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.
Rain is in the forecast today but it will not dampen the spirits of anyone who watched the Nationals sweep the Cardinals last night to secure their first trip to the World Series!
If you're back to work and school after a three day weekend get ready for a chilly start on this Tuesday!
We have arrived at the end of the workweek on a roll! Get ready for a near repeat of the wonderful weather we enjoyed on Thursday.
We're waking up to another chilly morning in the 40s and 50s to energize you for what is shaping up to be a very nice Thursday!
A chill is in the air early on this Wednesday morning along with plenty of cloud cover and some showers north and east of the District. FOX 5’s Sue Palka says look for pre-dawn temperatures ranging from 46 to 57 degrees.
The feel of October returns Tuesday after a summerlike 84 degrees on Monday.
Fall temperatures are finally here! FOX 5's Sue Palka says cooler temperatures mean we're ready to sack summer which means Friday night football -- or anything else you're doing outside after sunset -- may require a jacket!
After a record-shattering Wednesday where all time record highs in the upper-90s were set around D.C., Maryland and Virginia we're taking a break from 'Hot-ober!'
If you thought the first day of October was toasty -- fasten your portable fan on for Wednesday!
October has arrived but we still need to wait a few more days for that "fall feel" to take hold across the D.C. region.