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!
An area of low pressure nearby will provide good chances for rain and storms again on Tuesday with several waves of rain likely during the day, especially the afternoon and evening. We can’t rule out showers during the morning or nighttime hours in this pattern.
An area of low pressure to our south will meander around the Southeast for the next couple of days, pumping a lot of moisture in our area. This, in turn, will lead to a very high coverage of rain and storms for Monday and Tuesday. I don’t think severe or damaging storms will be a problem.
Our 4th of July weather worked out pretty well across the Valley with most spots staying dry and hot. I expect similar weather on Sunday, even though we might see a few more showers and storms around. By early next week, an area of low pressure will be spinning its wheels across the Deep South.
We can expect fewer showers and storms around on our Independence Day across the Chattahoochee Valley, so most folks will have a chance to enjoy the outdoors - you’ll still want to be prepared for some rain if you have something going on outside, however, especially during the afternoon or evening.
The weather will remain a bit unsettled as we take you through the next few days. Expect a 50/50 coverage of rain and storms through the end of the week with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. By Independence Day, the coverage of rain will likely be higher across our southern counties.
Thunderstorm chances will remain higher than average for the rest of the week with an area of disturbed weather hanging around. Expect the coverage to be in the 50-70% range on Wednesday with a 40-60% coverage for Thursday and Friday.
Expect a few more showers and storms around the area on Tuesday, and even more on Wednesday, which should be the wettest day of the week. Highs will depend on where and when showers and storms pop up, ranging from the upper 80s to the lower 90s.
The rain coverage as we head into the weekend will be 20-30% with the best chances typically coming in the afternoon and evening hours. It will be the ‘pop-up storms’ that we are so used to this time of year, and if you aren’t seeing those, then you’ll see more clouds than sun.
After another day with some rain and storms around, we will look for drier conditions as we head into Friday and the weekend - and Monday of next week too. The rain coverage for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday should be 20% or less, and we’ll bump the coverage up to 30% on Monday.
Rain and storms will stick around through Wednesday night and some of them will be strong to severe. We’ll keep our eye on pockets of damaging winds to go along with the risk of hail, lightning, and heavy downpours. Expect another scattering of rain and storms on Thursday.
For Saturday and Sunday, we can’t rule out a passing shower or storm, but like today, the coverage will be quite low - only around 10% or so. Highs will climb to the middle 90s both days in many spots, making for the hottest weekend of the year for most.
Look for highs approaching 90 on Friday with a 20-30% coverage of rain and storms in the forecast for the afternoon and evening. Our Father’s Day weekend still looks hot and mostly dry with mid 90s for highs in spots. I don’t think we can say the chance at a shower or storm is completely zero.
Our persistent upper-level low pressure system that has been keeping our weather comfortable the last day or two will finally start to move out in the coming days. This will lead to warmer temperatures as we head into Thursday and Friday with mid to upper 80s - and some low 90s - making a return.
Going into our weekend, we will deal with a mix of clouds and sun and highs in the lower 90s. There will be enough moisture around for us to mention the risk of a passing shower or storm, but a large majority of folks will stay dry. I’m only putting the rain coverage at 10%.
Now that the cold front has moved into the area, drier air has taken over and lower humidity is settling in. We will enjoy a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky for Friday and the weekend with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. I’m mentioning a slight chance of showers Friday and Sunday.
With what’s left of Tropical Storm Cristobal moving inland, moisture that the storm brought into the Deep South is making for some very humid conditions around here. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a good chance at getting wet with a 60-70% coverage of rain and storms, mainly during the PM.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s through Saturday with a 30-50% coverage of rain and storms, mainly in the afternoon and evening. As Cristobal nears Louisiana on Sunday and makes landfall, clouds will increase in our area with winds blowing in out of the east and southeast.
We’ll be stuck in a weather pattern through Saturday that will favor a 30-40% coverage of showers and thunderstorms each afternoon and evening with more clouds than sun. Some folks will stay dry, while others may pick up a brief storm - highs during this time will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Weak disturbances passing through the area the next few days will serve to provide better chances of showers and storms than we have seen the past couple of days. Expect the coverage in the 30-40% range for Wednesday through Sunday with highs in the mid to upper 80s.
We will enjoy lower humidity tonight and heading into Tuesday with highs topping out near 90 tomorrow after morning lows in the mid 60s. Rain coverage on Tuesday looks to be very low, with the best chance at a stray shower over in our East Alabama communities.
We’ll keep a ‘stormy at times’ forecast for the next couple of days as we deal with a 40% rain coverage on Thursday and a 50-70% coverage of rain and storms on Friday with a front approaching from the north and west. Highs will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s both days.
With disturbances helping to lift up the warm, moist air around us, we will have to keep rain and storm chances in the forecast through at least Friday. I would expect a 50/50 kind of coverage for Wednesday and Thursday and a better chance of rain on Friday.
With several disturbances in the atmosphere nearby, we’ll keep a better than average chance of a shower or storm in the forecast through the end of the week - the coverage on any given afternoon or evening will be 30-50%, and we can’t rule out some late night or early morning rain.
The area of low pressure that is stalled out to our north will stick around on Thursday - keeping highs in the lower 80s and keeping a chance of showers and storms in the forecast. It will finally begin lifting out of the area after that.
Look for isolated showers and storms and more clouds than sun as we head into Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the lower 80s. A stalled out area of low pressure to our north will help to keep the forecast a bit unsettled in the coming days.
A stalled out storm system to our north will keep clouds and rain chances in the forecast through Friday. Look for the daily coverage of showers and storms to be in the 20-30% range with the highest coverage by the middle and end of the week. Highs will generally be in the lower 80s.