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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
  • Here's come the pollen! The green areas indicate the low pollen amounts. Orange indicates medium pollen amounts.

    NW allergy forecast: sneezing and sniffling ahead

    SEATTLE- The allergy season in the Pacific Northwest is getting off to a typical start. Despite some record high temperatures the last few days, we’re actually only seeing low to moderate amounts of pollen in the air. Unlike the East Coast and Midwest, we’re seeing a pretty typical start to allergy season in Western Washington. This time of year we’re tracking mostly tree pollen, and luckily most areas are reporting low amounts of pollen in the air samples. That means only […]

  • Backlit Bee from another sunny day at Orcas Island (c) MAB 8-13-15

    Honey bee die-off linked to virus, humans

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  • A rare rainy season treat: some winter sunshine. Courtesy: Pam in Darrington

    February warmth setting NW records

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  • Warmest January for Earth since we've been keeping satellite records. Source: Earth System Science Ctr.

    January on Earth: hottest ever

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  • USDA numbers show WA snowpack is near normal for this part of the winter season.

    NW snowpack: massive improvements

    SEATTLE- It’s not been the best winter for travelers over Washington State mountain passes, but the snow in the mountains is great news for our ski resorts,  agricultural interests, and those that fight wildfires. Long term weather forecasts has called for an El Nino-type winter, which surprisingly has ended up dampening Puget Sound lowlands and is covering our higher elevations in tons and tons of snow. Compared to an average year, almost all of the watersheds coming out of the […]

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    White House Quake Summit: Watch Live

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    Sunrise in Seattle. Will Rufus the Mountain Beaver see his shadow?

  • Rufus the Mountain Beaver will make another Feb 2nd appearance on Q13 News.

    What’s the REAL story behind Groundhog Day?

    If you’ve ever wondered why America obsesses over a small hibernating creature every February 2nd, you’re not alone. The tradition dates back farther than you could imagine. The celebration of this part of the year goes back thousands of years– and actually pre-dates Christianity itself. Let’s break down the legends of Groundhog Day. Why February 2nd? To ancient humans, sun meant life. The sun warmed the Earth, it helped the crops to grow. They tracked the rise and fall of the […]

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    Tim’s tips on getting your garden ready for spring

  • Radar sweeps picking up lots more rain in store for the NW this morning.

    Winter storm slams the NW

    SEATTLE- A strong cold front moving across Western Washington is bringing heavy rain and snarling the Thursday morning commute. With standing water on the roadways and “rooster tails” coming off the back of cars on the roads and highways, Q13 Traffic Anchor  Adam Gehrke says this is the worst commute of the month so far. The excessive amounts of rainfall has caused a landslide that currently is blocking US 12 near Porter Creek in Grays Harbor County. For the 24 […]