Jay Grymes

Jay Grymes

Chief Meteorologist

Baton Rouge, La.

Jay Grymes joined the WAFB 9News team in August 1996 and was named Chief Meteorologist in May 2003.

Jay was born in Arlington, Virginia and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, He moved to Baton Rouge in 1985 by invitation from LSU.


  • Louisiana State Climatologist, 1991-2003, President of the American Association of State Climatologists (2001-2002)
  • 2004 "Weathercast of the Year." Louisiana Association of Broadcasters
  • 2009 "Outstanding Achievement Award: News Media." National Hurricane Conference
  • 2010 "Golden Mike Award." Louisiana Association of Broadcasters
  • 2014 "Outstanding Service Award." Baton Rouge Fire Prevention Committee



  • University of Delaware
  • Louisiana State University: 30+ graduate hours focusing on climatology, meteorology and hydrology

Recent Articles by Jay

  ’Get ready’: Breaking down rain and wind forecasts 48 hours before expected landfall

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Conditions expected to get wetter as tropical development likely

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Intense heat continues; eyes on tropics for potential development

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot and dry, then rain returns Tuesday and Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Afternoon storms expected through weekend

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory issued for second day in a row; another possible Saturday

What exactly does it mean when a Heat Advisory is issued?

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Humidity returns for Father’s Day weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Some storms over weekend, nothing severe expected

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  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mainly dry hot Memorial Day Weekend

  Morganza Spillway likely to be opened for third time in history

Miss. River breaks record for number of days at or above flood stage

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain expected for weekend, but nothing severe

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heavy thunderstorms returning Saturday, continuing into Mother’s Day

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Last weekend of April slated to be a beauty

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Friday afternoon showers before sunny Easter weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Stormy Sunday on the way

Update on Mississippi River level

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front moves through over weekend

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front moving through with some rain over weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny spring weather continues... until weekend

Miss. River level in Baton Rouge expected to gradually fall over next 3-4 weeks

Is it true you can balance an egg on its end on the spring equinox?

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Saturday to be cool, cloudy for St. Patrick’s Day parade

  Sand boil pops up as Mississippi River levels remain extremely high

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Chilly temps expected Friday, Saturday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front bringing some rain Thursday afternoon

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool morning, cloudy conditions expected Tuesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Severe weather threat for weekend nearly gone