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.
Fresh Sierra snow September! How long will it last?
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San Francisco Giants fans celebrate in soggy start to Opening Day
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