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Sacramento is my home. Sure, I grew up in the Bay Area. But after graduating from Sac State with a degree in communications, I knew that I would be happy living and working in this city. That's why, after a few years reporting in Eureka and Reno after college, I jumped at the chance to come home to the Sacramento region where many of my friends and relatives live. I've been a reporter in the Capital City since 2001, and at FOX40 since 2008. I enjoy meeting the great people of this region and visiting so many cities and communities on assignment.

On weekends you can catch me forecasting the weather on FOX40. My love of the outdoors and the science of weather (even those blustery Blue Canyon snowstorms) led to this position.

On my days off, I enjoy keeping up with my extended family and spending time in the company of good friends. I also get along quite well with my DVR and flat screen TV. When the weather is nice, you might see me running or trying to play golf. Trying. During the winter, I gladly trade in the golf clubs for my snowboard.

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    Colder Storms Needed to Ease Drought

    SACRAMENTO- While recent rains have certainly helped, California’s water supply also relies on snowmelt, which is below average for this time of year. According to the eight station index, a measure of precipitation for the Sacramento basin, rainfall totals are averaging 145 percent of normal for this point in the season. But the Central Sierra snowpack is at 48 percent of average. Some of December’s storms have been too warm to allow for a normal snowpack. “We rely on that water coming into reservoirs […]

  • Recent Rains Lead to Pothole Problems

    SACRAMENTO- Pothole repair is keeping Caltrans crews busy this month. Potholes form when rain water seeps into cracks in pavement, weakening the roadway surface by getting underneath it. “We take it very seriously,” Caltrans spokesperson Dennis Keaton said. Highway workers are prioritizing pothole repairs based on the severity of safety hazard and the amount of traffic on the impacted roads, according to Keaton. Crews have been stretched a bit thin lately due to a number of weather-related issues. “A lot […]

  • More Rain Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

    Dennis Shanahan’s Monday Night Forecast for Northern California

  • Water Removal a Big Job for Cleanup Crews

    SACRAMENTO- After a tree falls on a house, the cleanup effort employs a multitude of contractors and specialists. Joshua Hunt, project manager at Certified Property Rescue, said the company has fielded many dozens of calls related to Thursday’s Northern California rainstorm. FOX40 caught up with Hunt and his crew repairing water damage at a home in Folsom where a redwood tree had fallen onto the roof, puncturing the ceiling. “In this case, we’re working on ceilings, walls, floors, virtually everything,” Hunt said. Inside the house, the […]

  • Sierra Rain Turns into Much-Needed Snow

    DONNER SUMMIT- Over Donner Summit Thursday night, a steady powdery snow was accumulating quickly. A blanket at least one foot deep was covering parked cars. The snow fell steadily all afternoon and evening, down to elevations near 4,500 feet at times. On Interstate 80, chains were required between Cisco and Donner Lake. FOX40 encountered some unprepared drivers waiting for tow trucks after their tires lost traction in the snow. Lisa Silsby, an employee of the Cisco Grove Shell Station, said […]

  • Power Company Preparing for Outages

    SACRAMENTO- The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) provides power to 1.4 million people within a 900 square mile area. With a major storm approaching, utility spokesman Chris Capra said the power company is prepared. “We prepare year-round for these events,” Capra told FOX40 on Wednesday.  “We make sure all of our equipment is maintained, we trim trees. We’re aggressive about that.” Wind gusts of up to 60 miles an hour from the approaching storm may have enough force to break […]

  • Rain Creates Havoc on Valley Roads

    SACRAMENTO- Emergency workers responded to dozens of weather-related accidents Tuesday on rain-soaked roads all over northern California. At about 6:15 a.m., the driver of a big rig lost control and went down an embankment off Northbound Interstate 5. He and his passenger were hospitalized with minor injuries. Further north on the same freeway, another big rig jackknifed later in the morning. One person was injured. The northbound lanes of I-5 were completely shut down for a portion of the afternoon […]

  • Passengers Pleasantly Surprised by Air Travel Experience

    SACRAMENTO- On what is traditionally known as the busiest travel day of the year, many passengers arriving at Sacramento International Airport said they had an easy time getting here. “The airport wasn’t busy and the flight wasn’t even full.” “Checked in, no line.” “Normal travel day.  It was easy.” Those are just a few of the comments FOX40 years from travelers on Wednesday. Sure the airport was very busy at times throughout the day.  But according to the U.S. Travel Association, the day before […]

  • Sacramento Police Union, Mayor Clash over Ferguson Remarks

    SACRAMENTO- Remarks from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson following Monday’s Ferguson grand jury decision were troublesome, according to the local police union. “I’m really disappointed,” Mayor Johnson said of the decision Monday. “This is just a sad day for America, in my opinion.” Sacramento Police Officers Association President Dustin Smith says he’s also disappointed, but in the mayor. “We are disappointed in the mayor and, to be honest with you, even a little embarrassed he made such comments,” Smith told FOX40. Johnson’s remarks […]