Rex Thompson

Rex Thompson

Weather Forecaster

Moselle, MS

Rex is originally from Columbia, MS. His interest in weather began in 1969 when he was just 8 years old.

One of the worst hurricanes to ever strike the United State was hurricane Camille. It struck south Mississippi on August 17th-18th. Winds in his home town were estimated to be sustained at 120 mph with gusts to 140. This event made a huge impact on Rex.

At the age of 12 he was fortunate enough to meet Jim Thornhill. Jim was the director of the Civil Defense for Marion County and Columbia. We know it now as Emergency Management.

It tuned out Mr. Thornhill was a former Air Force meteorologist and immediately took Rex under his wing and began to teach him.

Rex’s first ever broadcast experience was at WFFF radio in Columbia where he did a weather segment at just 13 years of age. He landed his first job in television in as the weekend weathercast for WAPT channel 16 in 1982.

Rex has worked several stints in the Pine Belt on various television stations over the years as well as the weekend weathercast for WTVC in Chattanooga, TN.

Recent Articles by Rex

  First Alert: Chance for isolated showers tomorrow as clouds come overnight

  First Alert: Showers and thunderstorm possible after midnight

  First Alert: Cool off Sunday night after a warm one for the Pine Belt

  First Alert: Patchy fog and partly cloudy skies for Pine Belt Sunday

First Alert: High winds and clouds expected for Monday

  First Alert: Clear skies and sunshine Saturday in the Pine Belt

  First Alert: Storms, strong winds possible for next week

  First Alert: Nice and cool weather continues during weekend

  First Alert: Windy and cold Wednesday

  First Alert: Severe weather is not expected as rain chances arrive

  First Alert: Sunny skies return before more rain comes next week

  Rain in the forecast over the next several days

  First Alert: Small chance of rain this weekend, flood watch for parts of the Pine Belt

  First Alert: Cool and cloudy skies for Saturday night

  First Alert: Beautiful weekend ahead

  First Alert: Cold tonight with chance for rain Wednesday

  First Alert: Patchy fog and light drizzly expected for Sunday night

  First Alert: Light rain moving in for Sunday

  Much colder temperatures will arrive this weekend

  Rain will end Saturday followed by much cooler temperatures

  First Alert: Cloudy with lows in 60s overnight

  First Alert: Wednesday morning forecast

  First Alert: Cloudy Tuesday with chance for isolated showers

  First Alert: Cool air may lead to rain chances Sunday

  First Alert: Clear skies Sunday entering a warm Monday

  First Alert: Clear skies and cool temperatures for the weekend

  First Alert: Rainy Thursday with risk of severe weather

  New Year’s Day Forecast

  First Alert: Cloudy, cool Christmas night

  First Alert: Christmas Eve forecast