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: Cooler weather here for the next few days…

  First Alert Forecast: Cold front arrives Tuesday with temperatures dropping to near normal.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm and humid pattern will continue for the rest of the week

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm and humid the next few days with little chance of rain

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain remains in the forecast for the next several days

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Slightly better chance of rain Tuesday, no sign of cooler weather either.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fog likely overnight, lower rain chance the next few days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cloudy weather pattern here to stay for a while

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Weekend weather looks good, perfect for anything outdoors!

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool and dry for the next few days

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm and humid for now, storms likely Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm and humid for now, storms likely Wednesday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Clear and cold the next few days; frost possible too!

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Improving weather just in time for Mardi Gras, but winter is not over either!

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front arrives overnight with cooler temperatures for the rest of the week

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fog likely again tonight with more periods of rain ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain likely Wednesday, with some strong storms possible…

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain and storms likely Wednesday, cold weather returns later this week…

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain returning this week, another round of cool weather is a few days away

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain ending tonight with a brief break for Wednesday, but don’t put the umbrellas away…

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dreary weather pattern continues through the week with rain chances every couple of days

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain returns this weekend, and more rounds likely next week too

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Chilly again tonight, but rain returns Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold night ahead with frost likely; but more rain is not far away…

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Limited sunshine the next several days with temperatures well above normal

FIRST ALERT DAY: Cloudy with rain possible every day this week.

  FIRST ALERT DAY: Severe storms likely Friday night into Saturday morning.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warmer the next few days with severe storms possible early Saturday morning.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Frost tonight in many areas, rain chances return Thursday along with strong storms to begin the weekend

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front arrives overnight with temperatures returning to normal for the next few days