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.
Today will be the pick day if you like it sunny and milder. Under mostly sunny skies, temperatures today will top out in the lower 50s for much of the area. Wintry precipitation is possible by the early morning hours on Thursday.
Lots of sunshine expected for the rest of your Tuesday, which will help make it feel a little nicer. Highs will only be in the 40s. Tonight with mainly clear skies temperatures will quickly fall into the the 20s again.
Scattered snow showers will move out of the Heartland through the afternoon hours, and sunshine will return from west to east through the day. Much of the southeastern half of the Heartland won’t see much sunshine today, but clouds will clear out this evening.
Clouds will clear out as we head into the evening hours and temperatures will fall quickly. By Saturday morning, temperatures will dip into the upper 20s to lower/mid 30s. Lots of sunshine expected on Saturday, but temperatures will be cooler than Friday.
Showers and thunderstorms will push into the Heartland this evening and overnight. The threat of severe weather overnight is low. With that said, there will be numerous showers and thunderstorms. The highest threat for severe weather will be from 5 AM through about 3 PM on Wednesday.
Showers and thunderstorms will spread into the Heartland late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Heavy rain and isolated hail possible early Wednesday morning, then as a cold front moves through on Wednesday afternoon we will have a threat of damaging winds, isolated hail and isolated tornadoes.
Strong winds will continue this afternoon. Southerly winds could gust higher than 40 mph in our northern counties. Highs today will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s. The winds will back off a little after sunset, but it will still be breezy overnight.
Lots of sunshine expected today, with temperatures warming into the upper 50s to lower 60s. Winds will really pick up on Thursday. The winds will bring in even warmer air, but they will also bring a fire danger with them. Winds could gust up to 30 to 40 mph from the southwest.
Today will be the coolest afternoon of the week, milder weather returns by the end of the work week. Lots of sunshine expected this afternoon, but temperatures will remain below average. Highs near 50 degrees north, to near 60 degrees south.
After a frosty start, the sunshine is really warming things up nicely across the Heartland. Everyone will see highs in the lower to mid 60s this afternoon. A cold front will move through overnight tonight, bringing some cooler weather back to the area on Tuesday.
Clouds will spread back into the Heartland this evening, but the rain should hold off until after midnight. Scattered showers will push into the Heartland during the morning hours, but our threat of strong storms will hold off until after sunset.
Clouds will start to move back into the Heartland late this afternoon into the evening hours. The clouds will be associated with a cold front, but it will swing through dry overnight. That will knock several degrees off our highs on Friday.
Light showers will continue to push out of the Heartland through the early morning hours. Much cooler air is continuing to push into the Heartland. Highs today will be about 20 degrees colder than what we felt earlier this week.
Lots of sunshine still expected through most of the afternoon, although clouds will be increasing from the west. Thicker clouds take over tonight and stick with us through much of Thursday. The clouds will keep us a little milder tonight, with lows mainly in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
Wow...how amazing did the sunshine feel today? Great news, we are tracking a lot more sunshine in the coming week. Temperatures will be chilly tonight, and our Kentucky and Tennessee counties are officially under a Frost Advisory.
The rain will finally come to an end through the evening hours. Slowly but surely, the clouds will clear out overnight too. This will allow for temperatures to fall into the 30s in most areas by daybreak on Friday. Lots of sunshine expected for your Friday!
Rain, rain and more rain expected tonight and into Thursday. Scattered heavy rain will continue overnight tonight, so rainfall totals will climb quickly by daybreak. Much of the Heartland will see 1.5 inches to 3.5 inches of rain, with scattered higher totals possible.
Enjoy the mainly dry night tonight, because much wetter weather is on the way. Heavy rain will push into the Heartland from the south through the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday. Waves of heavy rain will continue overnight into Thursday. This could lead to flash flooding.
Much of the southern half of the Heartland is already seeing temperatures in the 70s and even some lower 80s. The northern counties across southeast Missouri and southern Illinois will still need some time to get rid of all the clouds, therefore keeping temperatures cooler.
Warmer air will slowly push north through the Heartland this afternoon and evening. As the warmer air moves in, the rain will come to an end. Our northern counties will still see some showers and thunderstorms through the afternoon. Lows tonight will be mild, mainly in the 50s.
Scattered showers are expected to continue off and on through the afternoon and evening hours. The rain may not be quite as widespread as it was this morning, but keep the umbrella handy. More showers and thunderstorms expected overnight tonight too.
Tonight will be cold again as lows dip into the 30s across much of the area. Frost possible again, especially for parts of southern Illinois and Kentucky. Winds will pick up quickly through the day on Saturday. By Saturday afternoon, winds could gust more than 30 mph.
The fire danger for today will increase through the second half of the day as winds get stronger. Winds could gust up to 30 to 35 mph in some areas this afternoon and evening. Please do not burn today! Highs this afternoon will top out in the upper 70s to lower 80s this afternoon.
Today and Wednesday will be for the mild weather lovers, then a cool down expected by the end of the week. Lots of sunshine will warm us up into the mid 70s this afternoon. With clear skies tonight, lows will dip back into the lower 40s in many areas.
Soak up the sunshine today, because clouds will take over by Thursday. Highs this afternoon will be very warm, in the mid to upper 80s. Tonight clouds will be on the increase, keeping our temperatures from falling too much. Lows tonight will mainly be in the 50s.