Tom Johnston's love of weather can be traced back to childhood. He experienced a hail storm on a really hot day and found the temperature contrasts during the event fascinating.
Tom took his passion from elementary school all the way to Rutgers University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, with the focus on Meteorology. After graduation, he went straight to Mississippi State University, where the Broadcast Meteorology Program was born. The on-campus Geosciences program more than complimented his undergraduate work. MSU gave him on-air TV experience, his favorite meteorology professor, a Teaching Assistant position, and a Master of Science degree.
Tom followed his formal education with successful weather anchor roles in television stations across the South and Southwest before arriving in Florida. He's been forecasting Florida weather since 2002.
Highlights include hurricane coverage at the Fox Affiliate in Miami during the busiest seasons on record. Fox News Channel tapped into Tom's coverage of Hurricane Ivan as the massive storm moved through the Florida Straits. Tom recalls, "I got calls from friends in California and Arizona who saw me cover that storm. It was great national exposure." Tom was a Chief Meteorologist again in the Fort Myers-Naples market starting in 2006. He received Best Weathercast awards in 2007 and 2008 from the Florida Associated Press.
Tom's been with Action News since 2011. He earned the coveted CBM Seal from the American Meteorological Society. He's tracked tornadoes, tropical storms, and winter storms across the First Coast.
When he's not forecasting our weather, Tom's hosting events, surfing, golfing, running, and spending time with family. Tom participated in Jacksonville's Dancing With The Stars, which benefitted the Jacksonville Children's Chorus. He's helped raise thousands for cancer prevention and treatment research through various community events and organizations.