After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, I found myself focused on the sky. The bleak winter landscape was a lot like Buffalo and I wasn't' sad to kiss South Bend 'wind chills', goodbye. First stop, the challenge of forecasting for the Cumberland Plateau and the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. This is where I earned my forecasting Seal of Approval and was just about the only 'Yankee' to come to those parts since the civil war. Just kidding. 'Southern Hospitality' I can say is alive and well!
But I wasn't done with the cold and snow. I spent two years forecasting more lake effect snow and 'Alberta Clippers' that make winters famous in Chicago. The windy city is where I got married and had my first child and I have to say not unlike Buffalo or South Bend for grey skies, never ending winters & hardy souls. Then came the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to test my forecasting skills against the micro climates of the Bay Area.
I will never forget that first summer and the June fog that welcomed me home in 1995. Just as exciting, was the December '95 wind storm that slammed the Bay Area. The Jewel Box in Golden Gate Park was destroyed and giant redwoods near our home swayed, but did not fall. My newborn and our little family huddled together as over 100 mph winds slammed our house. We then shared several days without power with my new neighbors, new friends and colleagues. What a bonding experience!
Yet my biggest weather challenge was the El Nino winter of 1997. Tremendous pacific storms brought drenching rains and damaging winds to the Bay Area. I don't think I've seen it rain that hard in my life! That was the year I was honored for a second time with an award for forecasting by the Bay Area Women in Radio and Television.
Raising a growing family, I took a break from weather spending two years with my family in Hawaii (lucky me)!, before developing a case of island fever and sliding into the weekends at ABC7. I am grateful for the opportunity to return home and be part of the outstanding weather team at KGO-TV.
Our superb climate is perfect for hiking, biking, skiing and gardening. Although I'm really counting on 'El Nino's return, to shape up our reservoirs! We're due! However, I am comforted by the ebb and flow of our marine layer, my steady companion since that unfamiliar summer of '95 when the Bay welcomed me home.
Winter Storm Warning: Up to 4 feet of snow expected in the Sierra
HEADING TO TAHOE? Storm brings rain, heavy, wet snow to Sierra Nevada with Winter Storm Warning in effect through Monday night.
Caldor Fire: Lake Tahoe weather 'not cooperating' with winds expected to worsen, Red Flag Warning
"Southwesterly winds, anywhere from 20 to 25 miles an hour will be moving into the area. This is certainly making a run on the fire," said ABC7 News meteorologist Lisa Argen.
Temps to reach up to 108 this week in parts of Bay Area during blistering heat wave
HOT! HOT! HOT! Get ready for triple-digit temps, Bay Area. Some East Bay neighborhoods could reach 108 during dangerous heat wave.
High fire danger in Bay Area for Mother's Day weekend with wind gusts up to 60 mph
It's a warm and breezy Mother's Day! Relative humidity will plummet this afternoon as temperatures warm under the breezy north winds, as the Red Flag Warning is extended through 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Spring showers bring mild daytime rain, breezy winds to Bay Area
Some much-needed springtime showers are finally in the forecast! Here's how much rain you can expect.
Atmospheric river to slam Bay Area with heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding
"Use today to prepare." ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco is tracking a 12-hour window between Tuesday and Wednesday when an atmospheric river could bring damaging winds, trigger flooding, downed trees and power lines in the Bay Area.
San Francisco Bay Area rain: Strongest storm of season to slam region with flooding rain, even snow next week
It will be mainly dry on Saturday, but by mid-afternoon on Sunday, we'll see a cold front and start of the wet weather.
Christmas Day snowstorm coming to Lake Tahoe, forecast shows
WHITE CHRISTMAS: Fresh powder is expected to blanket the Sierra Nevada during a winter storm, starting Friday.
Unhealthy to moderate air quality, gusty winds expected in North, East Bay Valleys amid Glass Fire
AIR QUALITY: High level smoke at about 4,000 feet will continue to adversely affect our air quality in the Bay Area.
Smoky, hazy skies return to Bay Area due to new wildfire burning in Napa County
Looks like the Bay Area's air quality will be impacted by the new wildfire burning in Napa County. Expect smoky and hazy skies throughout Sunday and into Monday.
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