Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel has been covering weather for nearly 10 years in Baton Rouge. Jesse jumped on the opportunity to move to southern 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 got promoted to Chief Meteorologist in 2009. In his time here, he’s covered every major weather event in southern 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 tornado outbreak in February and the historic flooding in March.
Jesse started his weather career at Weather Central. As an intern, he created the back page forecasts on numerous newspapers nationwide. He joined the company full-time in their technology department. Jesse quickly became an expert on their weather software. He even traveled North America training other meteorologists on how to use Weather Central products such as on-air weather systems and Doppler radars.
Jesse is originally a “cheesehead”. He grew up in Wisconsin. Jesse went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 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 and little girl.