Michael Coats

Michael Coats

For over 11 years Michael Coats has been forecasting the weather for KIFI Local News 8. Starting out first on the early morning newscast, then promoted to Chief Meteorologist in 2010. Before Local News 8, Michael worked for KIFI's sister station in Palm Springs California. Michael is originally from Hemet California. He attended California State University Northridge, then studied meteorology at Mississippi State University. 

Michael is married to his wife Carissa. They have four children and a dog named Radar.

You can email Michael at mcoats@localnews8.com.

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  • Warm Windy Weather Wednesday

    Warm Windy Weather Wednesday

    High pressure will work into the region for Wednesday with gusty southwest winds. Those warm winds will drive temps into the mid to upper 80's.

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  • Frost Advisory for Tonight and Tuesday Morning

    Frost Advisory for Tonight and Tuesday Morning

    With a cold front moving through the region and a clearing sky, we'll see cold overnight lows back into the mid to lower 30's. With this cold overnight air, the National Weather Service has issued Frost Advisories for our area. A Frost Advisory means that widespread frost is expected and sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.

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  • Lighter winds and frosty overnight conditions

    Lighter winds and frosty overnight conditions

    After our wicked winds thanks to a cold front, we'll see dropping overnight temps into the mid to lower 30's. The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for our area for Tuesday morning.

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  • Looking much nicer for the Weekend

    Looking much nicer for the Weekend

    A few showers for Friday as we lose our area of low pressure and welcome in high pressure for Saturday. we will transition to much nicer and calmer weather for the weekend.

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  • Severe Weather Possible Wednesday

    Severe Weather Possible Wednesday

    An area of low pressure and a cold front arrives Wednesday afternoon with the potential for severe storms. Very warm temperatures will take hold ahead of the cold front with highs near 80°. Severe weather is also possible for Thursday with slightly cooler temps.

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  • More showers and thunderstorms on the way

    More showers and thunderstorms on the way

    Our next storm system is moving through California with ample moisture and unstable air. By Saturday morning, the low will advance into Nevada. Expect scattered thunderstorms for Saturday, with heavier showers possible for Sunday and Monday.

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  • Hot & Sunny Friday

    Hot & Sunny Friday

    We'll look for drier conditions for Friday and Saturday, with a much lower risk of thunderstorm activity. High Pressure is also delivering a HOT afternoon for Friday, with highs into the lower to mid 80's. Another area of low pressure will arrive from California, with dropping temperatures and rain showers for Sunday and Monday.

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  • Flood Watch and Flood Advisory issued for Upper Valley

    Flood Watch and Flood Advisory issued for Upper Valley

    The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued A Flood Watch for the Henry`s Fork near Rexburg and a Flood Advisory for the Teton River near St. Anthony.

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  • Sunny Thursday morning, PM Thunderstorms

    Sunny Thursday morning, PM Thunderstorms

    Stormy weather drying up overnight with a sunny Thursday morning. We'll still see some moisture in place for a chance for T-Storms for Tuesday afternoon, after which we'll get a break and warm up for Friday.

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  • Warming trend with thunderstorms

    Warming trend with thunderstorms

    We're still stuck in the same pattern of afternoon T-Storms with mild temperatures. A low pressure center over Nevada will impact us for the next several days, providing the moisture necessary to kick of T-Storms for the next several days, with a reinforcement of moisture moving in later this week. A break in the weather arrives on Friday with some drier conditions.

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  • More of the same, PM thundershowers

    More of the same, PM thundershowers

    We're still stuck in the same pattern of afternoon T-Storms with mild temperatures. A low pressure center over Nevada will impact us for the next several days, providing the moisture necessary to kick of T-Storms for the next several days, with a reenforcement of moisture moving in later this week.

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  • Looking for more morning sunshine and afternoon thunderstorms

    Looking for more morning sunshine and afternoon thunderstorms

    We're locked into the same weather pattern all the way into next week. An area of low pressure over the Great Basin, with sunshine in the morning and afternoon thunderstorms. Some good news, the thunderstorm risk looks to be a little lower for Saturday and Sunday. Another area of low pressure develops over the West and will assume the same location as our current low, with more of the same weather into next weekend.

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  • More of the same

    More of the same

    We're locked into the same weather pattern all the way into next week. An area of low pressure will remain over the Great Basin for Friday, with sunshine in the morning and afternoon thunderstorms. Some good news, the thunderstorm risk looks to be a little lower for Saturday and Sunday. Another area of low pressure develops over Arizona and will assume the same location as our current low, with more of the same weather into next weekend.

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  • Here comes more trouble

    Here comes more trouble

    Though we'll enjoy nice temperatures over the next few days, another low pressure center will move into the region over the next few days. With surface heating from the sun plus the moisture from the low pressure center, we'll have a chance for afternoon T-Storms for the next week. Expect small hail, gusty winds, and the potential for frequent lightning and brief downpours with these afternoon storms. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! The wettest period and most widespread rain days...

