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.
According to a preliminary report issued by the National Center for Environmental Prediction, a branch of NOAA, unofficial rain totals that have been preliminarily gathered across the state show that Ragley topped the list with the highest rain total in the state.
The deluge of rain along the Calcasieu River basin on Monday has sent levels quickly up and prompted river flood warnings for points along the river as levels quickly rose on Monday. This water will continue downstream and further rises with crests expected by this afternoon at Oberlin.
Tuesday afternoon computer models have not only come into better agreement for a Louisiana landfall by Saturday but have also come into better agreement that the storm will develop into a tropical storm or possibly category 1 hurricane prior to landfall.
A building ridge of upper level high pressure will essentially cut off all daily rain chances Wednesday through Saturday, although one or two very isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms could manage to overcome the ridge, but rain won’t be much of a talker at all over these days ahead.
Expect a better chance of rain on Saturday than Sunday, although one or two isolated storms in the afternoon can’t be ruled out on Father’s Day as the swelter of summer-like heat and humidity lives on.
Plenty of sunshine is ahead for today, so make sure to use plenty of sunscreen if outdoors. It’s a perfect day to be out by the pool or on the golf course because it’s not often we get days of low humidity in mid-June like we get today. In turn, this evening will be very pleasant with lows overnight
Make plans for a very similar day compared to yesterday with the clouds this morning giving way to increasing sunshine and a mix of sun and clouds through the afternoon. Lower humidity levels keep the heat index in check.
Today, only a few widely scattered showers will develop ahead of our first front of the week with the best chance of those occurring during the afternoon hours. Otherwise, another hot ahead with afternoon highs back into the 90s. Winds out of the north will keep humidity in check with no extremely h
As this low-pressure area continues to move northeast of our area on Saturday, winds will be prevailing out of west to west-northwest on Saturday. This will pull in some slightly drier air but not enough to bring any significant reduction in humidity levels.
A strong cluster of thunderstorms pushed through Southwest Louisiana with reports of tornado damage, road flooding, and extensive power outages reported across Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis parishes.
The forecast continues to move along quietly this week, and no real complaints about that as the sunshine and heat are the only factors for now. With temperatures starting off just a couple of degrees warmer this morning, the streak of pleasant nights is coming to an end as winds turn back onshore.
With temperatures just a tad bit warmer than yesterday, we’re still at least getting to enjoy the 60s across most all of Southwest Louisiana as lower humidity remains in place to start the day which will send temperatures quickly up through the 80s and keep mostly cloud-free skies through the day.
Good afternoon Southwest Louisiana! The forecast is absolutely superb today and warming up already thanks to a full day of sunshine that will continue to bring temperatures on up into the middle 80s under a continuance of the sunshine. A forecast fitting for a presidential visit for sure!
With the heaviest rain now out and the severe weather threat now over, heavy rain from overnight drenched parts of Calcasieu and Jeff Davis parishes with 3 to 4 inches of rain, according to CPPJ rain gauges and radar estimates.
Today’s forecast will reflect yesterday with a high around 75 this afternoon in Lake Charles and with over 12 hours of sunlight today and higher sun angles now that we are in the official spring season, I don’t expect any hindrance in the warm-up today
Temperatures will continue to steadily climb through the middle 60s this morning and finally reach the 70s by this afternoon. Rain chances will hold steady at around 40% most of the morning and afternoon to account for these light nuisance showers that could affect those working outdoors.
The return of southeasterly winds yesterday evening sent temperatures up a few degrees overnight and clouds back over the area with morning temperatures at or near 50 degrees for Lake Charles southward and in the middle to upper 40s north. No freezing conditions today and a steady warm-up.
Winds today won’t be as gusty, but enough of a breeze that you’ll want to seek out any sunshine you can find if waiting outside for parades to begin this afternoon and evening. Temperatures by early to mid-afternoon may briefly touch the lower 50s but start to drop again by 5:00 p.m. to around 48.
Throughout the remainder of the afternoon, temperatures will likely drop a few more degrees as a weak disturbance crosses the area and brings a few sprinkles and possibly even a few sleet pellets through mid-afternoon.
Temperatures will continue to remain cold through the day with afternoon highs in the upper 40s and wind chill values in the 30s most of the day. Skies will begin to clear out a bit more through the day and I do expect some sunshine at times.
The general lack of sunshine will keep a slightly cooler feel than yesterday, but rain looks less likely today to affect the parade roll times as temperatures take a dip into the lower 60s after sunset. A damp feel will remain in the air and there could be some fog trying to develop
With the slow arrival of a rather weak cold front to the area today, sea fog lingers as winds remain light out of the southwest through sunrise, not enough to mix out the fog until later in the morning. High temperatures forecast for today may have already occurred this morning in the upper 60s.