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.
A stalled front and associated area of low pressure across northeast Texas continue to send showers and thunderstorms down through the state this morning, with the development of these storms on the upswing through the first part of the day.
We are on track for the return of thunderstorms this afternoon as the upper level pattern should send them in from the north this afternoon. Development of storms will likely begin by mid-afternoon and continue through sunset.
With today being the last of our dry days, the heat is on and humidity values will send feels like temperatures well above 100 degrees this afternoon. The haze will also return with today declared an Air Quality Action Day due to levels of particulates high enough to create some respiratory problems
A bit more haze in the sky will be noted today as the thickest part of the Saharan dust plume pushes in, although as was the case yesterday, it shouldn’t be thick enough to cause any major aggravation of respiratory problems.
Buckle up for another hot and extremely humid day as southerly winds return through the afternoon, at times gusting up to 20 mph. The heat index will again top 100 and there will be few, if any, cooling showers in the forecast this afternoon.
The best chances of rain will come before the noon hour with cloudy and hazy skies this afternoon as the Saharan Dust thickens up. The remainder of the afternoon will bring less rain but some of the haziest conditions as the thickest part of the dust moves into Southwest Louisiana.
Through the late morning hours, a few isolated showers will be possible but the heavier storms will likely fire up later in the afternoon and will contain heavy downpours, cloud to ground lightning and gusty winds.
Make sure to have the KPLC weather app and be ready to head indoors when you begin to hear thunder this week. Computer models continue to develop more scattered thunderstorms later this morning and into the afternoon with a break in the rain by this evening.
Fewer storms are forecast today, but the sea breeze front could bring a small threat of a coastal shower or storm. We’ll need to enjoy the last of our driest days through Saturday before needed the rain gear for several days beginning Father’s Day.
Temperatures in the 70s make for another warm morning with plenty of sunshine to start the day. By this afternoon some storms begin to pop up as has been the case the past few afternoons with highs in the lower 90s.
A lull in the action this morning will bring the return of the sunshine to start the morning which will also quickly warm temperatures into the upper 80s before our next round of storms arrives this afternoon.
The current weather pattern in place will keep a hot and dry pattern over the next several days and will set up some of the hottest days of year with afternoon highs in the middle 90s through the early to middle part of next week.
The impacts will continue to remain greatest to our north and east, but some increasing tropical rains this afternoon as we see some of the rain bands move in by this afternoon, although our risk of flooding and severe weather remains very minimal.
Your Friday morning should bring a beautiful sunrise and temperatures in the 60s to start the morning as storms from Thursday have long ended across the state. With the sun on the way to start the day, temperatures will quickly warm up through the 60s and 70s and back into the 80s by this afternoon
Your out-the-door planner should again include an umbrella as our daily dose of thunderstorms looks to take no break today. While the morning starts off with some sunshine and pleasant temperatures in the 60s, a fast warm-up will again bring temperatures into the 80s ahead of developing storms.
Morning storms on the way for the commute get the day started similar to Monday with rain wasting no time arriving this morning. These early storms will contain lightning and heavy downpours but look to be brief, dropping less than 1 inch of rain as they pass through during the early morning hours.
Rain chances look to remain very minimal today with a slightly better chance of seeing a few showers by Saturday, although the first half of the weekend should provide the last best day ahead as rain chances increase even more by Sunday and especially Memorial Day. Highs over the weekend warm into t
Heat indices today will be between 92 and 94 during the afternoon, so make sure to stay hydrated if working outside today. Once the sun sets, temperatures will slowly fall through the lower 80s and into the lower to middle 70s overnight. Rain chances begin to return Friday.
Temperatures by this afternoon will top out a little hotter than yesterday, just shy of 90 degrees for inland locations. With the help of higher humidity, heat indices will be on the order of the middle 90s for feels like temperatures today,