Katie Virtue

Katie Virtue joined the WSOC-TV Severe Weather Team in September 2009 as weekend morning and noon meteorologist.

Katie moved to Charlotte from Albany, New York where she broadcast the weather at WTEN-TV. She originally started her career working as both a meteorologist and reporter for WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois. While reporting, Katie interviewed President Barack Obama during his run for the Illinois U.S. Senate in 2004.

Katie obtained her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Penn State University. She's a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) which has awarded her with the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal.

Orginally from Pennsylvania, Katie loves baseball and rooting for her hometown team, the Philadelphia Phillies. She enjoys reading and spending time outside in the warm Carolina weather.

Latest from Katie Virtue

Temperature swings can cause problems for people with asthma

The Charlotte area has seen a drastic change in temperatures this week, and those big temperature swings can have a negative impact on your body. As soon as the temperature warms up this weekend, Greg Alexander will head outside into the winter sunshine. “I like to run a lot,” he ...

Hundreds of severe weather incidents reported in NC in 2012

Severe weather started early in 2012, when a rare January tornado cut a 10-mile-long path through Burke County, destroying 12 homes. Then, residents in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties took cover when an EF-2 tornado damaged more than 200 homes on March 3. Andrew Casasanta's home now sits next to an ...

Area corn fields see higher yield this year

There are more than 45,000 acres of corn grown in Union County, and this year's yield is 30 percent higher than last year, which means more dollars in farmers' pockets. Fields sit empty now after farmers harvested most of this year's corn crop over the past two weeks. A dry ...

Heavy rain causes flash flooding in NC mountains

The North Carolina mountains started getting pounded by rain Monday night, and it just started letting up on Tuesday afternoon. Some areas of the high country saw more than 4 inches of rain. It fell so hard at times that the water had nowhere to go, leading to flash flooding.  ...

Allergy season arrives early to Charlotte

According to Dr. John Kliesch, this fall allergy season is earlier and worse than normal due to the recent weather patterns. Heavy rain in the beginning of September and temperatures running more than five degrees above average may be to blame. Patients' are experiencing more severe symptoms this year, including ...

Dry weather helps NC’s winemaking industry

The dry weather is actually helping one of North Carolina's fastest growing industries -- winemaking. Vintner Amie Boudoin, who owns and runs Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill, N.C., may be one of the few people in the area hoping the rain never comes back.  Her seven acres of grapes ...

Heat, not lack of rain, killing grass, say landscapers

New drought numbers released this week put parts of Gaston, Mecklenburg and Cleveland counties in a moderate drought because those areas have had only half the amount of rainfall usually seen in June. Many homeowners want to blame the dry conditions for their dead grass, but more than anything else, ...

Sunscreen pills could become new option for sun protection

As the sun beats down on Charlotte, many people are swimming to stay cool and lathering on the sunscreen before heading outside. But in a few years, you may be able to take a sunscreen pill instead of using lotion. Charlotte mom Heather Gaskins doesn't mess around when it comes ...

Mechanics give tips for drivers planning long trips in extreme heat

AAA expects the July Fourth holiday to be the busiest time for travelers since 2007, and the auto club is warning people the extreme heat could take a toll on cars. Mechanics said there are several parts in the engine that are particularly at risk of damage in triple-digit heat. ...

Mechanics give tips for drivers planning long trips in extreme heat

AAA expects the July Fourth holiday to be the busiest time for travelers since 2007, and the auto club is warning people the extreme heat could take a toll on cars. Mechanics said there are several parts in the engine that are particularly at risk of damage in triple-digit heat. ...