Wade Hampton

Wade Hampton

Meteorologist

Wade Hampton joined the KPLC 7Stormteam in August of 2005. He comes to KPLC from the cold of Wyoming, having been the Chief Meteorologist for the NBC affiliate KCWY in Casper. Wade is a native of Arcadia, Florida, which is inland south of Tampa, so he is familiar with the heat and humidity that SW Louisiana is known for. Wade is fascinated by hurricanes, especially after the extraordinary 2004 season that brought Hurricane Charley directly through Wade's hometown. So if a storm should threaten, Wade wants to give the best coverage possible to SW Louisiana. However, he, along with the rest of the 7Stormteam, hopes we never experience another hurricane here in Southwest Louisiana. Let's keep our fingers crossed! Wade has known since he was in elementary school that he wanted to be a TV meteorologist. As a young child, he enjoyed watching the local weather, especially Roy Leep at WTVT in Tampa. Growing up in Southwest Florida, Wade experienced sea breeze thunderstorms almost every afternoon, sometimes from the east coast and sometimes from the west coast. Almost every day brought thunderstorms. It was because of these daily thunderstorms that he loved watching the weather on WTVT. Wade graduated in May of 2003 from Florida State University in Tallahassee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, with minors in Math and Physics. Wade began his career by interning at the FOX affiliate in Tampa, WTVT. Interning at WTVT allowed Wade to work at the station he grew up watching which was very exciting. In addition, Wade also interned at the CBS affiliate, WCTV, in Tallahassee. While at FSU Wade co-founded a student-run live weather show called "FSU Weather." It was a 30-minute television show with many student meteorologists doing weather segments for the 30-minute show. Wade is happy to be in SWLA as this also brings him much closer to home. Wade has a brother and sister who are twins. His sister, Sheri, wants to be a lawyer; which Wade says would be good for her because she can argue with the best of them! His brother, Steven, is hoping to be an electrical lineman for a power company in Florida. Wade's dad, Chuck, runs his own auto repair business. Before going to FSU, Wade even helped his dad by turning a few wrenches himself. And his mother is a school bus driver and teaching assistant at a school for disabled children, which she really loves doing. In his spare time, Wade loves to hunt and fish. One reason he chose to come to KPLC was so that he could be in Southwest Louisiana and enjoy all the outdoor activities. He is a football fan as well and you may find him cheering for his FSU Seminoles and the Miami Dolphins. Wade also loves history, especially the Civil War. He enjoys reading and learning about the history of that period. In addition, Wade is fascinated with his own family history and continues to research his genealogical heritage.

Education:

  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, minors in Math and Physics

Recent Articles by Wade

  First Alert Forecast: Rain likely off and on through the weekend; then turning colder next week.

First Alert Forecast: Unsettled weather pattern begins Friday and continues through the weekend.

  First Alert Forecast: Scattered showers likely Wednesday, then again later this week into the weekend

First Alert Forecast: Several cold fronts set to arrive over the next 10 days

First Alert Forecast: Temperatures will remain above normal through the weekend

  First Alert Forecast: Another cool night, but a warming trend begins later this week

  First Alert Forecast: Cool for the next few days, warming trend begins later this week

First Alert Forecast: A weak cold front arrives early Wednesday, but no big change in temperatures expected...

  First Alert Forecast: Weak cold front arrives this week, but no real change in temperatures for a while...

First Alert Forecast: Gradual warming trend continues, very limited rain possible this weekend

First Alert Forecast: Warming trend continues, rain near SWLA by this weekend

First Alert Forecast: Warming trend begins Wednesday

  First Alert Forecast: colder temperatures arrive tonight, and we will remain cool into the weekend

  Zeta to become a hurricane as it enters the Gulf Tuesday

First Alert Forecast: Warm pattern remains in place with fog likely overnight into the morning.

First Alert Forecast: Stronger cold front set to arrive later this week

  First Alert Forecast: Couple of cold fronts will arrive this week, one will bring noticeable cooler weather

  First Alert Forecast: Delta racing to the north-northeast, slowly weakening

  First Alert Forecast: Sunny and cool the rest of the week, perfect for cleanup…

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beta will move across SWLA Wednesday and could bring some heavy rain

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tropical Storm Beta weakens slightly, still moving slowly off to the west

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances remain low, slight drop in humidity ahead too!

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances at or above normal this week

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot weather continues, but rain will be limited

  KPLC First Alert Skycam shows the winds increasing during Hurricane Laura

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot and humid, but less rain!

WATCH LIVE: Laura now Category 4; landfall expected early Thursday morning

  TROPICAL UPDATE: Isaias set to make landfall in the Carolinas

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Drier weather pattern arriving soon…

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Higher than normal rain chances continue for now…