Weather is my life. I have been forecasting the weather in Alaska since October 2002.
I graduated from Western Illinois University in May 2002 with a B.S. in meteorology and a minor in broadcasting. The advent of The Weather Channel in the 80s is what really got me interested in weather. I was the weird kid growing up who was more interested in watching weather 24/7 on TV rather than watching sports. My love of skiing really sparked this interest as I always wanted to find out what parts of the country were getting new snow and where the good skiing would be found.
I grew up a Navy brat and was lucky enough to get to see a lot of the U.S. growing up. I’ve visited 45 of the 50 states. Idaho, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Maine are the states I still need to mark off my list. My father has long since retired and he and my mother run a farm in Illinois that has been in our family for more than 100 years. The primary crops on the farm are corn and soybeans. I am the oldest of three and I have two sisters who live in Iowa.
When I originally moved to Alaska in 2002 I thought I would only be here a year or two. A year or two has turned into 11 and counting. My love of the outdoors has really helped to keep me here in Alaska. On my time off you will find me out and about skiing (downhill & cross country), hiking, playing soccer, golfing, and biking. Biking is what I have really gotten into over the past few years; so much so that I have even started working part-time at a local bike shop and participating in some local mountain bike races this past year. You will also find me out and about with my dog Einstein. He’s my basset hound buddy.
I do a lot of volunteer work with the American Lung Association in Alaska. I am a member of their leadership council and I am on the organizing committee for their annual Clean Air Challenge biking fundraiser. I am a lifelong asthma sufferer, so this organization and their events really mean a lot to me.