My love for weather started at the age of eleven when my family moved us from New York to Tampa Bay, Florida. Like clockwork, powerful thunderstorms rolled through each afternoon lighting up the sky. Towering clouds and lightning sprawled across the sky like a spiderweb; I was fascinated by it all. Then the blockbuster movie "Twister" came out and solidified my career path in an instant. I wanted to chase tornadoes! My mother of course would not allow that, so I continued my studies in many advanced math and science courses while in high school, to prepare myself for college.
During my senior year, I was fortunate enough to have an internship at WFTS in Tampa. It was there that I combined two passions; weather and being on camera. I knew being a broadcast meteorologist was the right choice. I attended Penn State University, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in meteorology, with a forecasting and communications option. While at Penn State, I participated in the CampusWeather Service and a College of Communications show, called "The Centre County Report." I also had the opportunity to have an apprenticeship at the National Weather Service.
Upon graduation, luckily I got my first job at WENY, in Elmira, New York as the morning meteorologist. During my time in the Finger Lakes, I also had the opportunity to fill in at our sister station WICU in Erie, Pennsylvania. After almost two years of snow, ice, and extreme cold, I was ready for those wild thunderstorms that started my meteorologist dream. After Elmira, News 13 in Orlando called and I jumped at the opportunity of being closer to family and the beach!
While in Orlando, I forecasted everything from sunny skies to floods and hurricanes. Tropical Storm Fay is one storm I will never forget. For a week, Fay beat up on the Sunshine State and dropped over three feet of rain in some areas. Severe weather happens all year round in Central Florida, and the six years I spent in Orlando helped my forecasting skills tremendously!
After six years in Florida, I was eager for a new challenge, and I knew Dallas would be that opportunity. I am thrilled and ready to be a part of the Dallas community. I have had family in Dallas for many years and I've always felt that this great city was like a second home.
In my spare time, fitness and health play a major role in my life. I have recently become a yogi and I love any kind of fitness class that gets the blood pumping. Being of Italian descent, I love to cook and learn about different foods in other cultures. I am also a big sports fan cheering on my Alma Mater the Nittany Lions and America's Team the Dallas Cowboys.
I am truly grateful for this amazing opportunity at Fox4 doing what I love in a place like Dallas. I love hearing from viewers! If you have a weather question or comments please feel free to follow me on Twitter @AliTuriano or on my Facebook page.
Another cold front moves through tonight, bringing with it a chance for light rain and even winter weather for some folks north of DFW. Sleet pellets and flurries are possible, especially near the Red River. Brisk winds usher in very cold air through the day. We warm up slowly for the rest of the work week and return to Spring-like conditions for the weekend.
Brisk northwest winds usher in colder air as a second cold front heads to North Texas. Noticeably cooler air briefly hangs around through mid-week. We warm up back to 70 for the weekend.
Scattered showers come to an end overnight, as a cold front moves through North Texas. Strong westerly winds keep temperatures mild for Monday afternoon. Northwest wind takeover with a second cold front Tuesday. Behind this front, much cooler air moves in to the region. We warm back up above normal by the end of the week.
Scattered showers and a few rumbles return Sunday, ahead of the next cold front. A second front moves through Tuesday, ushering in a quick blast of much colder air. By the end of next week, temperatures climb back above normal.
Scattered showers increase in coverage through the day, with widespread rain expected tonight across North Texas. This disturbance exits Thursday morning, taking the rain with it. Expect a windy and cool Thursday with highs only in the 40s. We warm up through the weekend, with another storm chance by Sunday.
North Texas stays relatively quiet tonight as we sit in between disturbances. By Wednesday afternoon, the next round of showers and storms approaches. Coverage increases and becomes widespread Wednesday night. This disturbance exits early Thursday. We dry out and remain cool for the rest of the work week. The weather pattern stays active, as another disturbances brings the threat for storms by Sunday.
Spring to start the work week, then we drop back to reality! A cold front moves through Monday evening with little fan-fare. By mid-week, a couple of disturbances return rain chances, with highest coverage south of I-20.
Southwesterly winds continue the warming trend to end the weekend. President's Day will be the warmest of the week, with temperatures climbing into the upper 70s ahead of a cold front. Rain chances slowly increase, with several disturbances moving through the middle of the week.
The last disturbance moves through overnight into Wednesday. Expect widespread rain and isolated storms through the morning commute. By Wednesday afternoon, North Texas dries out from west to east. We briefly dry out and slowly warm up to end the week and head into the weekend. Unsettled weather returns next week.
One disturbance exits this evening, but there are a couple more on the way! Widespread rain and storms move in again early Tuesday, with another round Tuesday night into Wednesday. Several inches of rain are expected, with the highest totals for areas SE of DFW. We dry out briefly and slowly warm up to end the week.