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.
We’ll have one more day of humidity and temperatures in the 90s around the D.C. region before we can welcome in some heat relief on Friday and into the weekend!
It was quite the atmospheric battle Tuesday afternoon as severe storms featuring hail and prolific lightning blew up quickly and pummeled the sizzling temperatures that were in the 90s down into the 70s.
It's officially a heat wave as Monday's record-tying 98 degrees was our third day in a row at or above 90 degree.
As we finish up the work week we expect another day with plenty of humidity and warm temperatures in the upper 80s.
There is plenty to look forward to as we wrap up the workweek and start making those weekend plans! That's because we are in for a fantastic Friday that will be warm, but generally dry.
The D.C. region is getting a much needed break from thunderstorms on Thursday after a stormy Wednesday afternoon.
Tuesday night's scattered downpours were a preview of what we anticipate to be a more active afternoon and evening on Wednesday with strong and more numerous thunderstorms.
Tuesday should feature more sunshine and yes, yet another day where the temperature is up and over 90 degrees!