Just over six years ago I was an anxious, nervous twenty-something trying to break into the world of TV weather. Resumes had been flying out the door for months with little response. That was until one March day when a News Director from a place called WITN in eastern NC gave me buzz and asked me to come down for an interview,the rest as they say is history.
I recall my very first time on the air. It was Easter Sunday 2002. Severe storms were breaking out all over eastern Carolina and I was quite honestly lost! I made it through that first show without too many problems, though most of it was just a blur. That night I went home and e-mailed all of my friends and family and told them I was finally a weatherman!
Since then, we've been through a lot - too many hurricanes and tropical storms, a ton of severe storms, a handful of tornadoes and even a few snowstorms. You occasionally wrote or called to tell me I did a good job. Some of you frequently wrote or e-mailed to say I didn't, or that I covered up golf or Jeopardy. Either way I've had a great time meeting and greeting so many of the friendly people here in the East. I also want to thank those of you who told me how to pronounce places like Contoe, Kornegay, and Kilkenny.
Of course I did not just do weather at WITN. I started my marriage here as well. My beautiful bride Angie and I were married at 6:57 am on Thursday November 21st...LIVE ON THE AIR! I want to say thank you to all of the people who still stop Angie and me on the street and say how much they enjoyed watching. We'll be celebrating our 6th anniversary this year.
While our marriage was out there for the world to see, the birth of our daughter was a bit more private. Ava Madeline Arnold was born September 8th 2006 at Beaufort County Hospital. I will always be proud that my beautiful daughter can say she was born in Eastern Carolina.
While I am leaving, I'm not really going that far. In fact, I'll still be in Eastern Carolina, just Eastern South Carolina. Head south down HWY 17 for about 4 hours and you'll run right into Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand. That is where I'm starting a new chapter in life. I'll be doing weather for WMBF News, the NBC station that covers coastal South Carolina.
So with all of that I say farewell my friends. It is often said that Eastern Carolina is the forgotten part of our state. Well I will never forget the people, the places, and yes the wild weather of Eastern Carolina.