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 now officially less than two months away from the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season which means it’s time for those first seasonal outlooks to start rolling in with the first being from Dr. Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University.
Ahead of the front, temperatures remain on the warm side, but models have packed down those numbers through the afternoon into the lower to middle 70s, so our high temperatures will occur this morning ahead of the front’s arrival.
With the return of clouds overnight, temperatures have still managed to drop into the 60s making for a decent feel outside early in the day. Clouds will continue moving in through the day and will be accompanied by some passing showers this afternoon and evening.
Temperatures, as expected, haven’t dropped out of the 70s for most of the area this morning although radar is quiet and there is no major issue with fog this morning for the commute. The biggest issue today will be the gusty winds, otherwise look for another generally dry day.
Increasing scattered showers ahead of eventually some storms by this afternoon won’t stop the warmup through the day. Temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 by noon will begin to drop across our northern parishes through the afternoon as the front pushes in.
The possibility that a few spots see some patchy dense fog will continue to be possible through mid-morning, but with enough of a breeze and warmth in place, that could help halt a widespread situation as it relates to visibility.
Fog has been a little less prevalent this morning thanks to a bit more of a breeze, so the National Weather Service canceled the Dense Fog Advisory that was previously in effect for our area. Some peeks of sunshine return today along with breezy south winds with highs topping out near 80 degrees.
Drive slower than normal, don’t text and drive and be especially careful around the bus stops this morning, as visibilities will be near zero at times, especially along and south of I-10. Temperatures start out in the 60s but without the return of rain showers for our day ahead.
Radar is showing the redevelopment of showers over parts of Vernon, Allen and Beauregard parishes for the morning commute. Everyone else will be waking up to a muggy start with temperatures in the middle 60s.
I have the locations targeted with the highest potential for these individual cells across our northern viewing area, specifically Vernon, Beauregard and Allen parishes. These individual storms could begin moving into the area closer to 6 or 7 a.m. and continue into the morning and afternoon.
Expect a faster rebound in temperatures today though, as the chill will be broken much sooner than yesterday. Grab the heavy coat as you head out the door, but you’ll want to make sure to have a short sleeve underneath as warm into the upper 60s by this afternoon.
Some great news ahead with regards to our forecast though as sunshine returns today, ending our week-long stretch of gray days. We’ll see the sunshine all day today which will warm afternoon highs into the lower to middle 50s by this afternoon.
The cold front will continue to move through Southwest Louisiana through sunrise, dropping temperatures and leaving a few showers around for the morning commute, although most of the rain has come to an end short of a little drizzle in some spots.
Heading out the door this morning, more fog, humidity and warm temperatures to greet you but the rain is holding off. You’ll probably be okay without the umbrella today, but short sleeves are in order as temperatures start out just under 70 degrees and warm into the middle 70s through the day.