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  • Nice mornings, stormy afternoons

    Nice mornings, stormy afternoons

    With a low pressure center spinning over the Intermountain West, expect the possibility of T-Storms every afternoon for the next several days. Highs will be into the lower to mid 70's in the Snake River Plain. By later this week and into the weekend, we'll see showers/t-storms as a second low off the California coast moves inland.

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  • More Scattered T-Storms

    More Scattered T-Storms

    With a low pressure center spinning over the Intermountain West, expect the possibility of T-Storms every afternoon for the next week. Highs will be into the lower to mid 70's in the Snake River Plain. By later this week and into the weekend, we'll see rain showers, as a second low off the California coast moves inland.

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  • Soggy Weekend Forecast

    Soggy Weekend Forecast

    We'll have an area of low pressure overhead this weekend with scattered rain and mountain snow showers. Temps will be into the mid to upper 50's for valley daytime highs. Nicer weather for the approaching workweek.

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  • Showers on the move

    Showers on the move

    An area of low pressure is entering the region with cooler air and scattered showers/thunderstorms. Everyone will see a higher chance of showers across the region for Friday and Saturday as the low pressure center moves right over E. Idaho.

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  • Scattered showers entering the region

    Scattered showers entering the region

    An area of low pressure is entering the region with cooler air and scattered showers/thunderstorms.

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  • Showers on the move for the late week

    Showers on the move for the late week

    Our ridge of high pressure is quickly collapsing with thunderstorms creeping into region. It will still be hot for Wednesday with highs near 80°, before an area of low pressure arrives. Cooler weather is ahead for the later half of the workweek as a low pressure center will bring clouds and a chance of showers and T-Storms.

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  • Heating up, with a few thunderstorms this week

    Heating up, with a few thunderstorms this week

    A few isolated thunderstorms for Tuesday with some energy moving through Montana. Warm and dry weather thanks to high pressure, with lighter winds for Tuesday. We'll see more widespread thundershowers for later this workweek. Cooler weather is ahead for the later half of the workweek as a low pressure center will bring clouds and a chance of showers and T-Storms.

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  • Scattered Thunderstorms this weekend with warm temps!

    Scattered Thunderstorms this weekend with warm temps!

    Some thunderstorms and showers will start to creep into the region along with warming temps. Expect warm days with valley highs into the mid 70's and the minor threat of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm.

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  • Warming with a few thundershowers

    Warming with a few thundershowers

    High pressure will begin warming us up, with highs near into the 70's. Some thunderstorms and showers will start to creep into the Central Idaho mountains Friday afternoon. We'll see more widespread thundershowers for Sunday and Monday.

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  • Warming Up!

    Warming Up!

    High pressure will begin to build in from the west, warming us up with highs near 70°. Some thunderstorms and showers will start to creep into the Central Idaho mountains Friday afternoon. We'll see more widespread thundershowers for Sunday and Monday.

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  • A few more showers before some nicer weather

    A few more showers before some nicer weather

    A Few showers tonight with direr weather working in for the rest of the workweek. However we'll still have some lingering showers in the Southeast Highlands and Western Wyoming for Wednesday. More scattered thunderstorms for this weekend.

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  • Staying cold and rainy with some snow for Tuesday

    Staying cold and rainy with some snow for Tuesday

    Our stormy weather is slowly moving away for Tuesday and Wednesday with rain/snow showers and cold air. By Wednesday, high pressure kicks back into the area with sunshine and warmer temps.

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  • Flood Warnings for Snake and Portneuf Rivers

    Flood Warnings for Snake and Portneuf Rivers

    Flood warnings have been issued for The Snake River in Jefferson County and the Portneuf River in Pocatello.

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  • Downey woman dies in rollover crash

    Downey woman dies in rollover crash

    A 77-year-old woman from Downey died after a rollover crash in Bannock County Friday afternoon.

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  • Scattered thunderstorms and showers for the weekend

    Scattered thunderstorms and showers for the weekend

    A few scattered thunderstorms tonight for Central and south central Idaho as a cut-off area of low pressure moves in. Saturday will still be warm with scattered thunderstorms, especially for the mountains. On Sunday, expect dropping temperatures and scattered showers/thunderstorms thanks to a cold front.

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  • Flood Watch issued for Henry's Fork

    Flood Watch issued for Henry's Fork

    The National Weather Service in Pocatello has issued a Flood Watch for areas of Madison, Jefferson and Fremont counties.

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  • Sunshine for Friday

    Sunshine for Friday

    A ridge of high pressure remains over the northwest United States, keeping us dry and sunny through Friday. A cut-off area of low pressure sits off the California coast and will make its way to us by late Saturday. Saturday will still be very nice before that low arrives in Idaho. On Sunday, expect dropping temperatures and scattered showers/thunderstorms.

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  • Time to buy some shorts and sunglasses

    Time to buy some shorts and sunglasses

    A ridge of high pressure remains over the Northwest United States, keeping us dry and sunny through Friday. A cut-off area of low pressure sits off the California coast and will make its way to us by late Saturday. Saturday will still be very nice before that low arrives in Idaho. On Sunday, expect dropping temperatures and scattered showers/thunderstorms.

