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!
Another cool-down is coming as we head through the overnight with temperatures in the 40s adn 50s when you wake up early on Friday. The afternoon will feature highs in the lower 70s, and some spots might even see upper 60s for highs.
After a nice shot of cooler air yesterday and today, get ready for a brief warm-up on Thursday with highs back in the lower 80s in many spots. The second cold front we’ve been discussing will move in late on Thursday, so look for lows back in the 40s and for for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning.
After the rain pushes out later this evening, skies will quickly clear and we will see much cooler weather moving in. Look for lows in the 40s and 50s tonight and heading into early Wednesday morning. A light jacket would be useful to start things off!
Warm temperatures will stick around for the weekend with highs climbing into the low and mid 80s for Saturday and Sunday. Don’t expect a lot of sunshine, but where we can see the sun peeking through, those will be the spots that will be a little warmer. Fog will be a concern early Saturday morning.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Beta are swinging through the area tonight, and it has brought some wet weather across most of the Chattahoochee Valley today. The rain coverage should drop going through the overnight hours, and we expect the best chances of rain to be south and east.
After another cool morning, our Tuesday featured some clouds and sun with highs back in the 70s. Look for similar weather on Wednesday, but we won’t be quite as chilly early in the morning, and I will mention a slight chance of some rain in the afternoon and evening hours.
How about the pleasant, fall-like weather? Soon, we’ll be able to say it’s not ‘fall-like’ since autumn officially arrives on Tuesday. We will continue with a forecast of highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s through mid-week, but look for some changes starting Thursday into Friday and the weekend.
Isolated showers will be a part of our forecast Friday night through Saturday, but look for a cool-down going into the first part of the weekend. Highs will drop back to the 70s for most everyone on Saturday, and we would expect middle 70s for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of next week.
Lingering showers are possible for the next few days as the remnants of Sally continue to move out of our neck of the woods. Expect highs back in the low to mid 80s on Friday, but a cold front will drop temperatures in a big way heading into the weekend and next week.
Sally is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico, and it will have big impact on our weather in the late Wednesday through early Friday time-frame. There are still some big questions when it comes to the eventual track and intensity of the storm.
fter a mostly dry weekend with some lower humidity in place, look for some changes going into the rest of this week. Rain coverage will be pretty low during the day on Wednesday with highs back in the lower 90s, but look for rain coverage to increase for Thursday and Friday (around 60%).
It was another hot and muggy day across the Valley on this Thursday, and we can expect more of the same as we roll into Friday and the start of the weekend. Look for mid to upper 90s for afternoon highs the next two days with only a slight chance of showers late Friday evening into Friday night.
As the remnants of Hurricane Laura move to our north in the coming days, we will forecast an increase in the coverage of rain and storms for Friday and into the weekend. Look for a 40-50% coverage of rain on Friday with a 50-60% coverage expected by the weekend.
Rain and storms will stick around the next few days, but the overall coverage of rain will be dropping as we take you into the weekend. From 60% to 50% to 40% from Friday to Sunday. Look for highs in the upper 80s, but where there will be less rain or less clouds, some 90s are certainly possible.
Another push of drier air will be working its way into the Chattahoochee Valley tonight and into Tuesday which should mean a comfortable start early Tuesday for a lot of folks with lows down in the 60s. For Tuesday afternoon, the best chances of rain and storms should be in areas south of Columbus.
Saturday will still feature scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening hours, but look for a different kind of day on Sunday with drier air moving in. Humidity values will drop with skies expected to be mostly sunny in the afternoon and evening.
Friday still looks like the day with a decent coverage of rain and storms - 60-70% - in the afternoon and evening. The weekend will feature a big transition for us with chances for rain and storms dropping to 40-50% on Saturday and only 10-20% by Sunday.
As we end the week, rain and storms will be more likely in the afternoon and evening hours with highs back in the lower 90s for places that see a higher coverage of clouds and rain early in the day. I think as we get ready for the weekend, we will see a bit of a transition.
Clouds during the morning hours seemed to keep a lot of Valley rain-free this afternoon, but we can’t rule out some more showers and storms into the nighttime hours. Look for a 30-50% coverage of rain on Wednesday in the afternoon and evening.
The weather for the rest of the week remains unsettled with better chances of rain and storms across the Valley compared to last week. Some extra ‘lift’ in the atmosphere will help to create the better coverage and give some of the storms an extra ‘punch’ when it comes to wind and rain.
Saturday and Sunday still look hot and muggy with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Rain coverage will be in the 10-20% range on Saturday with the chances of rain and storms increasing a bit more into Sunday afternoon and evening. Either way, the coverage of rain and storms will be going up next week.
We will end the week on a hot note with a 20-30% coverage of rain and storms in the afternoon and evening. Look for those highs to climb back to the mid to upper 90s. The weekend weather looks about the same, but Sunday might feature a little higher chance of a shower or storm.
The weather will remain hot through the rest of the week and the weekend with highs in the mid to upper 90s. I think there will be enough moisture around for rain and storms each afternoon and evening, but remember the coverage will only be in the 20-30% range through the weekend.
Get ready as we crank up the heat through the end of the week. Look for highs in the mid to upper 90s with a chance that a few spots could get to the 100 degree mark, especially by Thursday through Sunday. Rain coverage will stay low through Saturday with only a 10-20% coverage of rain and storms.
As Isaias passes us by and makes landfall in the Carolinas (moving up the East Coast after that), some drier air will get pulled down into our neck of the woods, dropping rain chances in a big way for Tuesday and through the rest of the week.
The weekend weather looks dry and hot with only a 10-20% coverage of rain and storms for the area. The best coverage of rain will likely come across parts of our East Alabama counties with most other communities remaining dry. Look for highs in the mid 90s both days.
After another wet day at times on Friday (the rain coverage should be 40-50% in the PM and evening), the weather will start to dry out a big as we head into the weekend. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s with only a 10-20% coverage of showers and storms in the afternoon and evening.