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

Excessive Heat Warning issued for Baton Rouge, areas north and east

NOAA increases numbers in updated hurricane outlook

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances climb heading into the weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Very hot Fourth of July on the way

  Be ready for heat and humidity with chances for rain Sunday

Heat Advisory issued, more expected as ‘feels like’ temps hit triple digits

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat advisory issued for Friday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry conditions expected through end of work week

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: Miss. River nearly changed course in 1973

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Few clouds with chance of afternoon rain

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Don’t forget the umbrella

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Humidity on the rise; scattered rain for weekend

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Humidity returns Friday afternoon

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Low humidity for next couple of days, but don’t get used to it

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Small pocket of rain for Monday as ‘cool’ front rolls in

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: It’s hot! Heat index to peak into the triple digits

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Muggy mornings, hot and humid afternoons this weekend

Restoring our coast

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: ‘Slight Risk’ of severe weather Saturday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rainy Saturday, but dry Sunday expected

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances peak Saturday night

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain moves in for the weekend

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain chances increase as cold front approaches

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice weather expected for first spring weekend

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: First Alert Action Day for Sunday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain, cold ahead

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Widespread freezing temps expected Wed. morning

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Sunshine finally returns

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Expect fog and rain on Thursday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Expect rain on Wednesday