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.
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
University of South Alabama: B.S. in Meteorology
Louisiana State University: M.S. in Geography (Climatology)
Louisiana State University: Ph.D. in Geography (Climatology)
While locally heavy rainfall is certainly a threat again this morning, the good news is that storms should be fairly progressive and most of us should be dry by lunchtime. And a mainly dry afternoon is then expected, with highs in the low 70s.
Active weather will continue for the next several days as a cold front meanders near the northern Gulf Coast and periodic upper-air disturbances trigger rounds of showers and thunderstorms along the boundary.
With the rains exiting our area early Thursday, look for plenty of sunshine to return and highs to climb into the mid 80s this afternoon. By tonight, clouds will make a quick comeback, with mostly cloudy conditions expected by Friday morning.
A flash flood watch remains in effect for the vast majority of the WAFB viewing area through Thursday. The good news is that our latest guidance has trended toward a somewhat lower flood threat going forward.
Keep an umbrella handy again today with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms remaining possible. While severe weather does not appear to be much of a threat, the Storm Prediction Center does have a Level 1/5 (marginal) risk of severe weather posted for SW Mississippi. Otherwise, plan on another
The focus of the forecast this week will be a threat of severe weather arriving on Wednesday, but scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will be possible over the next couple of days as a cold front approaches and stalls nearby.