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!
The cold front that will change things up around here is knocking our our door - getting ready to drop lows into the 40s by early Thursday and Friday morning with highs both days in the low to mid 70s. Expect mostly sunny skies for each afternoon.
The rain continues to fall across the Valley, and we will see good chances of rain through the nighttime hours and into the first part of the day on Wednesday. Rain should end by late Wednesday afternoon with clearing skies, windy conditions, and cooler temperatures building in.
After a little taste of rain on Sunday, Columbus Day turned out to be mostly dry and warm. Going into Tuesday and Wednesday, the next good chance for rain and storms will return with most everyone getting a good soaking in the next 24-48 hours.
We will see a very warm end to our week with plenty of sunshine and highs in the mid to upper 80s on Friday. Friday morning will start off on a comfortable note with lows in the 50s and lower 60s. High school football games tonight and tomorrow night look dry and warm at kickoff.
Going into Wednesday, we will still deal with more clouds than sun and a slight chance of some showers during the afternoon and evening. Most will be dry with highs in the mid 80s. For the end of the week, expect warmer temperatures (mid to upper 80s) and more sunshine on Thursday and Friday.
While we may be out of the upper 90s and lower 100s, above average temperatures will stick around through the rest of the week with mid to upper 80s. It won't be out of the question for a few spots to see the 90 degree mark in the coming days either.
With Columbus reaching at least 100 degrees today, we are assured a tie of the all-time record high temperature for the month of October. I think we'll see similar weather as we head into Friday with only a slight chance at a shower or storm.
Our string of hot days will continue as we finish off this week with mid to upper 90s in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. Look for record-breaking or record-tying heat on these days with a mostly sunny sky and only a slight chance of any showers or storms.
Although the calendar says September 30th, our forecast still remains very summer-like with highs in the mid 90s for the rest of the week. By Thursday and Friday, we may see a few spots in the upper 90s again as summer keeps hanging on well into October.
It was another record-breaking day across the Valley with highs climbing into the upper 90s and lower 100s in the area. There was enough moisture for a few showers and storms, but nothing that will put a dent in the drought. I expect very similar weather on Saturday.
The scorching heat continues to build across our area with mid to upper 90s in the forecast for the foreseeable future. The good news as we end this week will be the risk of a few showers or storms Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of change to share with you when it comes to our forecast, other than including a slim chance at a shower or storm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In reality, most spots won't get wet at all and highs will climb into the mid to upper 90s.
Clouds will increase overnight and Tuesday morning, but the chance of rain will be close to zero as the boundary (front) moves through. The sun will build back in on Tuesday and highs should still make the low 90s in the afternoon.
After a comfortable start out there early Friday morning, we will see more of the same through early next week with lows in the 60s for most everyone out there. The afternoon highs will start to creep up this weekend with upper 80s and lower 90s on Saturday.
The long-awaited cold front is pushing into the area from the east, and we'll notice a big difference as we head into Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Look for highs to drop to the low to mid 80s on Thursday with middle 80s for most spots on Friday and Saturday.
After another day with triple digits in some spots, Wednesday will be a day of transition as a cold front moves into the Valley. This front will be moving in from the east - sometimes called a 'backdoor cold front - and will increase clouds through the day.
With Tropical Storm Humberto moving out to sea, drier air is filtering into the Valley. This will make for another hot day Tuesday with mid to upper 90s over the area and the possibility that a few folks see triple digits. Going into Wednesday, some changes will be on tap.
We will see a hot and dry end to the week for Friday with a mostly sunny sky and highs again climbing into the mid 90s. Look for an increase in moisture on Saturday which may bring a few showers or storms to the area, but most will end up staying dry. Our temperatures may come down a few degrees.
Hurricane Dorian is just off the coast of Myrtle Beach as of Thursday afternoon, and the track will continue to parallel the coast of South and North Carolina in the next day or so. Landfall can't be ruled out in North Carolina as Dorian lifts to the northeast with flooding rains and storm surge.
Hurricane Dorian continues to spin off the Georgia coast, but it will soon be making a turn to the northwest and impacting the Carolinas. Landfall could occur somewhere in South or North Carolina, but the coasts will definitely see the impact of flooding rains tropical storm to hurricane force wind.
Hurricane Dorian is finally picking up a little speed and the center of circulation should narrowly miss the the coast of Florida as it moves north and eventually northwest in the coming days. Wind, rain, and storm surge flooding will still be a factor along the Florida, Georgia, and Carolina coast.
Much drier air has filtered in to the Valley on this Wednesday with some pleasant conditions expected over the next few days. Look for lows in the 60s through Saturday morning and highs back in the lower 90s. Thursday and Friday will feature a lot of sunshine and no rain.
After some more showers on this Tuesday, look for big improvements in the forecast as we head through the middle and end of the week with no chances of rain for Wednesday through Friday. Highs should be in the lower 90s, and it wouldn't be out of the question to see mid 90s.
After another day with a good coverage of rain and storms, the forecast will dry out a bit as we head through the rest of this week with Wednesday being the driest day as we return to a 20% coverage of rain and storms. Thursday and Friday will be rather 'average' August days with a 30-40% coverage.
As we take you through this week, rain coverage will be higher than it was last week. Tuesday will feature the best coverage of rain this week with the better coverage of rain and storms coming during the afternoon and evening hours.
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.