Tara Lane

Tara Lane is Queen City News’ Chief Meteorologist.

Tara was born and raised in Northern Virginia, with the exception of a year-and-a-half in Memphis, Tennessee. It was there that a traumatic event took place that would spark her interest in weather. When she was 8 years old, an F-3 tornado ripped the roof off her family’s home and caused severe damage to her community. Tara was terrified of storms for many years!

Her time in North Carolina began at East Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication. She then studied Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University.

Tara began her career at WITN in Eastern North Carolina as a producer and weather anchor. While there, she covered the fury of Hurricane Floyd—one of the worst storms in North Carolina history.

After moving to Charlotte in 2001, Tara became a Meteorologist at the start-up 24-hour cable news station News 14 Carolina (now Spectrum News), where she worked for the next 15 years. Her time there involved many hours of live, continuous coverage of everything from hurricanes to winter storms. She then spent a year in Columbus, Ohio at NBC4 before returning to Charlotte and joining the team at Queen City News.

Tara is a member of the National Weather Association and has earned the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. When she’s not busy forecasting, volunteering in the community is a top priority. She has co-emceed events for the Alzheimer’s Association and NC Chamber’s Women > A Force in Business conference. She loves visiting schools to talk weather and teach kids how to be safe during severe storms.

Traveling, reading, and exercising are some of Tara’s favorite pastimes, but the most important thing in her life is spending time with her family. She lives with her husband, daughter, son and rescue dog Rocky in the Charlotte area.

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