WSFA 12 News welcomes Meteorologist Lee Southwick

WSFA 12 News welcomes Meteorologist Lee Southwick
Published: Jun. 21, 2018 at 5:57 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 at 11:32 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Meteorologist Lee Southwick has joined WSFA's First Alert Weather Team.

Originally from Amelia Island, Florida, Lee attended the University of Florida where she studied meteorology, climatology and geography.

"Lee will be a huge success here at WSFA 12 News. She's the complete package - she has a strong knowledge of weather, a deep passion for the job and a strong commitment to giving our viewers their first alert of threatening weather," said WSFA Chief Meteorologist Josh Johnson.

Lee says her passion for weather started young, and her desire to become a meteorologist was piqued by the 2004 hurricane season. She has covered three hurricanes - Irma, Matthew and Hermine - as part of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network.

Her Irma coverage earned her a second-place finish in a national weather cast competition through the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts. She also worked as a forecaster for WUFT and WRUF while in school.

Lee is pursuing her master's degree in Applied Meteorology through Mississippi State University.

When she's not busy forecasting or studying, her hobbies include paddle boarding, SCUBA diving, cheering for the Gators and taking her "foodie" title very seriously. She is very excited to be in Alabama and explore her new state.

You will see Lee on the weekends on WSFA 12 News and on The News at Nine serving the Montgomery market on Bounce TV/WSFA 12.2 and Dothan market on WDFX. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Meteorologist Vernon Turner accepted a job as a meteorologist in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina in May.

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