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 coldest air of the season will arrive behind an arctic cold front set to arrive late Monday night into early Tuesday morning! Temperatures will be near record lows by Wednesday morning with everyone seeing temperatures at or below freezing.
As expected the first true cold front of the season arrived Monday with scattered showers and storms ahead of it during the afternoon. Rain will come to an end well before sunset, with clouds clearing during the evening hours. It will remain breezy into the overnight with temperatures falling
The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday is very similar and should be nearly a carbon copy of Tuesday. That means it will be warm and humid with lows in the 70s and highs in the low 90s with afternoon heat indices topping out in the mid to upper 90s. A few very isolated showers cannot be ruled out
According to the calendar Fall began this morning at 2:50 a.m., not that you can tell any difference in the weather! For Southwest Louisiana it usually takes until at least the first week of October before we see our first true cold front with noticeably cooler temperatures.
An area of low pressure near Galveston finally made the transition to a tropical system today and become Tropical Storm Imelda just before making landfall at Freeport, TX. Unfortunately, the remnants of this will likely linger over Texas for the next few days and that means a lot of rain could fall
An upper level low pressure system continues to move westward across the Gulf of Mexico and this was the reason for the rain Monday. Most of the rain will wind down after sunset with the loss of daytime heating. Temperatures will drop into the mid 70s by Tuesday morning under partly cloudy skies.
This weekend will begin just like the last couple of days with little chance of rain. A few very isolated afternoon showers or storms may form, but the chance is only 10%. As always you can use our weather app to track these and check the radar anytime.
Wednesday turned out to be a drier day than expected as winds were easterly instead of southerly across much of Southwest Louisiana. Easterly winds usher in slightly drier air and that was the case today, and that is why rain was more limited than expected. Get used to the dry weather because rain
As expected, we saw more showers and storms Tuesday, these will come to an end by sunset. Temperatures topped out in the low to mid 90s, however with the humidity it still felt like 100-104 degrees. Overnight it will be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 70s, and an isolated shower cannot be ruled
As expected, we saw some showers and storms Monday, these will come to an end by sunset. Temperatures were also a little lower with highs in the low 90s, however with the humidity it still felt like 100 degrees. Overnight it will be partly cloudy with lows in the mid 70s, and an isolated shower ca
We have finally broken the hot and dry weather pattern, although you may not has noticed much of a change today. The difference today was southerly winds kept the humidity higher which in turn held the temperatures about 5 degrees cooler especially south of I-10. Tonight will be no different than
The good news is that after today, rain chances will be much lower as the muggy summertime pattern returns and allows for temperatures to get hotter, our usual one or two pop-up afternoon storms but nothing more than that!
We continue to closely monitor the system know as Invest 92-L for the possibility of tropical development over the Gulf of Mexico. The forecast remains very difficult and there is a high amount of uncertainty with the forecast and the computer models are likely to continue changing with each new se
An upper level disturbance is located near our area, and this was the reason for all the clouds we saw through the day along with the rain that started Sunday and continued through Monday morning. This disturbance will remain in place through Tuesday and that means more clouds and the potential for
Tuesday should be a carbon copy of Monday with warm and humid conditions. We will likely see a few very isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms; the chance of rain is 20%. Temperatures will top out in the low 90s but heat indices will range from 98 to 105!
This evening, there will be plenty of scattered showers around. The rain will be heavy at times. There is the threat for some hail too. It will be small but could get close to severe level which is 1” in diameter. I would not recommend being outdoors this evening.
I hope you enjoyed the nice weather we saw Sunday because I do not see any days like that in the forecast for a while. We will remain in a weather pattern like we saw last week through the early part of next week.
Today will not have as much rain around. There will be only a few scattered showers this afternoon. I have the rain chances down to 30% today. The better chance for rain is south of I-10 near the coast. North of I-10 could still have an isolated shower or two but it is less likely that happens.
Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto is on track to make a landfall later today along the Florida Panhandle near the Pensacola/Destin/Fort Walton Beach vicinity. As of the 7:00 a.m. advisory the storm was located about 100 miles south-southeast of Destin, Florida and should be making a landfall today after the noon hour.
The eighth named tropical storm of the season forms just east of the Lesser Antilles. Tropical Storm Harvey is located about 200 miles east of Barbados at 13.0 north, 55.8 west. Harvey has winds of 40 mph and is likely to strengthen. Harvey is moving west and will move through the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea Friday...