If I act like I'm on cloud 9, it's not just because there's weather there. I consider it a privilege to live, work and forecast in the nation's capital.
As a kid growing up in Erie, Pa., my parents often brought us to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins in the D.C. area. We loved taking in the history of the region, and when they told us that schools often closed for as little as 2" of snow, we got quite a kick out of it coming from a snow belt city that averaged over 100" a season.
Not in my wildest dreams would I have expected that someday I would get to forecast the same school-closing 2" for you at 5, 6, 9, 10 & 11 pm!
I began my career at FOX 5 in 1985 after a short stop at WTVR in Richmond. Within a few months of my arrival, my husband Joe and I welcomed our first daughter, Elizabeth. Little sister Nora followed in 1989 and the joy continues as my granddaughter Anastasia arrived in 2017 to steal my heart!
I've covered hurricanes on the ground and from the air inside the famed Hurricane Hunter's aircraft. I've chased tornadoes and witnessed the total eclipse of the sun in Curacao. Now I can add earthquakes, Derechos and the polar vortex to the list!
There have been countless live shots including riding in a hot air balloon, paddle-boating in the Tidal Basin, the Presidential Lighting of the National Christmas Tree, and for a few years when my girls were younger, Halloween at my house.
The best part is always getting to meet our viewers face to face. Along the way, I've collected six Emmy Awards for weather forecasting.
Now that I've spent more than three decades at FOX 5, people tell me that they grew up watching me. That's the greatest reward of all and I'm beyond grateful.
When I'm not at FOX 5, I love taking in the area's vibrant theatre scene, going to Nats games, traveling, biking, hiking and enjoying a meal at one of the many amazing restaurants in this region.
As we finish up the work week we continue to dodge some scattered morning showers today.
Some of us will wake up to the rumbling of thunder and more heavy downpours again this Thursday morning.
Keep the rain gear and your FOX 5 Weather App handy Wednesday as we expect an unsettled day as thunderstorms develop.
Finally, a break in our run of the 90s provided by rain and storms that will continue off and on through the day and night.
Our record-setting run of 90 plus temperatures in D.C. this July will end after today in part because we’re running out of July!
The record July 90s continue Wednesday! FOX 5’s Sue Palka says Tuesday we broke the record in D.C. for the most 90 degree days in July. The run of 90 plus temperatures continues today although it will be a bit less humid. Temperatures today will range from 90 to 94 degrees.
Hot and humid temperatures Tuesday helped D.C. break a new heat record for the month of July.
Just as one streak of 90 degree days ended Thursday without tying the record -- another hot stretch begins today!
Our hot streak of 90 degree days in the District is now at 19 and counting!
July continues to deliver daily warmth and yesterday was the 18th day in a row at or above 90 as measured at Reagan National.