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: Most stay dry for at least a couple more days

  Updated forecast calls for ‘extremely active’ hurricane season

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Mainly dry to end the work week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Enjoying a break from the rains, humidity over the next few days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Warm, mainly dry weather prevails this week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered rains return this weekend; Isaias could become Cat. 2 hurricane

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Finally drying out locally; Isaias could threaten parts of U.S.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Drier days finally ahead; watching the tropics

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Advisories issued on Potential Tropical Cyclone #9; Flash Flood Watch remains in effect

NHC issues advisories on PTC #9

Flood Advisory Issued for most of WAFB viewing area

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rainy through midweek, keeping an eye on the Atlantic

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rains get an early start on Monday, more through midweek

Hanna headed to Texas; more rain headed our way

T.D. #8 forecast to strengthen into tropical storm; rain the primary impact

  Tropical Storm Gonzalo forms in the Atlantic while eyes locally remain on the Gulf

Tropical development chances trending higher for Gulf & Atlantic disturbances

Tropical wave to bring rain to Gulf Coast, but development chances low

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Not as hot, but remain cautious

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Stormy weather for the holiday weekend

  Heat advisory posted with dangerous heat possible Tues. afternoon

  The link between Saharan dust and Thursday’s severe weather in Baton Rouge area

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Still more rain ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rainy week ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rainy days, Saharan dust on the way

  Families and officials adjust hurricane preps and response due to COVID-19

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers and storms

At least 1 killed, 9 injured by likely tornado NW of Lafayette

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Storms return, locally heavy rain possible

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Storms likely Thursday, heavy rain