Kellie joined the WECT Weather Team in October of 2016.
She was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - also known as the Christmas City. After Winter Storm Jonas dumped a record snowfall of over 30 inches this winter, she is thrilled to be in Wilmington forecasting tropical weather now!
Kellie always had a fascination with weather. As a child, she will never forget when the local TV meteorologist came to her elementary school and now she’s turned her curiosity into her career.
Kellie graduated with a broadcasting degree from Millersville University and shortly after earned a certificate in Operational and Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She interned at WFMZ in Allentown, PA (with the meteorologist who visited her school) and this past summer she was a meteorology intern at FOX 29 in Philadelphia, PA.
She enjoys (trying to) cook, anything that is adrenaline-pumping and all things coastal.
Email Kellie: email@example.com
Millersville University, Broadcasting
Mississippi State University, Operational and Broadcast Meteorlogy
As we round up the week, there are a few things to keep in mind weather-wise. First, locally, a cold front will approach the Carolinas Friday and stall into the weekend. Odds for showers and storms Friday will be near 30% Friday then grow to near 50% over the weekend.
You’ll want to keep the a/c cranking for hot high temperatures mainly in the lower 90s and steamy heat index values around 100. As a cold front slides through the Cape Fear Region Friday, temperatures will swing from the 90s late week to middle and lower 80s over the weekend.
As year-to-date rainfall deficits continue to build through the double-digits across the Cape Fear Region, rain chances in the 30 to 40% range will offer precious opportunities for relief for thirsty gardens.
Chances for cooling and drenching showers and gusty storms ought to trend more generous for Wednesday and Thursday as a low pressure wave drops southward toward the Cape Fear Region from the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Average daily high temperatures for the Cape Fear Region are in the toasty upper 80s this time of year; your First Alert Forecast is even a bit more fiery as it features consistent lower and middle 90s with opportunities for heat index values to ping the upper 90s and lower 100s.
A strong upper level trough / cold front / cool front remains on-track to slice into the Cape Fear Region between Tuesday afternoon and night. In this time of transition, please stay alert for clusters of locally gusty, drenching, and highly electrical storms!
This torrid high pressure ridge will likely break down by the middle of next week but, until then, spotty thunderstorms ought to be your only natural heat relief. So please, friends, keep your heat precautions top-of-mind through the weekend.
Afternoon high temperatures will crest mainly in the lower and middle 90s and overnight low will hover in the muggy 70s. Due to steamy dew points in the middle and upper 70s, heat index values will likely swell to 100 to 105 in the afternoon.
Now is the time for the hot, dry high pressure ridge to break down a bit... and with that, odds for locally drenching, gusty, and lightning-rich storms will operate at a higher daily baseline Wednesday through the weekend.
Convective cumulus clouds are likely to pop out of the hazy blue sky and one or two may elevate enough to produce a stray shower or briefly drenching storm. Odds for this for any one backyard will remain slim, though: 10 to 20%.
Feisty storms are likely to fire over the western Carolinas and march into the Cape Fear Region by evening. Some of the storm cells could bring briefly torrential rain, spells of intense lightning, and bursts of strong winds.
Summer officially arrives with the solstice this Friday and your First Alert Forecast features classically sultry temperatures and humidity levels through the period. The highest shower and storm chances - 40% at that - are Wednesday and Thursday.
June has thus far offered Wilmington a dust-settling, garden-quenching, and drought-denting 1.92 inches of rain. A bit more in some backyards! The time has come for a dry high pressure system to lower the odds for showers and storms heading into Father's Day weekend.
Early in this forecast period, a sluggish low pressure system will continue to focus moisture and force shower development. A warmer and drier high pressure system remains likely to build by the end of the week and into Father's Day weekend.
A sluggish low pressure system will circulate higher humidity levels and rain chances into the Cape Fear Region beginning Wednesday. Early on, enjoy generous sun intervals, a chance for a stray pop-up storm, light and mainly southerly breezes and balmy humidity levels