Wes Hohenstein provides central North Carolina with the latest forecast weeknights on WNCN news at 6, 7 and 11 p.m. His antics in the “WNCN Weather Facts” promotion series helped earn him the 2014 Midsouth Emmy Award for “Promo Campaign.”
Wes joined the WNCN Weather team in 2006 but it was an eighth grade science project that started his broadcast meteorology career.
Fortunately, there was no such thing as YouTube back then, so footage of that first weathercast is not available!
While getting his meteorology degree from Saint Louis University, Wes interned at the NBC station in St. Louis where he learned what it takes to be a great television meteorologist.
That internship helped Wes get his first job Lafayette, Louisiana.
From the bayou, Wes moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where he did morning weather and feature reporting during the 2002 Winter Olympics. After some time in the mountain west, Wes moved back south to Houston where he did morning weather for the NBC station.
In Houston, he covered everything from hurricanes to floods and even a white Christmas one year. Those events prepared Wes for the wild weather we often get in North Carolina.
Aside from providing a daily forecast, being an active part of the community is very important to Wes. Over the years he has visited hundreds of schools, sharing his weather knowledge and television stories with students.
He also speaks with summer camps, church groups and community organizations on a regular basis. He is also active on WNCN’s “At Your Service” committee. It’s this committee that helped create WNCN’s 3-Degree Guarantee program which helps raise money each month for a different charity based on how often the WNCN weather team gets the forecast right.
Wes holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, a mark of distinction given to broadcast meteorologists who meet established criteria for scientific competence and effectively communicate their forecast on a daily basis.
He has also won an Associated Press award for best weathercast, in addition to an Emmy award.
Wes was born in Decatur, Illinois but grew up in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
In his spare time, Wes can usually be found golfing, grilling or cheering for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.
He is also a huge college basketball fan, but refuses to commit publicly to any team other than his Saint Louis Billikens.
Wes and his family make their home in Holly Springs.
Feel free to drop Wes an email anytime. He loves hearing from you about weather or anything else on your mind.