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 with Thunderstorms Possible Later Today -Derek Sibley

A cloudy day is ahead with thunderstorms possible but closer toward the evening hours.

Clouds Clearing Later Today & Cooler -Derek Sibley

Will see the clouds clear a bit but it won't be until later in the day. Meanwhile, temperatures will feel cooler.

Cloudy Early Much of the Day & Cooler -Derek Sibley

A cooler day is expected today but skies look to be mainly cloudy for the first half of the day.

Sunnier Conditions Later this Afternoon, Rain Chances this Weekend -Derek Sibley

Skies are still cloudy but is expected to clear and turn sunnier later in the day with seasonable afternoon temperatures. Still watching for rain chances this weekend.

Skies Clearing Later Today, Rain Chances this Weekend -Derek Sibley

Cloudy skies to start but clearing is expected later this afternoon with seasonable temperatures. Watching for increasing rain chances possible this weekend.

ALERT DAY: Scattered Thunderstorms Possible Later Today -Derek Sibley

More thunderstorms are still in the forecast this afternoon and possibly into early this evening.

Thunderstorms Possible Today -Derek Sibley

Some scattered thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon and evening across the Coulee Region. Some of the storms could turn strong.

Warm & Mainly Sunny Afternoon Today -Derek Sibley

Still expecting lots of sun with warm temperatures this afternoon.

Mainly Sunny & Warm Today -Derek Sibley

Expect lots of sun with temperatures slightly above normal today.

ALERT DAY: Thunderstorms Still Likely this Afternoon & Evening -Derek Sibley

Still monitoring the potential for severe weather later today.

ALERT DAY: Thunderstorms Likely Later Today -Derek Sibley

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon across the Coulee Region.

Mainly Sunny Day & Seasonable, Storms Possible Tuesday -Derek Sibley

Lots of sun will continue today with near average temperatures. Watching for a good chance of thunderstorms Tuesday.

Lots of Sun & Seasonable Today, Storms Possible Tuesday -Derek Sibley

Expect plenty of sun today with comfortable temperatures. Watching for a good chance of thunderstorms Tuesday.

Few Clouds & Hot Afternoon, Rain Likely Tonight -Derek Sibley

Still expecting a relatively hot day with sun and clouds. Rain chances also still expected tonight.

Mix Sun & Clouds with Hot Temperatures Today, Rain & Storms Tonight -Derek Sibley

A bit more cloud cover today with much warmer temperatures by the afternoon hours is what we can expect. Rain chances increase tonight and early Saturday.

Sunny & Warmer Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Warm and sunny conditions will commence this afternoon across the Coulee Region.

Plenty of Sun & Warmer Today -Derek Sibley

Very little to no clouds today with above average temperatures.

Mainly Sunny & Seasonable this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Skies will continue to remain mostly sunny with cooler temperatures too.

Mainly Sunny & Cooler Today -Derek Sibley

Temperatures will be much cooler today along with quiet weather conditions.

ALERT DAY: Another Hot Afternoon Ahead! -Derek Sibley

Temperatures will continue to climb into the afternoon with feel like temperatures also rising.

ALERT DAY: Lots of Sun & Hot Again Today -Derek Sibley

Another day full of sunshine with high index values again this afternoon.

ALERT DAY: Sunny with Temperatures Heating Up this Afternoon! -Derek Sibley

We are still expecting our temperatures to ramp up into the 90s this afternoon with hot heat index values too.

ALERT DAY: Sunny & Hot Today -Derek Sibley

It will be a very hot and sunny start to the week!

Looking Good for Father’s Day! -Derek Sibley

Pleasant weather conditions will continue into the holiday.

Seasonable Conditions Tonight -Derek Sibley

Weather conditions will continue to remain quiet across the area tonight.

Sunny Skies Continue this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Will continue to stay clear and dry throughout the day with temperatures on the seasonable side.

Lots of Sun with Seasonable Temperatures Today -Derek Sibley

Will have plenty of sunshine to enjoy today with temperatures near average.

Sunny Skies Continue this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Will continue to see plenty of sun this afternoon with seasonable temperatures and a westerly breeze.

Abundant Sunshine & Seasonable Today -Derek Sibley

Lots of sunshine with near average temperatures today, and a slight breeze.

ALERT DAY: Severe Weather Expected this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Another round of thunderstorms is still expected this afternoon that could contain hazardous conditions.

ALERT DAY: Numerous Severe Thunderstorms Today -Derek Sibley

Lots of showers and thunderstorms are expected today and some of the storms could turn strong to severe.

ALERT DAY: Temperatures Heating Up! Storms Return Wednesday -Derek Sibley

Temperatures are starting to warm up as we head into the afternoon hours. Will be closely watching Wednesday for another threat of severe weather.

ALERT DAY: Very Hot & Sunny Day Ahead! Storms Return Wednesday -Derek Sibley

Temperatures are expected to soar into the mid 90s today with heat index values well into the 100s this afternoon. A chance of severe weather is possible on Wednesday.

Storms Clearing, Mainly Cloudy Rest of Today -Derek Sibley

The storms this morning have mainly cleared. Skies will remain cloudy though with near average temperatures for the rest of the day.

ALERT DAY: Stormy Late Morning Ahead -Derek Sibley

Thunderstorms are likely this morning and some could turn strong. Skies remain cloudy for the rest of the day.

Mostly Cloudy Skies Continue this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Skies will remain mainly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower or two. Temperatures will be near average.

Mainly Cloudy Day with Showers Possible -Derek Sibley

Skies are looking mainly cloudy with a slight chance for showers. Temperatures will be near average.

Few Clouds but Mainly Sunny this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Pleasant weather conditions will continue this afternoon with seasonable temperatures.

Mixed Sun & Clouds Today -Derek Sibley

Some clouds will move in later today but overall, a mainly sunny and comfortable day ahead.

Mainly Cloudy with Showers Still Possible this Afternoon -Derek Sibley

Most of the rain has cleared but skies will stay mainly cloudy with a slight chance for showers.