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

54 years later, Betsy upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Some rain Friday evening, then dry weekend ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Light freeze possible this week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Picture-perfect weather on Sunday

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: First of two cold fronts chills temps significantly

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Coldest temps of the season next week

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Nice weather continues into workweek

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Advancing cold front expected to bring rain; temps to drop quickly

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rainy weather on the way; Halloween expected to be chilly

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Wet couple days, chilly Halloween

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Rain returns for middle of workweek

Olga now a post-tropical system

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Cold front approaches Friday with heavy rain likely

  Potential La. impacts minimal as PTC 16 tracks through Gulf

  SHOWCASING LOUISIANA: National Hansen’s Disease Museum

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory issued for Baton Rouge area through Thurs. evening

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Hottest string of days for the summer ahead

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Tropics remain active; heat is the local headline

  FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Dorian aims at east coast, locally hot and typical showers

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