I always knew I wanted to study weather, so after studying earth sciences like meteorology and climatology, I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in geography. I then headed south to Mississippi State University where I became a certified meteorologist – and also learned to appreciate severe weather and really good BBQ.
I’ve been in Seattle 17 years and am a board-certified meteorologist, with certification from the American Meteorological Society. I have a Television Seal of Approval from the AMS, given only to those with high technical competence in forecasting. I’ve been Emmy-nominated for “Best Weathercaster” five times. I also won “Best Meteorologist” from the Seattle Weekly.
The bottom line is that I love to forecast the weather in the Pacific Northwest. Most people think it rains here constantly, but it really doesn’t. We get half the rainfall that Miami and New York get. We have less rain than Portland, Ore., and often see sun breaks on the grayest winter days. I’ve lived in the Northwest virtually my entire life and have always been fascinated with its changing weather patterns and the challenge it presents in forecasting. I feel it’s one of the hardest places to predict weather in the nation due to the lack of data over the Pacific Ocean, which is where almost all our weather comes. It’s because of this that I try my hardest to get it right.
After forecasting Western Washington weather for more than a decade, I feel with my extensive training, experience and credentials in meteorology that I will get the forecast right more times than not, and I think that if you watch and trust me with your weather needs, you’ll agree.
I’m known around the newsroom for…
Working in the tundra that is my office and the studio.
What keeps me going…
My love for weather and my family are what keep me inspired.

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    FORECAST: Hot this week in Western Washington

    SEATTLE — Summer is back with sunny and warm days ahead all the way through this next weekend. There will be some morning fog but the overall forecast calls for lots of sunshine and highs near 85. There is a risk of some mountain thunderstorm that will need to be watched each afternoon but the threat is fairly small. We have lost an hour of daylight since summer started. Seafair weekend looks good.

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    Wet, wet, wet in Seattle

    SEATTLE — Record rainfall for this date in history! Rain continues through Thursday morning with isolated thunderstorms. Most of the area dries out Thursday evening. Friday through the weekend will get sunny and warm again with highs back in the 80s.

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    FORECAST: Rain returns Wednesday

    SEATTLE — A pleasant evening in Seattle, but rain will return to all areas Wednesday. Some passing showers will bring heavy amounts. Isolated thunderstorms will roll through, with gusty winds as well. Most will pick up a ½ inch of rain but the beach and mountains will pick up more than an inch and that is WET for July. Thursday afternoon will be dry, and the weekend will be quite warm with highs back into the 80s.

  • FORECAST: Nice in the area through Tuesday; some showers Wednesday

    SEATTLE — The Seattle metropolitan forecast calls for nice weather through Tuesday, with highs near 75. Some rain heads up into the mountains Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Wednesday and Thursday bring showers to the metro area, with most Wednesday evening. Cooler midweek as highs dip below 70 degrees. Friday and the weekend looks warm again with highs near 82.  

  • Pleasant in Seattle this week

    A little light rain continues through early Monday. Monday and Tuesday will be pleasant with afternoon sun breaks and highs near 72. Wednesday will start out dry but end up wet. Showers continue early Thursday but the day should be dry. Friday and the Weekend looks nice and sunny again with highs near 81. The fire areas continue to be dry this week with some possible rain late Wednesday. Walter. 7/20/14

  • THE HEAT IS GONE: Enjoy comfortable weather through the weekend

    SEATTLE — The forecast for the metropolitan area is pleasant. The hot weather is gone for a while. Enjoy this nice and comfortable weather through the weekend. Morning clouds and afternoon sunshine will be the rule, with highs near 73. There will be a little rain north of Seattle, especially Saturday night, but overall it will be minimal.  

  • Seattle has longest warm stretch in 37 years, but relief is in sight!

    SEATTLE — Well, you were part of the longest warm stretch here in Seattle in 37 years. Today marked the 11th day in a row with highs above 80 degrees. That hasn’t happened since 1977. Don’t worry! A nice cool trend starts Thursday with highs back into the 70s. There is a very small chance of some showers this weekend but mainly up north and in the mountains. Eastern Washington stays hot with high fire danger.

  • Over 80 degrees again tomorrow … then back to normal

    SEATTLE — Wednesday will be the 11th day in a row with highs above 80 degrees in Seattle. I have been here at Q13 FOX News for 17 years and that has never happened. So yes, it has been the hottest 11 days in at least 17 years. It is dry, too. We have had only 1 inch of rain over the last 70 days. Thursday and the weekend will be pleasant, with highs back into the 70s.