I’ve been enchanted by Utah’s mountains and terrain since I was a teenager. It’s where I first learned to ski and snowboard and a place I’ve come back to visit and vacation again and again. I’m thrilled to call it home, and excited to forecast the variety of weather in its many micro-climates.
I’ve been fascinated by the weather since I was a young girl when Hurricane Hugo blew through my home town. It devastated much of the area and made me realize how incredible, yet scary severe weather can be. I decided to learn the science behind it., and graduated from the College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in communication and subsequently earned a certificate in meteorology from Mississippi State University. I’m currently a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned my Seal of Approval in 2008.
I started forecasting in my home state of South Carolina at WPDE where I covered numerous tropical storms and Hurricane Ernesto. I also forecast plenty of severe t-storms including the deadly tornado outbreak that battered the South in March 2008.
From there, I headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was the morning meteorologist and co-anchor of a two-hour, live show on KRQE and KASA. I was able to expand my meteorological knowledge forecasting a variety of dangerous, life-threatening weather events, including the relentless spring winds, blizzards, wicked wildfires and the flash floods that often followed.
Following Albuquerque, I moved to Portland, Oregon as the chief meteorologist for KOIN 6 (CBS) TV. I forecast blizzards, ice storms, wildfires, tornadoes, deadly windstorms and whole lot of rain. I was there for a little over 3 years before my hopefully final move to Utah!
When I’m not forecasting the weather I love being outdoors-especially in the mountains. On weekends I enjoy hiking, biking, snowboarding and camping in the mountains typically with my two dogs in tow, Ranger & Harper.
A stormy weather pattern has set up across much of Utah bringing showers and thunderstorms area-wide with higher elevation snow. Showers are widespread in central and southern Utah Thursday afternoon, but the storm activity will head north this evening and overnight bringing wet roads to valleys & winter travel to mountain passes and summits. Winter Weather Advisories are in effect through Friday morning at elevations above 6,000 feet, including the Wasatch mountains, central and southern mountains & Castle country. Expect […]
SALT LAKE CITY – Flash flooding is taking place in some parts of southern and central Utah Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for portions of Washington and Kane Counties until 7:15 p.m. That includes Hurricane, Springdale and Zion National Park. Meanwhile a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for snow in the mountains across the state and rain in lower elevations. Fox 13 viewer, Clayton Ashcraft, sent this video of a raging Ash […]
SALT LAKE CITY — If you think Utah’s wintry weather is over, think again. The National Weather Service issued a new Winter Storm Advisory for much of the state. The weather will change Tuesday night with heavy snow and high winds in the mountains. The heaviest accumulations of snow will be above 8,000 feet with more moderate totals down to 7,000 feet. The stormy pattern will persist through Friday when a cold front is expected to drop snow levels to […]
(KSTU) — A major storm is expected to hit Utah Thursday, bringing widespread heavy snow and strong winds, and possibly two feet of snow to some areas of Utah. The first half of the system will bring wet conditions with unusually high snow levels, keeping most of the snow above 6500 feet. Expect rounds of heavy rain for valleys and lower elevations. The high moisture content could mean possible snow rates of 2-3 inches per hour. The heavy snow combined […]
NORTHERN UTAH — A mix of slush and snow is making the commute slick Wednesday. Areas north of the Wasatch Front could see accumulating snow during the morning commute while Salt Lake County could see a mix of snow and rain. Watch out for a slow morning commute! Snow showers are likely during morning rush hour with the heaviest snow along the northern Wasatch Front & Cache valley. 1-3" slushy totals are possible with drier conditions by lunchtime.#utwx pic.twitter.com/44tZE10cHV — […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Temperatures will drop Wednesday night, creating icy conditions from the leftover snow. A second storm system will move in Thursday morning, and it’s expected to bring one to three inches of snow to the Wasatch Front, creating travel impacts throughout much of the western half of Utah. “Already wet roads, combined with cold road temperatures will allow snow to quickly accumulate on roadways,” a statement from NWS said. “These factors combined with holiday travel will create […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Air quality will continue to decline through the weekend. An inversion has set up over the northern valleys and Wasatch Front with no systems to push the dirty air out. Over the weekend, a ride of high pressure builds in which will only intensify the inversion and cause the air quality to continue to decline. The next storm system looks to arrive during the middle part of next week. A dip in the jet stream looks […]
UTAH — Two different systems approaching next week will bring a big change to the weather pattern. Forecast models are pointing to a system moving in from the west coast to bring moisture and a significant cool down for Utah and surrounding states late Sunday. Meanwhile, Hurricane Rosa continues to gather strength just west of Mexico and is on a track towards the southwestern U.S. with the remnants potentially moving right through the four corners area early next week. It’s […]
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The National Weather Service has issued a new flash flood warning for Washington County. It will be in effect until 9:15 p.m. Thursday. More heavy rain is falling over Zion National Park which was saturated Wednesday night with streams rising, rocks falling and roads closed. WEATHER ALERT: FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Washington co. until 9:15pm for heavy rain over @ZionNPS after it was already saturated last night. Be careful out there! #utwx pic.twitter.com/XNsadP8eEB — Kristen Van […]
A cold front that stalled over northwest Utah is expected to make its way back over the state, bringing snow across Utah Saturday evening and overnight. “The main event is coming, the main storm system is coming tonight,” UDOT spokesman John Gleason said Saturday evening. Winter weather watches and warnings have been issued for large portions of Utah. As of Saturday around 3 p.m., forecasters expect snow to become widespread over northern Utah late Saturday evening before moving to central […]
SALT LAKE CITY – Snow hit the Wasatch Front and causing treacherous driving conditions Tuesday morning. The commute Tuesday morning appeared to be worse than Monday. More drivers were on the roads after the holiday, which compounded the problem. If you don’t have to be out, stay home. UDOT is urging drivers to slow down and allow extra time to get to their destinations Tuesday. UTA TRAX saw delays as well. TRAX Update 9:20 am: Expect delays of about 20 minutes […]
February is Eagle Month in Utah. The population of Bald Eagles in Utah peaks around this time of year before many migrate to Canada and Alaska for the summer. There will be several free public viewing events around the state, planned by Utah’s Division of Natural Resources. Fox 13’s Kristen Van Dyke explains in Wednesday’s edition of Living Elevated. For more information about eagle viewing events, click here.