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

  Rain and storms through tonight, plenty more Sunday

  Quiet, sunny workweek in progress!

  Eta in Gulf, will send muggy air and rain chances our way

  Cool, dry weather dominates for the next week

  Rain chance rises as the weekend approaches

  Warmer than normal temperatures continue

  Warm sunshine through Thursday

  Hurricane Delta soon enters the Gulf of Mexico

  Rain ends, clouds linger

  Cooler than normal temps to kick off Fall

  Rain and wind impacts from Sally continue for many overnight

  Scattered showers today, more numerous this weekend

  Rain and storm chances are rising

  Rain chance and humidity return later this week

  Drier, hotter pattern begins Wednesday

  Storms slowly wind down this evening

  Rain and storms chances elevated this week

  Rain coverage is low, temperatures are not

  Scattered rain and storms this afternoon

  Cloudy and rainy Wednesday

  Rain and rumbles for many

  Mainly dry Monday, but rain chances increase soon

  Big heat, small rain coverage through Friday

  Typical thunderstorm chances each day with mid-90s continuing

  Typical July weather this week

  The Dog Days of Summer continue...

  Wet afternoon ends, drier and hotter tomorrow

  Even hotter temps on the way

  Rain lingers overnight, more rain Thursday and beyond

  90-degree temps, isolated showers and storms headline forecast