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

  Some light wintry precipitation still possible Friday

  Winter weather advisories start at 6pm for parts of the area

  Chilly weather continues

  Another cold night ahead

  Wintry precipitation possible Friday in parts of the Heartland

  A cold night ahead

  Tracking more precipitation chances this week

  Pink Up: Bismarck Senior Center Ladies craft for cancer patients

  Tonight and Saturday are FIRST ALERT ACTION DAYS

  Friday night and Saturday are FIRST ALERT ACTION DAYS

  Flash flooding and severe weather are possible

  Still tracking heavy rainfall later this week

  Rainy night ahead

  Rain expected for the next couple of days

  Quiet weather expected as we ring in 2020

  Slowly warming back up the next few days

  Tracking storms over the weekend

More record highs likely today

  Still very mild today...but mainly cloudy

  A chilly afternoon

  A sunny forecast expected for the next several days

  Slick roads possible in our northern counties, elsewhere just a cold rain

  Pink Up: Southern Illinois man beats brain and lung cancer

  Milder temperatures expected the next few days

  Turning much colder tonight, with a chance of snow in parts of the Heartland

Expecting a mainly dry weekend

  Tracking rain chances tonight and Friday

  Today is the pick day of the week

  Wednesday is the pick day of the week

  Warmer weather on the horizon