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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
  • Days with complete sunshine all day long were common this year and last.

    Hottest Seattle summer ever? We’re getting very close.

    SEATTLE–   As the thermometers climb this afternoon, the Q13 FOX weather team expects we’ll get above 80 degrees again today. That’s happened a lot this summer. Today is expected be the 40th time this year we’ve hit 80 degrees or warmer at SeaTac Int’l Airport where official National Weather Service records are kept. 80 degrees doesn’t seem all that hot– but for Seattle we only average 24 days of 80 or above temperatures in a typical summer season.  47 […]

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    Forecast: Yesterday was bad, but could today be worse?

    SEATTLE — Unseasonably wet August weather continues today. Yesterday set a record for rain at the NOAA headquarters in Seattle near Magnuson Park with 0.32″ of rain. The previous record was 0.17″ set back in 1995. SeaTac was just 0.06″ short of the 0.56″ record. TODAY we’re seeing moderate to light rain across much of the Puget Sound in the morning. The rain will taper off into more widely scattered showers this afternoon with a chance for isolated t-storms, mostly in the […]

  • A gorgeous July sunset on Camano Island. Summer sun making a full comeback very soon. Photo: Tim Joyce

    From record rain back to summer sun

    What a soggy day yesterday! Today is our transition to drier weather. The system of low pressure that brought yesterday’s record setting rain to many NW cities is on the move. This morning it’s centered in southern BC and will be even further NE by this afternoon so we’ll dry things out for the whole region by the end of the day. But, let’s look back at that wet Wednesday’s RECORD RAIN. Some of these rainfall records go back to […]

  • Neah Bay clouds. Viewer pic from Teresa in Neah Bay.

    Rain, rain, rain… in July?

    SEATTLE — Not only will this be the wettest day of the week, it will likely be the wettest day of the whole month for many cities here in the Pacific Northwest. There’s a chance for some thunderstorms this afternoon, though mostly in the Cascades. The weekend is stll looking exactly like a typical NW summer with lots of sunshine and some warm temperatures. TODAY we’ll see rain at times, something I don’t often say in July. It looks to […]

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    Showers and storms ahead, summer returns for the weekend

    Big changes ahead as we enter the middle of the week. Actual rain where we need it: on those wildfires in Central WA. The good news is that a line of showers stretching from Portland to Wenatchee is providing some relief from the tinder dry conditions. The bad news is that we might see thunderstorms fire off east of the Cascades this afternoon. TODAY a nice mix of clouds and sun around Seattle/Puget Sound. More clouds the further south you […]

  • Clouds to sun today, showers return soon

    A weak front cruising through the region is giving us a few coastal showers and some light sprinkles this morning along the I-5 corridor cities. Still I expect some nice sunshine this afternoon. Another front looks to drop from the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday. A big weekend warm-up is looking very likely. TODAY we’ll see clouds to sun. High temps all in the 70s by the afternoon. Tonight clouds return and overnight lows in the 50s. TOMORROW starts out […]

  • Cooler, a few weekend showers

    A weakening front is moving in from the north and delivering clouds and even the chance of a few showers tonight into the weekend. Yesterday we did squeak out an 80 degree temperature reading at SeaTac Int’l Airport which brings us to 12 days in a row we’ve hit or exceeded 80 degrees. That ties this heat wave as the 2nd longest heat wave in Seattle weather history. The longest heat wave of 80+ temperatures was a 15 day stretch […]

  • Relief! Cooler weather arrives in the Puget Sound

    SEATTLE — Overnight those marine layer clouds sneaked in through coast range passes and up river valleys to fill in parts of the Puget Sound and Willamette Valley. It’s nature’s air conditioning ending our long heat wave, which for Seattle was the third longest in the city’s history. The good news is we’re not done with summer just yet– Mother Nature just turning down the thermostat a bit likely about ten degrees off yesterday’s afternoon highs west of the Cascades. […]

  • While Seattle has sizzled with temps in the 80s for 11 days now-- it does give us some amazing sunrise and sunsets have been particularly photo-worthy in Western Washington.

    The longest Seattle heat wave? We’re coming close…

    SEATTLE — As the mercury climbs this afternoon across Western Washington, this protracted spell of unseasonably warm weather will end up in the record books as the third longest heat wave in recorded Seattle weather history. Today will be day 11th day in row of 80 degrees or warmer at SeaTac. Due to the proximity of the cooler Pacific Ocean so close by, our typical summer heat waves are more like a heat spike– lasting only about two or three […]