Laura Buchtel

Laura Buchtel

Laura Buchtel

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Posted on May 4, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 6:15 PM

Laura knew she wanted to be a meteorologist when at 12, right around the time Hurricane Andrew delayed her first day of sixth grade at St. Paul's Episcopal. She was glued to the TV watching the radar and doing fake weathercasts for her family and anyone else who'd listen.

Born and raised in Metairie, Laura attended Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, earning a degree in broadcast meteorology in Dec. 2003. While she was there, Laura said she presented weathercasts for the local television studio.

Laura interned at WWL during the summer of her senior year at MSU, spending the afternoons forecasting with WWL-TV Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo.

"It was a great learning experience, and made me even more excited to begin my career," she said.

Laura's first on-air job put her in the role of weekend meteorologist for KOLR 10 in Springfield, Missouri, where she witnessed many stretches of bad weather, firsthand.

"One night that stands out in my mind, we had a tornado track across the entire viewing area, and we had continuous coverage for eight hours" she said.

She moved back to New Orleans just five days before Hurricane Katrina, but quickly evacuated to Tupelo, Mississippi for eight months.

In December 2005, WWL asked Laura to work in the Channel 4 Weather Center for a week while the meteorology staff got a much needed break. Not long after that, Laura returned to the city for good and now serves as the morning meteorologist for the Eyewitness Morning News.

When she's not tracking high and low pressure systems moving across Louisiana, Laura likes to travel with her husband and pet schnauzer, watch the MSU Bulldogs football team, and loves dining out at new restaurants.

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