Ben Terry

Ben Terry

Meteorologist

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.

Education:

  • Mississippi State University

Recent Articles by Ben

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered storms return today as Imelda’s remnants depart

  FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Flash flood and severe weather threat continues today

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heavy rain could lead to some flooding through Thursday across SW Louisiana

  Tropical Storm Imelda forms near Freeport, TX

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tropical downpours cut the heat, bring end to dry spell

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Finally, a few storms return this week while eyes stay on the tropics

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot and dry weekend ahead; no real rain chances in sight

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny and hot days continue for SW Louisiana; still tracking Dorian

TROPICAL UPDATE: Tracking Dorian, Fernand and Gabrielle

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Very hot days ahead for Louisiana as the tropics remain very active

TROPICAL UPDATE: New depression forms in the Gulf, no threat to Southwest Louisiana

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hotter days ahead for Southwest Louisiana as Dorian works slowly up the East Coast

  TROPICAL UPDATE: Multiple areas to watch in the Atlantic basin this week as Dorian takes precedence

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat wave builds as Dorian works up the East Coast this week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Slightly less humid this weekend with very little rain

TROPICAL UPDATE: Dorian now forecast to become a category 4 prior to landfall

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Pop-up storms return today; nicer start to the weekend

TROPICAL UPDATE: Dorian poses a major threat to the Southeastern US over the long holiday weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Quickly heating up ahead of numerous afternoon storms ahead today

TROPICAL UPDATE: Watching Dorian as it nears Puerto Rico and Hispaniola mid-week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory in effect today with fewer cooling thunderstorms

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few pop-up storms today; eyeing a cold front later this week

TROPICAL UPDATE: The Atlantic shows signs of life after an unusually quiet start to August

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tropical downpours arrive today through the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Repeat forecast today; even higher rain chances later this week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Above normal rain chances continue to provide more heat relief today

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered daily downpours; otherwise the August swelter continues

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fewer storms today but chances increasing again by the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heating up quickly ahead of afternoon/evening storms

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat relief on the way as rain chances increase Wednesday