I’m originally from Chicago, falling in love with its weather around 3rd grade and haven’t stopped loving its challenges. I graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology with minors in Math and TV/Radio. I went on a ten day stormchase with my college friends through the Plains and saw four tornadoes in Colorado and Texas.
I interned with Ginger Zee when she was at NBC5 Chicago and she was also my professor for two semesters at Valpo. I also interned at WOOD TV in Grand Rapids, MI and with Tom Skilling at WGN Chicago!
After graduating in 2012, I started on air as a meteorologist and reporter in Elmira, NY. My adventure in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania included soaring over mountains in gliders to hiking across the beauty of the Finger Lakes in the fall.
When I’m not tracking storms, I am walking my puppy Skye, shooting pool, working out and/or drinking his new found love of Sweet Tea.
I’m very excited to continue this adventure in Arkansas! Let me know if you have any great places to explore!
A Tornado Watch has been issued for Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Polk, Scott and Logan Counties, AR and Leflore and Sequoyah, OK counties until 7PM tonight. Hail looks to be the biggest threat as some storms this afternoon could possibly produce hail up to 2″ in diameter. White the tornado risk is low, there is a chance of rotation in some of the storms as this system moves into Eastern OK and Western AR. The threat should end this evening, […]
The Bald Eagle is a symbol of American values and freedom. Yet it was on the Endangered Species list for 40 years until 2007. In this week’s Adventure Arkansas, meteorologist Sean Bailey explored Beaver Lakes with guides from Hobbs State Park to learn more about this iconic bird and its habitat here in Arkansas. Taking off from Rocky Branch Marina on a sunny and cool day, the group set off to scour Beaver Lake to spot bald eagles in their natural habitat. “Typically […]
Wet weather will move in starting tonight, with heavy rains arriving Monday night into early Tuesday morning. The entire area could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts possibly near 6 inches. Rainfall estimates from Sunday Night Through Tuesday Afternoon. As for the Severe Weather Threat, the best chance of any stronger storms would be moving through Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley very early Tuesday morning. Gusty winds appear to be the main threat. There is […]
Frost Advisories go into effect tonight into tomorrow morning for Washington, Madison, Carroll and Benton counties in Arkansas as well as Northeast Oklahoma. Temperatures are expected to get into the mid to low 30s early tomorrow morning, which could cause patchy frost and damage to sensitive plants. The River Valley is not expected to get near freezing tonight or this weekend, but it will be chilly in the upper 30s and low 40s both nights. Tonight may be the first […]
If you’re looking to unlock the hidden treasures of underwater life in Beaver Lake, check out Hobbs State Park’s snorkeling tours. The tour is going on this Wednesday afternoon, August 19th, from 1pm to 4 pm. A park interpreter will guide you around a quiet cove in Beaver Lake and teach you about the ecosystem and rock formations that live in the lake. Lifejackets, masks and snorkels will be provided. If you want to join the tour, call Hobbs State […]
After heating up this weekend, summer-like temperatures and heat index values will stay for a while. All day Monday, a Heat Advisory will be in place for the River Valley and Eastern Oklahoma. An Advisory is issued when heat index values (the combination of air temperature and humidity) make the air feel close to 105° or higher. Air temperatures tomorrow afternoon look to top out close to 100 in Fort Smith, closer to 95 in NWA. Relative humidity values should […]
Isolated storms and showers have been popping up along some of the elevated terrain this afternoon. Once we lose daytime heating, the shower chances should dwindle after 7pm. Just in time for any fireworks or festivities! Most of tomorrow morning will remain dry, with only a slight chance of rain. Morning temperatures start off in the low to mid 70s. By the middle of the day, into the afternoon, storms and showers will continue to pop into the picture. The […]
Despite Tropical Storm Bill being downgraded to a Tropical Depression, the heavy rains associated with this storm will move through Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas tonight. Based on the latest data, 4-6 inches of rain could fall, with isolated amounts higher than that. In addition to the Flash Flood Watch for the entire the area, there is a limited risk of brief, weak tornadoes. This is due to our location in the NE quadrant of the track of this system, […]
The second Tropical Storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. Wind speeds are estimated to be around 50 MPH with this storm. The track of this storm takes it into Central Texas, where it will weaken after causing downpours to amount to possibly several inches of rain in Texas. The remnants of the system are what we are concerned about in Eastern Oklahoma and Western […]
OKLAHOMA (KFSM) – The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes touched down in Gore and Webbers Falls, Oklahoma on Friday, May 29, 2015. NWS rated the Webbers Falls tornado as an EF-1with winds estimated around 90 to 100 MPH. The path was estimated to be roughly 5 miles, uprooting trees and causing damage to a couple houses. The tornado in Gore moved across I-40 with winds of 75-85 MPH, with the NWS rating it an EF-0. It’s damage path was […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM)- The rush of rain this weekend has completely saturated the ground, causing some trees to tumble, but one family in Fort Smith was caught by surprise after part of her property rose out of the ground instead. “Like a low thunder, and we kind of felt it in the house,” Elizabeth McLaughlin said. But it wasn’t earthquake she was feeling Sunday night, it was actually the sound of her in-ground pool coming out of the earth. The […]
After a week of below average temperatures, we start to rebound in the temperature department starting Thursday. This latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center has Northwest Arkansas with a 50% to 60% probability of seeing above average temperatures over the next week and a half. A combination of warm air from the southwest and generous sunshine from high pressure will start to help us starting Thursday. Average high temperatures in Fayetteville are around 45 and Fort Smith and […]