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 weather looks great going into Wednesday with highs back in the 60s and a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon. I don’t think it would be out of the question to see a shower or two early in the morning, but it shouldn’t amount to much.
The weather as we head into the 3-day MLK Jr. weekend looks fantastic, even though temperatures will be running much colder than average across the area. Look for highs in the 40s and 50s for Saturday through Monday with lows in the 20s and 30s. The coldest morning will be Sunday.
A quick moving disturbance will bring some showers to the area as we head into tonight and early Friday - it won’t amount to much, and we will see mostly sunny skies for most of Friday with highs in the mid 50s. A push of colder air will move in for the weekend.
Thursday morning will start out with some patches of freezing fog in spots, which means some slick spots can’t be ruled out, especially on elevated surfaces. We’ll keep an eye on it for you, but the temperatures will warm up in a big way by the afternoon and evening.
The weather will stay mostly dry Wednesday with a quick moving disturbance passing through - we will mention a slight chance at a few showers, but most will stay dry with more clouds than sun at times tomorrow. Look for the possibility of some fog in the morning.
The system that brought the rain yesterday - and light rain today - will still keep clouds in the area on Saturday with only a very small chance at a passing light shower. We will see some breaks in the clouds by Saturday afternoon and evening, and more sunshine rolling in on Sunday.
Rain will linger tonight and early Friday for some, though the heaviest showers have already found their way out of our coverage area. Friday looks to be chilly and cloudy with highs struggling to make it to the 50 degree mark. Highs will stay in the upper 40s and lower 50s for the weekend.
The next storm system approaches the area tomorrow with increasing chances for rain after the lunch hour. We expect a good soaking at times during the afternoon and early evening, but no lightning or thunder is expected, and certainly no severe weather.
Wednesday weather looks nice across the Valley with increasing clouds during the afternoon and evening and highs very average for us - mid to upper 50s and some low 60s. The next storm system will return on Thursday, with rain lingering into Thursday night.
We have a quiet forecast ahead this wee with no chances of any rain and rather seasonable temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday with upper 50s and lower 60s in the forecast. Expect some clouds around each afternoon, and even some fog around early on Tuesday morning.
As advertised, Christmas was the coldest in 31 years in the Columbus area with the high only making it to 40 degrees. Lows heading into Saturday morning will be frigid, with most places ranging from 18 to 26. This is the kind of weather where you want to think about protecting your pipes.
The rain is in the process of moving out, but there is some mixing of sleet and snow on the back edge of the precipitation as things are moving out. This won’t amount to much, and the bigger story is the switch to much colder weather on the back side of the rain.
Big changes are ahead in the short-term weather as we deal with increasing clouds tonight and rain returning overnight and on Christmas Eve morning. Expect a good soaking and a few thunderstorms involved with the potential for gusty winds in some of those storms.
Temperatures will remain warm on Wednesday with highs in the mid to upper 60s for the Chattahoochee Valley. Some spots could see 70 degrees as we deal with one more warm day before some changes. Clouds will be increasing through the day on Wednesday ahead of the next storm system.
The weather as we start out the week is looking pretty quiet - expect a lot of sunshine through mid-week with highs in the lower 60s. Clouds will increase a bit on Wednesday out ahead of the next storm system, and that will be the major focus of our forecast.
Clouds will decrease through the overnight hours with temperatures bottoming out in the 20s and 30s early Friday morning across the Chattahoochee Valley. Friday will feature mid 50s for highs with plenty of sunshine, still well below average for this time of year.
The rain that we’ve been dealing with on Wednesday will soon be moving out of the area with cooler and drier weather building in for Thursday through Saturday. Look for highs in the 40s and 50s as we end the week with highs nearing the 60 degree mark by Saturday.
A storm system will impact the area later tonight and into the day on Wednesday with the highest coverage expected before the lunch hour for most of the area. Temperatures sill stay cool with highs in the lower 50s, and after the rain moves out, skies will stay cloudy.
We have a pretty quiet week ahead in the forecast with cool conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the mid 50s an lows in the 30s and 40s. We will see a few clouds on Tuesday, but watch for the next storm system to return on Wednesday, bringing another chance for rain.
Our temperatures will stay in the 70s heading into your Friday with mostly sunny skies and we should see the 70s return on Saturday too. The next storm system will cause clouds to increase late on Friday with shower chances going up by Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.
After another freeze early on Wednesday morning, we have a warming trend to talk about as we head through the rest of this week. Look for highs in the mid to upper 60s for Thursday and Friday with the potential for some 70 degree readings in spots.
We will see another cold start heading into Wednesday with lows in the 20s and 30s and widespread frost across the area to start the day. The winds won’t be as strong, so wind chill probably won’t be a main concern early during the day.
We will deal with some chilly mornings the next couple of days with temperatures at or below the freezing mark in many communities Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Wind chills will be in the 20s early Tuesday morning with the winds still staying gusty.
The rain will end Friday evening for most, and we will have decreasing clouds and chilly conditions building back in for t he weekend. Look for mostly sunny skies for much of the day on Saturday with clouds increasing Saturday night and into Sunday.
Clouds will continue to move in tonight with temperatures not as cold when we start off your Friday. Rain chances return on Friday with showers likely at times, especially after the lunch hour. By late in the evening, most of the rain will be moving out of the area.
After a night with temperatures below the freezing mark and wind chill values in the teens and 20s, we will see a hard freeze for many spots across the Valley tonight with mid 20s on tap. Watch out for the pets and plants and bundle up if you’re heading out early on Wednesday morning.
Winds will stay gusty through the overnight as temperatures continue to fall with wind chills in the teens and lower 20s by early tomorrow morning. Many communities will drop below freezing, but the coldest morning on tap will be Wednesday morning with low to mid 20s in the normally colder spots.
Rain will continue overnight Friday into early Saturday morning, but most of Saturday will be dry and clouds with only a couple of passing showers out there. The next storm system will roll through Sunday with rain becoming likely into the afternoon, evening, and night.