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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 […]

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    11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

    11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

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    Latest on the winter weather potential

    A winter weather advisory is in effect for northern areas this afternoon and this evening.

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    Rare galaxy discovered

    NEW ORLEANS (CNN) – For a long time, no one noticed the uniqueness of the little galaxy named PGC 10000714, which existed 359 million light-years from Earth. A few years ago, it caught the attention of researcher Patrick Treuthardt as he analyzed a span of galaxies. At first, he thought it was a small, fairly common elliptical galaxy that happened to be more circular than usual. But a closer look revealed that he had stumbled across something incredibly rare. At the […]

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    Severe weather possible today: Tornado watch until 8 p.m.

    The entire area of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday. This means conditions are favorable for the development of isolated tornadoes along with a damaging wind threat.

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    Wet change to 2017 ahead

    New Orleans (WGNO) – 2017 looks to start on a wet note as we head into Saturday night. As a large storm system approaches from the west moisture will start to move back into the area Saturday. Expect some scattered showers already around the area by sunset if not a little before. A line of heavy rain looks like it is going to move through right around midnight. The first image shows a model forecast for Saturday night. Keep in […]

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    Spring-like weekend ahead

    Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s over the next couple of days. Watch for dense fog to develop early in the morning each day.

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    Pregnancy can change your brain for years

    New Orleans – (CNN) — Women expect the physical changes of pregnancy, yet having a baby also produces some changes in the brain. Pregnancy alters the size and structure of brain regions involved in understanding the thoughts, feelings, beliefs and intentions of others, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience. Mothers with the greatest degree of overall brain change scored higher than others when tested on the strength of their maternal bonds, the researchers discovered. Many of […]

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    11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

    11am Weather with Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen