I love being a Meteorologist because weather plays such an enormous role in our lives. Whether it's giving updates on severe weather or helping people plan for all the great outdoor activities here in Minnesota, I'm honored to provide those forecasts.
I started my career in weather right out of high school, in the Minnesota Air National Guard, where I was trained first as a Weather Observer, then as a Weather Forecaster, which gave me the opportunity to forecast throughout the country and around the world.
I eventually transferred to Air Force Reserves, as one of 20 weather officers selected for the Hurricane Hunters, on missions flying into tropical weather to gather data which aids in the forecasting of tropical storms and hurricanes. I flew into everything from developing systems to Category 5 hurricanes, including hurricanes such as Katrina, Wilma, and Harvey. I recently made my way back into the National Guard, accepting a Commander position with the Wisconsin Air National Guard.
In broadcast weather, I started in Duluth, as an assignment manager, but I did a little bit of everything including reporting, producing and starting doing TV weather. I then worked as a TV meteorologist at different stations around the country, including at The Weather Channel and Al Jazeera America.
In addition to my degree in weather from the Air Force, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Speech-Communications and went on to get a Juris Doctorate (law degree) from Georgia State University.
With my free time, I believe strongly in community service and volunteerism. I especially enjoy working with children and getting students excited about math and science. I also love travel and adventure, and have ventured to every continent (yes, even Antarctica!), even climbing Africa's highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro.
What is your weather story?
- Temperatures trend colder much of the week
- Monday temperatures start above average, but end cool
- Windy, wintry weather continues Friday, then a quieter weekend
- A messy mix of wind, snow, rain and ice continue Friday
- Heavy snow, wind target Minnesota: 6-10 inches in Twin Cities; blizzard warning southwest
- Winter snowstorm targets Minnesota; 6-plus inches possible
- Wednesday's warmth includes 40s and possibly 50s
- Storm targets Minnesota with a wintry mix
- More mild weather Tuesday
- Expect melting this week thanks to a January thaw