I am honored and humbled to return home to Detroit and work alongside the most talented meteorologists in the country here at WJBK Fox 2 News.
Before joining the WJBK Fox 2 News family, I served for 4 years as the Weekend Meteorologist and weekday co-cost of “Live on Lakeside” in Cleveland at WKYC. Northeast Ohio is an incredible part of the country to live given its proximity to Lake Erie. Lake Erie impacted day to day life every fall, winter and spring with tons of lake effect snow! It was a forecasting challenge, but one that I welcomed with opened arms and a shovel in hand.
Prior to heading to Cleveland, I worked as the Morning, Midday & Noon Meteorologist at WTVQ in the “Horse Capital of the World” - Lexington, Kentucky.
While in Kentucky, my forecasts of crippling snowstorms, record-shattering cold, devastating flooding, and violent tornadoes helped earn our weather team the title of “Most Accurate Forecast in Central Kentucky” by WeatheRate. Your safety before, during, and after a storm is my number one priority. Rain or shine, day or night, my passion for the weather, commitment to our community, and optimistic outlook are qualities that you can count on.
I started my professional broadcast career in the "Song & Soul of the South," - Macon, Georgia. I served as the Morning Meteorologist at WMGT for several years before being promoted to the Chief Meteorologist - a position I held for an several years. I experienced just about everything in Georgia, from blistering hot summers and hurricanes to snow and ice storms. The historic April 27-28, 2011 tornado outbreak in the southeast, which decimated parts of Central Georgia, serves as my piece of humble pie as to the extreme power of Mother Nature.
I am a proud graduate of Central Michigan University (CMU) and earned a degree in Meteorology with a minor in Mathematics. During my time at CMU, I worked for MHTV News Central 34, and was awarded “Best Weathercaster” in 2006, 2007 & 2008. Fire Up Chips!
WJBK is not my first stop in metro Detroit. I started my career working behind the scenes at WWJ-TV CBS Detroit through the Emma L. Bowen Foundation (EBF) and was awarded a 5-year work/study scholarship with CBS News. The EBF allowed me the opportunity to work/job shadow with meteorologists all over the country from New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit (…such as Jim Madaus, Ben Bailey and yes, even Rich Luterman…many, MANY years ago!) to The Weather Channel. In 2009, the EFB honored me with its coveted “Outstanding Student of the Year” award.
I am an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist through the American Meteorological Society, and also hold a membership with the National Weather Association.
In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering in the community, playing the clarinet, and spending time with friends and family (including my mirror-identical twin brother!)
If you would like me to speak with your students or participate in your charity event, please send me an email!
After showers and storms knocked down trees and power lines on Saturday evening, today will be a good day for clean up. After our morning fog burns off, expect mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.
Meteorologist Michael Estime spoke with Meteorologist Kyle Klein from the National Weather Service office in Detroit about what their crews will be looking for as they survey damage from Saturday evening's severe storms. Though a tornado is suspected, the National Weather Service needs to inspect the scene to determine whether the damage was caused by a tornado or straight line winds.
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast today especially between 5pm and 10pm. A few of the storms that develop could produce flooding rain, strong winds and hail. Stay weather aware this evening.
This weekend's forecast will have a major impact on events in Metro Detroit with strong storms likely, especially Saturday afternoon and evening.
Grab your umbrellas if you are heading out and about today. We are tracking scattered rain and a few rumbles this morning. This afternoon, we should dry things out a bit so dinner plans look pretty good. More rain and storms are in the forecast on Saturday. A few storms that develop could be heavy and strong at times on Saturday especially during the evening. Expect highs in the mid and upper 70s today with 80s back by this weekend.
If you enjoy sunshine, you are going to love everything about today. Look for highs to eventually make it into the mid and upper 80s this afternoon under mostly sunny skies. More humidity is on the way Monday with a chance for a stray shower or storm Tuesday.
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Morning rain will eventually end leading to afternoon sunshine. Watch for high waters and localized flooding. Afternoon sunshine will help to warm temperatures into the mid 70s today.
Have your umbrellas ready to go all day today.
Expect a beautiful Saturday in Metro Detroit with lots of sunshine and highs in the upper 70s. Enjoy it while is lasts because more clouds, rain and a few rumbles are expected by first thing Sunday.