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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.


Recent Articles
  • Stormy Sunday highlights the weekend of weather

    Not the best weekend of weather on the way as we kick off Jazz Fest, continue through the Zurich Classic, and venture out to other festivals around the area. The main story will be the wind Friday and Saturday, with storms moving in on Sunday. A very strong storm system will be moving across the middle of the country over the weekend. This will draw up very moist air from the south and also bring very strong wind into the […]

  • Severe weather and heavy rain threat Sunday night

    A strong storm system will bring the threat for severe storms and heavy rain late Sunday into early Monday for southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi. The storm prediction center currently has areas just to the west under a moderate risk. For our immediate viewing area we have an enhanced risk on the western side of the area and a slight risk to the east. The timing of this is going to be late Sunday through Sunday night. As a strong […]

  • Storms on the way Thursday

    A storm system will bring another round of rain and storms into southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi Thursday.

  • Rain and storms on the way

    NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – A cold front is currently moving south through the I-20 corridor at noon on Tuesday. This front will bring a line of rain and storms with it as it moves into our area. The timing of this looks to be around the middle of the evening. The biggest threat with this line will be locally heavy rainfall and lightning, with a slight threat of severe weather early. You can see our Futurecast model brings the leading […]

  • Very warm Mardi Gras!

    We’re looking for breezy conditions today with low 80s for highs. A cold front comes in Wednesday afternoon which cools us down a bit for the second part of the week.

  • Lundi Gras rain chances

    Scattered showers were already found around the area Monday morning with most of the activity still north into central Mississippi. As that system sink to the south we have the chance to see more rain develop through the afternoon. The best chance of heavier activity will be on the north shore and in southern MS. Right now it looks like a small chance for severe weather, but the threat of a strong wind gust or some small hail will be […]

  • Weekend weather looks good, will it last through Mardi Gras?

    Very warm conditions will be the rule around the area for your Friday to start off the big Carnival weekend. Southerly flow will bring temperatures to around 80 by the afternoon. Parade weather Friday evening looks nice, although a little on the breezy side. After that a cold front is going to move through during the overnight time frame. We could see a few showers with that front mainly between midnight and 4 A.M. Cooler conditions will be moving in […]

  • Heavy rain moving in tonight

    Rain chances are high to start the week. A storm system in Texas will be moving in to our area later tonight and Tuesday.

  • Severe weather threat today: fast moving storms with strong hail potential

    A severe weather threat for our area will exist this morning into early afternoon.

  • Cool weekend ahead

    Temperatures are going to stay chilly over the next few days. We’re not looking at a major arctic outbreak, but we will be seeing some cool temps through the weekend. Expect highs in the upper 50s, with lows in the 30s and 40s. Some areas in the colder spots to the north could get to the freezing mark briefly each morning, especially Sunday morning. No real rain chance anytime soon.

  • Heavy rain and severe weather threat through Saturday

    Several rounds of rain and storms will be moving through the area over the next few days. The first of those is on Thursday morning and afternoon as the system that has been out to the west in Texas finally begins to move east. Flash flood warnings are already out in Baton Rouge due to extended periods of heavy rain. That will be the main threat for our area. A very small severe weather threat exists, but mostly we will […]

  • 11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

    11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen