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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
  • Tropical development likely for the western Gulf of Mexico

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey, which dissipated over the weekend, are currently moving over the Yucatan peninsula.

  • Active tropics to watch over the weekend

    The tropics have really heated up in the Atlantic this week, and that is going to mean a couple of system to watch through the weekend. Both of these systems are still well away from the U.S., and we are not concerned at the moment with either. However at least of them is worth watching going forward, and they certainly indicate the need to be prepared as we approach the peak of the hurricane season on September 10. The first item […]

  • Tropics are heating up

    2017 is quickly becoming a very active season in the Atlantic Basin. Several systems are in the Atlantic at the moment with the potential to develop further. The storm closest to the U.S. is Gert. That became the second hurricane of the season on Monday. Gert shows signs of strengthening but will stay offshore from the east coast and only create a rip-current issue along the beaches. However there are several tropical waves that have come off of Africa to […]

  • NOAA increases forecast for hurricane season

    The mid-season update from NOAA is out and it does not paint a friendly picture for the tropical season. Forecasters now say there is a 60-percent chance of an above-normal season (compared to the May prediction of 45 percent chance), with 14-19 named storms (increased from the May predicted range of 11-17) and 2-5 major hurricanes (increased from the May predicted range of 2-4). The prediction for 5-9 hurricanes however is the same as the previous outlook in May. NOAA […]

  • Tropical Storm Franklin forms, no threat to northern Gulf

    The newest named storm of the Atlantic season formed Sunday night. Tropical Storm Franklin was named as it approached the Yucatan Peninsula.

  • Rain chances coming back

    Look for some spotty showers Monday with highs around 90. Overall not a lot of rain Monday and Tuesday though. However by Wednesday the front that moved through Saturday will begin to lift back north. As it does so, showers and storms will be possible around the area starting Wednesday and continuing through next week.

  • Mixed bag of weather for the weekend

    We are going to see some changes in the forecast as we go through the upcoming weekend.

  • Flash Flood Watch now in effect

    The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the majority of the viewing area until 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

  • Hank checks out the House of Elyx for the forecast

      The Absolut House of Elyx will be at Latrobe’s in the French Quarter Thursday through Saturday. Expect scattered storms each day with the chance for locally heavy downpours and street flooding.

  • Tropical Depression 4 forms, no threat to U.S. expected

    Tropical Depression 4 was named Wednesday night out in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Will it rain on your 4th?

    A hot one on the way for your 4th of July festivities. Temperatures at noon were already around 90 across the area with heat index values already around 100. Take it easy today. Make sure to drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and get in air conditioning when you can. For the fireworks tonight weather is looking good. Expect warm and steamy conditions as temperatures will still be in the mid 80s. There is a chance of rain for parts of […]

  • Police foil plot to assassinate French president

    A man has been charged with plotting to assassinate French President Emmanuel Macron on Bastille Day during US President Donald Trump’s visit to France, a spokeswoman for the Paris Prosecutor’s office said Monday. Spokeswoman Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre told CNN a 23-year-old suspect had been arrested. Investigators said the man planned to attack Macron on July 14, during an parade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, where President Trump is set to be a guest of honor, according to public service radio broadcaster, […]