Derek Sibley

Meteorologist

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Derek joined the First Alert Weather team on June 28 2021.  Prior to joining the team, Derek was the weekday morning meteorologist at KMID ABC Big 2 News/Fox 24 News in Odessa, Texas from April 2019 to May 2021. During his time in West Texas, Derek experienced and forecasted a handful of severe weather and winter weather.  While with KMID, Derek was also a storm chaser for their Storm Interceptor vehicle and chased multiple severe thunderstorms and winter storms in West Texas.

Before his time at KMID, Derek was a meteorologist for WeatherWorks in Hackettstown, New Jersey during the 2018-2019 winter season.  During his time at WeatherWorks, Derek issued daily weather forecasts and weather alerts to many different clients across the east, northeast, and midwestern U.S.

Derek is a graduate from the University of South Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and a minor in mathematics.  He graduated in May of 2018.

Before attending school, Derek interned at the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.  Here he gained knowledge from experienced meteorologists and hurricane specialists.  During his time with the National Weather Service, Derek collected weather data on frontal boundary passages through South Florida and shadowed the meteorologists.  At the National Hurricane Center, he archived tropical cyclone information.

Growing up in South Florida, Derek experienced a lot of meteorological phenomena.  From sea breeze thunderstorms, to low pressure systems, to tropical weather, and even the occasional squall line from a cold front.  However, it was the tropical storms and hurricanes that significantly elevated his interest into meteorology.  During the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, Florida was a hurricane landfall target.  During that span, the state had received 6 direct landfalls.  While growing up in South Florida, Derek experienced 2 of those hurricanes that were a direct hit to his home.  Hurricane Katrina was the first direct hit as a category 1 with winds of 75 mph on August 25 2005.  Hurricane Wilma was the second direct hit as a category 2 on October 24 2005.  After experiencing 2 record breaking hurricane seasons back-to-back, Derek fell in love with tropical meteorology and developed a passion for it.  A passion so strong that he enjoys chasing hurricanes.  Since then, Derek has chased some of nature’s most incredible hurricanes, including Matthew, Florence, Irma, and Michael, just to name a few.  Hurricane Michael was Derek’s first category 5 hurricane which was in broad daylight, and a storm that he will never forget.  You can check out Derek’s playlist of hurricane chasing here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVFOwFGv5sR8t6F3vckB4HdRQKqxrgqNn.  Derek also runs hurricaneconnect.com which is a website that is dedicated to the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Derek also enjoys chasing severe weather including tornadoes during the spring season.  He’s chased in the central U.S. during the spring of 2012, 2016, and 2017.  It was May 16 2016 when Derek filmed his first tornado near Felt, Oklahoma.  You can check out his severe weather footage here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1BA9EE73496A8C43

Aside from his life of weather and storm chasing, Derek enjoys going for long walks, swimming, playing video games, hanging out with friends, dining at restaurants, and of course, watching his Miami Dolphins.

You can catch Derek weekday mornings on News Channel 8 Monday-Friday from 5am-7am and from 12pm-12:30pm.  Be sure to follow Derek on his social media pages at Meteorologist Derek Sibley on Facebook and @SibleyDerek on Twitter.  You can also send Derek an email at dsibley@wkbt.com

Articles

Cloudy & Bitter Cold Conditions Today -Derek Sibley

Temperatures remain very cold, especially this morning. Meanwhile, cloudy skies move into the area this afternoon and evening.

Clear Skies Continue with Very Cold Temperatures & Wind Chills Today -Derek Sibley

Skies will remain mostly clear through the rest of the day, but temperatures and wind chills however will stay cold!

Sunny but with Very Cold Temperatures Today -Derek Sibley

Skies will remain mostly clear through the day, but temperatures and wind chills however will stay cold!

Skies Staying Cloudy with Temperatures Falling -Derek Sibley

Expect skies to remain cloudy through the day while temperatures also drop.

Snow Ending, Skies Staying Cloudy with Temperatures Falling Today -Derek Sibley

The snow is winding down this morning across the area, but expect skies to remain cloudy through the day while temperatures drop.

Temperatures Remain Cold This Afternoon & Evening, Snow Likely Later Tonight -Derek Sibley

Temperatures will rise above 0 this afternoon. Also watching for a good chance of snow tonight, tomorrow night, and early next week.

Another Cold Day Today, Snow Likely Later Tonight -Derek Sibley

Very cold air continues to influence our temperatures today. Also watching for a good chance of snow tonight, tomorrow night, and early next week.

Very Cold but With Sunny Skies Today, Watching for Snow Friday Night -Derek Sibley

Lots of sun today but cold air continues to pour into our area today with very cold wind chills! Snow is possible near the end of the week.

Much Colder with Skies Turning Cloudy Today -Derek Sibley

We are feeling the cold air behind a strong cold front today with temperatures much colder! Increasing clouds are likely later in the day.

Conditions Remaining Mainly Cloudy & Mild Today, Much Colder Changes on The Way! -Derek Sibley

Skies will remain mostly cloudy with above average temperatures. However, it's expected to get much colder for the rest of the week!

