through the bloodstream where it will go and live in the heart. Over time, these parasites will grow, […]
GREENSBORO, N.C. — There is something cute afoot for holiday shoppers this week. Ten Thousand Villages is a fair-trade store that supports over 20,000 artisans in over 30 counties. And this week, they’re supporting local rescues too. “All of the artisans get paid up front, so the donations that we’re going to be giving to these animal rescue groups are coming from us,” said manager Emily Shoemaker. “you know, we’re not asking the artisans to pay for that.” And 15% […]
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When Allen Griffin discovered a large feral cat colony, he knew he had to do something. So, he turned to the Feral Cat Assistance Program to help trap, neuter and spay the cats. “Now there’s probably about 25 in the colony and they’re all healthy and they’re not reproducing,” Allen said. He continued to volunteer for FCAP’s Spay Days, which spay and neuters 60 to 90 cats every month, but he wanted to do more. He is an avid runner […]
FOX8 Meteorologist Emily Byrd says there is an “enhanced” chance of severe weather today across the southern Piedmont. Storms will be strongest south of the Triad, but severe weather cannot be ruled out completely anywhere in the Piedmont. The timing for stronger storms is between 2 and 10 p.m. Scattered showers will keep the Piedmont damp through the lunch hour today. Thunderstorms that may produce damaging, straight-line winds or isolated tornadoes are expected to develop in the afternoon and evening. […]
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