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!
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.