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.
The chill will be accentuated by the blustery northwesterly winds that bring feels like temperatures down well into the 30s as you head out the door this morning. Unlike our more usual cold mornings, this chill will last all day with highs this afternoon struggling into the lower 50s.
Morning temperatures in the 40s for most of the area will mean you might that jacket as you head out this morning but only briefly, as temperatures warm up quickly into the 50s and 60s by mid-morning and into the middle to upper 70s by this afternoon.
Morning temperatures again start off very cool but just like the past few days will warm up quickly after the sun rises. Winds will be a little breezy at times again today out of the ENE 10 to 15 with occasionally higher gusts, keeping humidity low and the great feel in place.
We’ll see another beautiful day to enjoy here in Southwest Louisiana as breezes and low humidity keep the very pleasant feeling air in place through the day. Highs top out in the lower 70s this afternoon under an abundance of sunshine.
With temperature down into the 40s this morning, you’ll certainly need a jacket when heading out the door this morning, but thankfully the extremely windy conditions from Sunday have subsided across the area making for minimal wind chill values.
With today a school holiday in observance of Veterans Day, the weather will be perfect for anything outdoors and should be just right for the Veterans Day flag display at Orange Grove Graceland Cemetery in Lake Charles.
Despite morning clouds, rain chances stay low today and tomorrow as conditions look to be very similar for Tuesday and that includes the muggy start with highs back in the lower 80s tomorrow afternoon with a mix of clouds and sunshine.
One thing we’ll notice though after the sun rises today will be some clouds as an upper level disturbance moves quickly through the area. These clouds won’t be producing any rain though and should clear out by this afternoon leaving us with a great sunset later this afternoon.
Morning temperatures in the 40s are again bringing a chilly start to our day here in Southwest Louisiana, but a faster warmer today thanks to sunshine returning in the 6:00 a.m. hour and temperatures that won’t start quite a cold as yesterday will make for a perfect afternoon again.
With voting open until 8:00 p.m. this evening, grab that jacket if you plan to hop in line after 5:00 p.m. as temperatures begin to drop into the upper 50s with lows tonight dropping into the middle to upper 40s.
It’s still a bit breezy out there as well so make sure to put a jacket on the kids as you send them out to the bus stop this morning. Lots of sunshine will warm temperatures into the middle 60s this afternoon with another great day in store.
Our focus is the colder air as wake up this morning to temperatures in the 40s. Send the kids out with a jacket this morning as sunshine returns but only to warm temperatures up into the lower 60s this afternoon
All eyes are on the Gulf this morning as Hurricane Zeta continues to strengthen, approaching landfall across southeastern Louisiana this afternoon. Meanwhile, a strong cold front on the way to SW Louisiana is our main focus.
With another pleasant morning on tap, some changes begin to arrive today as rain chances will gradually increase later this afternoon and evening in advance of a cold front set to push through Southwest Louisiana by Wednesday evening. Highs today will again top our around 80.
Tropical Storm Zeta will make landfall later today along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico in the northwestern Caribbean. As of the 10 a.m. update winds are at 70 mph with gust to 85 mph. Currently Zeta is less than 200 miles southeast of Cozumel Mexico as it moves to the NW at 10 mph.
Zeta will enter the Gulf likely as a hurricane with a northern Gulf Coast landfall by Wednesday evening. The threat to Southwest Louisiana continues to remain minimal as the track to our east is still expected.
You will want to make sure to grab the umbrella before heading out the door this morning. Temperatures in the 70s with high humidity will make for a muggy feel and scattered thunderstorms will get going shortly after the noon hour. Rain chances today are up to 40%.
As the sun rises, temperatures heat up into the 80s this afternoon but some added clouds ahead of a few isolated showers which will arrive later this afternoon will keep the highs from warming up out in the lower to middle 80s
A good amount of sunshine is on the return today and will make for highs in the middle 80s feel a less fall like today as humidity values stay high. Rain chances remain very low, but we’ll begin to see a few isolated afternoon showers return beginning Thursday and Friday.
Temperatures are noticeably warmer this morning, close to 70 degrees at sunrise which will make for a warmer day ahead as highs top out in the middle 80s with possibly a heat index closer to the lower 90s.
Look for temperatures to warm up quickly through the 60s and conditions will continue to get a bit muggier through the afternoon as sunshine returns. Highs today will top out in the middle 80s as rain chances stay low until this evening as a front approaches.
With a pleasant start to our morning, the effects of the cool front are being felt across Southwest Louisiana as temperatures have fallen into the 50s for most areas this morning. We’ll continue to see another sunny day ahead which will allow afternoon highs to warm into the lower 80s.
Our first front of the week continues to push southward into the Gulf and temperatures overnight were slower to cool thanks to cloud cover, but lowering humidity values through the day and a nice northerly breeze will kick out what’s left of the clouds and make for a brilliant day.