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.

Recent Articles
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    Carnival parade forecast

    The big weekend of parades is here and the weather is the big question that everybody has. Right now it looks like things will go smoothly until Sunday

  • Wednesday parade forecast

    The weather looks pretty good as we get back into the parades on Wednesday night.

  • Parade weather and severe storm potential Saturday

    The first real big weekend of Carnival is here with a bunch of parades. The weather looks like it wants to cooperate for the most part but there will be some rain to get through.

  • Cooler temps to start the week

    A cold front moving into southeast Louisiana Sunday evening is bringing cooler air with it to start the week.

  • Rain on the parades this weekend?

    The parade schedule really starts to crank up this weekend

  • Back to winter to finish the week

    Colder weather is on the way after a week of spring-like weather that saw fog, humidity, and record highs. A cold front currently working across the middle of the country is bringing drastic changes behind it. Dallas is already down 30 degrees behind the front mid-morning on Thursday. The area of warm air out ahead of it will continue to get pushed out by the colder air behind it. That will make for one more day of near-record highs across […]

  • How cold will it get tonight?

    A very cold air mass has moved in through much of the central and eastern United States

  • Let it snow?

    A lot of talk has been going around about the potential for snow in the area late Monday night and Tuesday morning

  • Strong storms and colder air moving in today

    A strong cold front moving across the state will bring a lot of changing weather into the area through the day on Wednesday.

  • Cooler weather on the way after Tuesday

    A spring-like afternoon will make for a nice day Tuesday ahead of a cold front moving in from the north

  • Chilly start to the weekend but nice overall

    After so much gloomy weather over the past couple of weeks a nice weekend is on the way. Plenty of sun will be had, especially on Saturday.

  • Flash Flood Watch for part of the area, heavy rain possible

    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Friday morning for Pearl River and Hancock counties in Mississippi west across the Florida parishes into central Louisiana

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