News15 Chief Meteorologist Jason Nappi comes to Acadiana from Charlotte, NC where he was a meteorologist for Spectrum News. During his time in Charlotte, Nappi anchored two hour wall-to-wall tornado coverage in October of 2017 and tracked snowstorms during the Winter.
He has also had stops in Spartanburg, SC at WSPA-TV; Augusta, GA at WJBF-TV; Oak Hill, WV at WOAY-TV; Portland, ME at WMTW-TV; Manchester, NH at WMUR-TV; Elmira, NY at WETM-TV; and New York City at WPIX-TV.
In December of 2013, Nappi was awarded the AMS CBM by the American Meteorological Society. The AMS CBM is awarded to those that have passed rigorous testing in their knowledge and communication of meteorology.
In 2002 Jason graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in meteorology. The weather is Jason’s biggest passion, but cooking from scratch is a close second. If you see him around Acadiana please don’t hesitate to say hello.
Adam is a native Louisianian, growing up on the Westbank of New Orleans. He also has roots in Acadiana, with family ties to Jeanerette. Ever since he was a kid, he knew he wanted to be a meteorologist. During many tropical storms and hurricanes, he would pretend that he was a Weather Channel meteorologist and “report” on the storm from his backyard. His love and respect for weather continued during the very active 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Hurricanes Ivan, Cindy, Katrina, and Rita confirmed to him that meteorology was his passion in life.
Adam went to the University South Alabama for Meteorology and earned his bachelor of science degree in meteorology with University Honors in 2016. Before coming to Acadiana, Adam had a great opportunity to join the weather team at WALA-TV FOX10 in Mobile, Alabama, keeping him along the Gulf Coast. During his three years there, Adam covered numerous hurricanes, including Hurricane Michael in 2018, tornadoes, and winter storms. He was also a storm chaser for the station and would go report on the aftermath of big weather events including the 2016 Flood here in Louisiana.
Outside of work, you can find Adam cheering on South Alabama, LSU, and the Saints. He is also a big soccer fan, especially when the World Cup rolls around every four years. Beyond sports, you can also find Adam enjoying the outdoors, listening to music, or studying up on Louisiana history.
Cory Smith is the weekend meteorologist/weather reporter for News15.
He grew up in Tampa, Florida. After being impacted by and dealing with the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons he became very interested in weather. Flash forward a few years and he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. While in high school he was able to experience all 4 seasons which also included severe weather and snowfall. It was from here that he fell in love with weather.
Cory attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he earned a B.S. in Meteorology. After graduating he worked as the weekend meteorologist at WTAP in Parkersburg, WV for almost two years before moving to Lafayette to join the team at News15.
His favorite types of weather to forecast are severe weather as well as winter weather but he is excited at the opportunity to be back in an area to forecast and experience Tropical weather.
Outside of work, Cory is a huge fan of baseball and roots for the Tampa Bay Rays; his favorite football team is the Carolina Panthers.
Cory is also very active on social media and would love to get connected with you! Make sure to search WxCory on all social media platforms to get the latest on the weather going on in Acadiana!