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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, on twitter @HankAllenwx and on Facebook at Hank Allen WGNO.

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    Hurricane hunters to investigate tropical low near the Bahamas

    The area of interest in the western Atlantic continues to show better signs of organization Thursday morning. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the chance of development with this system to 70% over the next 3-5 days as it moves northeast.

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    NHC: 50% chance of tropical development in the Atlantic

    An area northeast of the Bahamas is being watched by the National Hurricane Center for tropical development. Right now it is mainly just a small area of clouds and showers associated with an old cold front

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    Severe weather strikes the plains

    Tornado sirens blared in the Plains states for the fourth consecutive day as multiple twisters overturned vehicles and damaged homes. Several people in Ford County, Kansas, reportedly were hurt in Tuesday’s storms, said Andrew White, a spokesman for the National Weather Service. There were times when rare dual tornadoes hit the county, which includes Dodge City. Brad Guay, a meteorologist who is a field assistant with the Center for Severe Weather Research, said: “The dual tornadoes in the photo (he […]

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    Remembering the deadliest tornado in decades

    Five years ago, a tornado ripped through the Missouri city of Joplin, tearing apart buildings and neighborhoods, and killing about 160 people. As it marks the fifth anniversary Sunday, Joplin has worked to rebuild, both its spirits and buildings. Here are five things to know about the deadly storm — facts and memories of that day: It was the deadliest in the U.S. in decades The Joplin tornado was the deadliest in the United States since 1950 — when modern […]

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    Meet the Hurricane Hunters today!

    On Wednesday, May 18th, the NOAA - National Weather Service - Gulf Coast Hurricane Awareness Tour will visit the New Orleans Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, as part of a five-day tour of the Gulf Coast. This will be the third day of a five-day tour of the Gulf Coast.

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    We just saw the hottest April ever

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    Great weekend of weather!

    A cold front is pushing through the area just in time for the weekend. We don’t get a lot of these in late spring but they bring in much nicer weather when they move through. Friday morning dewpoints were in the low 70s across the area which is very muggy, but by Saturday these numbers will be in the mid to upper 50s which means much lower humidity. Taste at the Lake on Friday night May 13th will be great. […]

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    That’s a lot of planets!

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    11am Weather Chief Meteorologist Hank Allen

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    Spring weather continues

    Humidity and warm temps will continue across the area over the next few days. Hank Allen has the latest forecast.

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    Great looking weekend!

    Some nice weather is on the way for the upcoming weekend. There will be some slight changes from what we have seen over the past few days. As the ridge of high pressure over the center of the country shifts east, warmer temperatures will start to move in. Winds will also begin to change to the east Saturday and southeast on Sunday. That will bring more moisture and humidity to the area by the end of the weekend for your […]