Hearing the sounds of a tornado wrecking havoc just a couple hundred yards away from his childhood home, Justin Hobbs was instilled with a fear that turned into a passion to better understand the dynamics of the atmosphere.
Justin Hobbs is a born and raised Kentucky boy from a small town just west of Fort Knox. His early childhood passion for weather grew from a fear after a tornado wrecked parts his home town in 2002. As he grew older, Justin became fascinated with photographing weather events including a barn roof flying into his house during hurricane force winds. Justin did not realize or acknowledge his passion until he entered his high school years. After starting high school, he became heavily involved with The National FFA Organization. The communication and professional development skills that he learned from the organization led to his first broadcasting job at a local radio station. As the lead DJ for Sundays and fill in weekday evenings, Justin spent two years with the station before his time at home came to an end as he packed up and moved to college in Bowling Green.
Justin attended Western Kentucky University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology in the spring of 2019. During his college years, Justin became very involved with the campus community, from biking across the country for Alzheimer’s Research to studying abroad; he grew a passion for traveling and adventures. In the fall of 2015, Justin set sail on a study abroad program called Semester at Sea. During this time, he had the opportunity to travel to 13 countries and 4 of the 7 continents. He has climbed Mt. Olympus, camel trekked through the Sahara and even did a survival camp in The Amazon Rainforest. Justin’s passion for adventure also led him to studying away as an exchange student at The University of Northern Colorado for a semester and he also participated in the WKU Storm Chase.
Justin joined the First Alert Weather Team here at WBKO as he finished school during the summer of 2018 and looks forward to serving South Central Kentucky through providing the latest forecast and by taking you out into the weather as it happens.