About us!


Foothills Weather Network is 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 weather technology and take advantage of the best training available to offer you a daily forecasts and informing you of severe weather. Wealso 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 a vital partnership with local government bodies, sports organizations and event organizers.  One example is our partnership with McDowell County Emergency Management.  In times of a significant weather event one of our staff members is placed with the McDowell County Communications Department, in the mobile command unit, or directly with the Emergency Manager.  We provide up to the minute forecasting for any emergency scene to keep emergency personnel and the general public safe.  Our forecasters are certified in FEMA Incident Management Training. 


     Burke Weather provides educational services to all schools in the eight 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 set at the state level.  We cover that curriculum in ourpresentations, its a real hands-on learning experience for the children we visit.

   Students enjoy our educational products, we have received positive feed back on them.  We feel that our outreach programhave resulted in improved test scores at the fifth and seventh grade levels by a significant margin. We love going out and talking to the children in the many communities across the area.  We also make regular visits to civic clubs, assisted learning centers and other interested parties who like to learn about Meteorology.  To set up a visit just fill out the contact us form found here.


foothills weather network STAFF


     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.



      Meteorologist In Charge Scotty Powell is a life long resident of Burke County.  Scotty has many hours of training in the meteorology field and holds Certified Basic and Advanced National Weather Service Storm Spotter. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelors Degree in Science Education.   Scotty loves the thrill of forecasting Severe Weather and Winter Weather.  Scotty is also a staff meteorologist for Charlotte Motor Speedway and McDowell County Emergency Management.  Scotty is also on the board of planning for The National Tornado Summit, that is held yearly in Oklahoma City, OK. You can also check him out on the weekly podcast Carolina Weather Group.


When Scotty is not following the weather he is an avid sports fan and is always up for an adventure.  


        Staff Forecaster Daniel Crawley, a native of McDowell County,  is a Certified Basic and Advanced National Weather Service Storm Spotter.   One of his strengths as a member of the weather team is synoptic weather pattern recognition that can be used in our daily forecast packages. He also assists in the creation of specialized weather graphics that you see on our website.

  Along with his love for weather, Daniel is an avid sports fan and is heavily involved in the McDowell sports community.


      Storm Spotter and staff photographer Stuart McDaniel resides in Upper Cleveland County.  McDanielis an avid photographer and has over 100 hours of training in weather forecasting. Stuart displays his talent in weather photography, almost daily in the summer. He regularly contributes photos for our site/social media pages along with other traditional media outlets.  He is a Certified Basic and Advanced Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service.


                          FWN  INTERNShip program


Foothills Weather Network also has a group of interns who provide for our company while also gaining valuable experience. Chase Graham is a native of Surry County North Carolina and a current student at UNC-Asheville, he has been a part of the FWN team for over a year. Graham has a knack for contributing with synoptic forecasting, his talents can be seen twice per week on our forecast discussion page.

Sinead Lockhart, a North Carolina State University Alum,  can be seen on our pages on the weekends providing weather forecast information. Lockhart also specializes in website graphics and content.


Jackie Hoyle rounds out the group of interns with the Foothills Weather Network. Hoyle joined our weather team back in the spring of 2017. A native of Rutherford County he has strong experience in forecasting weather for the southern tier counties in the coverage area.