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.
Very warm temperatures this week with humid conditions. A few isolated showers will miss DFW Tuesday and Wednesday, but the best rain chances for most of North Texas will be Friday and Saturday. The weather late this week will be very conditional, meaning if the conditions are right we may see more thunderstorms than showers come Friday. Stay tuned as this forecast will likely deviate throughout the week, especially with the weekend temperatures.
Widespread rain tonight through much of Wednesday might lead to some trouble for your Wednesday AM & PM commute. Allow some additional time for your commute. Drier and warmer conditions return on Thursday.
A muggy start to the week with temperatures once again climbing into the mid 70s for many of us. Isolated showers this afternoon for areas to the east of DFW, but promising rain chances will overcome most of North Texas Tuesday night through much of Wednesday. Sunshine returns Thursday!
A big warm up heading into the weekend, with strong gusty winds on both Saturday and Sunday. At least we keep things dry in North Texas until Monday when some isolated showers can be expected. Better rain chances will hold off until Tuesday as a strong upper level low brings widespread thunderstorm chances with areas E/SE of DFW looking at the potential for severe weather.
Ash Wednesday will be much colder with a strong northerly wind that will make it feel even colder, but the cold snap will be short lived. After a freezing start to the day on Thursday, we will see the temperatures moderate and rebound nicely heading into the weekend where 70s are expected. Making it an ideal weekend forecast for the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth.
Showers and embedded storms will roll through DFW late this afternoon and into the evening hours. Just in time to leave us with a wet commute home from work. Temperatures will remain chill through most of the week with more rounds of rain expected through at least Wednesday afternoon. Here's the good news, 60s and dry for the weekend!
A second impulse will run through North Texas during the early evening hours bringing another slight chance for wintry weather to the metroplex. Chances are less than 50% and accumulation (if any) will be very little. Hazardous travel will continue to be an issue for areas well to the west/northwest of DFW as they have seen several inches of sleet and snow. Don't worry, the cold won't last long. Sunshine returns Thursday afternoon and 60s by Friday.
Rain today preceeds a strong cold front that will knock are temperatures to below normal with a short lived blast of arctic air. This shot of cold air will be enough to cause some travel concerns for parts of North Texas as we will have a cornucopia of winter weather precipitation. Be sure to download the WAPP to stay up to speed with school closings and a live look at the radar.
Half of us woke up to clouds over head, but we're going to end the weekend with a fair amount of sunshine and mild temperatures in the mid 60s. After a foggy/misty start to the work week, we will see rain return to North Texas starting late Monday night for our western counties and carrying over into the rest of North Texas by Tuesday. Temperatures will also return to seasonal once the rain clears out with highs in the mid to upper 50s through Friday.
The weekend will be well above average with highs in the mid-60s extending into Monday. We have some minor rain chances late tonight into the overnight time period, but most will remain dry. Better rain chances hold off until Monday night and Tuesday.