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
  • WATCH: Chilly Today, Rain Arrives This Weekend

    The up and down weather continues with another swing today back to chilly weather. Winds will be light today but our highs will be a little cooler than normal.   Highs across Northwest Arkansas: Highs today across the River Valley:

  • WATCH: Cold This Morning, Much Warmer This Afternoon

    We are starting this morning colder than yesterday morning with most of us well below freezing. Southwest winds return today and that means we will be much warmer this afternoon.  The fire danger will be elevated again today.     Highs today across Northwest Arkansas will be more than 10° warmer than normal. The Fort Smith area and the River Valley will also be about 10° or more warmer than normal today.  

  • WATCH: Much Colder Today

    After near record breaking highs yesterday, today will be much colder with highs about 25° colder than yesterday. A breezy north wind will make it feel even colder this morning.     Highs will be colder than average today across Northwest Arkansas: Much colder in the River Valley this afternoon, and a few degrees colder than normal:

  • WATCH: Warm And Windy Today; High Fire Risk

    Chilly weather out the door this morning will give way to another warm and windy afternoon. Winds will gust up to 35mph this afternoon.     Burn bans have been expanded to include most of our area. High today across Northwest Arkansas: Highs today in Fort Smith and around the River Valley:

  • WATCH: Chilly Morning But Warmer Weather On The Way

    We are not starting as cold this morning as yesterday but most everyone will see 20s out the door this morning, with a few areas in the teens. We will trend warmer today than yesterday but a strong north wind today will make it feel chilly.   Highs today across Northwest Arkansas: Highs today in the Fort Smith area and the River Valley:

  • WATCH: Bitter Cold; Coldest Morning Since Early January

    Clear skies overnight and light winds have allowed out temperatures to drop into the teens across most of the area. This is the coldest weather since the first week of January.   NWA Hour-by-Hour for Friday: Fort Smith and the River Valley hour-by-hour: Saturday morning will not be as cold as this morning, but still expect a bitterly cold morning.    

  • WATCH: Flurries Possible As The Coldest Weather Since January Arrives

    Another surge of cold weather is pushing in this morning and it will bring the coldest weather since January for the area today and tonight. A few areas of snow flurries will be possible as well this morning, but no accumulation is expected.   Highs today across NWA. Highs in Fort Smith and the River Valley. Lows Friday morning will be the coldest since the first week of January

  • WATCH: Freezing Morning, Warmer This Afternoon

    Most of us will start the morning at or below freezing, but we will quickly warm up this afternoon into the upper 40s and low 50s with sunny skies.   Highs across Northwest Arkansas. Highs in the Fort Smith area.

  • WATCH: Snow Flurries Falling in Northwest Arkansas

    There will be a few areas seeing snow flurries this morning across mainly NWA as the colder air moves in. No accumulation is expected.  

  • WATCH: Cold Blast Has Arrived For The Morning Drive

    The jacket or coat will be needed today as much colder weather has blown in overnight. Breezy north winds today will keep our highs in the 40s to near 50.   Highs today across NWA Highs today in the River Valley By Wednesday morning I expect most of us to be at or below freezing.

  • WATCH: Severe Storms Expected This Evening

    The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe risk for western Arkansas from “Marginal” to “Slight”. Here is a detailed look at the timing and threat from the storms this evening from Meteorologist Matt Standridge The severe threat still remains fairly low, but we may see the storms produce a bit more gusty winds and some hail, especially as they move into Washington County and Crawford County where the storms will feed into a bit more energy from warmer temperatures […]

  • WATCH: Mild Morning, Strong Storms Tonight

    Unusually warm weather will kick off Monday before strong storms sweep through Monday evening. I don’t expect widespread severe storms but some gusty winds and small hail will be possible. Hour-by-hour for NWA. Hour-by-hour for the River Valley. Overall, rainfall amounts this evening will be less than 1 inch. After the storms blow through tonight much colder weather will move it by Tuesday morning with lows dropping into the 30s.