I began my journey in news in 1993, and quickly turned to the weather center. The weather intrigued me because no matter what time of year, it's always an important news story. I made the switch to meteorology and never looked back.
Forecasting the weather in the Bay Area has its challenges because we have so many microclimates. But that keeps things interesting! One of the highlights of my career was when I was asked to fill in on Good Morning America's weekend show. It was an amazing experience!
I am married with three wonderful kids. I have a daughter and fraternal twins, a boy and a girl. I have four sets of twins on my side of the family but since our first was a singleton, my husband and I didn't expect twins the second time around. What a surprise! I wouldn't have it any other way. I love being a Mom. It is a rewarding experience! As many of you know, trying to balance a career and motherhood has its many challenges, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Some days it's like a three-ring circus at home & never a dull moment! I really enjoy spending time with my family.
My hobbies include painting, biking, cooking, and watching the sky for the next weather event!
For your weather on the go, follow me on Twitter. And, if you ever come across that great weather shot, take a photo, and share it with me on Facebook and Instagram. I love sharing your photos on TV!
Sandhya Patel is a meteorologist for ABC 7 News. She is the weekday weather anchor at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
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