Born and raised in Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County, Vernon Turner’s passion for weather sparked when Hurricane Floyd pounded North Carolina in 1999. Due to life in the military, his family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, for three years before moving back to North Carolina in Fayetteville. There he received his high school diploma from Jack Britt High School before earning his bachelor’s degree in meteorology at North Carolina State University. While at N.C. State, Vernon interned here at Spectrum News before he entered the workforce.
Vernon began his broadcasting career at WXVT-TV in Greenville, Mississippi, in 2012 where he was quickly promoted to chief meteorologist. For three years, Vernon tracked several severe weather events many including tornadoes. Vernon would add to his severe weather experience by leaving Mississippi and moving to Montgomery, Alabama, to join the weather team at WSFA-TV. There Vernon not only covered severe weather including tornadoes and impactful tropical weather including Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Nate, but he also conducted several LIVE storm chases for WSFA.
After three years in south Alabama, Vernon returned home to North Carolina, joining Spectrum News in June 2018 as the weekend morning meteorologist and the weekday morning meteorologist for the Triangle, Sandhills and coastal North Carolina.
In his free time Vernon enjoys spending time playing and listening to music. His favorite instrument to play is the trumpet. Vernon also enjoys sports like soccer, football and loves visiting schools and encouraging kids to pursue their passion in the maths and sciences.