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.
You’ll want to make sure to take the umbrella and raincoat as you’re out the door this morning as these patches of drizzle and occasional showers will continue to be around. Later in the morning and by midday some scattered thunderstorms will begin popping up through the afternoon.
The primary issue will be the very slow movement of Imelda to the north with the system only expected to be near the Dallas area by Friday. While SW Louisiana won’t see the direct impacts, outer rain bands and a surge of tropical moisture will keep rain chances high into Thursday.
The Gulf low that has been bringing rain to SE Texas and SW Louisiana over the past couple of days has was quickly upgraded from Tropical Depression Eleven at Noon on Tuesday to Tropical Storm Imelda as it approaches landfall over Freeport, TX as of 1:00 p.m.
As was the case on Monday, once storms move through, temperatures will drop sharply out of the 90s and into the 70s and 80s. These tropical showers will also be accompanied by gusty winds at times and occasional cloud to ground lightning.
The best chance for seeing a few hit or miss thunderstorms will be by this afternoon as temperatures heat back up into the 90s, although storms around in addition to a few added clouds from time to time will keep temperatures from getting above the middle 90s.
Hot weather continues for Southwest Louisiana with morning temperatures in the 70s quickly warming back up into the upper 90s again this afternoon. Offshore winds will again keep humidity values in check and not allow heat index values above 105 this afternoon.
The current pattern in place will continue as upper level high pressure remains strong over the region, pushing back any rain chances in the forecast through the upcoming weekend and only slight chances of rain returning for a couple of days next Monday and Tuesday.
The tropics are becoming very busy with Hurricane Dorian working slowly north of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and is about 100 miles east of the Florida coastline. The storm is forecast to never make an official landfall in Florida and has weakened to Category 2.
Each day will prove slightly hotter than the day before with afternoon highs in the upper 90s and lows at night in the middle 90s. The only consolation will be the offshore northeasterly winds which keep dew points low enough to result in heat index values each day no higher than about 104 to 105.
With a few different areas to watch now in the Atlantic including a tropical wave in the Gulf, it should come as no surprise seeing as how we are now entering the peak of tropical activity in the Atlantic basin that things are becoming very active.
A great evening for high school football is in the works although it will be warm in the sunshine until the sun sets this evening with temperatures around 90 at kickoff around 7:00 p.m. and dropping into the lower to middle 80s by the 4th quarter.
With daytime heating will come a few pop-up thunderstorms on the return this afternoon, although chances look slightly lower than yesterday, you’ll want to take a rain coat the KPLC weather app along as you’re out and about today, with lightning again the primary safety concern from any storms.
With the threat of a storm looming over any portion of the U.S, especially during a busy holiday weekend, the situation is becoming very concerning for interests along the eastern seaboard, specially the Florida Peninsula as of the 10:00 A.M. Wednesday advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Good morning, our forecast out the door will remain quiet but be prepared for more storms to return later this afternoon and into the early evening ahead of a cold front. Temperatures will start off in the 70s for most areas this morning.
Dorian remains a rather weak tropical storm over an environment not conducive for rapid intensification as dry air and wind shear surround it, and conditions out ahead of it’s path this week also don’t leave much room for intensification.
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for all of Southwest Louisiana today in effect from 11:00 A.M. until 7:00 A.M. as dangerously high heat index values between 105 and 110 could result in heat related illness for anyone outdoors and not taking the proper precautions.
Rain chances will kick up through the late-morning and into the afternoon with scattered thunderstorm, mainly for areas east of Lake Charles. High temperatures around the storms will again remain a little cooler than normal for late-August with other spots warming up into the lower 90s.
While the entire month of August has only brought one weak and insignificant storm that became named Chantal over the far north-central Atlantic posing no threat to land, tropical activity was non-existent for the month prior to that.
Storms today will be capable of heavy downpours that could lead to some spots of localized flooding, with more widespread rain totals between 1 and 2 inches. Also, cloud-to-ground lightning will make for hazardous conditions for those outdoors today.
As we saw on Tuesday, storms will likely be slow to move once developing, leaving the opportunity for locally heavy downpours to drop 1 to 4 inches of rain in localized spots in a short period of time, so brief street flooding will again be a concern in any storms that develop today.
Rain chances today are still higher than typically seen on an otherwise benign August day across Southwest Louisiana. This caused by a weakness aloft in the ridge that is moving away from the area and allowing for storms to easily form with daytime heating.
As you get ready to head out the door this morning and send to kids to school, prepare for a very similar day to watch we saw both Saturday and Sunday where a few spots see rain during the morning, mainly coastal locations, while inland spots stay dry, although you’ll want to take an umbrella.
Rain chances aren’t zero today but also not as high as Wednesday either, although you’ll still want to carry you an umbrella for later this afternoon as a few scattered storms return, mainly for areas along and south of I-10.
If you’re sending the kids off to school with the umbrella today, make sure to also take into account the heat as well as storms could be delayed in arrival until mid to late afternoon. High temperatures will be back up to between 95 and 98 degrees with heat indices on average between 105 and 109.
It’s back to school today for Calcasieu Parish, and as you send the kids out the door this morning, make sure they hydrate before going to school and also send them with an extra bottle of water for the return trip this afternoon for when temperatures are their hottest.