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.


Recent Articles
  • WATCH: Scattered Storms Possible Today

    Another round of scattered storms will be possible this morning across Northwest Arkansas and again this afternoon during peak daytime heating. Outside of the showers and storms it will be a hot and humid afternoon.    

  • WATCH: Sunny, Hot And Trending More Humid

    Sunny and hot weather is expected again today with highs in the low to mid 90s. Heat index values today will likely top 100°, especially in the River Valley. The humidity will gradually increase into the weekend and rain chances will return mainly during the overnight hours this weekend.  

  • WATCH: Sunny, Not As Humid Today

    Skies will turn sunny today with a drop in humidity for most of the area. Afternoon highs today will be a few degrees below normal with a slow warming trend expected into the weekend. Our next chance of rain will come this weekend.    

  • WATCH: Hot Today, Scattered Storms Possible

    Another hot and humid afternoon is expected with once again a Heat Warning in the River Valley. A few scattered storms will be possible today as a weak cold front moves into the area. This will lead to some less humid weather by the middle and end of the week.    

  • WATCH: Dangerous Heat Today, Relief Comes Soon

    Another afternoon with dangerous heat and humidity is expected today with afternoon heat index values 105-115°.  A few scattered showers and storms will be possible late Tuesday into Wednesday with lower humidity and not as hot weather arriving by the middle of the week.    

  • WATCH: Flash Flood Watch This Morning

    Numerous thunderstorms will be possible this morning with heavy rain likely. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until noon for the  greater Fort Smith area and Northwest Arkansas.    

  • WATCH: Flash Flood Watch North, Heat Advisory South

    There will be a big split in the weather across out area today with widespread rain across NWA and major heat and humidity across the River Valley.    

  • WATCH: Heat Advisory Today, Scattered Storms Possible

    Another Heat Advisory has been issued today for the River Valley and eastern Oklahoma where heat index values could top 105 ° this afternoon. Scattered afternoon storms will be possible with the higher chance across Northwest Arkansas.    

  • WATCH: Trending Warmer And More Humid

    Highs today will once again climb back into the 90s areawide with an isolated afternoon shower or storm possible. The heat index will climb into the mid 90s to near 100°. Expect even more humid weather over the next couple of days before rain chances return by the end of the week.    

  • WATCH: Isolated Showers Today, Heat And Humidity Intensify

    A few afternoon showers and downpours will be possible but the overall rain chances will be limited for the early part of the week as highs climb back into the upper 80s to mid 90s.    

  • WATCH: Heavy Rain Possible Through Saturday

    Multiple rounds of heavy rain will be possible through Saturday with 2-4″ of rain possible. Rain chances will be highest this morning and then again late tonight through Saturday.  

  • WATCH: Widespread Rain Likely This Morning

    Widespread rain will continue tom move south our of Kansas and Missouri this morning with most of the area seeing a good chance of steady, to at times heavy rain. This weather pattern will continue through the weekend with rain chances remaining unusually high for early August.    

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