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After two decades in the Pacific Northwest, I really consider this region my adopted home. I’ve been working in news in Washington and Oregon since 1994 and every day I feel like I see some scenery that’s just too pretty to be real for my Midwestern eyes. I studied journalism at the University of Kansas and meteorology at Mississippi State University. I also took the Master Gardener classes through Oregon State University’s Portland Metro Extension office.

Believe it or not, I love the weather here in the Northwest. I like Seattle because of the rain, not in spite of it. My favorite season is fall and the days with morning clouds and afternoon sunshine are among my most favorite — luckily, we have a lot of those here. My partner Ryan and I live on Capitol Hill and have two dogs — Hugo and Gladys.

I’m known around the newsroom for…
My sense of humor and sarcasm, but people are also discovering how handy the random fact database in my head can be. People also have started coming to me with a lot of gardening questions.

What keeps me going…
Lots and lots of coffee. I also have a really good alarm clock to make sure that I can get going on time.

I give back to my community by…
Helping teach low-income Northwest families how to grow a portion of their own food. I’m on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth, a non-profit that inspires and educates on our local food system.

My greatest TV moment…
Any time that I can nail correctly the snowfall several days out – it is the trickiest weather to predict here due to our proximity to the mild Pacific Ocean. In reporting, my greatest moment would be when I covered the story of a little autistic boy who was lost in the woods near his Oregon home. The six-year-old didn’t have the ability to yell for Search & Rescue teams looking for him that cold winter night. The family’s dogs stuck with the boy and kept him warm overnight and then barked to alert the searchers when they resumed their search in the morning.

TV moments I’d like to forget…
Stories about human tragedy. I covered the high school shootings at Thurston High School outside of Eugene, Ore., where four people died and 26 were injured. Being a meteorologist and reporter, I’m often sent to places where Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on people’s lives – from wildfires to mudslides, I’ve seen all sorts of wild weather. I’ll never forget the terrible 1997 Willamette River floods nor the devastating wind storms of 2007 when there were wind gusts of 125 mph on the Oregon Coast or being on-air for the 2008 Vancouver, Wash., tornado.

If I had free time, I would…
Travel more, I love to travel and see the world. Every year I try to visit one place on the planet I’ve never been to, and one place in the Northwest I have not visited. Last year included: Italy and Iceland; locally Enumclaw, Lake Tapps and the whole South Washington Coast. Out of 50 states, I’ve visited 34. I’ve been as far east as Berlin, as far south as Hawai’i, as far north as Reykjavik and as far west as Nagasaki.

Recent Articles
  • This is one of 11 boats with Seattle Harbor Patrol that will be watching the waterways this weekend. Photo: Tim Joyce/Q13 News

    Warm temps + cold water could equal extra danger for the start of boating season

    SEATTLE — Boating season is just a few days away. This year, the opening day of the season looks to be the warmest in a decade for the Emerald City. That means those who patrol the waters will likely have their hands full keeping everyone safe on the water. “It’s a warm-up for us for the Fourth of July,” says Sgt. Kevin Haistings with the Seattle Harbor Patrol. “And Fourth of July is a warm-up for four days of Seafair.” […]

  • Turtles taking off their "backpack" shells to make more room for others. Source: Sound Transit

    Are you unknowingly a bad transit rider? We ask riders their biggest pet peeves

    SEATTLE — With the Alaskan Way Viaduct closed, King County Metro says they’re seeing the effects on our mass transit. Commutes are staring earlier in the morning and they’re much busier in the evenings. With lots of folks jamming themselves onto mass transit, in many cases for the first time, it turns out there’s lots of little, easy ways we can make everyone’s experience better when it comes to sharing this public space. “I absolutely hate it,” says Christina, who […]

  • Back to the drawing board for Seattle Public Utilities Photo: Tim Joyce/Q13 News

