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
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The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries produced nearly 32.9 million barrels of oil a day in June, according to its monthly statistical bulletin.

    Oil prices highest in a year

    The price of oil jumped almost 3% on Wednesday to the highest level in more than a year after a report showed a surprising drop in U.S. stockpiles of crude. Crude futures were up $1.30, trading at more than $52 per barrel. That’s the highest level since July 2015. A government report showed U.S. stockpiles unexpectedly fell by 5.2 million barrels last week. Investors were expecting a rise of 2.1 million barrels. Analysts including Christophe Barraud, chief economist at Market […]

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    There are a lot of galaxies

    Turns out we were wrong; there aren’t 200 billion galaxies in the universe. It’s more like 2 trillion. Yes, TRILLION! That’s the latest from NASA, which announced Thursday the number of galaxies in our observable universe is 10 times higher than previously projected. This revelation was possible, thanks to that font of discovery — the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomers have been trying to figure out the number of galaxies for decades. In the mid-1990s, they arrived at the 200 billion […]

  • Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the beginning of the offensive, Iraq's military said it had inflicted losses and made advances in the Hamdaniya district in Mosul. US military officials estimate there are up to 5,000 ISIS fighters in Mosul

    Fight for Mosul underway

    Of all the battles in the fight against ISIS, the operation to retake Mosul could prove the most significant. Iraqi-led forces have begun what is expected to be a messy and prolonged offensive to seize Iraq’s second-largest city. Having already lost key cities — such as Tikrit and Ramadi — Mosul is the militant group’s last bastion of power in the country. Simply put: Freeing Mosul would be the beginning of the end of ISIS in Iraq. Here’s what makes […]

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    Colin Kaepernick gets the nod at QB this week

    SAN FRANCISCO, California (CNN) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked a national movement in sports by not standing during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, will make his first start of the season Sunday. The announcement was made by 49ers head coach Chip Kelly on Tuesday. Kaepernick replaces Blaine Gabbert. “We need to improve on the offensive side of the ball, and this is the decision we’ve made,” Kelly said. Kelly added that he and his staff […]

  • The barrel of this Civil War era cannon at Fort Massachusetts weighs 50,000 pounds. (Stephanie Oswald/WGNO)

    Hurricane Matthew uncovers Civil War cannonballs

    Civil War-era cannonballs have been detonated in South Carolina after Hurricane Matthew uncovered the old military ordnance in Folly Beach. A local resident came across the cannonballs while walking on the beach on Sunday morning, Chief Andrew Gilreath, Director of Public Safety, told CNN. “You can see the fuse holes in the balls,” he said. Erosion caused by the storm unearthed the ordnance in a non-residential area, Gilreath said, and Charleston County and Air Force explosives teams were called to […]

  • Strong winds batter Nassau, Bahamas as Hurricane Matthew moves towards the US.  Matthew Pyfrom was on the eastern end of Nassau, when he filmed this footage of a docked yacht being violently swayed by the strong winds.

    Matthew now a Category 4 moving toward Florida

    Hurricane Matthew is pummeling the Bahamas. And its next stop could be the United States. Here’s what you need to know now about the powerful storm that forecasters say is gaining strength and is now a Category 4 storm: • The storm has already killed at least 28 people in several Caribbean countries. • Authorities urged more than 2 million people to leave their homes in coastal Florida, Georgia and South Carolina as the storm neared — the largest mandatory […]

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    What’s on tap at Abita Brewery?

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    Matthew becomes a hurricane, headed for Puerto Rico

    Tropical Storm Matthew continues to move west on Thursday morning as it passes south of Puerto Rico.

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    Tropical wave worth watching

    A tropical wave is moving through the central Atlantic with a high chance of development over the next few days. The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 90% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm. The next name on the list is Matthew. This wave will continue to move west over the next few days into the Caribbean. The satellite image shows a large system that is still relatively disorganized. However it already has some banding features with […]

  • 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 […]