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.
After a brisk and blustery Inauguration Wednesday with gusts over 40 mph, we settle the winds down to an occasional gust of 15 or 20 mph today.
Wednesday - as we inaugurate our 46th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris - you will also want to be prepared to bundle up against a gusty wind that will produce wind chill temperatures in the 20s and 30s!
Our quiet weather pattern continues today with chilly morning temperatures in the 20s to low 30s under a cloudy sky. Morning clouds will break for the balance of another sun-filled day.
The short version of this forecast: if you enjoyed Tuesday you'll love today!
After a cold start with temperatures in the 20s early Tuesday morning, the sun is back in full force today.
After a sunny and comfortable day Thursday, the clouds are rolling back in keeping us on the chilly side.
Finally the sun is out again in our nation’s capital!
Watch your step as you head out Friday morning!
Watch for icing this morning if you have to leave your home Thursday!
There are only five days until the official start of winter, but Mother Nature decided to celebrate a little early this year with a winter storm that impacted a large portion of the D.C. region Wednesday.