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  • Flood Advisory for Caribou County

    Flood Advisory for Caribou County

    A Flood Advisory has been issued for portions of Caribou County in Southeast Idaho.

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  • Warming trend

    Warming trend

    Warmer weather through Friday as high pressure builds back in from the west. A storm east of our region will send some windy weather in our direction Wednesday. Otherwise, temperatures will steadily warm through Friday. Scattered showers return this weekend.

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  • High Pressure Moving Back In

    High Pressure Moving Back In

    A few showers tonight with nicer weather for Tuesday and Wednesday as high pressure builds back in from the west. Scattered showers return this weekend.

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  • A Few showers, but otherwise a nice couple of Spring days

    A Few showers, but otherwise a nice couple of Spring days

    An area of low pressure is moving through Central Nevada and Utah for Thursday and Friday. We'll see scattered showers to our south, with just a few isolated showers getting this far north into Idaho and Wyoming. We'll also see gusty winds locally with that low pressure passing by to the south.

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  • Starting a slow warming trend with Thursday showers

    Starting a slow warming trend with Thursday showers

    High pressure builds in for Wednesday, before a weak system passes to our south for Thursday, giving us some clouds and a slight chance for a shower. Otherwise the weekend is shaping up to be really nice!

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  • More High Winds for Tuesday, Wind Advisory Issued
  • Scattered snow with gusty winds overnight and into Tuesday

    Scattered snow with gusty winds overnight and into Tuesday

    A cold front has moved through the region with scattered snow showers and gusty winds. The weather will remain un-settled for Tuesday with a slight chance or snow and rain with gusty winds.

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  • A few showers this weekend with windy conditions

    A few showers this weekend with windy conditions

    A brief ridge of high pressure sets up for the weekend. We'll have just a slight risk of showers and thunderstorms, as wet weather spills across Northern Idaho and Montana. Most of the showers will be into the high country near the Montana border and the Teton Range. Another cold front arrives for Monday, with gusty winds and showers.

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  • Scattered snow and wind tonight

    Scattered snow and wind tonight

    As our cold front passes tonight, expect gusty winds to continue into Friday, with scattered snow and rain overnight. By Friday, drier weather will set back in with highs into the 40's. We'll see a few mountain showers on Saturday with highs into the lower 50's for the Snake River Plain.

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  • High Wind Warning, Winter Weather Advisory issued

    High Wind Warning, Winter Weather Advisory issued

    A vigorous storm system is moving for Wednesday night and Thursday with a warm front and cold front combo. After midnight into early Thursday, expect heavy rains and high elevation snow showers. A strong cold front will make its way into Eastern Idaho by the late morning and mid-day hours.

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  • High Wind Warning with Scattered rain/snow mix

    High Wind Warning with Scattered rain/snow mix

    A vigorous storm system is moving for Wednesday night and Thursday with a warm front and cold front combo. After midnight into early Thursday, expect heavy rains and high elevation snow showers. A strong cold front will make its way into Eastern Idaho by the late morning and mid-day hours. A High Wind Warning has been issued for the lower Snake River Plain with wind gusts at 50-60 mph.

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  • High Wind Watch/Warning for Thursday
  • Rainy weather with gusty winds

    Rainy weather with gusty winds

    Stormy weather moving in with gusty winds and scattered rain/snow showers.

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  • More rain Tuesday night

    More rain Tuesday night

    A storm will approach for Tuesday evening which means we'll see increasing clouds throughout Tuesday with showers arriving late in the evening. Due to some breezy south winds, temperatures will rise into the 60's across the region. Showery and breezy weather ensues for Wednesday through Friday.

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  • Bingham County Tornado ranked EF-0

    Bingham County Tornado ranked EF-0

    On Saturday, the National Weather Service in Pocatello issued a Tornado Warning for portions of Bingham, Butte and Bonneville Counties. Based off of the rotation seen on Doppler radar, a Tornado warning was issued just after 6 p.m. A Second Tornado Warning was issued as the storm advanced Northeast towards Idaho Falls.

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  • Some showers for Sunday night, nicer Monday

    Some showers for Sunday night, nicer Monday

    Windy weather with scattered showers, Nice Monday, before more showers return late Tuesday.

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  • Showers for the weekend

    Showers for the weekend

    A larger plume of moisture moves in for Saturday, expect fairly steady rain to start the weekend. Windy conditions are expected, especially tomorrow afternoon where the Snake River Plain could see gusts into the 40s and 50's. Just showers for Sunday after which we'll enjoy sunshine to start the next workweek.

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  • Wet weather with gusty winds

    Wet weather with gusty winds

    A stream of Pacific wet weather is making a direct swipe at Eastern Idaho and Western Wyoming for Friday and Saturday. Saturday looks very promising for heavy rains and gusty winds all day long.

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