Derek Kinkade

Derek Kinkade

Chief Meteorologist

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!


Recent Articles by Derek

Strong Storms Possible Early Saturday AM

Storms at Times Friday & Saturday; Then Drying Out

Unsettled, Stormy Few Days Ahead

One More Nice Day; Rain Coverage Going Up Thursday-Saturday

March 2021 Rainfall Totals

February 2021 Rainfall Totals

Beautiful Through Mid-Week; Storms Return Thursday Through Saturday

Storms Return on Sunday; Unsettled Next Week

Watching Storms Tonight & Friday; Rain Chances Back on Sunday

Watching For Storms Thursday Night & Friday Morning

Wet at Times This Week & Weekend; Watching for Storms Thursday Night

Rain Chances Back Every Day Through the Weekend, Starting Tomorrow

Cooler Than Average Weekend Ahead

Cooler Temperatures Ahead

ALERT CENTER ACTION DAY: This Evening, Tonight, & Thursday AM

Alert Center Action Day: Wednesday Into Thursday

Weather Pattern Flipping; Potential for Severe Weather Tuesday Through Thursday

Dry & Very Warm Weekend Ahead

Ending the Week Warm & Dry

Warmth Building for Late Week & Weekend

Staying Warm & Dry

Long Stretch of Quiet and Warm Days Ahead

  Beauregard Tornado: Two Years Later

Mostly Dry & Cooler Weekend Ahead

Mostly Dry Friday & Weekend Ahead

Drier & Warmer to End the Week

Rain Exits Tonight; Great End to the Week on Tap

Good Soaking Expected Tuesday; Drier to End the Week

Very Warm & Mostly Dry Weekend Ahead

Near Record-Breaking Heat Ahead