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.
Damaging winds are possible this afternoon and evening as storms push southeast across the area. Heavy rain and frequent lightning will be likely with our strongest storms. Out ahead of the storms, it will be very hot and humid this afternoon with feels like numbers in the triple digits.
A pretty nice evening setting up for most of the Heartland. Tonight we will actually feel the coolest numbers of the week. With that said, lows tonight will be in the mid 60s. Thursday look pretty nice as well, with dry conditions and highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Tonight the weather will turn calmer and slightly cooler as well. Overnight lows will be about 10 degrees cooler than Tuesday morning's temperatures. Wednesday morning we will wake up to sunshine and lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.
Feels like numbers will range from 100 to 112 degrees this afternoon. Take it easy if you are going to be outdoors and don’t forget about your pets! It will stay very warm and muggy overnight. Lows will only drop into the 70s.
A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 8 PM for parts of southeast Missouri and Tennessee. Damaging winds and isolated hail will be the primary concerns with the stronger storms as they push into the southwestern parts of the Heartland.
Highs this afternoon will top out near 90 with feels like numbers as high as the mid 90s. Monday night will be warm and muggy, but fairly uneventful. Tuesday morning you could wake up to a few showers and thunderstorms.
Tonight will be mainly calm and comfortable again. Lows will drop into the lower to mid 60s. Friday will be a repeat of Thursday, meaning highs will top back out in the mid to upper 80s. Lots of sunshine expected on Friday too.
Enjoy the slightly less humid air this evening! Temperatures tonight will fall back into the lower to mid 60s. Rain chances remain very low for the next few days, but we will have watch our western counties closely.
Drier air will continue to work into the the Heartland this evening and overnight. We will be dry tonight with lows dropping into the lower to mid 60s. Wednesday is looking really nice for the last day of July. Highs will be in the mid 80s with low rain chances.
Until a cold front moves through the entire Heartland, we will see a threat of scattered showers and thunderstorms. With that said, much of the area will remain dry this evening and tonight, but there will be some areas impacted by rain.
Drier and more comfortable air will take over this evening and overnight. Which will make for a nice start to our Tuesday...in fact, the whole day will be really nice. Overnight lows will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Even with lots of sunshine, highs will only be in the lower 80s.
More scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected thanks to the remnants of Barry. Rain will likely become a little more scattered overnight tonight, and then become more widespread through the morning hours and daytime hours on Tuesday.
Lower dew points are pushing into the Heartland, which means less muggy weather. That should make for a pleasant night and a pleasant start to your Friday. Overnight lows will drop into the 60s. Lots of sunshine expected on Friday, with highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Scattered storms will die off as we get deeper into the evening hours. It will be warm and muggy tonight as lows only drop into the 70s. Very hot and humid weather expected Wednesday. Feels like numbers will range from 100 to 108 across the Heartland.
We will stay in the same pattern for the next several days. With that said, expected more daily scattered showers and thunderstorms. Also, outside of those storms feels like numbers will range from 96 degrees to 104 degrees.