Derek Kinkade joined Storm Team 9 in July 2006 and became Chief Meteorologist in 2011. His hometown is Rainbow City, AL, in the northeast part of the state.
He is a summa cum laude graduate from Mississippi State University with a degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast Meteorology and minor in Communications. Derek holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, and the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. He is the only meteorologist in the Columbus television market with both.
During his senior year in college, he worked the weekend weather shift at WTOK, the ABC affiliate in Meridian, MS. His first day on television involved wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Ivan's landfall – a heck of a way to be broken into the business!
After that, he spent a year at WMGT in Macon, GA working the morning show weather duties before joining Storm Team 9.
Derek has had a passion for weather ever since he was four years old and has experienced several severe weather events in his life that have kept up his interest in the weather, including the Blizzard of 1993 and more tornado outbreaks than he can count.
Derek also has a passion for visiting schools and teaching kids the importance of severe weather safety. He has crisscrossed the WTVM coverage area many times speaking to kids through the years, and always enjoys a stop at a local restaurant along the way! He says this is one of the best parts of the job!
When not keeping an eye to the sky, Derek enjoys watching college football (Roll Tide!), hanging out with friends and family, and traveling. He is married to Taylor Kinkade, a former reporter at WTVM. They welcomed a little boy into the world, Jackson, in January 2015. Jackson joins Johnny and June, a dachshund and chi-weenie, in the Kinkade house!
It was another scorcher across the Valley today with highs in the mid to upper 90s and feels like temperatures much higher than that - however, rain and storms were able to cool things off across some of the area this afternoon. Heading into Thursday, the best chances for rain will be SE.
After another scorcher across the Valley today, look for highs again in the mid 90s on Wednesday. Rain and storm chances should be on the increase by the afternoon and evening with the coverage around 50/50 - if you're near or under one of those storms, the clouds and rain may certainly help.
Going into Tuesday, dangerous heat will remain in place across the Valley with excessive heat warnings in place for some counties and a heat advisory in place for others - the bottom line is the heat index values tomorrow will range from 105-115 in spots.
Don't expect any major weather changes for the weekend and early next week - highs will be in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values approaching or exceeding 105 at times. Because of this, a heat advisory will be in effect for some of our counties across the Chattahoochee Valley.
Going through the next few days, rain coverage will be a bit up and down with Saturday being the day with the best coverage in the afternoon and evening. Rain and storms will be more isolated on Friday and Sunday with the coverage only around 20%, but it is best to always be prepared for rain.
Heading to Thursday, highs will climb in to the mid 90s for the afternoon with rain coverage in the 10-30% range during the afternoon and evening. For folks heading back to school, don't expect any rain in the morning, but we certainly can't rule out a shower or storm.
As we take you into Wednesday and Thursday, the overall rain coverage will be in the 10-30% range with the driest day coming up on Thursday. Afternoon and evening will always be the favored chance of a shower or storm, but most will stay dry, hot, and muggy with highs in the low to mid 90s.
Get ready for a change in our weather pattern as rain and storms will return to the forecast on a daily basis during the afternoon and evening. In this kind of pattern we can't rule out morning or afternoon rain chances, but keep in mind that most storms will occur between 2 PM and 10 PM.
Rain coverage still looks to be low as we head into Wednesday with a relatively 'normal' 20% coverage in the afternoon and evening and highs in the mid 90s. We should keep the warm temperatures going into Thursday, but the rain coverage should be a little higher during the afternoon and evening.
We should string together another couple of good days around here with only slight chances of showers or storms and highs in the 90s for Tuesday and Wednesday. The coverage of showers and storms will increase a bit on Thursday - fairly close to 'average' levels for this time of year.
Our cold front is in the process of pushing through this evening with rain and storms in the process of moving through the Valley. Look for drier air to move in tonight and tomorrow with decreasing clouds Wednesday and plenty of sun going through the day Thursday.
After a hot and mostly dry Monday, a rare July cold front will push into the area on Tuesday, helping to lift up the warm and moist air. This will mean rain and storms will be likely at times through the day with the coverage between 70-90%. Highs should be in the mid 80s.
Rain and storms will be sticking around for Saturday with the coverage in the 40-60% range during the afternoon and evening. Highs will stay in the upper 80s and lower 90s. If you're planning outdoor activities, Sunday should be the best day to get those done.
Rain and storms will be in greater number on Friday and Saturday with a disturbance nearby that will help to lift up the air and cause a 50-70% coverage of rain and storms, mainly during the afternoon and evening. In this kind of pattern, we can't rule out some rain outside of those times.
As expected, we didn't deal with many showers and storms across the area on this Tuesday, and showers will remain rather isolated in nature on Wednesday. The best shot at getting wet will be along and north of I-85 during the evening hours tomorrow.
With Barry inland, heavy rain and flooding concerns will be well west of our area. Through Thursday, we expect low rain chances (the coverage at 20% or less in the afternoon and evening) with a mix of sun and clouds each afternoon and highs in the mid 90s.
Plenty of tropical moisture will be hanging around the Chattahoochee Valley through the first part of the weekend, so the best course of action will be to prepare for rain and storms at any point through Saturday. Friday should be the day with the highest coverage (50-70%).
Afternoon and evening showers and storms will continue to be a part of the forecast as we get you ready for the middle of the week. Expect the coverage to be around 30-50% on Wednesday with a high in the lower 90s and plenty of humidity to go around.
The weather in the local area won't change much through Thursday - expect a 30-50% coverage of rain and storms in the afternoon and evening to go along with the normal summer heat and humidity. It won't be a washout, and it certainly won't rain all day.
After some wet weather at times early on the 4th of July, I think the rain will be diminishing for many evening BBQs and fireworks celebrations. Still, you'll want to keep the app handy tonight to track any rain that may be moving in!
After another hot and mostly dry day, thunderstorms will return in greater number for our 4th of July - the rain coverage will be highest in the afternoon and evening, with storms lingering into the nighttime hours for some.
After a very hot Tuesday, look for a repeat on Wednesday - very little in the way of any showers or storms and highs back in the mid to upper 90s in most spots. The heat index - or 'feels like' temperatures - will be at 100+ through much of the afternoon and evening.
Look for highs in the mid to upper 90s through Wednesday with only a 10-20% coverage of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening with a mix of clouds and sun. That's a very typical summer forecast for early July as most folks will stay dry.
We'll expect a hot and mostly dry end to the week, so most won't have to worry about any rain on Thursday or Friday. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s,. For the weekend, the rain coverage will be higher with Saturday being the wettest day with a coverage around 40-60%.
Any weather changes this time of year are typically subtle - and we are watching for a slightly better chance of rain in the forecast by Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. For Thursday and Friday, rain chances will drop back down to more 'seasonal' levels (10-20%).
Get ready for some very similar weather as we take you through the rest of the week with a 10-30% rain coverage on any given afternoon or evening (Wednesday looks like a day with the highest chance at getting wet). Highs will stay in the low to mid 90s.
As we get through Saturday and Sunday, the bottom line will be that a shower or storm is possible in the afternoon or evening both days with the heat and humidity being a big story for anyone with outdoor plans. We will also have to watch for more organized areas of rain and storms.
Strong storms continue to rumble through the Chattahoochee Valley on this Thursday, but look for rain and storms to come to an end by 9 or 10 PM ET tonight. Going into Friday, another round of rain or storms is possible in the evening or nighttime hours, so we'll keep an eye on any of those.