Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel has been covering weather for more than 12 years in the Baton Rouge area. Recently, he was named a Prestige Award recipient by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters for best weathercast in the state.
Jesse jumped on the opportunity to move to south Louisiana. He’s always had a fascination for hurricanes. That interest increased after Hurricane Katrina. He originally came to the market as the morning meteorologist, but he quickly became the Chief Meteorologist in 2009. In his time here, he’s covered every major weather event in southeast Louisiana. He covered Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike in 2008 along with Hurricane Isaac in 2012. He reported on the BP Oil Spill and the record snowfall of 2008. He even followed the record Mississippi River flooding in 2010. Most recently, he covered the historic 2016 August flooding, the 2017 tornado outbreak, and Hurricane Harvey.
Jesse started his weather career at Weather Central, Inc. As an intern, he created the back page forecasts on numerous newspapers nationwide. He later joined the company full-time in their technology department. He traveled the nation training other meteorologists on their weather software such as on-air weather systems and Doppler radars.
When not on-air, Jesse enjoys volunteering at numerous events around town and giving weather talks to local schools.
Jesse is originally a “cheesehead”. He grew up in Wisconsin and went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied Atmospheric Sciences.
Since moving to Louisiana, Jesse has enjoyed his time in the Baton Rouge. He’s thankful to work in a place with such a unique culture. He loves the unbelievable food and the great hospitality. When he’s not working, he’s spending time with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.