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!
Showers and thunderstorms will still be with us as we go through Wednesday evening, but get ready for much drier air to build in as we end the week. Highs will only be in the mid 80s on Thursday and Friday with a good amount of sunshine each afternoon and very low humidity for this time of year.
A 'wedge' front will push through during the day on Wednesday, keeping things cloudy and cooler across our area - highs will be in the low to mid 80s with a 40-50% coverage of rain and storms through the day. The best chances will still be during the afternoon and evening, however.
A front to our west is changing up the weather around here just a bit - allowing for more clouds this afternoon and a few showers and storms. Isolated showers and storms will be around Friday as the front moves through with the best coverage in the afternoon and evening hours.
Weather changes this time of year typically come slow, and we will continue to see the mid 90s hanging around in our forecast through the middle and end of the week. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with rain chances near zero.
Our heat wave really gets into swing on Friday with highs in the mid 90s in most spots and upper 90s down to the east and south. Saturday through Tuesday will still feature the core of the heat with upper 90s and low 100s the rule for just about everyone.
The heat continues to be the big story as we take you through the middle and end of the week with low to mid 90s on Wednesday and mid to upper 90s on Thursday and Friday. Skies will generally stay mostly sunny to partly cloudy with a chance of rain that will be too small to mention.
After a nice weekend, get ready for a string of hot days ahead through this week and our Memorial Day weekend! Skies should stay mostly sunny through Memorial Day with the rain coverage just about too small to mention - I suppose it wouldn't be out of the question to get a passing shower Tue or Wed.
After a fantastic Wednesday, get ready for rain chances to go up heading into Thursday thanks to an approaching disturbance to our north. The coverage of showers and storms will be with us early in the morning, and again late in the evening hours with highs back in the mid 80s.
Look for another night of upper 40s and low 50s for overnight lows across the Valley with Wednesday afternoon featuring a mostly sunny sky with highs back in the lower 80s for most. Going into Thursday, we will look for an approaching front from the north.
Drier air has settled in to the Valley after our weekend rain, and we're getting set for some cooler mornings this week with low to mid 50s Tuesday and Wednesday. I think some of the cooler spots may get down to the 40s at some point those mornings! Highs will stay in the upper 70s and low 80s.
As expected, Mother's Day has featured periods of storms, but as we head into the overnight hours, things should be drying up a bit. The first part of the week looks pleasant with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s and a mostly sunny sky each day.
We're getting ready for an area of stormy weather to push in later this evening and tonight. The storms may be strong, but I don't expect any severe or damaging weather for the most part. The rain will end later tonight, and we should start off Friday on a dry note.
Our weather pattern will transition to one that will unsettled as we head through the rest of the week and the weekend. On Thursday, some computer models indicate a line of rain and storms moving in after 7 PM ET, so we'll watch those possibilities carefully - severe weather isn't expected.
Moisture values will increase Wednesday and Thursday as we bring in a 10-20% coverage of showers and storms both days, mainly during the afternoon and evening. Humidity values will be going up with highs in the mid to upper 80s both afternoons. Our best coverage of rain will still be Fri-Sun.
Look for another beautiful day on Tuesday with highs nearing 90 and mostly sunny skies in the afternoon. As we make it to the middle of the week, however, we will be in store for some changes. Moisture levels will be on the way up, and we'll mention isolated showers and storms.
As we get you ready for Friday and the weekend, some weather changes will be ahead as an approaching disturbance will help to increase the number of showers and storms in the forecast. The rain coverage on Friday looks to be around 30-40% with a slightly higher coverage for Saturday into Sunday.
Rain chances are going up over the next few days with Friday and into the weekend featuring a 30-40% coverage, mostly during the afternoon and evening. Despite the increase in clouds, highs will still climb to the middle 80s in most spots, and remember that it won't be a complete wash-out.
After a great weekend and warm Monday, we're heading to what could be the hottest day since October 6th as temperatures may reach 90 degrees in many places on Tuesday. We expect a mostly sunny sky, but get ready for an increase in clouds by the middle and end of the week.
After a windy Friday that saw wind gusts more than 30 mph in a few spots, the winds will calm down heading into early Saturday morning with 40s and 50s for most everyone. You might need the heat on or the light jackets if you're out and about early, but highs will top out in the 70s & 80s.
We're tracking a batch of rain and storms to the west of us which will be moving in later this evening and tonight. We don't anticipate major concerns with severe weather since most of the energy for these storms will be well down to our south.
We will have another warm day ahead for you as we go into Wednesday with a partly cloudy sky and highs in the mid 80s - we may have some spots in the upper 80s! Get ready for some changes Thursday as clouds increase ahead of our next storm system.
Tonight we are still expecting a round of severe thunderstorms with embedded areas of wind damage and the potential for tornadoes. The time-frame of greatest concern for the Chattahoochee Valley will be roughly from 1 AM to 9 AM ET. Be sure you are weather alert tonight.
The weather going into Wednesday looks great with highs back in the 80s and a mix of clouds and sun. Thursday won't be bad either - partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s and temperatures the next few mornings warming up from the levels we have seen so far this week.
After a stormy Sunday, we have a fantastic forecast for the next couple of days with cool mornings (lows in the 40s early Tuesday morning), and pleasant afternoons (70s and 80s on Tuesday, with lower 80s on Wednesday). Thursday will be a day of transition with warm temperatures.
The weather through tonight may feature a shower or two, along with fog developing after midnight. Watch out for some foggy trouble spots early on Friday morning as you make your commute to school and work. For Friday and Saturday, temperatures will stay in the low to mid 80s.