We are dedicated to making Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, and Rutherford counties, North Carolina a safe place to live, work and play by providing weather products that are:

  • *up to the minute
  • *reliable
  • *educational and
  • *easy to use

Our forecasters use the latest technology and take advantage of the best training available to offer you long and short-term forecasts, inform you of severe weather, document important weather events, and prepare you, through ongoing education and outreach, to deal with hazardous weather when it occurs.


     Foothills Weather Network has formed partnerships with McDowell County Emergency Management.  In times of severe weather a forecaster is placed in the McDowell County Communications Department, in the mobile command unit, or with the Emergency Manager.  We provide up to the minute forecasting for any emergency scene to keep emergency personnel safe.  Our forecasters are certified in FEMA Incident Management Training. 


     Burke Weather provides educational services to all schools in the nine county forecast area.  We have Power Point Presentations set up for early elementary age, 5th grade, and 7th grade students.  Students in the 5th and 7th Grades have a curriculum set for weather that is put out by the North Carolina Board of Education.  We have those curriculum on 2 to 3 hour presentations that includes hands on learning.  The students love it and we have had awesome feed back on them.  In some cases students grades have went up 50 to 75%!  We love going out and talking to the children in the many communities across the area.  We also have Cub and Boy Scout Presentations that we do!  To set up a visit just fill out the contact us form found here.



     Chief Meteorologist Christopher White is a Certified Fire Weather Meteorologist, Advanced Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service. Chris regularly volunteers with Samaritans Purse in disaster relief. Christopher was struck by lightning on June 28,2008 while carrying out his Project Leader Duties with The NC Forest Service on a forest fire in Caldwell County. That strike put him out of work for 6 months.  It was during this time that Christopher built up Burke Weather.  Christopher is the proud father of his daughter Kaitlin.

         Senior Meteorologist Steve Wasko is a retired federal employee and lifetime weather enthusiast. He grew up in the Philadelphia PA area but lived in many different parts of the country including the South, Gulf Coast, Midwest, Intermountain west and Northern Plains. Steve has witnessed many different types of weather including blizzards, tornadoes, tropical storms and hurricanes. In addition to basic and advanced storm spotter training, he has formal weather training and an extensive list of certifications in topics such as severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, winter weather, hydrology and fire weather. Steve lives in Fort Mill, South Carolina assisting the Burke Weather team both remotely and in person with frequent visits to the Burke County area.

      Meteorologist In Charge Scotty Powell is a Certified Basic and Advanced National Weather Service Storm Spotter.  Scotty has many hours of training in the meteorology field and is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.  He is an expert in forecasting winter weather and severe weather.  Scotty has long been a weather enthusiast.  Weather has always fascinated Scotty.   Scotty also has 5 years of experience as a storm chaser. Scotty is continuing to further his knowledge by attending training at the University of North Carolina - Asheville and at the National Weather Service. He is also acquiring online training as well.  Scotty has been a Youth Minister in Burke County for 7 years.

        Staff Meteorologist Daniel Crawley covers McDowell County.  Daniel is a Certified Basic and Advanced National Weather Service Storm Spotter.  Daniel has over 50 hours of training just since he has been with Foothills Weather Network.  He provides excellent synoptic pattern explanations for the public.

      Staff Meteorologist Stuart McDaniel covers Cleveland County NC.  Stuart is an avid photographer and has over 100 hours of training in weather forecasting.  He is a Certified Basic and Advanced Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service. 

     Intern Cody Ledbetter is a Senior at UNC Charlotte studying Atmospheric Sciences.  He is currently covering Catawba and Caldwell Counties for us.

     Intern Kit Cloninger is a Junior at UNC Charlotte studying Atmospheric Sciences.  Kit covers Gaston and Lincoln Counties for us.

     Intern Kyle Noel is a Junior at UNC Asheville studying Atmospheric Sciences.  Kyle will be covering Rutherford County for us!