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

Rain Returns Saturday; Then Much Colder!

December 2019 Rainfall Totals

Big Temperature Changes Ahead

Another Round of Rain Early Thursday

Heaviest Rain Over; Staying Warm Through Thursday

More Warm & Wet Weather Ahead

Damaging Storms Possible on Saturday

Clouds Increasing Tomorrow; Severe Storms Possible Saturday

Quiet Wednesday & Thursday; Watching Weekend Storms

Isolated Showers Tuesday AM; Then Cooler & Drier

Warm & Wet at Times for the Weekend

Temperatures Staying Warm & Rain Coverage Increasing

Rain Chances Going Up for the Weekend

Warm & Dry For Christmas!

Warm-Up Coming!

Clouds Increase Friday; Rain Returns Over the Weekend

Chilly and Dry Through Friday; Rain Returns This Weekend

Quiet & Chilly Through Friday

Strong to Severe Storms Possible for Some Overnight / Early Tuesday


November 2019 Rainfall Totals

Rain Chances Return on Friday

Increasing Clouds Thursday; Rain Returns on Friday

Quiet Weather Through Thursday

Warm & Breezy Saturday; Rain and Storms Return Overnight

Dry & Warmer for Friday & Saturday

Fantastic Thanksgiving and Black Friday Ahead!

Rain Saturday, but Not All Day; Drier & Cooler by Sunday

Warm Thursday & Friday; Rain Back on Saturday

Dry Through Friday; Rain Returns Saturday