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 will remain warm as we start the weekend with highs back in the mid to upper 80s on Saturday. Some of the normally warmer spots may make a run at the 90 degree mark after some morning fog and low clouds get out of the way.
Get ready for mid to upper 80s for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. While clouds will increase a little bit each day, the rain coverage will be at zero through the start of the weekend. Our next storm system will bring some showers to the area on Sunday with highs back in the upper 70s.
Rain and storms will be scattered around the area tonight, especially in areas to our north. Some of the storms across the far northern counties could be on the strong side, but we expect any issues with severe or damaging weather to stay to our north.
We’re looking at mid to upper 80s on Thursday with a partly cloudy sky and no chance of rain, easily the nicest day of the week coming up. The pollen count will remain high - and probably will for the next week at least, so that might be the only complaint people have!
After a cool day in spots across the Valley, we will see temperatures warming to the upper 70s and lower 80s tomorrow, with low to mid 80s for the middle and end of the week. Rain coverage looks fairly low in the coming days with the highest coverage on Tuesday north of Highway 80.
Rain coverage will stay at 10-20% over the rest of this week and into the weekend meaning that most of us won’t get wet, but you should still be prepared for some showers or storms, especially in the afternoon and evening hours. Highs are expected to stay in the 70s.
As we head through Friday, the rain coverage will be in the 20-30% range with the days of the highest coverage likely coming Wednesday and Friday, especially in the afternoon and evening. It won’t be a washout by any means, and many folks will end up staying dry.
Going into this week, a storm system will stall out just to our north, keeping us much warmer than average with highs in the 70s - in some cases as we approach the end of the week and the weekend, we might see highs in the lower 80s.
We will continue our dry streak of weather into the weekend with plenty of sunshine both day and highs in the 60s. Look for temperatures in the 30s both Saturday and Sunday mornings. For early next week, look for an increase in clouds on Monday with highs back in the lower 70s.
After another round of rain and storms today, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel as we prepare for four dry days in a row. Skies will clear tonight and we will see a good supply of sunshine for Friday and Saturday with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s.
Showers were with us at times on Monday, and we will see more of the same on Tuesday - not an all-day thing or a complete washout, but you’ll want to have the umbrella ready to go as you go about your day. For Wednesday and Thursday, the rain threat will increase with several of inches of rain.
The weekend is almost here, and the forecast looks dry for Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s on Saturday and low to mid 60s on Sunday. Mornings will be chilly with lows in the 30s, and the weather still looks great for those of you with outdoor activities.
Dry weather will continue for Friday and the weekend with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s on Friday and Saturday with mid 60s on Sunday. There will be a mix of sun and clouds along the way, but our forecast will still be dry. Look for lows near freezing Friday and Sunday mornings.
Another good soaking was in the cards for the Valley on this Monday, and showers will continue at times tonight with a 20-30% coverage of rain sticking around on Tuesday. For Wednesday, we’ll also mention some isolated showers, but changes will be on the way.
Rain continues across the Valley this evening, but the heavy rain will be moving out soon with temperatures continuing to drop. We’ll have to watch for additional river flooding through the weekend with water upstream rolling down this way, along with areas of black ice in our northern counties.
Another good soaking is on the way with rain moving back into the area tonight, overnight, and into early Wednesday morning. We can’t rule out some additional showers during the day tomorrow, and then get ready for more rain Wednesday night into the day on Thursday.
After a cloudy and dreary President’s Day, look for rain chances to return on Tuesday after a foggy start in the morning. It definitely won’t be a washout - most places may actually stay dry most of the day with the best coverage across some of our northern counties.
Temperatures this weekend will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s with a sunny sky on Saturday and mostly cloudy skies back on Sunday. I’m keeping with the idea that we will have a 20-30% rain coverage on Sunday, but many folks may end up staying dry.
Cooler temperatures are on the way in - as advertised - and we’ll see lows dropping into the 30s tonight for many folks. Valentine’s Day looks cool, breezy, and dry with a lot of sunshine by the afternoon. The weather on Saturday looks great too with a lot of sunshine.
We’re monitoring storms moving through Mississippi as of Wednesday evening - these will be the same storms that will move into our area early Thursday. Some of the storms may be on the strong side as they move in initially, but we don’t think we will have major problems with severe weather.
Rain will stick around at times tonight and Wednesday, but we will look for a better coverage of rain to return to the area Wednesday overnight into the first part of the day Thursday. There may be some stronger storms in the mix as this line pushes into the area.
Rain and storms chances will be with us on Tuesday and Wednesday, but the overall coverage won’t be particularly high - we will stay 30-40%. It won’t be an all-day thing, and not a washout for sure. Going into Wednesday night and Thursday, we will have some thunderstorms moving in from the west.
Heading into Saturday, we will see scattered showers returning to the forecast, mainly before noon. Showers may hang around after the lunch hour south and east of Columbus, however. Highs will stay in the 50s and rainfall totals won’t be that bad in the great scheme of things.
After a wet and stormy morning, flash flooding is now the main concern across the Chattahoochee Valley with numerous flash flood warnings in effect and rain continuing. The showers will stick around at times tonight and overnight, and we may even deal with a few passing showers early Friday.
It’s an Alert Center Action Day for tonight and Thursday as we prepare for a couple of rounds of rain and storms. Storms moving in tonight will feature heavy rain, thunder, and lightning, but the severe risk looks rather limited at first.