Having grown up in Ste. Genevieve, Laura Wibbenmeyer is happy to make her home in the Heartland and to be a part of the First Alert Weather Team she grew up watching.
Laura can remember exactly when the weather sparked her interest as a child: when she realized it had the power to decide whether or not school would be in session! She can remember staying up late watching every weathercast, hoping and praying for the winter weather to hit right over Ste. Genevieve County so she could enjoy a snow day. Then, summer rolled around and she would hope and pray for just the opposite: heat advisories so school would let out early. All of those events, plus many others, led Laura to fall in love with the all of the different types of weather the Heartland experiences. She never imagined her "snow day" hobby would lead to her passion, and even further into her career.
Laura graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Atmospheric Science. Throughout college, her nickname quickly became "Weather Wibbs" and the name stuck. While in college, Laura worked at KOMU-TV as a fill-in Meteorologist and gained experience covering everything from floods to chasing storms during tornado outbreaks. Laura also spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Reading in England, an internationally renowned school for its meteorology program.
After graduation, Laura moved south to challenge herself with a whole different type of weather. She moved to Lafayette, Louisiana and worked at KLFY-TV. Laura always wanted to live in the south and being the self-proclaimed weather nerd she is, had always wanted to get her hands wet, so to speak, with tropical weather. After gaining that tropical storm and hurricane experience, she decided to head a bit further north and took her next job in Shreveport, Louisiana at KTBS-TV. Even though Laura misses the mild winters of the south (especially while she is scraping ice off of her car on cold winter mornings), she is extremely happy to be back home and wouldn't change it for the world.
In her free time, Laura enjoys anything and everything that gets her adrenaline pumping, whether it is skydiving or white water rafting. She also loves volleyball, dancing, traveling, spending time with her husband and two daughters She also loves meeting new people! So, if you ever see her out and about don't hesitate to introduce yourself and feel free to send her an email anytime.
What does an August-like weekend mean? Hot, humid with a chance for storms. That sums up the forecast not only for the weekend, but for the next several days. Highs on Saturday will top out in the upper 80s to lower 90s with feels like number in the mid 90s.
It will still be a pleasant start to the day on Friday. Lows won’t be as cool as the past couple of mornings, but we will still drop into the 50s and lower 60s. Lots of sunshine will warm us up quickly, afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Tonight will be another unusually cool night for August. Lows will dip back into the 50s. Lots of sunshine expected on Thursday. Highs will climb back into the lower 80s for most of the Heartland, although it will still feel pretty nice thanks to the lower dew points.
Get ready for a nice, almost chilly, start to the day on Wednesday. Lows tonight will dip into the lower 50s north to upper 50s south. Lots of sunshine expected through the day with highs only in the upper 70s to lower 80s through the afternoon. Thursday will be a touch warmer, with highs in the
More showers and thunderstorms expected overnight. Heavy rain could lead to flash flooding through the day on Thursday. Officially there are flash flood watches for our northwestern counties in southeast Missouri, but more could be added.
Tonight will be the driest period for the next several days. More scattered showers and thunderstorm expected on Wednesday. Heavy downpours with thunder and lightning are expected. Highs will be in the upper 80s to 90 with feels like numbers in the mid to upper 90s.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue through the first half of the night. The activity will dissipate before sunrise on Tuesday. Lows tonight will be in the lower to mid 70s. More scattered storms expected Tuesday afternoon, best chances will be in the southern half of the Heartland.
The heat and humidity stick around for the last weekend of July. Tonight will be calm and warm, with lows only dropping into the lower to mid 70s for most areas. Highs on Saturday and Sunday will top out in the lower 90s.
Some scattered storms expected overnight. Best chances will be in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri. The threat of severe weather is low, but heavy downpours and lightning will be possible in the heavier storms. Lows tonight will be in the lower to mid 70s.
A few scattered storms possible overnight, but most of the area will be dry. It will be mainly cloudy with a few showers possible over parts of Kentucky to start your Friday. Lows will be in the upper 60s north to the mid 70s south.
Strong to severe storms possible Wednesday evening into Wednesday night. Right now it looks like the northwestern half of the Heartland will have the greatest threat. Damaging winds are the primary concern, with isolated hail possible too. The tornado threat remains low, but it is not zero.
Lows tonight will feel pretty nice for this time of year. All of the Heartland will drop into the 60s. Northern areas will even see lower 60s by daybreak on Tuesday. Enjoy it, because things will heat up quickly under lots of sunshine.
Tonight will be calm, but scattered storms possible on Saturday. Right now it appears the best threat for strong storms will be during the second half of the day. Damaging winds will be the biggest threat, with isolated hail possible. The tornado threat is very low.
There is a slim chance for an isolated shower or storm overnight, but most of the area will stay dry and warm. Lows will only be in the lower to mid 70s. Friday looks warm and mainly dry. High will be in the lower 90s across most for the area.
A few isolated showers and thunderstorms possible overnight, but most of the Heartland will remain dry and warm. Lows will only drop into the lower to mid 70s. Very hot and humid weather expected again on Thursday.
Most areas will remain dry tonight, with just a tiny chance for a few showers. Lows will be warm and sticky, in the 70s. Another hot and humid day expected on Wednesday. Highs will top out in the lower 90s with feels like number close to 100 degrees. More isolated showers and thunderstorms are p
A few isolated showers and thunderstorms possible overnight, but much of the Heartland will stay dry. Tonight we will drop into the upper 60s and lower 70s. Hot and humid weather on tap for the 4th of July.
It was a much drier day across the Heartland, thankfully. We are expecting a pretty quiet evening and overnight too. It will be warm with lows only dropping into the lower to mid 70s for much of the Heartland.
The main line of showers and thunderstorms will clear the Heartland by this evening. A few more scattered showers and thunderstorms will once again be possible overnight. Right now it looks like southeast Missouri will have the best chance for any late night or early morning rain action.
Flash flooding is our biggest concern as we head into Wednesday. Much of the Heartland saw very heavy rain Tuesday, and it won’t take much rain in these areas for flash flooding to occur. Please remember to “turn around don’t drown”.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will likely redevelop during the early morning hours on Tuesday. Heavy rain could cause some flash flooding issues, especially in areas hit hard with rain over the weekend.
Mainly dry conditions expected overnight, there could be a few isolated showers, but most of the Heartland will be dry. Nice temperatures expected Wednesday morning, daybreak temperatures will be in the upper 50s to lower/mid 60s.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible through the overnight hours. While there will be some heavy downpours and some thunder and lightning, severe weather is not expected. Most of the area wakes up to dry conditions Tuesday.
Temperatures tonight won’t drop as cool as they were this morning. Lows tonight will only drop into the mid to upper 60s. So, it will be a warmer start to the day and the afternoon will be a touch warmer too.
Tonight will be calm and quiet. Lows will only dip into the lower to mid 60s by daybreak on Friday. Friday will be hotter than any other day this week, highs will top out in the lower 90s. There is a chance for a few isolated showers or thunderstorms, but most of the area will remain dry.