Ben Terry has been the morning and midday meteorologist at KPLC since 2011. A 2006 graduate of Mississippi State University's on-campus Broadcast Meteorologist program, Ben began his broadcast career over a decade ago in Jackson, Mississippi, where he produced and broadcast local weather to over 30 affiliated TV stations at a weather network each day, gaining valuable on-air experience right out of college. He then came to KPLC in the spring of 2011 to join the morning team on 7News Sunrise. When not on-air or forecasting the weather for Southwest Louisiana, Ben involves himself with numerous charitable organizations throughout Southwest Louisiana including the Ad and Press Club, American Cancer Society, and Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America just to name a few. Ben also enjoys visiting local schools to get young students interested in the sciences and meeting folks in the community by volunteering to emcee numerous charitable events across Southwest Louisiana during his off time. Over the years Ben has been a part of significant upgrades to the weather technology at KPLC with the addition of the Skycam network and latest WSI weather system, keeping Southwest Louisiana up to date with the latest and greatest forecasting and storm tracking technology. Keeping the residents of Southwest Louisiana safe from threatening weather is Ben's main mission, and the resources and technology available at KPLC make that possible with all of the social media platforms and mobile apps available for alerting the public. An active member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association, Ben currently serves as president of the Southeast Texas/Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the AMS/NWA and recently gave an oral presentation at the 2016 American Meteorological Society's national convention in New Orleans. Ben is a resident of Lake Charles, where he enjoys downtown life and attends Trinity Baptist Church where he volunteers weekly on the media services team.
Temperatures will continue to steadily climb through the middle 60s this morning and finally reach the 70s by this afternoon. Rain chances will hold steady at around 40% most of the morning and afternoon to account for these light nuisance showers that could affect those working outdoors.
The return of southeasterly winds yesterday evening sent temperatures up a few degrees overnight and clouds back over the area with morning temperatures at or near 50 degrees for Lake Charles southward and in the middle to upper 40s north. No freezing conditions today and a steady warm-up.
Winds today won’t be as gusty, but enough of a breeze that you’ll want to seek out any sunshine you can find if waiting outside for parades to begin this afternoon and evening. Temperatures by early to mid-afternoon may briefly touch the lower 50s but start to drop again by 5:00 p.m. to around 48.
Throughout the remainder of the afternoon, temperatures will likely drop a few more degrees as a weak disturbance crosses the area and brings a few sprinkles and possibly even a few sleet pellets through mid-afternoon.
Temperatures will continue to remain cold through the day with afternoon highs in the upper 40s and wind chill values in the 30s most of the day. Skies will begin to clear out a bit more through the day and I do expect some sunshine at times.
The general lack of sunshine will keep a slightly cooler feel than yesterday, but rain looks less likely today to affect the parade roll times as temperatures take a dip into the lower 60s after sunset. A damp feel will remain in the air and there could be some fog trying to develop
With the slow arrival of a rather weak cold front to the area today, sea fog lingers as winds remain light out of the southwest through sunrise, not enough to mix out the fog until later in the morning. High temperatures forecast for today may have already occurred this morning in the upper 60s.
Go ahead and take the umbrella as you head out the door as a few passing showers later in the day will be on the return. Rain chances will start off low but increase to around 40% by the noon hour through the afternoon commute.
After a few scattered storms moved across the area overnight, some breaks will continue through the commute, but more are expected today as another upper level disturbances moves across the Gulf Coast region along a stalled front to our south.
There will finally be a warm-up on the way today as southerly winds return thanks to a warm front which will send temperatures up through the 50s and 60s and into the 70s by afternoon. The fog should begin to move out before noon and despite any sunshine it will feel much warmer and muggier.
With radar already quite active during the overnight hours with numerous scattered thunderstorms, we’ll look for these to continue popping up through the early morning hours as we start the day off with temperatures in the lower 50s.
The good news today is that the rain we’ve already seen overnight will likely be the last of the day, but the bad news is that fog is developed on the heels of a slightly warmer start to parts of the area with temperatures split from north to south, ranging from the upper 40s to middle 60s.
Temperatures in most of the northwestern parishes will struggle out of the 50s for highs this afternoon while other locations to the east, including Lake Charles will see a steady warm-up late this afternoon and into the evening with the high temperature today likely not occurring until tonight
Enjoy your Monday as it will be the driest day of the week with some peeks of sunshine later this morning and afternoon. Don’t head out the door though without the coat as it is much colder than yesterday, with temperatures averaging out into the middle 40s.
This cold that moves in tonight will send temperatures into the upper 30s by early Wednesday, but this cold front will not have any lasting power as temperatures begin to quickly moderate over the next couple of days, back into the 70s by Valentine’s Day and even warmer by Friday.
A muggier and damp feel combined with a warm front that lifted up over the state yesterday has sent temperatures up quite a bit compared to past 24 hours and is also causing quite a bit of fog across the area with morning lows in the 60s.
Timing of the front looks to be a mid to late-afternoon arrival across Southwest Louisiana and once the front crosses, winds will shift abruptly from the northwest and temperatures will quickly fall into the 60s and 50s and continue to drop into the upper 30s to lower 40s overnight.
Through the day, more clouds than sunshine will again prevail with temperatures again sharply above the curve for February, topping out about 4 degrees shy of a record high of 80 degrees on this day set back in 1969.
Once the fog eventually moves out later this morning, clouds will linger with the chance of a few passing showers this afternoon although nothing too heavy or lengthy as temperatures warm back into the middle 70s this afternoon.