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: Wet & warm start to the week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A rainy start to the day with isolated showers expected to linger

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain likely to return today with highs topping out in the low 70’s this afternoon

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry and cloudy day ahead, rain returns to forecast

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

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunny skies but still chilly as highs climb into upper 60s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold weather continues as we end the week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another cold start as sunshine returns

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Wet & cold start to the week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Chilly weather remains in place, highs struggle to reach the 50’s

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Overnight rains exit, leaving breezy, cooler weather

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cool & dry start, but rain returning

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Another cool beautiful day, rain chances expected late Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Chilly and beautiful start to the week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: 2021 begins cooler, drier than last day of 2020

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Showers today, main threat arriving on NYE

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Severe weather moving in on NYE

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain returns for NYE

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Strong storms possible tonight

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Foggy, but nice and quiet Monday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Very chilly temps, increasing rain activity

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry, chilly, breezy

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Temps stay cool into the afternoon; rain possible tomorrow

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A bit warmer, but staying dry into the weekend

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mainly dry, pleasant weather continues into the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful fall weather continues!

  Beautiful fall weather locally; Iota approaching Nicaragua as Cat. 5 hurricane

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few showers on Sunday, then true fall weather arrives!

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunshine and mild temps for the next few days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm, humid weather continues into Wednesday