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!
Showers and storms that are left out there on Friday should start to fizzle a bit as the sun sets and we lose some of the energy available to get those storms going. Saturday morning will again feature another - more potent - risk of storms across the area, with the highest risk south and west.
Rain and storms didn’t materialize for most across the Valley on Thursday, but we will again have our chances on Friday and Saturday with a few strong storms in the mix. The strongest storms should come Saturday morning and into the early afternoon as a more organized batch of storms rolls in.
After a beautiful Easter weekend and a great start to this week, look for some unsettled weather ahead with storms in the forecast for Thursday through Saturday. Each day will feature a chance of strong storms, and isolated severe or damaging storms can’t be ruled out.
Wednesday looks to be another great day across the Valley with highs back in the 80s and an increase in clouds. Humidity values will also be going up, but we should stay dry tomorrow. By Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, look for some weather changes with a frontal system moving in.
The weather looks fantastic as we head through Wednesday with cool mornings and warm afternoons ahead. Look for plenty of sunshine tomorrow, but clouds will increase on Wednesday out ahead of the next storm system. The next chances for rain and storms will come on Thursday.
We still have some showers that we are tracking for you on this Friday night, and rain will linger into the overnight hours for some folks. For the weekend, we will see warm and mostly dry weather on Saturday with more clouds than sun. Storms return on Sunday.
A major severe weather event is unfolding to our west, but the storms are expected to weaken as they push in our direction later tonight. We will still be alert for any surprises as the storms move in - we still expect just general rain and storms for a large majority of our coverage area.
Warm temperatures were back on this Wednesday with mostly dry weather across the Valley. Look for a band of showers to move in during the overnight hours, but any showers will be mostly out of here by Thursday morning. Temperatures will surge into the mid 80s in many spots by Thursday afternoon.
Rain chances will increase tonight with a good soaking for some, especially in our southern counties. Look for the chance of a shower or storm to stick around for Wednesday and Thursday too, but nothing significant in terms of major impacts, other than some wet weather on the roads.
After a beautiful Monday, we will see some changes this week with a very progressive forecast settling in for the rest of the week and the weekend. Rain coverage will increase later on Tuesday and into Tuesday night, with another chance of few storms on Wednesday and Thursday.
Clouds have stuck around through a lot of Friday, but we should see the sun peeking back out as we head into Saturday with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. We should see highs back in the low to mid 60s on Sunday with a mix of clouds and sun, but at the moment, the weekend forecast will be dry.
After a stormy night across the Valley, we ended up with a nice Thursday, albeit a breezy one with winds gusting more than 30 mph at times. Going into Friday, expect a big increase in clouds and we’ll mention a slight chance at a few showers during the day and into Friday night.
An active weather day is in progress to our west, and that severe weather will continue to spread over our area into this evening and tonight. We will monitor for two rounds of severe storms - one this afternoon and evening until around 10-11 PM ET, and then another round overnight.
All eyes are still on the severe weather threat across the Chattahoochee Valley. Tonight, some strong storms are still possible south of Highway 80, and rain may continue at times for others into the nighttime hours. We don’t expect widespread severe weather concerns tonight.
The weather pattern is flipping in a big way in the coming days as better chances for rain and storms arrive in the forecast. Tuesday will feature rain and storms likely at times during the day, and a few of the storms could be on the strong side.
The big forecast story in the short-term is the absolutely beautiful weekend we have on tap with highs in the low to mid 80s and no rain for Saturday and Sunday. We will forecast a mix of clouds and sunshine, and the only bad part about the forecast will be a high pollen count.
We will end the week on a warm and dry note after a cool start - lows will be in the 40s in most spots early Friday morning. The afternoon will feature highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s, and I think we will see low to mid 80s as we head into Saturday and Sunday.
After another chilly start this morning, we’re looking at a big warm-up coming for overnight lows the next few mornings into the weekend. The afternoon highs will also continue their upward trend with upper 70s and lower 80s through the weekend - in fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see mid 80s!
We will see another chilly start going into early Wednesday morning - I doubt we see anyone at or below freezing, but some patchy frost can’t be ruled out to start the day. The haze and smoke from the Ft. Benning burns will stick around this evening and tonight.
We don’t see this kind of weather in March too often - a long stretch of dry weather with no rain chances through the upcoming weekend. One drawback to this will be the pollen count - expected to be in the higher range in the coming days thanks to the dry and warm weather.
A storm system to the west will be pushing in tonight and tomorrow, bringing with it a slight chance at a few showers. Most spots will stay dry since moisture will be limited, and with more clouds than sun around on Saturday, highs will stay in the upper 50s and lower 60s across the area.
Clouds will increase as we head into the day on Friday and temperatures will likely be a couple of degrees cooler than today with the increase in clouds. For Saturday, look for those clouds to stick around at times and we will mention a slight chance at a few showers.
After a chilly start early Thursday, highs will shoot back up to the mid 70s by the afternoon with plenty of sunshine across the Valley - a picture-perfect day to get out and about. Friday will feature an increase in clouds and perhaps a slight chance of a few showers late in the day.
After a very wet day at times and some chilly conditions, we will see the rain ending as we head into the overnight hours and early Wednesday. Clouds will clear out by Wednesday afternoon, and with the sunshine building in, we should see the highs back in the 60s.
After a few showers around on Monday, look for a big increase in the chances of rain heading into Tuesday. The day appears to be pretty close to a washout with rain through much of the day and evening, lingering into Tuesday night and even very early on Wednesday morning.
Going into the weekend, we will have the prospect of record-breaking heat with lower 80s in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. We will see more clouds than sun at times, but enough breaks in the clouds should exist to push those temperatures up there in a big way.
Temperatures soared across the Valley today, and we will continue with some very warm temperatures in the coming days. Friday will feature an increase in some showers with a coverage around 20-30% in our neck of the woods, mainly north of Columbus.