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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
  • Snow in Buckley, Sunday Nov 17th 2015  (photo by David Bond)

    Could scattered showers, colder temps mean possible lowland snow next week?

    SEATTLE — The rain is clearing out in Western Washington– but there is now a chance of snow beginning to develop in the lowlands early next week. Skies will start to clear from north to south today– with highs only in the upper 40s. Normal for this part of November is 50 degrees. We still have some rivers above flood stage– but they’ll continue receding today. Mt. Baker Ski Area opens today for skiing and hopefully other NW resorts will […]

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    Two people rescued from submerged cars as floodwaters rise; 150,000 still without power

    STANWOOD, Wash. — Emergency responders used a backhoe to rescue one person stuck in a car as floodwaters quickly rose in Snohomish County. North County Fire and Rescue said they were called Wednesday morning to Marine Drive in Stanwood. The water rescue team was able to rescue a woman with the help of a city of Stanwood backhoe. It was able to navigate through the rising waters. Another driver was rescued in the same area overnight, according to Stanwood Mayor […]

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    Northwest ski season is nearly here — but will it last?

    After a lackluster and frustrating ski season last year, considered one of the worst in Washington State history, this year is looking more promising for skiers and snowboarders. At least, so far with snow levels staying below pass level for rest of the week. Snowcats and snowmobiles will be buzzing all around the Mt. Baker Ski Area today as they get ready for opening day tomorrow. They’ll be grooming the slopes and setting up rope lines and all the infrastructure […]

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    Fall storm hammers NW, bringing whipping winds and flooding rains all weekend

    SEATTLE – Flooding rains and whipping winds from a fall storm continued to pound the Pacific Northwest on Friday. In what the National Weather Service is calling an “atmospheric river event,” the jet stream is taking dead aim at Washington and Oregon for  much of today and into the weekend. While the rain will be heavy at times, it’s the duration of the rain and wind that will cause the most problems for people. Flooding, power outages, downed trees, possible […]

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    Historically hot summer comes to a close

    SEATTLE We say goodbye to summer tonight– or for those of us that are not fans of the sun or heat– we’ll say good riddance to the hottest summer ever recorded here in Seattle. Summer 2015 will be remember for record heat and record dry weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Summer-like weather started early for us in Seattle. Our first of 51 days above 80 degrees or warmer happened on May 9th.  The old record for days 80 or […]

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    Autumn-like storm takes aim at Northwest; firefighters hope for relief

    SEATTLE- The calendar might say August– but it will feel like late September this weekend in the Pacific Northwest. A series of storms will move bands of heavy rain through the region. The first band of rain moved through early Friday morning– and more is expected over the course of the weekend. We’ve been tracking the first low sitting off the coast of California for more than week. It’s been stalled by a ridge of high pressure over the Rocky Mountains. As […]

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    Amazing photos show Washington Wildfires from the air

    SEATTLE — Wildfires scorching Washington State have blanketed the region in thick smoke that at times from the ground to almost block the sun. Air quality concerns from the crest of the Cascades stretch all the way east to central Montana. But, getting above the flames and smoke lends a dramatic view of the rugged terrain and massive size of fires that crews on the ground have been battling in the Pacific Northwest for weeks. Descending yesterday from a cruising altitude of […]

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    How a ‘lazy jet stream’ is affecting Northwest weather

    SEATTLE — A Rolling Stone Magazine article is causing buzz on-line about climate change. It uses the raging wildfire in Western Washington’s wettest rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula as just one of several examples of the many changes we’re seeing around the globe when it comes to climate change. And some places are going to see more rapid changes than others, says Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass at University of Washington. I n a 2014 radio interview, Dr. Mass said “Climate change is not […]

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    July’s summer sizzle breaks all-time heat record in Western Washington; state says ‘extreme fire danger’ in 11 counties

    SEATTLE — The summer of 2015 is sizzling like no other we’ve seen in recorded weather history here. As the mercury climbed to the mid-90s Thursday afternoon around the Puget Sound lowlands, it marked the 10th time we’ve seen 90 degrees or warmer in 2015. That’s something that has never happened since record keeping began in the Emerald City in 1894. A typical summer in Seattle only has about four days of 90 plus temperatures. The previous record of days 90 or […]


    Important tips for avoiding dangers of the record-breaking weather

    SEATTLE — With the mercury climbing all around the Pacific Northwest, avoiding the heat isn’t easy to do. Q13 FOX News Meteorologist Tim Joyce has compiled a list of tips for avoiding the heat, and staying hydrated.  When temperatures get this hot– you’ll want to shift any strenuous outdoor activities to the morning hours or the late evening when temperatures have cooled. Sunscreen keeps you cool too, since a sunburn doesn’t let your body release heat properly. Drink lots of […]