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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
  • Forecast: Rain, mountain snow return to western Washington

    SEATTLE — I hope you enjoyed our nice rainy season reprieve from Mother Nature. Today we’re back toward normal, which means chilly temps and some rain. Some areas starting out Monday with temps in the upper 30s. Most around the Central Sound are in the mid 40s. A jacket with a hood helps you take on Monday if you’ll be out and about. There will be rain at times and temps will be much cooler than we’ve gotten used to […]

  • Storm bringing snow to the mountains, strong winds to Bellingham area

    SEATTLE — A March storm is bringing snow to the mountains and strong winds to areas up north. While a lot of people saw some snow this morning, we’ve got a Winter Weather Advisory for areas where that snow is actually going to stick around. It went into effect at 5 a.m. and will go well into Saturday for the mountains. Two to four inches of new snow is expected during the day Friday and a few more inches at […]

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    Forecast: Showers, sunbreaks and spring-like temps this week

    SEATTLE — We’re tracking some areas of rain Monday morning and still a lot of mountain snow. Except for some spotty scattered showers along the coast, most of our rainy areas are confined to the uplands of Whatcom County/Bellingham and a thin line of rain that currently stretches from Hood Canal, across the Kitsap Peninsula, north Seattle neighborhoods and up into Snohomish County. High pressure helps drive out the clouds and rain for today. High temps are a bit chillier […]

  • Another sunny day before clouds, rain return this weekend

    SEATTLE — Hope you’ve been outside enjoying this awesome weather! Friday will start out cold but the day will be lovely with highs in the 50s and lots of sunshine. Saturday stays dry for the Metro but some showers form at the coast in the afternoon. That means we could see some soggy conditions for the XFL Seattle Dragons and the Seattle Seawolves. Saturday night through Monday morning will have some rain. The steadier rain looks to hold off until Sunday and it […]

  • The longest stretch of dry weather so far this year starts Monday

    SEATTLE — Looks like we’re in for the longest stretch of dry weather we’ve seen so far in 2020, though the timing doesn’t seem to coincide well with the weekends. Rain chances will increase Sunday afternoon. Highs will be in the mid-40s. The mountains will see up to 10 inches more of snow. With clearing skies, we’ll see temps get close to freezing in the overnight hours to start out Presidents Day with some frosty and frozen areas. Presidents Day […]

  • From drizzle to downpours, ‘atmospheric rivers’ are wreaking havoc on western Washington

    Heavy winter rains continue to hammer western Washington. The culprit is a jet stream that's taking moisture from the tropics near Hawaii and sending it right into Western Washington.

  • Ready for more snow? Two chances for lowland snow in western Washington next week

    SEATTLE — Who wants more snow in the western Washington lowlands? We’ve been mild and soggy for quite some time, but that will change with not just one, but it looks like TWO chances for some low-elevation snow coming up in the next week. The first chance is in the wee hours of Sunday when we’ll have some lingering showers leftover when temps drop to near freezing. There’s not a whole lot with this setup, with snow levels between 500-1000 […]

  • Landslide risk heightened as flood watch continues for much of western Washington

    SEATTLE — With much of western Washington under a flood watch and several more inches of rain on the way, the risk for landslides is high – and a few have already been reported this week. One of those was on SR-109 in Moclips, about 25 miles north of Hoquiam in Grays Harbor County, where debris and mud fell and closed the highway for several hours. Crews cleared the debris and the road has since reopened. Here's the debris that […]

  • Slushy, icy conditions for some as snow melts and rain returns

    Friday night our next weather system rolls in. This will kick out the last of the remaining lowland snow.

  • Lowland snow possible this weekend as colder, drier weather pattern approaches

    This weekend, a “lowland snow event” is possible as we transition to a much colder and drier weather pattern next week. We're watching Saturday night into Sunday morning most closely.

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