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!
After a quiet day on Friday, rain is getting set to move back in to the area, especially during the afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours on Saturday. Look for highs back in the lower 60s in many communities, with upper 50s across our northern counties.
Going into Friday, clouds will stick around in the forecast with highs in the 50s and low 60s across the area. Look for breezy conditions in the afternoon, with all of this out ahead of our next storm system that will be due in here on Saturday. It won’t be a washout.
Look for another round of showers as we head into tonight and early Thursday morning, but rainfall totals should be relatively light - meaning no major contribution to flooding issues across the areas. Highs on Thursday will still make it into the upper 60s and lower 70s.
The heaviest rain has moved out of the Valley, but we will still maintain a 20-30% coverage of showers for Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the 70s. Look for some changes Friday with highs taking a step back to the upper 50s and lower 60s, but skies will stay cloudy.
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Our forecast will remain warm and wet for the next couple of day with more areas of rain and storms moving across the Chattahoochee Valley as we take you through Tuesday. For Wednesday and Thursday, there will still be rain around, but the coverage will gradually decrease.
All eyes are on Saturday with an Alert Center Action Day in place for the general time-frame from 4 PM to 11 PM ET. That’s when a line of severe thunderstorms should be moving across the Valley with the risk of damaging winds and tornadoes.
Clouds will be on the increase for Thursday with highs back in the mid 60s. On Friday, the next storm system will still be off to our west, but we can’t rule out some afternoon showers with highs back in the 70s. Most spots will stay dry, warm, and cloudy.
The weather will remain quiet on Wednesday and Thursday with full sunshine expected tomorrow and an increase in clouds looking ahead to Thursday. Highs should remain in the low to mid 60s for both days. By Friday, the forecast becomes a bit more unsettled with a 30-50% coverage of showers.
Clouds will be on the increase tonight with the chance of a few showers by early Tuesday morning - the overall coverage will be around 10-20% with most folks staying dry and many folks sleeping through any rain that does fall. The afternoon will be breezy and cooler with plenty of sun.
As we head into Saturday and Sunday, highs will continue to run well above average with low to mid 70s in the forecast for both days. Isolated showers and mostly cloudy skies will be with us on Saturday, but look for more scattered showers (a higher coverage) as we go through Sunday.
Temperatures will stay in the upper 60s and lower 70s through Sunday, but look for cloudy conditions to be with us on Friday and Saturday. On both days there will be enough moisture around to squeeze out an isolated shower, but most will stay dry.
It has been a wonderful Christmas Day across the Valley with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s, and we expect similar highs through the weekend. Look for the clouds to increase on Thursday, and we'll mention rain chances and considerable cloudiness on Friday and Saturday.
Christmas Eve is here, and the warm weather has built back in! Highs across the Valley were well in the 70s today, and we think it won't be quiet as warm on Christmas - but still above average. Look for lots of sunshine tomorrow with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s.
The rain will be moving out tonight with lows down in the upper 40s and lower 50s in most spots as skies should start to clear by daybreak Tuesday. We will see a warm-up for our Christmas Eve with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s, and look for similar numbers for Christmas Day.
We will see another cold start going into Friday morning with lows in the 20s and 30s across the Valley. Clouds will increase during the afternoon and evening, but rain coverage will stay at zero through the day. By the time we head into the weekend, rain returns.
Our weather will stay chilly for the next few mornings with 20s and 30s expected for lows Thursday and Friday. The afternoons will feature highs in the mid 50s with sunny skies on Thursday and an increase in clouds on Friday ahead of our next storm system.
Now that the storms have moved out, our weather is looking quiet as we head through the rest of the week. Look for temperatures at or below freezing for the next few mornings with the wind pushing the 'feels like' temperatures down in the 20s by early Wednesday.
Strong to severe storms are in progress to our west, and we are keeping a close eye on things tonight. The threat to our west will be much more significant since instability - the energy needed to sustain storms - is lacking around here for the most part.
A strong cold front descending upon the Deep South over the next 24 hours will bring a risk of severe weather out ahead of it, with the higher likelihood of severe weather across Louisiana, Mississippi, and west Alabama.
After a nice Thursday, look for changes on Friday as rain moves back in after the lunch hour. The overall coverage of showers will be about 50% for Friday afternoon, evening, and night, so not everyone is going to get wet.
After a fantastic Wednesday, look for clouds to increase on Thursday with highs back in the middle 60s in many spots by the afternoon. Friday will feature a system that will increase our rain coverage to 30-50%, especially after the lunch hour. Keep the umbrella handy...
The weather will be pretty quiet for Wednesday and Thursday with a slow warming trend (highs in the 50s and 60s on Wednesday and low to mid 60s on Thursday). Look for rain to return to the forecast on Friday, but that system doesn't appear to be very significant.
Clouds will be increasing through the day on Saturday, but the weather will remain dry, warm, and a bit breezy. Rain will return overnight into early Sunday morning with showers and storms ending from west to east early in the morning.
The weather worked out great for us on Thanksgiving Day, and we're going to see more nice weather for Friday and Saturday with warm conditions (highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s) and a mix of clouds and sun each day.
Rain is moving out and drier air will be moving in as we head into tonight with temperatures dropping back down into the 40s by early Thanksgiving morning. Some spots will likely be down in the 30s as we wake up on Turkey Day.
The cold front we've been watching for you all week will bring rain to the area on Saturday with just about everyone picking up some showers - totals will generally be under 0.75", but it definitely won't be raining all day. Showers will end from west to east with clouds sticking around.
Thursday and Friday, we will see a general increase in the number of clouds around here with dry conditions on Thursday and only a slight chance of showers Friday. Most will stay dry, and most of those high school football playoff games will be dry too.
The weather will keep warming up as move through the rest of the week with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s through Thursday and Friday. Clouds should increase Friday ahead of the next cold front, but at the moment we are only mentioning a very slim chance of rain late.