From the Blizzard of '82, to the Great Flood of '93, weather has always been a great fascination of mine and to think that I could actually make a living out of forecasting the weather always intrigued me, too! Therefore, it is of no surprise that I chose to become a meteorologist.
I was born and raised in the St. Louis area and even as a young child, I became cautiously interested in the power of severe weather (while hiding under the covers, of course!). It wasn't until my 7 th grade year in school that I decided to become a meteorologist and once I graduated from Pattonville High School, I was Mizzou bound and ready to learn about the power of Mother Nature. After completing all of the ominous math and physics courses, I graduated from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at Mizzou with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology in 2001, as well as obtaining a specialization in severe weather interpretation/forecasting from the National Weather Service/SKYWARN program. I am a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), as well as the National Weather Association (NWA) and have been awarded the prestigious AMS Seal of Approval award for Television Weather Forecasting. Most recently, I graduated with a Master's Degree in Meteorology where my research involved comparing the accuracy of numerical weather data to that of a human forecast.
Besides my duties and responsibilities on-air at KOMU, I am also an adjunct faculty member in the School of Natural Resources at Mizzou and I teach the popular Introduction to Meteorology class in the Soils, Enviornmental and Atmospheric Sciences Department (SEAS). I love teaching other people about meteorology and this provides me with a great opportunity to teach others about something I have a great passion for.
When not tracking severe weather or forecasting warm, sunny skies for Mid-Missouri, I can be found working in the yard, hanging out with friends and spending time with my wife and daughter. I am also an active member of Parkade Baptist Church, where I am the organist, and have been playing the piano and organ since age 4.
I look forward to bringing you the most accurate and precise weather forecast that I can and I welcome any comments and questions you may have.
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