My interest in weather goes back to my early childhood but peaked during the Fort Smith/Van Buren tornado of April 21, 1996. As I watched the severe weather coverage from Channel 5 that night, I knew then I wanted to be a meteorologist and work at 5NEWS.

One of my most memorable weather experiences was storm chasing in the Mississippi Delta in the Spring of 2010 and witnessing the destructive Yazoo City, MS tornado. It was a humbling experience to see the destruction left in its wake and it reinforced my desire to keep people safe from these tragic events by being a better severe weather forecaster.

Outside of work I enjoy hiking, watching college football, hanging out with my family and playing the drums in my local church.

I graduated from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville in 2005 with a degree in Marketing, and recently from Mississippi State University.

Recent Articles
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    Severe Storms Possible Monday

    Another round of strong to severe storms will be possible Monday afternoon, with the highest severe weather threat shifting to areas south of I-40 .

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    Best Burgers: Ed Walker’s Jumbo Burger

    5NEWS This Morning is on a mouthwatering mission to find the best local burgers. At Ed Walker’s in Fort Smith, you can get both quality and quantity on the same bun with the jumbo burger. It’s a five pound burger with two and a half pounds of meat. It is twelve inches across. “If you can eat it in 45 minutes with a side of french fries and a drink, it’s free,” owner Ted Cserna said. “Many have tried; few […]

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    Joe’s Blog: Severe Storms Possible This Week

    The spring season is officially just a few days old and severe weather is wasting little time getting underway. A potent weather system will bring together the ingredients for strong to severe thunderstorms both Tuesday and Wednesday evening.


    LIVE BLOG: Slick Roads Delay Monday Morning Commute

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) – Freezing drizzle is creating slick roads across the area Monday morning (Dec. 1).      

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    How To Time Your Thanksgiving Meal Preparations

    Thanksgiving can be a stressful time, especially if you are hosting it. Lyndi Fultz, a Northwest Arkansas food blogger, gives advice on preplanning ahead of the big day. For more Thanksgiving feast preparations and dinner options, find Lyndi on her blog, NWAFoodie.

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    First Fall Freeze Comes Halloween Night

    The coldest weather of the fall season will blow into the area Friday morning giving us our first freeze of the fall season. Freeze Warnings and Watches have already been issued for most of the area for Halloween night into Saturday morning.

  • Vandergriff Elementary School Visit

    Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking to first grade students at Vandergriff Elementary School in Fayetteville. With the help of some of the students, we made different types of clouds and talked about staying safe during severe weather.

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    Bentonville Native Keeps It Local At The National Weather Service

    Michael Lacy, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, also brings a local face to the National Weather Service. Lacy, a Bentonville native, is happy to be close to home, forecasting the weather for his hometown.

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    Hagarville Hank: Early Spring Prediction

    A new tradition begins Sunday on the Baccahus Family Adventure Farm in Johnson County.

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    Penningtons Make Altus Home Since Civil War

    Home is where the heart is, and in Joe Pennington’s case that place stands more than 169 years at his family’s homestead south of Altus. “The constant we have as a family, between us all, is this place. A lot of the family were born here, or spent their childhood here and we all come back here where we can be a family. We love being here as a family,” said Pennington. Joe was raised in Altus. His memories and […]

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    BLOG: Hard Freeze Warning, First Of The Season

    The strongest cold front of the fall season will arrive Monday night with temperatures crashing behind the front. A Hard Freeze Warning is in effect for the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

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    BLOG: A Guide To Flood Warnings

    There are a lot of products the National Weather Service can issue when heavy rain could result in flooding or flash flooding. This can be confusing, so let's take a look at what each of these mean for you when flooding threatens your safety.


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