Chief Meteorologist Jeff Castle joined the KSLA First Alert Weather Team in June 2014. The Springfield, Ohio, native has spent most of his career in Tornado Alley and Dixie Alley.
Throughout his tenure in TV, Jeff has tracked storms in parts of the country notorious for severe weather – Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama.
Jeff worked through the deadly tornado outbreak April 27, 2011 – one of the worst in recorded history – that produced more than 90 tornado warnings and three EF-5 tornadoes in North Alabama. He helped lead hours of wall-to-wall coverage, relaying crucial information to the people of the Tennessee Valley.
That experience has helped reinforce Jeff's belief that the most important part of his job is providing critical, life-saving guidance during severe weather. He devotes all of his effort to keeping you and your family safe during severe weather, both on air and digitally.
Jeff earned his bachelor of science degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. That university's meteorology school is world-renowned for severe weather research and its rigorous coursework.
After finishing up at Oklahoma, Jeff moved on to graduate school in Seattle, where he earned a master of science degree in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington. Jeff also has attained the prestigious "Certified Broadcast Meteorologist" designation from the American Meteorological Society.
Before arriving at KSLA, Jeff spent 12 years at our sister station WAFF in Huntsville, Ala. Previously, he worked at KOCO in Oklahoma City and KFDA in Amarillo, Texas. Jeff got his start in television at WKEF in Dayton, Ohio, just a county away from his hometown.
Unhealthy air quality is expected on Friday. The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Action Day for the greater Shreveport area, including portions of Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto parishes.
The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach a peak the next couple of nights in the skies over the ArkLaTex. The Perseids are typically one of the most popular and dependable displays of shooting stars.
After a top 10 hottest July on record, all eyes are on August and if we're going to see to a repeat of the excessive heat. While not looking quite as hot as that, we may still see hotter than average conditions for the month as a whole. Near to below average rainfall is looking likely in what is usually the driest month of the year.
A Heat Advisory has been issued for all of the ArkLaTex on Thursday. The advisory is in effect from Noon until 7pm. Temperatures in the upper 90s to near 100 combined with very humid conditions will lead to dangerous heat conditions. The 'feels-like' temperatures are expected to peak between 105 and 110 during the afternoon hours.
The air quality across the ArkLaTex is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups through at least midweek. High concentrations of Saharan dust are expected for the next couple days, which could affect people with respiratory issues.
Tropical Storm Chris intensified into a hurricane off the east coast of the United States Tuesday afternoon, becoming the second hurricane of the year in the Atlantic tropical basin. Chris is well offshore and based on the current forecast track should pose no threat to the U.S. coast other than bringing some dangerous surf conditions to the beaches. As of 4pm central time Hurricane Chris had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. The center of the storm is located about 205 miles e...
The third tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed a few hundred miles off the North Carolina coast Friday afternoon. Despite it's proximity to the coast there are no watches or warnings in effect at this time. The depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Chris over the weekend.
Newly formed Tropical Depression #2 was upgraded to Tropical Storm Beryl Thursday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds are estimated to be around 40 mph with higher gusts. Beryl is located out over the open waters of the central Atlantic Ocean and poses no immediate threat to land.
Drought conditions continue to worsen across much of the ArkLaTex. Some improvement occurred around the I-30 corridor in the last week due to heavier rainfall there late last week and over the weekend, but elsewhere rain wasn't substantial enough to keep the drought from getting worse.