Justin Kiefer

It is my pleasure to be the Chief Meteorologist for the 13 First Alert Storm Center. You can get your accurate and dependable forecast weeknights on News13 Live at 5 and News12 at 6 and 10 PM on WMBB-TV.

Whether it's off to work, school, the beach or the water you can expect an accurate, precise and up to the minute forecast you can plan your day around.

Of course, you will always stay ahead of any storm with the Exclusive MAX Doppler Radar Network. So, as you plan your evening or make your plans for tomorrow, you will not want to miss the forecast.

I cut my teeth on Gulf Coast weather. I moved to Ft Walton Beach in the early 80s and went on to study Meteorology at Florida State University. From FSU, I landed my first TV weather job at the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee, WTXL. From there, I became the Chief Meteorologist at WTOG-TV in the Tampa-St Petersburg television market.

So, after 11 years of Florida weather it was time for a change, a BIG change. I became the Chief Meteorologist at WTIC-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

What was I thinking? It took six years, but I finally came to my senses and realized that I needed to get out of the cold and snowy winters and get back home.

So, here I am at NEWS13 and I couldn't think of anywhere else at I would rather be working and living. I am looking forward to bringing the great folks of the Florida Panhandle a weather forecast that they can depend on and when severe weather moves into the area you will get the most accurate and update information to keep you ahead of the storm and keep you safe without the hype and hysteria.

None of my work experience would be meaningful without the support and love from my family. My wife, Kristi, a Tallahassee native, and my two sons Jacob and Sean bring such joy to my life.  We have visited and vacationed here in the Panhandle for years. Now, we are much closer to our family which stretches from Tallahassee to Pensacola. We look forward to each day, to live and work in Panama City and continue to enjoy the World's Most Beautiful Beaches.

Justin Kiefer is a member of the American Meteorological Society and his forecast bears the AMS Broadcast Seal of Approval. He has been awarded the Connecticut Associated Press Best Weathercast in 2003 and the 2009 Award for Best Weathercast from the Florida Associated Press. The 13 First Alert Storm Center Weather Team proudly bears the WRN seal as part of the Weather Ready Nation.

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