If you were to ask, “When did the weather bug bite you?” I would have to say it was after personally seeing Hurricane Andrew destroy my hometown of Miami, back in 1992.
I walked outside and saw what a Cat-5 hurricane did to my city, and I wanted to know the science behind it. I wanted to know the why and how it happens, and to have an understanding of what took place.
Seven years later, my family and I moved to Fort Worth, where I attended Fossil Ridge High School. This is where I got exposed to North Texas severe weather — the severe wind, the hail, the tornado threats and that sealed the deal for me.
My approach to meteorology was different than most; I went the military route. I researched which branch of the service would provide the best college opportunities for me and discovered that the Air Force has a "forecaster" job.
My Air Force training led to more than 80 semester hours of meteorological college credit. It was a lengthy process, especially during my deployments to Afghanistan. My time in the service was one of the best experiences in my life. I received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in August of 2012 and earned my degree in 2015 from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geoscience.
Before joining FOX 4, I had worked at the CBS affiliate KYTX in Tyler since April of 2015, and also did a stint at Texas Cable News in Dallas after an internship at WFAA/Channel 8.
Awards & Recognition:
Army Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Star Devices, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal with Bronze Star Device, Air Force Overseas Ribbon – Short Tour, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award, AF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Nato Medal – International Security Assistance Force.
Ready for it to feel like fall? A strong cold front is on its way after one final summer scorcher.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for western portions of North Texas.
All of North Texas is under a Heat Advisory Saturday, while a large portion of the Metroplex has been upgraded to an Excessive Heat Warning due to the high temperatures.
Things really get cranking by this weekend as the high pressure refuses to let go and continues with the above average temps. #fox4weather
We continue with the dry conditions which will only worsen the growing drought concerns for North Texas. On top of that we are seeing abnormally warm temperatures. Pumpkin spice season is in full effect for consumers sans pumpkin spice season temps. #fox4weather
PM storm chances remain at 20% for Friday and Saturday, but the warm temps continue. Dorian looks to make landfall as a major storm this weekend. #fox4weather
Some afternoon storms here and there with temps returning to seasonal. All eyes on Florida, as Hurricane Dorian looks to ruin Labor Day weekend plans for many! #fox4weather
Many of us woke up to either the wind howling, rain beating in perfect rhythm on the window, or the roaring rumble of thunder. This left many of us with increased traffic to school and work, but if you're like me, you enjoyed the change in scenery. Some of you even realized that you might need to change your windshield wipers. Enjoy the cooler temps and rain while it's here. A nice, but warm...
Heat Advisory for almost the entire state as we see actual high temps around 102° and heat index values 110+°. Don't let that bring you down, a cold front on Tuesday will wash away your Monday blues...literally. Widespread showers and storms and high temps around 90°. We stay away from the triple digits at least through the weekend. #fox4weather
Slight relief with low rain chances...we'll take it! #fox4weather