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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
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    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 […]

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    Can’t afford spendy Seattle? City leaders want to help

    SEATTLE- The room in the Central District is jammed with a variety of community and labor organizers wearing red t-shirts with the Washington CAN! logo. Washington Community Action Network released a study called Seattle’s Renting Crisis: A Report and Policy Recommendations. Seattle City Council members Kshama Sawant, Lisa Herbold and Mike O’Brien are on board with having the city take some actions to make it easier to get into rental housing in the booming Emerald City.  One of the biggest […]

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    WSDOT pushes back the Pilchuck River to save highway, homes

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — Caroline Petosa looks from her backyard down below on dozens of Washington State Department of Transportation contractors actively moving the Pilchuck River. Her backyard has been shrinking nearly every year as winter rains and spring runoff cause the powerful Pilchuck to eat away at her river bank. “All of this down here would be flooded,” she said as she points to the grassy bank about 15 feet below the grade of the rest of her backyard. […]

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    CANCELLED: Flash Flood Watch

    SEATTLE- FLASH FLOOD WATCH in North Central WA has been cancelled. The thunderstorms over the area have diminished with the setting sun and cooler atmosphere. There is a chance for thunderstorms again in the Cascades and North Central WA tomorrow afternoon as well.

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    Gardening with Tim: Big event happening this weekend in Seattle

    SEATTLE- The Emerald City will be getting even greener this weekend as hundreds tour chicken coops and farms located right within the city limits. It’s the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm tour. The annual event goes back to 1999, when Seattle was just beginning to become a hot spot for chicken coops and people doing urban farming. This year 19 urban farms are participating. You can see what’s needed for keeping miniature goats, mason bees, honey bees, rabbits, […]

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    Missing link in Burke-Gilman Trail stirs controversy in Ballard

    SEATTLE — Tommy Gerome points to his elbow and shoulder when he talks about his road rash from a bad spill he took on his bicycle. “It was wet and my wheel just got stuck in those railroad tracks. I didn’t break any bones, I’m lucky the car behind me stopped. I’ve seen one person who broke their collar bone there though. I waited with them until the ambulance came.” He’s talking about what locals in Ballard call “The Missing […]

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    Seattle’s “season of light” coming to an end for 2016

    SEATTLE– The bright reddish glow lingers until around 10pm behind the jagged silhouetted peaks of the Olympic mountains in picturesque form. For the Pacific Northwest, this is our season of light. Every year for about 40 days, Seattle has sunsets that are after 9pm. These long days straddle the summer solstice which happens annually in late June. Our varying sunset and sunrises times happen because the Earth tilts 23.5 degrees as it goes around the sun through the course of […]

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    Historical weather: Seattle/Central Sound Independence Day

    Sea-Tac Airport observations began in 1945. Highest temperature…92 degrees in 2015 Lowest temperature…43 degrees in 1949 Lowest maximum temperature…61 degrees in 1992 Highest minimum temperature…61 degrees in 2007 July 4th number of days with maximum temperatures 90+:   2 85-89: 4 80-84: 6 75-79: 20 70-74: 12 65-69: 20 60-64: 7 Most precipitation…0.57 inches in 1992 July 4th number of days with precipitation > or = 0.50: 1 0.25-0.49:  0 0.10-0.24: 6 0.05-0.09:  2 0.01-0.04:  9 0 or Trace:  53 […]