Hey gang! I’m one of the few people in the world that gets paid to do exactly what they love. I eat, sleep and breathe weather, and here at FOX 5 DC, I get a paycheck to share that passion with you.
I’ve been enthralled with weather for as long as I can remember. One of my first words was an attempt at saying "wind meter." At age 5, I was obsessed with waterspouts, and I bought a video camera to "storm chase" in my neighborhood at age 7. By third grade, I was delivering weather forecasts on the PA system at school, and I hopped in front of the green screen to do weather for public access in my hometown of Plymouth, Mass. in middle school.
In high school, I became involved with the American Meteorological Society and delivered my first presentation there in 2013 when I was fifteen years old. I headed to college in 2015, taking an unconventional course by going to Harvard, creating my own atmospheric sciences major by cross-enrolling at MIT. I also became a Coca-Cola scholar, a Henry David Thoreau Foundation scholar and a recipient of the 2015 AXA Insurance scholarship, as well as the Mike Wallace Scholarship; I am grateful for the entities that made my college education possible. While in school, I began working for The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang as a freelancer.
I graduated in 2019 and headed to The Post full time, ecstatic to move to Washington D.C., a city I had always dreamed of calling home. I began delivering radio forecasts on WAMU, the local NPR affiliate, and working to build a following. Working in TV was what I was aiming toward but via a roundabout route.
While at The Post, I began covering U.S. weather stories for international outlets like BBC World News, DW News and CTV Canada, delivering enough live reports to cobble together a demo reel. All the while, I storm chased as often as I could, filming hits in front of tornadoes, in the eye of hurricanes and in the heart of blizzards.
My goals in doing weather are simple: to educate, inform and inspire. I firmly believe that viewers have an affinity for learning and a natural curiosity about what’s happening in the skies above their heads; education is empowering, and learning about the atmosphere helps connect us to the world around us.
FOX 5 DC brought me on board in June 2021. I was an unusual hire in all regards, but it was an opportunity I have waited for my entire life — I have never felt more at home than at this station. They took a chance on me. Now, I have made a name for myself as the geekiest of the weather team — the nerd of the nerds.
My first day on air featured live tornado coverage of a twister that moved into downtown D.C. Two months later, I tracked down a tornado in Annapolis, Maryland, filming reports and covering the storm live in Annapolis for ten hours straight. It may have been the first time a TV meteorologist on the East Coast has delivered a report from a tornado. (Serendipitously, my FOX5 headshot is from that day).
When I’m not living the dream at FOX 5, I can be found working for The Washington Post, WAMU or MyRadar, or working on the side as an educational consultant or teaching public speaking classes. I also continue delivering reports to international outlets during hurricane season. I can regularly be heard on KSRO in Santa Rosa, Calif., and on SiriusXM’s "Absolutely Mindy Show," a popular radio program for kids. My book "Looking Up," distributed by Simon and Schuster, will be released on August 2, 2022.
Outside of work, I spend my spare time storm chasing! My truck has a cage built around it to protect against softball-sized hail, and I’ve logged more than a dozen tornadoes so far. I am also an avid traveler and spend every hour I have working through my bucket list.
Life is short, and I want to see and do it all. Fortunately, I work a job that manages to make me happy each and every day. For every viewer, swipe or my key card and forecast I deliver, I am thankful.
Why did so many D.C. residents from Capitol Hill to Shaw hear the sound of EDM music festival Project GLOW at RFK stadium over the weekend? An inversion, according to FOX 5 meteorologist Matthew Cappucci.
Friday will be just about a perfect spring day! Temperatures may be cold to start, but continued sunshine with light winds will bring comfortable middle 60s by the afternoon.
After a cool and breezy Thursday morning, get ready for a little more sunshine in the afternoon. Freeze watches are expected for Thursday evening.