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

SW Louisiana records highest rain totals statewide from Barry

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Normal summer pattern returns as river levels rise

  FLOODED: Parts of SW Louisiana receive nearly 17 inches of rain

  Barry upgraded to a hurricane in the Gulf

Hurricane season preparedness tips

  TROPICAL UPDATE: Gulf development likely with impact to Louisiana by this weekend

Dust from the Sahara brings haze and reduced air quality through Friday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fewer storms means hotter temperatures returning this week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More scattered storms ahead Tuesday; summer heat closes out the week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: The summer swelter returns this weekend along with scattered storms

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Wonderful weather continues; on track for weekend storms to return

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A summer delight for a couple more days before the humidity kicks in

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rare June cold fronts bring a brief reprieve to the humidity

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot and very humid; a few storms possible today

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered storms likely later this afternoon

Severe storms roll through overnight with damage, flooding and power outages reported

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Weekend storms, then a long pattern of heat, humidity and drier weather

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A couple more dry days before some rain this weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Wonderful afternoon weather; changes by the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Much drier week ahead; good news for swollen rivers and streams

Sandbag locations throughout Southwest Louisiana

DRENCHED: Parts of Southwest Louisiana receive 3 to 4 inches of rain, flooded roads

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Weather on cruise control but weekend showers return

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More drizzle and clouds but finally a bit warmer today

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warming up ahead of rain chances returning; stormy Saturday ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mardi Gras weather much improved but keep a heavy coat

  A few sleet pellets this afternoon ahead of a light freeze tonight; protect your plants

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Winter continues a couple more days; beautiful Mardi Gras

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy doldrums continue; storms round out the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dense fog early; scattered showers and slightly cooler air returning