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

  Nice weekend, but heat cranks up again soon

  Nice through Sunday, then heat levels increase

  Cooler air arrives tonight!

  Record-smashing heat in Alabama

  Friday’s hot, but changes look to arrive this weekend

  Alabama stays hot!

  Hot, dry weather continues...

  Hot week in progress

  Dorian stops moving, set to threaten East Coast

  First Alert: Dorian a category 4 hurricane, forecast to still strengthen

  Hurricane Dorian now a Category 2

  Less muggy, still hot

  Cooler, less muggy air arrives soon

  Rain chances ramp up this weekend

  Storms slowly fade tonight...

  More storms in the days to come...

  Five in a row?

  Hot with lower humidity

  Mostly dry and hot, but not AS hot

  First Alert Weather Day: Heat lingers this evening

  Overwhelming heat continues...

  Heat dominates the forecast

  Even hotter Wednesday and Thursday

  A classic August pattern continues...

  Scattered thunderstorms bring *some* rain

  August arrives, drought likely to expand

  Heat cranks up...

  Low humidity, low rain chance

  Humidity stays gone a few more days...

  Bring on the lower humidity!