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Burton Fitzsimmons

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Chief Meteorologist and Traffic Anchor


Burton Fitzsimmons’ curiosity about weather began while growing up on a 20-acre farm in San Antonio. From a hilltop view on the farm he could watch clouds form and thunderstorms develop.

“Central Texas weather can swing from wonderful to wicked in a matter of hours,” Burton said. “It’s a great feeling that people turn to us to plan their lives.”

Burton earned a Certificate of Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film from The University of Texas at Austin. In the 90s, he directed newscasts at KEYE (CBS) in Austin and briefly popped up as a fill-in meteorologist. After a one-year weather/reporter stint in Shreveport, LA, at KTAL (NBC), Burton came right back to Austin. He has been with Time Warner Cable News since January 2000.

“My forecast takes a personal approach by combining strong scientific analysis with real-life personality,” Burton said. “That’s what people look for when they turn on our weather every 10 minutes.”

Burton holds the Broadcast Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association, and is an active member of both the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society. He enjoys camping, storm chasing, amateur radio, live entertainment, and playing the piano.

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