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
  • Chilly, Showers Possible For Trick-Or-Treating

    The weather will likely have an impact on trick-or-treaters Tuesday evening. Chilly weather will stick around all day with cloudy skies. In addition to the chilly weather, rain showers will develop late this afternoon through this evening. Expect scattered showers during as you take the kids out to trick-or-treat. Here is a look at the hour-by-hour this evening. 5pm 6pm 7pm 8pm 9pm

  • Brief Warm Up Thursday, Freeze Watch For The Weekend

    Ahead of the strongest cold front of the season, unseasonably warm weather will surge into the area Thursday afternoon with gusty south winds. Gusty winds with highs in the 70s and low 80s will be common. The strongest cold front of fall so far will blow through the area late Thursday night into early Friday morning. Expect gusty winds, and falling temperatures into Friday late morning. It’s likely that parts of Northwest Arkansas will struggle to get out of the […]

  • Pro Hog Dallas Keuchel To Be A Part Of World Series Weather History

    Former Hog Dallas Keuchel will not only start Game One of the World Series Tuesday, he will likely be a apart of a weird record too — starting pitcher of the hottest World Series game on record. Most of the Los Angeles area Tuesday will soar into the low 100s, but by first pitch at Dodger Stadium, the temperature will drop to around 98°. This would make history as the hottest World Series game on record. The previous hottest game […]

  • Unseasonably Chilly And Windy Tuesday, Frost Possible Wednesday

    Chilly and windy weather will be the big story Tuesday with winds gusting at times closer to 40 mph. Winds will pick up throughout the morning, then peak during the early afternoon. The gusty winds will keep temperatures chilly throughout the day, in most places 10-15° cooler than normal. Winds will calm down late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and that will allow temperatures to plummet into the the mid 30s across NWA and into the upper 30s and low […]

  • Chilly, Windy Weather Blows In Monday Evening

    Another strong cold front Monday evening will bring a reinforcing shot of chilly weather to the area Tuesday. This front will comes through without any rain but winds will become gusty out of the northwest. Highs will tumble into the 50s and 60s Tuesday afternoon, but it will feel colder with the gusty winds.  Here is the hour-by-hour forecast for Tuesday:

  • Strong Storms, Heavy Rain Likely This Weekend

    Unseasonably warm weather the next few days will set the stage for a round of strong to severe storms late Saturday into early Sunday morning. An isolated storm will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening, but widespread storms will be likely after midnight into Sunday morning. Severe storms will likely develop in central and northern Oklahoma Saturday afternoon. The highest severe weather risk Saturday — 3 out of 5 on our severe weather scale — will be across central and […]

  • Chilly Weather Tailgating, And Warmer Kickoff At Razorback Stadium Saturday

    FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — If you’re planning to tailgate Saturday morning ahead of the Razorback game, plan on a chilly early morning, then comfortable closer to noon. Early morning temperatures will start in the 50s and warm into the 70s before heading into Razorback Stadium for the game. Kickoff weather will be sunny and nice with temperatures near 80 throughout the game. If you’re not going to the game you can catch it on Channel 5.

  • Weather Alert Day: Severe Storms and Isolated Tornadoes Possible Wednesday

    Severe thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday afternoon (March 29th). The severe weather threat today will be a “3” on our severe weather scale of 1 to 5, meaning an “enhanced risk” for severe storms.  After the first round of early morning moves out our attention will focus on the potential for severe storms for the afternoon. The likely timeframe for severe storms will be from 3pm-8pm. This “simulated radar” shows severe storms blowing into the area late afternoon.  Large hail […]

  • Severe Storms, Heavy Rain Possible Thursday Afternoon

    Severe storms are possible Thursday afternoon into the evening. The entire area will see a risk of gusty winds, hail and heavy rain.

  • Tuesday Afternoon Storms Possible

    After scattered storms Memorial Day, the chance of more rain and thunderstorms return Tuesday afternoon. Rain chances will be highest after lunch through the evening drive.

  • 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 .

  • 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 […]