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.
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