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: Morning Rain, Clearing This Afternoon

    Widespread rain will continue through the morning with clearing from west to east this afternoon. Temperatures will warm back into the upper 60s and lower 70s this afternoon. Nice weather is expected Friday with a chance for rain returning this weekend.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Scattered Storms Continue Today

    Scattered showers and storms will continue today with an uptick in coverage coming this afternoon and continuing into Thursday morning. The severe weather risk is low but heavy rain will be possible at times.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Rain Chances Return Today

    Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible over the next few day but I am not expecting a washout. The rain showers will remain scattered today with a better chance of rain on Wednesday. The severe weather risk will remain low today through Thursday.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Warm Today, Rain Chance Increase Tuesday

    Warm and sunny weather will continue today with highs in the 70s and 80s. Rain chances will start to increase Tuesday through Thursday. The overall severe weather risk this week will be low but heavy rain will be possible at times.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Cool Today, Warm And Sunny Easter Weekend

    Scattered showers early this morning across eastern Oklahoma will dissipate with a cool and dry Good Friday afternoon expected. Temperatures will warm up into the weekend with highs in the 70s and 80s for Easter Sunday.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Rain Ending Later Today, Turning Cooler

    The severe weather threat is over for our area, but expect rain chances to continue through late morning, eventually ending by early afternoon. There is a slight chance of a few isolated rain showers later this evening as this system finally winds downs.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Severe Storms Possible Late Tonight

    Warm and windy weather returns today with highs in the 70s. Strong to severe storms will be likely later Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. Cooler weather is expected for the end of the week following the storms.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Warm Today, Severe Storms Wednesday

    Another warm, windy and mostly sunny day is on the way with highs in the 70s to near 80°. South winds will once again be gusty at times. Strong to severe storms will be possible late Wednesday.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Chilly Morning, Nice Afternoon

    After a chilly start to the day highs will warm into the 70s this afternoon with mostly sunny skies. We expect warmer weather tomorrow with highs pushing the 80s in some area. Storm chances increase Wednesday evening.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Frosty Friday Morning, Rainy Saturday

    Frosty weather this morning will give way to mostly sunny skies this afternoon with highs in the 60s. Widespread rain is on the way Saturday with some heavy rain likely by the afternoon. The rain will come to an end early Sunday. The severe weather threat here Saturday is low.     Highs today:

  • WATCH: Cold Front Today, Widespread Rain Saturday

    A cold front will move through the area today and that will put an end to the unusually hot weather. Temperatures will slowly cool down into the 60s this afternoon with 30s and 40s expect overnight. Widespread rain looks likely Saturday.     Hour-by-hour NWA: Hour-by-hour Fort Smith:

  • WATCH: Hot And Windy Today, Trending Cooler Tomorrow

    The early heat wave will peak today with highs in the 80s areawide, with some folks in the River Valley closer to the upper 80s. A cold front will move throuhg the area tonight bringing back cooler weather for the end of the week and better rain chances for the weekend.     Highs today:

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