Diane Deaton is the weathercaster for WAFB 9News This Morning and Early Edition. She moved to Baton Rouge in 1983 and was born in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Outside of her work at the station, Diane is very active in the community.
Over the years, Diane has helped build several Habitat for Humanity houses and now serves on their Board of Directors. She is also currently a board member of the Friends of the LSU Textile and Costume Museum and a new member of the Board of Directors with the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging.
Diane is a past Board member of the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre.
For several years, she has been involved with VIP'S (Volunteers in Public Schools) “Reading Friends” program, tutoring first and second graders at Buchanan Elementary.
Diane is also the “handler” of a Champion Show Dog, (a Bernese Mountain dog named Rocky), through the LSU “Tiger Hats” Pet Therapy program. Through this program she visits the children and their families at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.
She is also a charter member of “Pearls and Tiger Paws,” the Volunteer League for Veterinary Medicine at LSU. And, for the past decade, she has been the American sponsor of a child in central America through “World Vision,” an International Christian Relief Program.
Honored by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters with the prestigious "Lifetime Achievement Award"
CAAWS (Capital Area Animal Welfare Society) Holly Reynolds Humanitarian of the Year Award
Ulli Goodman Volunteer of Year Award presented by the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater
Certified as a DELTA Society Pet Partner, nationally recognized in the field of animal assisted activities and animal assisted therapy
Missouri Western State College: Elementary Education; emphasis in Early Childhood and Remedial Reading Certification
It’s a relatively quiet out-the-door on this back to work/back to school Monday morning. Only limited activity showing up on FIRST ALERT Doppler radar – at least for the time being – and that’s mainly along the coastal communities.
The good news – SE LA and SW MS *are not* under a Heat Advisory or an Excessive Heat Warning like we were yesterday! It’s still steamy out the door but at least we’re starting out below 80° - grab the umbrella today, it’s been awhile since the majority of us have needed it.
Overall, our early August weather pattern isn’t expected to change much over the course of the next several days – starting with this morning, temperatures pretty typical for early morning this time of year – in the low to mid 70°s.
It is definitely noticeable this mIt was definitely noticeable this morning, not nearly as humid – temperatures were soorning, not nearly as humid – temperatures are some 8 to 10 degrees cooler than yesterday; dewpoint and humidity in the “comfortable range” for a change … but, don’t get used to it.
A “July cold front” is making its way southward through SE LA and SW MS today – as it passes through, it will mean numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms from late morning into late afternoon/early evening.
If you were hoping for a little cooler weather today, you’ll have to wait awhile longer – heat advisory temperatures should remain just below the “advisory criteria” this afternoon, but with values up to 105° or higher, there could be definite health challenges with prolonged exposure.
We can certainly appreciate a quiet and mainly dry mid-July forecast and that’s exacting what we’re expecting today – starting with this morning, no activity on FIRST ALERT Doppler and temperatures in the mid/upper 70°s.
Tropical Depression Barry is now in southern Arkansas – about 80 miles WSW of Little Rock but band of tropical showers/storms streaming off the Gulf and into the circulation of Barry will produce periods of heavy rainfall still today.