Steve Caparotta

Steve Caparotta

Meteorologist

Baton Rouge, La.

Meteorologist Steve Caparotta was born and raised in the New Orleans area. His fascination with weather began at an early age, tracking tropical storms and hurricanes on paper tracking maps.

Steve graduated from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans and then went on to earn a B.S. in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama. While in college, he spent his summers interning at WVUE-TV in New Orleans, where mentors Bob Breck and Ken Aucoin encouraged him to pursue a career in television.

He landed his first job in TV at KPLC in Lake Charles. From there, he spent a couple of years at WIS-TV in Columbia, SC before moving to Baton Rouge to take a job with WAFB in 2003.

Since joining WAFB, Steve has covered numerous big weather events from hurricanes to floods to tornadoes and ice storms. His "NOPD Looting" story from the aftermath of Katrina earned him an AP award. He also went through the eyewalls of Hurricane Ivan (2004) near Gulf Shores, AL, and Hurricane Rita (2005), in Lake Charles while covering the storms for the station. He was awarded the Best Weathercast in Louisiana in 2009 by the Associated Press and has been a finalist for that same award several other times. He's also a 4-time Suncoast Emmy nominee.

The move to Baton Rouge also gave Steve the opportunity to further his education. He earned a Master's in Geography (Climatology) in 2008 from LSU, researching how something known as the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) impacts tropical cyclone frequencies. More recently, he earned a Ph.D. in Geography (Climatology) from LSU in 2018, examining how the MJO interacts with winter low pressure systems, severe weather, and daily precipitation in and around the Gulf of Mexico.

Most of his free time is spent with his wife, Christy, and their 2 daughters, Eliana and Clara. When not enjoying time with his family, you'll likely find Steve parked in front of the TV watching sports.

Steve holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal from the American Meteorological Society.

Awards:

  • 4-time Suncoast Emmy nominee
  • 2013 "Forty Under 40" honoree by the Baton Rouge Business Report
  • 2009 Best Weathercast in Louisiana from the Associated Press
  • AP Award in General News for Hurricane Katrina "NOPD Looting" story
  • Received the Coastal Weather Research Center Award as the top graduating senior in meteorology at the University of South Alabama

Education:

  • University of South Alabama: B.S. in Meteorology
  • Louisiana State University: M.S. in Geography (Climatology)
  • Louisiana State University: Ph.D. in Geography (Climatology)

Recent Articles by Steve

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More rain, showers on the way over the next few days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More showers on the way but expect a dry afternoon

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Active weather continues for the next several days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Multi-day period of active weather starts today

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny and warm start to the week, however rain returns to the area

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Partly cloudy, breezy with highs in the 80s; severe storms possible late Friday into Saturday morning

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunshine returns with highs in the 80s after overnight storms

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm start to the day with thunderstorms approaching

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mild start to the day with increased rain chances returning to the forecast

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A chilly start but expect lots of sunshine with highs topping out in the low 60s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances increase with cold front approaching

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warmer & milder start to the day, rain chances increase

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool and beautiful start to the week before rain returns

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A cooler start with highs topping out in the upper 70s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A dry start, scattered thunderstorms expected late morning into afternoon

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered storms still expected in the Baton Rouge area

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Multi-day stretch of showers and thunderstorms expected through Thursday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Quiet start to the week, but rain chances significantly increase throughout the week

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool start to the week, but warmer weather ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Breezy, dry and cool as spring moves in; highs likely to remain in the 50s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny, breezy and cool with highs reaching the 60s

  FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY: Storms push through Baton Rouge area

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain possible for some, but another warm day ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another warm & humid day, rain expected by mid-week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny, breezy and warm as highs top out in the 80′s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Breezy, warm and mostly dry with highs in the low 80s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mild start to the morning as warming trend continues

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warmer weather continues throughout the week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A dry morning, afternoon; rain returns Friday evening

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Bright sunshine with highs topping out at 70; showers return Friday