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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
  • Dodging giant puddles like this on Seattle's Capitol Hill was common on Wednesday with record rains in the NW.  Viewer photo: Tim Durkan

    Strong storm soaks records, brings problems

    SEATTLE- Drenching sheets of rain and gusty winds. Downed power lines and customers in the dark in portions of Western Washington. The strongest storm of the fall so far brought problems to the Pacific Northwest yesterday. Q13 FOX Traffic Reporter Adam Gehrke says there were 45 accidents on the roadways around the Puget Sound on what became a wild Wednesday morning commute. Two of those accidents involved jack-knifed semi trucks that were blocking lanes of Interstate 5 in both Seattle and […]

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    Rain sticks around tonight, some thunderstorms tomorrow

    SEATTLE —  Expect storm total rainfalls to top 1-2″ for the lowlands of the Puget Sounds and significantly higher amounts for the mountains. Tonight, after 10 p.m., the rain looks to ease up a bit. Tomorrow still looks soggy, with heavy showers at times. Highs 55-60. Friday looks mostly dry– but Friday night we’ll another round of heavy rain and wind. The first part of Saturday looks to be a soaker with some rain continuing at times into the afternoon […]

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    Do you qualify for a free yard makeover? Seattle is paying some people to turn lawns into rain gardens

    The City of Seattle and King County are in a cooperative program called RainWise to encourage yards to convert to rain gardens to catch storm runoff– and put it back in the soil. They’ve helped hundreds of homeowners install of rain gardens with reimbursements up to 100% in some neighborhoods. Click the link and type in your address to see if you’re in an area that qualifies for a rebate. By encouraging Seattle residents to manage storm water runoff through the […]

  • Snoqualmie Pass Avalanches

    Are we in for a wild winter?

    SEATTLE– Winter is coming. And the worst winters in the Pacific Northwest can kill. Deadly storms, hurricane force winds, torrential rains with flooding and of course snow and ice storms that can cripple the region. On Tuesday, emergency managers and responders met at the National Weather Service’s offices in Seattle to listen intently to what the National Weather Service thinks this coming winter will look like. One of the key ingredients in forecasting several months ahead is the water temperatures […]

  • Too cute! Come in and see these guys during the PAWS open house (VIDEO)

  • Strong fall storm

    Season’s first storm breaks plenty of records, but when will it end?

    SEATTLE —  The first fall storm of 2014 is delivering some significant rainfall to the Pacific Northwest. Commuters last night and this morning are facing standing water on roads and highways across the region. Car accidents, likely due to the poor weather, have been reported in numerous cities in the path of this soggy storm and causing traffic troubles around both Seattle and Portland for commuters this morning. The most significant rainfall has been in the expected places: along the coast and in the Cascades. While […]

  • 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 […]

  • Lightning

    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 […]