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 nearly 15 years ago in Jackson, Mississippi. He then came to KPLC in 2011 to join the morning team on 7News Sunrise which has now expanded to FOX 29 with the morning news. 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, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, founding a local support group for those coping with the diseases. 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 served as past president of the Southeast Texas/Southwest Louisiana Chapter of the AMS/NWA and looks forward to attending the National Weather Association's annual meeting each fall. Ben is a resident of Lake Charles.
We’re out of the deep freeze, and clouds that moved in yesterday afternoon wasted no time in not only keeping temperatures up several degrees higher overnight but also brought our first rains of the day that will make for some a wet commute as you head out the door this morning.
You may want to grab the raincoat out the door this morning as areas of patchy drizzle will continue to be possible through the morning commute, but you’ll definitely want to grab the heavier coat as colder temperatures build through the remainder of the morning and into the afternoon.
A cold front is still on the way by this evening, with the main differences to the forecast being much lower rain totals by time the front gets to Southwest Louisiana this evening. In most locations, well under ½” of rain is expected, but unfortunately a few lingering showers early Friday
The cold front is expected to move through Southwest Louisiana by Thursday night, but showers and thunderstorms ahead of the front will begin developing by Thursday afternoon. The bulk of the rain will fall Thursday night and into the overnight as the front moves through.
Showers and drizzle continue across Southwest Louisiana early this morning, but the back edge of the rain will be nearing an end before sunrise. Meanwhile, the winter chill is arriving with temperatures that have already fallen well into the 40s as you head out to the bus stop.
A lull in storms is expected to continue for the morning hours but be on the lookout for developing storms later this afternoon, some of which could produce strong wind gusts and even small hail along with heavy downpours. Those chances will begin to ramp up after 3:00 p.m.
You may want to pack the umbrella, but rain chances today are not any higher than 20%. Afternoon highs in the upper 70s will also return, so don’t dress too warmly as you’re getting ready this morning.
High temperatures by this afternoon top out in the middle 70s under partly cloudy skies. The sun and cloud mix will come with no rain as we begin the week, with temperatures this evening a few degrees milder as winds turn back onshore out of the southeast. Lows by Tuesday morning drop to around 60.
In the far northeastern Atlantic, Pablo briefly became a hurricane over the weekend, making landfall over the Azores Islands, but has now weakened to a post-tropical cyclone and should dissipate altogether by Tuesday.
The forecast as you head out the door this morning will only include some lighter showers as the heavier rain threat arrives later in the day. Go ahead and be prepared though and don’t forget the rain gear.
Good news for those high school games that were moved up to this evening as the threat for showers will be very low at game time, despite the clouds, but rain won’t waste it’s time arriving with coastal areas getting the first rains before midnight and spreading inland overnight.
Once the sun comes up, temperatures will warm up into the 60s by mid-morning and into the 70s before the noon hour. With another full day of sunshine ahead, highs this afternoon will have no trouble returning to the upper 70s.
The primary threats from storms that move over Southwest Louisiana will be strong wind gusts, small hail, and heavy rainfall. Rainfall amounts today between 1 and 2 inches will be possible in the heaviest downpours, but the severe threat overall is lower for SW Louisiana.
Afternoon highs will only top out in the middle to upper 60s, so you may want to at least keep a light jacket around all day as the lack of sunshine will make it feel even cooler. Cool northeasterly winds will send temperatures back down into the middle to upper 50s tonight.
The National Hurricane Center is still highlighting an area in the Bay of Campeche and southern Gulf of Mexico for possible sub-tropical storm development this week, stemming from a cluster of thunderstorms moving northward out of Central America through the day today.
With storms on the way out the door this morning, make sure to grab your KPLC weather app along with the rain gear. Storms got an early start with an active overnight, as storms began rumbling into Southwest Louisiana just after midnight.
With social media buzz beginning to take off today after the National Hurricane Center posted a chance of tropical development in the southern Gulf later this week, it’s important to remember there is currently no storm in the Gulf.
Another round of storms late tonight will be accompanied by a cold front that moves through early Wednesday morning and begins dropping temperatures through the day tomorrow. The severe threat with this line remains very low, but gusty winds, lightning and a few stronger storms are possible.
Additional rain and at times heavier downpours are working toward Cameron Parish off the Gulf of Mexico and will continue to spread inland through the late-morning and early afternoon, keeping the need for the umbrella around throughout the duration of today.
Out the door this morning, plan ahead for the arrival of showers and thunderstorms on the way later this morning and afternoon ahead of a strong cold front. Initially, rain holds off for the commute and temperatures will warm up steadily through the 70s and into the middle 80s ahead of the front.