Laura Wibbenmeyer

Laura Wibbenmeyer

First Alert Meteorologist, KFVS

Cape Girardeau, MO

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.

Recent Articles by Laura

  Pink Up: Cancer genetic counselors are rare, but very important in patient care

  Another round of strong to severe storms possible this evening

  Watching for strong storms this evening

  Weather gets more active through the week

Scattered storms could be strong to severe in some areas this weekend

  Looking much drier for the next couple of days

  Widespread storms expected this evening, a few could be severe

  Severe weather possible Wednesday

  Watching for stormy weather in the middle of your workweek

  Watching for some showers and t’storms overnight into early Thursday

  Today/Tonight is a FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY

  Tuesday is a FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY for the threat of severe weather

Summer-like temperatures continue..then it turns stormy

  Isolated storms expected this afternoon, some could be severe

Tracking storms for Wednesday

Warming back up this week

  Pink Up: Mobile mammography van saves Piedmont woman’s life

Parts of the weekend are looking soggy and chilly

Rain and thunderstorms likely tonight and Thursday, some could be severe

Turning more active by Wednesday evening into Thursday

More scattered storms expected this week

Periods of storms and wet weather remain in the forecast until Sunday

Numerous rounds of showers and thunderstorms expected for the rest of the week

Rain and t’storms possible every day this week, peaking Wednesday and Thursday

Scattered storms become more widespread today and Thursday

Scattered storms in the forecast for the next couple of days

Scattered thunderstorms expected for the next few days

Chilly and dreary for your Friday evening plans, but sunshine returns this weekend

Staying wet and turning much COLDER!

Showers, thunderstorms and colder temperatures are on the way