Another Mainly Cloudy & Mild Day, Much Colder Changes on The Way! -Derek Sibley

Will see another day of skies turning mainly cloudy with above average temperatures. However, it's expected to get much colder for the rest of the week!

Cloudy & Mild Continue Today & Tuesday, Colder Changes on The Way! -Derek Sibley

Mostly cloudy skies with mild conditions today and tomorrow. However, a cold front is coming to help cool us down!

Mainly Cloudy & Mild to Start the Week, Much Colder by Mid-Week! -Derek Sibley

Will start this week off mainly cloudy with above average temperatures. However, a cold front is coming to help cool us down!

ALERT DAY: Snow Continues with Temperatures Dropping -Derek Sibley

Snow will continue to spread across most of our area today with temperatures dropping throughout the day too.

ALERT DAY: Snow Likely with Temperatures Dropping -Derek Sibley

Snow is likely to spread across most of our area today with temperatures dropping throughout the day too.

Temperatures Stay Mild Under Cloudy Skies -Derek Sibley

Temperatures will remain mild through the day today, but cloudy skies are moving in.

Another Mild Afternoon with Clearing Skies -Derek Sibley

Temperatures will remain much warmer than average for this time of year. Meanwhile, skies will clear out this afternoon.

Another Mild Day & Skies Clearing by the Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Temperatures will remain much warmer than average for this time of year. Meanwhile, skies will clear out by the afternoon.

Much Warmer Afternoon with Lots of Sun -Derek Sibley

Temperatures continue to warm up today with plenty of sunshine.

Much Warmer Temperatures with Lots of Sun -Derek Sibley

We begin a warmup trend with our temperatures today. Meanwhile, skies will remain mostly clear.

Skies Remain Clear with Very Cold Temperatures! -Derek Sibley

As we head into the afternoon today, skies will remain clear, but temperatures will also remain cold!

Cold & Sunny Conditions Continue into Today -Derek Sibley

Another day of cold temperatures and mainly clear skies are in the forecast today.

Bitterly Cold Day! Warming Up This Weekend -Derek Sibley

Extremely cold temperatures this morning will continue with wind chills still the main concern.

Bitterly Cold Morning & Day! Warming Up This Weekend -Derek Sibley

Extremely cold temperatures this morning will continue with wind chills still the main concern.

Cloudy & Much Colder Today! -Derek Sibley

Skies remain cloudy today, but temperatures are taking a huge drop!

ALERT DAY: Cloudy with Snow Showers & Much Colder -Derek Sibley

Snow will continue to linger into today with temperatures dropping.

ALERT NIGHT: Cloudy but Much Warmer this Afternoon; Snow Likely Tonight -Derek Sibley

Not much sun today as skies turn overcast. Temperatures continue to warm up this afternoon. Snow is likely tonight.

ALERT NIGHT: Cloudy but Much Warmer Today; Snow Likely Tonight -Derek Sibley

Not much sun today as skies turn overcast. Temperatures continue to warm up this afternoon. Snow is likely tonight.

Skies Mainly Sunny with Warmer Temperatures -Derek Sibley

Skies will continue their mainly clear condition through the rest of the day with temperatures warmer.

Mainly Sunny & Warmer -Derek Sibley

Skies will remain mostly clear today with temperatures off to a warmer start for the new work week.

Staying Cold but with Less Clouds and More Sun for Sunday -Derek Sibley

Conditions remain cold throughout the day today, but skies will clear and turn mainly sunny.

Very Cold & Cloudy Night with Wind Chills -Derek Sibley

Cold air continues to affect the area with dangerous wind chill values through early tomorrow afternoon.

Cloudy Skies Today; Cold Start to The New Year -Derek Sibley

It will be another cloudy day today, but temperatures should reach the 30s this afternoon. It will turn cold again this weekend!

Morning Snow Ending, Staying Cloudy -Derek Sibley

The light snow showers we are seeing this morning will clear later this morning, but skies will remain cloudy with slightly warmer temperatures.

Cloudy & Cold Conditions Today -Derek Sibley

The snow is long gone, but the cold temperatures will make their presence known today!

ALERT DAY: Snow Continuing Through the Rest of The Day -Derek Sibley

Snow, and perhaps light ice accumulations will continue through the remainder of the afternoon and evening today.

ALERT DAY: Snow Likely Today -Derek Sibley

Snow, and perhaps light ice accumulations could cause some concerns today.

Peeks of Sun Later Today; Snow Likely Again Tomorrow -Derek Sibley

As the clouds gradually clear out, will see more peeks of sun later this afternoon.

Mix & Snow Ends with Peeks of Sun Later Today; Snow Likely Again Tomorrow -Derek Sibley

The wintry mix and snow are coming to an end this morning. We could see a little sun later this afternoon.

Cloudy Rest of Today with Seasonable Temperatures -Derek Sibley

Cloudy skies continue into this afternoon and evening with normal temperatures.