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: 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

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Say goodbye to stormy weather for the next two days

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Two rounds of storms possible into Wednesday

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dry and beautiful weekend ahead

  Zachary, Port Allen among hardest hit by overnight storms

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Risk for severe weather late tonight

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Storms possible Wed/Thurs

  Significant severe weather outbreak possible on Easter Sunday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Quiet, unseasonably warm

Cap’s Corner Worksheets

  Weather lessons for kids with WAFB Meteorologist Dr. Steve Caparotta

Severe weather, heavy rain threats peak Wednesday afternoon

  How to prepare for severe weather threat on March 4

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Low-end risk for severe weather Tuesday, increases Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Strong storms, locally heavy rain possible by Wednesday

  Weather looks picture perfect for Race For the Cure on Feb. 29

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Spotty showers early; chilly, breezy afternoon

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front moves through Wed. morning; brief light freeze possible Thurs., Fri. mornings

15-foot, 2,000-pound great white shark tracked off coast of Louisiana

Weather looking good for weekend parades

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rains will move out, temps will drop

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Scattered showers, lower temps

125 years ago, an epic Valentine’s Day snowstorm hit the Gulf Coast

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tornado Watch issued for Baton Rouge area

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Slight risk of severe weather posted for La., Miss. Wednesday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain moving out until Friday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain returns Wednesday