Hank Allen
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Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen joined the WGNO team in March of 2007. Before that he worked his first tv job as a meteorologist in Sioux City, Iowa. Hank is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds their seal as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM). He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in broadcast meteorology and a minor in communications.

Hank is originally from Marietta, Ga. which is a northern suburb of Atlanta. He became interested in weather at an early age watching summertime thunderstorms and severe weather and hoping to get a day off school from snow in the winter. That passion has led him to a career in which he hopes to pass along accurate weather information to viewers and potentially life-saving information in times of severe weather.

In his free time Hank enjoys working out, travelling, watching sports, and learning about history. He’s also a big fan of the craft cocktail movement in the past few years and is happy to be in New Orleans where the movement really started to take root. Once a year he takes off to go storm chasing in the middle of the country, and one of his favorite things is to get in a car with a map and explore the small towns of America. He also has season tickets to MSU football and loves tailgating before the home games.

Hank can always be reached via email at Hank@wgno.com, on twitter @HankAllenwx and on Facebook at Hank Allen WGNO.

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    Hot start to the month

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    Record set in the Pacific

    For the first time ever 3 major hurricanes were occurring at the same time in the Pacific Ocean. Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena were all category 3 storms or higher earlier Monday morning. Ignacio had weakened by midday to a category 2 storms, while Jimena was still packing winds of 150 mph. This season has been very active in the Pacific, to offset a relatively slow Atlantic season. Right now these storms do not pose a threat to Hawaii. -Hank Allen

  • Dry start to the week

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    Erika still disorganized

    Poorly organized Erika is still trying to hold together. The center is well away from the main area of convection to the southeast. The track overall has shifted a little bit west as we’ve talked about the past couple of days. Overall this looks like a minimal impact, however north of Haiti will be key. If the center happens to reform in another location, or dissipate, that will also impact future strength and track. At this time we are not concerned […]

  • Weekend looking good, Erika is looking weak

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    Erika remains weak

    Tropical storm Erika remains a weak system Thursday morning and has drifted further west. The northwest part of the center is exposed due to dry air and wind shear and that is preventing it from strengthening. We are going to watch this closely over the next few days. The track of the storm has shifted a bit this morning and if the storm remains weak it will be less likely to curve to the north as soon as the current […]

  • Another nice day and the latest on Erika

  • Beautiful weather and the latest on Erika

  • 11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

    11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

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    Erika the newest storm in the Atlantic

    Tropical storm Erika is the newest named storm in the Atlantic. The wind speed Tuesday morning was only at 45 mph with this storm as it was moving west at 20 mph. Right now it does not look very impressive but is forecast to strengthen over the next few days. The current track takes the storm over the Bahamas. However, while not an immediate threat to the gulf a weaker storm could move further to the west and that will […]

  • Much nicer weather ahead, latest on Erika

  • Hint of fall on the way