SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --People ask: How did you get interested in the weather?
It all started when an EF4 tornado (160-200 mph winds, 2nd most powerful tornado) ripped a path through my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
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First, I noticed the unnerving calm before the storm, followed quickly by the unsettling sounds of winds whipping through trees. Next, the unmistakable whaling sounds of tornado sirens warning that danger was approaching.
While seeking shelter, the screams from other kids along with curtains flying across the room left a lasting impression. Although a frightening experience for most, it was a career awakening experience for me. At the ripe old age of six, I had an immediate goal of understanding how this tornado could level one house while not even touching another house just a few feet away. The scientist in me was born.
As meteorologist for the weekday ABC7 Morning and Midday News, my obsession with weather is constantly in motion. It's what I've known and loved for most of my life.
I graduated from the University of Kansas, with a degree in Atmospheric Science and earned the American Meteorological Society Television Seal of Approval. I've been privileged to serve viewers in Kansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Minnesota. That's quite an eclectic mix of weather to forecast!
Thankfully, my wife puts up with all my science experiments at home. (Lucky me!) We have two amazing sons and I've especially loved being their Little League Coach. We're a very active family, always making the most of all the Bay Area has to offer.... when our two cats allow it, that is.
We try to give back to our community as much as possible. From exploring the awesomeness of weather with students and volunteering at local schools to working free meal programs. We want to help bring awareness and funds to organizations dedicated to making life better across the Bay Area.
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