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.

Recent Articles
  • The Eccles Building in Washington D.C. houses the Bord of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

    No rate hike from the Fed just yet

    Opposition is brewing within America’s central bank. The Fed didn’t raise key interest rates on Wednesday. But the vote wasn’t unanimous. Three Fed presidents voted the opposite way — a rare amount of opposition, and the most in nearly two years. Typically, almost all its officials vote in line with Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Now, dissent is rising. “This seems to have been one of the most divisive [Fed] meetings in recent memory,” says Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at […]

  • Drought could make fall foliage more drab for 2016.

    As Fall begins, here is the foliage outlook

    When you think of fall, the first thing that usually comes to mind is leaves changing to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. But the drought this year will probably have an enormous impact on the foliage in some areas of the US. A lack of rain in the Northeast will cause many trees, especially shallow-rooted ones like maples or birches, to go into survival mode, “shutting down” early and preparing for winter. This stressful condition causes leaves to turn brown […]

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    Stock market futures higher despite NYC concerns

    LONDON (CNNMoney) — New Yorkers are on high alert after a bomb in Manhattan injured 29 people and more suspicious devices were discovered in New Jersey. But Wall Street traders seem unfazed by the weekend developments and the ensuing transport disruption. Here are the five things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York: 1. A tricky commute: Crucial transportation links into New York City were closed early Monday after a backpack containing up to five […]

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    Tropical Depression 9 expected to strengthen, currently not a threat to LA or MS

    Tropical Depression 9 continues to be disorganized Monday morning.

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    Invest 99L weak, but needs to be watched

    The tropical wave near the Bahamas continues to be very poorly organized Friday morning. In fact the recon flight scheduled to take place to investigate the system has been cancelled. At this point we have a very weak area of circulation. However thunderstorm activity was continuing to redevelop east of the center, which could indicate the overall conditions are improving for this storm to develop. It is still very early in the process of worrying about this system in the […]

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    ‘Disorganized’ tropical wave moves toward the Bahamas

    The main thing to look at here is the fact that the center (circled) is well removed from any thunderstorm activity. This means the system is not strengthening, and will continue to have a hard time doing so.

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    Tropical wave near Puerto Rico needs to be watched, says Hank Allen

    A lot of discussions are going around about a tropical wave to the east of Puerto Rico. First, it is important to realize this is only a wave. We do not yet have a classified system like a depression or storm.

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