Jay Grymes - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Jay Grymes

Chief Meteorologist
9News at 6 and 10 Monday - Friday

Birthplace: Born in Arlington, VA but grew up in Wilmington, DE

Arrived in Baton Rouge: Came to Baton Rouge to study at LSU in August 1985. Joined WAFB in August 1996, named WAFB Chief Meteorologist in May 2003.

Education: B.A. (1979) and M.S. (1986) from Univ. of Delaware, plus an additional 30+ graduate hours at LSU


Faculty appointments in the LSU Dept. of Geography & Anthropology (teaching 'Earth Atmosphere') and LSU Dept. of Biological & Agricultural Engineering (Extension Climatologist for the LSU AgCenter), also an Associate with the LSU Hurricane Center.

Louisiana State Climatologist, 1991-2003, President of the American Association of State Climatologists (2001-2002).

AMS Television Seal of Approval, member of the LA Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, and the National Weather Association.

Editor/Publisher of the Louisiana Monthly Climate Review (1988-2003), has published more than a dozen professional and academic papers and book chapters dealing with aspects of Gulf Coast weather and climate.  More than 60 presentations at national and regional professional and academic conferences.

Weather consultant for the Louisiana State Police, EBR Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, and the Louisiana Dept. of Justice.

Past national and regional committee memberships: U.S. National Extremes Committee, U.S. Drought Monitor Committee, LA Drought Task Force - Chair of Monitoring Committee, LA Prescribed Burning Advisory Committee, Amite River Basin Commission Technical Committee, Atchafalaya Basin Commission Technical Committee, and Barataria-Terrebonne Nat'l Estuary Program Technical Committee.  Past service includes Contributor/Consultant for Baton Rouge Air Quality Task Force, Governor's Brown Marsh Task Force and Governor's Groundwater Task Force.

Louisiana Association of Broadcaster's "Weathercast of the Year" (2004). 

Family Info: Wife, Debi; Stepdaughter, Carri who is married to Craig Brown; Grandson, Cameron Mason Brown; mother, Joyce in Wilmington, DE; sister, Joanna, a Professor at Arkansas State University; brother, Jim, a Graphic Artist in Wilmington, DE.

Community Involvement: Routine speaker at area clubs, schools, scout groups and other agencies and associations. Volunteer for Louisiana Special Olympics and Capital Area March of Dimes.

Hobbies: Motorcycling, cloud-counting ... and sleeping.

Big Stories: Without doubt, the public-service and non-stop TV work with the WAFB Storm Team through hurricanes Katrina (more than 30 consecutive on-air hours) and Rita (more than 20 straight hours).

Favorite Quote: "Some people are weatherwise, but most are otherwise." Ben Franklin.

Email:   jgrymes@wafb.com

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