Josh Johnson

Josh Johnson

Chief Meteorologist

Montgomery, AL

Josh Johnson is WSFA's Chief Meteorologist, you can see his forecast every weeknight at 5, 6 and 10pm. Growing up in Jacksonville, Alabama, Josh has known he wanted to be a meteorologist in Alabama since early childhood. Inspired by the Blizzard of '93, Hurricane Opal and numerous tornado events, Josh went to Mississippi State University and earned his degree in meteorology.

While there, Josh started doing TV weather at the age of 19, working as weekend meteorologist at WTOK-TV in Meridian, MS while attending Mississippi State. An internship with Birmingham meteorologist James Spann sharpened his desire to serve others in the field of meteorology. Soon after graduation, Josh was named Chief Meteorologist at WTOK.

Josh had a great time working at WTOK and covered some incredible weather events, including Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

In March of 2007, Josh moved to Atlanta and joined the team at 11Alive (NBC). There, Josh learned versatility in his new role, managing the station's school weather outreach program, helping the station roll out its first ever Storm Tracker vehicle and improving the station's digital weather presence. The most memorable time of Josh's Atlanta tenure was working the night of the Atlanta tornado in March of 2008.

In July of 2008, Josh accepted the Morning Meteorologist position at WSFA 12 News, a role he held for almost seven years. In that time, Josh helped pioneer the station's launch of a new, powerful HD weather graphics system and was a driving force behind WSFA's launch of StormTracker 12. Josh was also front and center for some historic Alabama weather events, including the tornado outbreaks of April 2011, numerous tropical systems and a few brushes with winter weather, too.

In April of 2015, Josh was promoted to Chief Meteorologist at WSFA 12 News. As chief meteorologist, Josh has lead the weather team in accurately forecasting numerous tornado events, winter storms and tropical weather systems. Josh holds the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval and is an active member of the National Weather Association, having served on its Weather and Forecasting Committee.

When not at work, Josh is involved in Alabama's effort against the opiate crisis. The issue is personal for Josh; his younger brother, Chris, died in October of 2015 after a long struggle against opiate addiction. Josh serves on the Governor's Opiate Council and travels across Alabama sharing his family's tragic drug story with anyone who will listen.

Education:

  • Mississippi State University - Broadcast Meteorology

Recent Articles by Josh

  On and off rain this week

  Rain returns tomorrow, cool and dry weekend ahead

  Trending slightly warmer and wetter soon

  Some rain Saturday, much colder Sunday and beyond

  Severe storms leave swath of wind damage

  Severe thunderstorms likely tomorrow

  Storms bring risk of damaging wind and tornadoes Saturday

  Saturday is a First Alert Weather Day

  Severe storms likely Saturday

  Cold, clear New Year’s Eve

  Chilly end to 2019

  A weekend soaker for Alabama

  Clear, cold for now; rain returns this weekend

  Risk of severe weather is over, but some showers linger

  Scattered rain lingers through Friday evening

  Windy, cold and wet night ahead

  Rain, big cooldown coming Tuesday

  Widespread rain is gone, but some showers are possible this weekend

  Will it snow this winter? Here’s our winter weather outlook

  Storms to exit state by Sunday morning

  Sunny and seasonable Thanksgiving

  Rain, storms likely early Wednesday

  Rain returns Wednesday, dry Thanksgiving

  Rain likely Friday night, much of Saturday...

  Sunny and seasonably warm for the next few days

  Gradual warming trend underway...

  Cloudy and cool Friday

  Below-average temperatures stick around, rain returns tomorrow

WSFA 12 News, Alabama State University partner on new weather camera

  Brutally cold night ahead