Laura Skirde is the morning meteorologist and co-anchor for the CBS13 news from 5-7 AM. You can also catch her forecasts on Good Day Sacramento and the CBS13 news at Noon.
A fan of warm climates, Laura came to Sacramento in July of 2009, after forecasting everything from supercell thunderstorms to landfalling hurricanes in Austin, Texas. She began her career in weather and news at stations in Peoria, Illinois and Casper, Wyoming. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received her meteorology certification from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded its Seal of Approval.
Laura was born in New York and grew up in Colorado. She’s an avid sports fan and when she’s not watching the skies, you’ll find her watching her beloved Denver Broncos and CU Buffs. Laura enjoys spending as much time outdoors as possible, especially golfing (well over par) and running the many beautiful trails the valley has to offer. She has completed the Austin, San Francisco and California International marathons, and hopes to train for more in the future.
Sparking an interest in science and meteorology among young people is something Laura is passionate about. Each week you’ll find her out at area schools, talking to students as part of her Weather School program. Students learn about Northern California weather, and have the opportunity to have their questions answered on the air each week on CBS13 in the morning and on CBS13.com.
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Getting Answers: Laura Skirde
1) iPhone or Android? iPhone
2) What’s your favorite app? Quesadillas – just kidding! Shazam
3) What’s your favorite thing about working in news? There’s something new and exciting happening every day
4) What’s your favorite book? Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
5) What’s your favorite TV show? Right now, Mad Men and Downtown Abbey… always changes
6) Who is your favorite band? Muse, Metric, OK Go
7) What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to? Ringing in Y2K with Neil Diamond on 12/31/99 – oh yeah!
8) What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us? In college, I had my nose pierced
9) What’s your favorite quote? I have two: “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” Eliot “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt
10) If you were stranded on a desert island, and had the chance to take just one item with you, what would it be? My Nook, with endless power supply and downloaded books
11) What do you do for exercise? Running – always outside! No treadmills
12) What food could you not live without? Being a vegetarian – black beans
13) What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? Wineries!
14) At what age did you decide you were interested in news? 3rd or 4th grade, and never looked back!
It looks like those forecasted record-shattering temperatures will be cooler than expected, but don’t think it means we’ll be avoiding a hot weekend.
We’ll catch a slight break from the upper 90s we endured this weekend as high temps fall back into the upper 80s and low 90s today through Thursday.
Just in time for about a zillion outdoor events this weekend, it’s about to get hot and windy!
The holiday weekend is off to a picture-perfect start, with sunny skies across northern California on Friday, and a pleasant afternoon high temperature of 80 degrees.
The warming trend will continue into the weekend as temperatures are expected to reach above normal highs in the low 90s.
Rain is coming today out of the north and east because it’s circulating around the area of low pressure dragging the action slowly but surely into Central California and toward Vegas. It will also drag the showers into the valley later in the afternoon.
Sacramento could tie the record high temperature of 94 degrees Friday afternoon, but these hot and sunny days will be ending soon.
A wind advisory is in effect for the Sacramento Valley until Noon on Wednesday. NNW winds are blowing 15-30 mph, gusting to 40 mph.
Today will be a cooler day across northern California. We’ll still see sunshine, but highs in the valley will linger in the upper 60s this afternoon, with temperatures in the 50s across the foothills.
Temperatures across the valley are soaring into the low 80s to kick off the weekend.
Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine before a small storm moves into the region, bringing possible showers Wednesday.
We’re kicking of the work week with sunshine and high temperatures near 70 degrees in the Sacramento area – but big changes are coming!