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
As expected, we saw numerous showers and thunderstorms Friday, and we may see more rain off and on through the weekend. An area of upper-level low pressure northwest of our area will move east through the weekend.
As expected, we saw scattered showers and thunderstorms early Wednesday, but things have cleared out since then. Tonight will be clear and comfortable with temperatures falling overnight and lows by Thursday morning will range from the upper 40s north of I-10 to the low 60s at the coast.
As expected, we saw clouds increasing through the day along with a few isolated showers Tuesday. We will continue to see isolated showers through the evening with rain chances increasing after midnight. Temperatures will be much warmer tonight with lows by Wednesday morning in the mid to upper 60s
Monday turned out to be beautiful day, and this evening will be nice and cool. Lows by Tuesday morning will range from the mid 40s north of I-10 to the upper 50s at the coast. Skies are expected to remain clear along with light winds, but if clouds return before sunrise temperatures could increase
If you have outdoor plans this weekend plan on dealing with above normal temperatures with lows in the upper 50s and highs in the upper 70s. Rain looks unlikely although some clouds will be around at times and a few isolated sprinkles cannot be ruled out, but the chance of rain is only 10%.
Temperatures will drop quickly tonight with lows by Wednesday morning only a few degrees warmer than the past few days! With clear skies and light winds, temperatures will drop rapidly tonight with lows by Wednesday morning ranging from the upper 30s north of I-10 to the mid 50s at the coast.
If you like cool temperatures, then you will love the forecast for the next few days! With clear skies and calm winds, temperatures will drop rapidly tonight with lows by Tuesday morning ranging from the lower 30s north of I-10 to the upper 40s at the coast.
A weak cold front will move through SWLA overnight, but moisture looks limited, so I am leaving rain out of the forecast for now. Temperatures will drop slowly overnight with lows by Wednesday morning ranging from the upper 60s at the coast to the low 60s inland.
A weak cold front will move through SWLA Tuesday and moisture looks limited, so I am leaving rain out of the forecast for now. Temperatures will climb into the low 80s for afternoon highs until the front arrives and lows will also reach the mid to upper 60s.
A gradual warming trend is under way as dewpoints increased significantly Thursday, and temperatures will continue to moderate. Temperatures will start off Friday morning in the 50s and climb into mid to upper 70s by the afternoon.
A gradual warming trend is under way as southerly winds have returned, and temperatures will continue to moderate. Temperatures will start off Thursday morning in the 50s and climb into mid to upper 70s by the afternoon.
Tonight will be cool again, though not as cold as last night. We will have the perfect conditions for radiational cooling, which will allow temperatures to fall quickly tonight. By Wednesday morning lows will range from the mid 50s at the coast to near 40 well inland!
Tropical Storm Zeta will make landfall later today along the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico in the northwestern Caribbean. As of the 10 a.m. update winds are at 70 mph with gust to 85 mph. Currently Zeta is less than 200 miles southeast of Cozumel Mexico as it moves to the NW at 10 mph.
The forecast for the rest of the week is quite simple because it will not be any different than what we have seen the past couple of days. Fog is likely to be a big problem across most of Southwest Louisiana with visibility less than 1 mile likely.
A weak cold front moved through SWLA Tuesday, the only change was lower humidity. Wednesday will be slightly cooler in the morning with lows in the mid to upper 50s in most areas. Afternoon highs will still reach the low 80s under sunny skies. Thursday will be similar to Wednesday.
A weak cold front will move through SWLA sometime Tuesday, but you may not even really notice it when it moves through. Rain looks unlikely with the front and we get little more than a shift in wind direction from it. But a much stronger front will arrive later this week!
Delta has strengthened back into a Category 3 storm as is projected to remain a Category 3 through Friday morning. A slight weakening trend is expected as we approach landfall, but plan on a major hurricane making landfall Friday evening in Cameron Parish.
Forecast over the next week is rather simple, and in a word: cool! Tuesday was absolutely gorgeous with cooler temperatures and low humidity! Wednesday and Thursday will be slightly warmer during the afternoon with highs reaching the low 80s, but the humidity will remain low.
Through the night, our weather will start off with just a few passing showers, but rain intensity should continue to increase after midnight into Wednesday morning as Beta’s remnants move slowly up the coastline.
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...