Some of my weekends as a kid growing up in the North Bay were split in half. On Saturdays, I would trek up to Tahoe and learn new snowboard tricks with my buddies.
Sundays were spent at the beach with my surfboard. Curiosity mixed in with all of that fun. Why was the weatherman wrong with that weekend snow forecast? Why did we have to put chains on in Auburn? Why did the ocean texture go from glassy to choppy in a matter of minutes?
This weather bug followed me as I ventured into college. As a journalism major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, most stories were naturally skewed toward environmental topics. I started to dabble in the some of the science classes as I was wrapping up my final year in the journalism program.
Weather bug was not going away! I spent the next 3 years working toward a second degree, in science - meteorology, at San Francisco State University. All of the coursework eventually helped me secure the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal from the American Meteorological Society.
In 1998, I met a celebrity in the water while I was surfing. I nervously paddled up to Chief Meteorologist Bill Martin to introduce myself. Little did I know, that encounter introduced me to a powerful mentor and greater friend. His friendliness and desire to help were amazing.
A year later, that support and guidance helped me find my first on-air job as the morning show meteorologist in Eureka, CA (KVIQ-TV). The strong winter storms fine-tuned my forecasting skills. Some parts of the North Coast may get drenched with 10 inches rain in a day with hurricane force winds.
When Salinas calls…you need to answer. I packed up the surfboard and my two suits to make the move to the Central Coast (KSBW-TV). There, I learned about Steinbeck Country and walked Cannery Row.
January 2002 marked my move back home. I spent 6 years at KRON-TV, delivering weather on the weekend and morning newscasts. During that time I also worked on environmental stories - tsunamis, earthquakes, water pollution.
My next move was a skip across the bay to work with an old friend by the name of Bill. I started working at KTVU FOX 2 in 2008 as the weekend meteorologist. This was the station I grew up watching! In addition to forecasting, I can be found doing live shots in a winter storm – or – doing a weathercast from an event happening in your neighborhood. During my time at KTVU, I have won two Emmys for best weather reporting. I was awarded another Emmy for my contribution to the Napa earthquake coverage.
I like to visit Bay Area schools to bring weather lessons to the classroom. I have also worked closely with National Psoriasis Foundation to help with their annual walk in San Francisco.
I am lucky to have family in the Bay Area. We still make our trip to Yosemite every summer to camp by the river. For fun, not much has changed since I was a kid. I like to meet up with old friends for a surf session – or – ride through the marine layer on my mountain bike. I may be a little older with less flexibility, but I can still keep up with my niece on a snowboard.