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

  Good rain chances today; watching the tropics yet again

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances return for the next couple of days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances returning; warm temperatures persist

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Fall temperatures won’t return until next week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: What happened to fall?

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice October weekend ahead!

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front delivers breezy, much cooler weather for Friday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Strong cold front still on schedule to arrive early Friday

One cold front through, an even stronger one ahead

  A pair of cold fronts highlight a much quieter week of weather

  Delta makes 4th La. landfall of 2020 hurricane season

Delta becomes a major hurricane, could threaten La. by week’s end

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Delta expected to become a hurricane, threaten northern Gulf Coast

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful weather here to stay for a while!

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beautiful fall weather inbound

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Quiet into the weekend, even cooler next week!

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Drying out and looking ahead to even cooler weather next week

Tornado Warning issued for Wilkinson County, Miss. until 6 p.m.

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: More rain today; drier for the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Good rain chances continue, but flood threat from Beta diminishing

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Beta heads to Texas; local focus remains on rain

  Close eye on the Gulf as a true taste of fall arrives

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tropical Depression #19 forms, could threaten La. next week

  Tracking 7 separate areas in the tropics, including a pair near/in the Gulf

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: One more hot, dry day before changes arrive

Tropics still cooking, but no immediate threats to Gulf Coast

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few afternoon storms return; tracking 4 systems in the tropics

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: No real cold front in sight; tropics remain busy

  Hot weather continues as hope for a cold front next week fades

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hot, mainly dry for now; fingers crossed for cold front next week