Eight questions for Brad Nitz, WSB-TV’s new chief meteorologist


Longevity matters: “Viewers have been supportive and trusted me and Glenn. I think that’s a trust that’s built over time. There’s no substitute for time in the market covering events. You can’t manufacture this in any way. I appreciate the trust viewers have placed in me. In this new role, I will earn that trust every day.”

His weather philosophy: “We dive deep into radar data and learn about tools and equipment. But I always keep in mind that it’s not just data on a computer screen. It’s someone’s house. This is someone’s neighborhood. I always try to help people weather a storm and understand the threat. Even when the weather is nice, we want families to prepare, for example, for Halloween, so they know if it’s okay to cheat or treat. That’s the kind of stuff we do day in and day out. »

Surf! Like Burns, Nitz grew up surfing and continues to do so when he gets the chance. He grew up on the shores of Jacksonville, Florida, where tracking the weather as a teenager was crucial when it came to knowing the best times to hit the waves. This resulted in his love for meteorology. He earned a degree in meteorology from Florida State University and worked in several markets, including Jacksonville, before coming to Atlanta. Over the years he has also taken surf trips to Costa Rica and California.

Always there when the weather gets bad: “It’s not a 9 to 5 job. It’s a passion. I couldn’t stand sitting on my couch if there were tornadoes coming. I came back from vacation in bad weather. I have canceled and postponed trips. It’s part of the job.

Handyman: In his spare time, Nitz enjoys building furniture and repairing things around the house. “I have renovated bathrooms and installed windows in my house. I built a wardrobe, a TV stand, a desk, chairs, a coffee table and a side table. I’m rebuilding the shower now in the basement. I always have a project in progress. I started doing this with my dad very early in life.

Most difficult weather events: In March 2008, he and Burns were on the air for more than seven consecutive hours facing a continuous wave of tornado warnings without interruption. During the 2014 ice storm that shut down the city, Nitz stayed on WSB-TV for five straight days. But he said it was satisfying when viewers told him his tornado warning literally saved their lives.

Funniest story to cover: Nitz was on duty on Christmas Day in 2010 when snow stuck to the ground in Atlanta, a rare occurrence. “We had NBA games all day and I was jumping in with updates. Nobody was going to work, so the families were just having fun.


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