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.
Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, minors in Math and Physics
The heat will remain in place with temperatures reaching the low 90s. However the heat index will likely top out in the low 100s each afternoon. Use extreme caution while working outdoors and please drink lots of water and take frequent breaks in any shade you can find.
By Thursday upper level high pressure will move in from the west and this should reduce the coverage of rain to 20%. In fact, we may end up with little to no rain around if the high is strong enough. Temperatures will be warmer with highs in the low 90s and heat indices at or above 100 degrees!
We are still dealing with a ton of moisture leftover from what was Hurricane Hanna, this is the reason it has been so cloudy the last few days. And the reason we have had higher than normal numbers of showers and storms around the area. These will continue through at least Wednesday...
The hot and humid pattern in place since last week will not change through at least Wednesday. Tonight, will be warm and muggy with lows only reaching the upper 70s to low 80s from I-10 south; and only into the mid 70s north of I-10. And with the humidity remaining so high it will feel even warmer
The upper level ridge of high pressure will remain in place over our area through the middle of the week. And that means each afternoon will be hot with highs reaching the low to mid 90s in some areas, and the humidity will be high too. That means the heat index could exceed 108 degrees
The upper level ridge of high pressure will remain in place over our area well into next week. And that means each afternoon will be hot with highs reaching the low to mid 90s in some areas, and the humidity will be high too.
Rain chances will be much lower Wednesday as our weather pattern changes. The chance of rain will only be 20% primarily during the afternoon hours. And it will be warm too with highs reaching the low 90s and heat indices above 100 degrees! Remember to check the radar using our app...
Tonight will be warm and muggy with lows only reaching the upper 70s to low 80s from I-10 south; and only into the low or mid 70s north of I-10. And with the humidity remaining so high it will feel even warmer!
We are now is a dry setup for the next few days as an upper level ridge of high pressure slowly moves across our area. So, expect a hot and dry weather pattern for at least the next few days! Tonight, will be warm and muggy with lows barely reaching the upper 70s to low 80s
Our weather pattern is changing back to a dry setup for the next few days as an upper level ridge of high pressure develops over our area. So, expect a hot and dry weather pattern for at least the next few days!
Wednesday will likely bring such a disturbance and that means rain and storms will be increasing by mid-morning and rain will remain likely off and on through the afternoon. Though the exact timing could still change. If you need to travel or work outdoors just check the radar using our APP!
Monday began a period of rainy weather that will continue off and on through at least Thursday. Showers and storms will diminish this evening, though a few showers are still possible anytime. Temperatures will not drop much overnight with lows by Tuesday in the mid to upper 70s...
Temperatures will not drop much overnight with lows by Wednesday morning only reaching the upper 60s to low 70s along and north of I-10; at the coast it will be even warmer with lows in the mid to upper 70s!
Monday was hot and humid with temperatures reaching the low 90s and heat indices low to mid 90s. We saw a few cooling showers around and more may develop before sunset, but all will come to an end by just after sunset. Temperatures will not drop much overnight...
As expected, Tuesday was hot and humid with afternoon highs reaching the low 90s, but with the humidity it felt like the low 100s! But relief is on the way as a cold front will move through early Wednesday. Yes, a cold front is on the way and will move through Wednesday morning.
Cristobal made landfall Sunday afternoon and quickly moved farther inland, now the remnants are moving across Arkansas. We will continue to see rain bands move across the area and these could produce briefly heavy rain. It will also remain breezy with southwesterly winds of 10 to 20 mph
Rain chances will be low again Saturday thanks to upper level high pressure building in from the west. Though a few very isolated showers or storms are possible, the chance is only 20%. Temperatures will be warm too with highs reaching the low 90s in most areas, and heat indices near 100!!!
Showers and storms have ended for tonight, but areas that received rain Thursday could see patchy fog Friday morning. It will remain warm overnight with lows ranging from the low 70s north of I-10 to the upper 70s at the coast.
As expected, we had more showers and storms develop today. These will continue at least through sunset but should begin to clear afterwards as we lose the daytime heating. It will remain warm overnight with lows ranging from the upper 60s north of I-10 to the upper 70s at the coast.
As expected we saw a mixture of sun and clouds with just a few showers Monday. It will remain warm overnight with lows ranging from the upper 60s north of I-10 to the upper 70s at the coast. Rain chances will gradually increase with mostly afternoon showers and storms possible each day
An upper level low pressure system that has been over Texas since the weekend will gradually lift northeast and weaken. This will continue to push disturbances across our area through Friday, and these will cause rain when they pass over.
Monday turned out to be a beautiful day with low humidity making it feel comfortable too. Temperatures will drop quickly this evening thanks to the drier air, lows by Tuesday morning will range from near 60 inland to the low 70s at the coast.