    Judge throws some of Seattle’s new composting rules in the trash

    SEATTLE —  Managing the waste flow and separating between garbage and composting just got a little bit messier for the city of Seattle. On Wednesday, King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus held that parts of Seattle’s food waste violate the state Constitution’s protections for privacy. That means no more snooping in residents’ trash to see if they’re complying with the mandatory composting ordinance. “Garbage cans are private affairs, there’s private stuff in there,” says attorney Ethan Blevins. He’s with […]

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    Astonishing April warmth: Not done yet

    SEATTLE- When weather record keeping began in the Emerald City, it was 1894. That  year: Grover Cleveland was president, Coca-cola was first sold in bottles, the iconic Tower Bridge in London opened for traffic and our state was still just a U.S. territory. In those 122 years since, we’ve never seen three consecutive April days in a row above 80. That is, until this week. Sunday (80), Monday (89) and Tuesday (84) all broke individual one-day records, but collectively they […]

  • Madison Park beach goers braved cold water temperatures to escape record April heat. (89 @ SeaTac on Monday). Photo: Tim Joyce / Q13 News

    More record-breaking heat: August in April continues for the NW

    SEATTLE — It might have been a Monday, it might have been April — but there was quite the crowd at the Madison Park beach in Seattle yesterday. It was just one of many places where people flocked to enjoy and/or escape the record-breaking heat. More than a full month before the floating diving docks and life guards arrive along the shores of Lake Washington, summer-like heat showed itself across Western Washington. Monday’s high temperature of 89 at SeaTac Int’l Airport […]

  • Blue skies and temps in the 80s. Photo: Tim Joyce / Q13 News

    Record breaking ‘three-peat’ of 80+ heat expected in Western Washington

    SEATTLE — Blue skies and warm temperatures. The sands of Golden Gardens and Alki Point were crowded  with people enjoying the spring sunshine and record high temperatures of 80 or above around Puget Sound. 80s are rare in April for Western Washington, but they happen from time to time. 7 out of the 30 days in April have record high temps in the 80s.  But, since record keeping began in the Emerald City in the 1890s, there has never been three […]

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    Get that garden growing! Last frost is likely over

    SEATTLE — After a mild but a soaker of a winter, I’ve been asked a lot via email ( and Twitter (@Q13Tim) about the last chance for frost. And I think for this year we’re done in Western Washington. (Sound the trumpets, cue the applause!) Frost can kill young plants. Water expands when it freezes and that expansion can burst the cell walls. Young plants are particularly vulnerable. For much of the King County and Seattle neighborhoods, our overnight lows […]

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    Same-sex and different-sex parenting: quality matters

    A study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics  says there’s no difference in how kids turn out whether their parents are same-sex or different-sex.  The author says the research shows it is the quality of relationships between couples that affects children more than the sexual orientation of their parents. Researchers analyzed data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and compared child health outcomes between female same-sex couples and different-sex households. Because the study focused on family […]

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    Seattle waterway ranks 5th worst in U.S.

    SEATTLE- The Emerald City makes lots of top ten lists but the most recent rankings isn’t one that we’ll likely be bragging about anytime soon. The Green/Duwamish River system ranks in the top ten of “America’s Most Endangered Rivers” in the entire country for 2016. The report comes from environmental non-profit American Rivers. The organization ranks the ten rivers listed are under strain from growing water needs, human activity and the impacts of climate change. The Washington DC based organization […]

  • Photos tweeted out by Nat'l Weather Service Office in Portland compares the communication technology of two different eras.

    Nat’l Weather service promises: NO MORE YELLING!

    SEATTLE —  Manners change over time.  A “thank you” that perhaps was once best expressed in a card sent through the snail mail, now can be a just a few thoughtful sentences in a quick email.  Dropping by unannounced on a friend or a neighbor might have been okay before cell phones– but nowadays it will get you curious looks at the door if you don’t text or call first.  And now the National Weather Service be will minding their […]