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
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    Puget Sound gets a break from the rain … until the afternoon

    SEATTLE —  We’ll see some scattered showers at times that will work their way inland from the coast during the day Friday so the morning commute looks dry around Puget Sound. High temps will be a tad cooler than in the 55-60 degree range. By Friday afternoon, the showers will likely move over Puget Sound. It looks at this point like we get a bit of a break from the rain on Saturday around Puget Sound, but the coast will […]

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    Western Washington is on track for the wettest October on record!

    SEATTLE — This month has been rainy. Very rainy. Like record-shattering rainy. Heavy rain in the last 48 hours has just added to what could be the wettest October on Record! “Remember October 2003? We saw our WETTEST DAY EVER!” said Q13 chief meteorologist Walter Kelley. “Over 5 inches in one day here in Seattle. I’ll never forget because I was jogging that day and the Queen Anne underpass was full of water and some floating cars!” That month, nearly 9 inches […]

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    5 signs of an impending landslide you need to know

    SEATTLE — If the clouds and recent heavy rains didn’t alert you, this is landslide season. Washington tops the list of states that are most prone to landslides. While it’s nearly impossible to survive a slide once it’s headed your way– Mother Nature almost always gives clues on how to spot those signs to get out before it’s too late. Each new storm brings new risks. “It is absolutely landslide season here in the Pacific Northwest,” says Kathy Troost. She […]

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    NWS warns typhoon remains to slam Washington with ‘damaging winds, heavy rains’ today

    SEATTLE — Western Washington, still recovering from a major rain and wind storm,  is bracing for the next big rain and wind event — the remnants of a Pacific typhoon — that is expected to hammer the area late Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Some fear the storm could be the strongest and most dangerous storm  to hit the area in a decade or more. Q13 News’ team of meteorologists is getting you prepared for the storm. Watch Q13 News […]

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    ‘It’s bittersweet:’ Decades-old Seattle nursery slated to close

    SEATTLE — City People’s Garden Store has seen trends come and go. Now, the favorite garden store of the area is leaving, making way for new construction. Tim Joyce has more on this amazing neighborhood hub.

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    Gardening with Tim: 7 tips for taking care of indoor plants

    As the weather turns chillier and your garden gets soggier—there’s lots of fun in raising plants indoors. But they do more than just look pretty a living room or bedroom.

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    Eeeek! Tips on how to keep your house free and clear during spider season

    SEATTLE — Believe it or not, most houses likely have spiders in them before they have people. That’s because their egg sacks travel on building supplies and moving boxes as the house is built. In fact, spiders and homes go together like chocolate and milk. Records show spiders have lived in human dwellings since at least the time of ancient Romans. But they’re not always welcome.  And as fall approaches, they’re more and more visible. Homeowners shouldn’t be concerned, though. Rod […]

  • Oregon State University researchers say earthquakes off the coast of Oregon and Washington are happening more often than they ever thought before, and new findings show the chance of a big quake hitting the coast in the next 50 years is even higher than previously thought.

    New research shows chance of ‘Big One’ in NW higher than believed

    CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University researchers say earthquakes off the coast of Oregon and Washington are happening more often than they ever thought before, and new findings show the chance of a big quake hitting the coast in the next 50 years is even higher than previously thought. Oregon State University marine geologist Chris Goldfinger works in a facility the researcher refers to as an “earth library.” It is an unassuming building that’s kept below 40 degrees at all times […]

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    90 degrees! Finally some summer sizzle for Seattle

    SEATTLE– With bright sunshine and a few high cirrus clouds, the Seattle area hit 90 degrees for the first time this summer Friday at SeaTac International Airport, where official climate records are tracked for the region. Previously our “hottest day this summer” was 87 on July 28th. The National Weather Service Office in Seattle says Friday was also the hottest day of the year in the San Juan Islands with an 85 degree reading at Friday Harbor. Other cities getting into the 90s club […]

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    No boys allowed: Female teenagers learn firefighting, life skills in special ‘Camp Blaze’

    BELLEVUE, Wash.– The giant metal jaws bite into the steel of the car frame. The hydraulics whir loudly and the jaws snap shut as teenagers cheer loudly as they pull off the car top. They’re tearing open these cars like tin cans under the watchful eyes of female firefighters from Oregon, California, Alaska, Iowa and Washington. But what these teen girls aged 16-19 are really doing is opening up their futures. “I’m actually a pretty shy person,” says 19-year-old Emerald […]