Austin grew up in Solon Springs, WI, a small town roughly 45 minutes south of Duluth, MN. He went to Solon Springs High School and went on to college at Northland College in nearby Ashland, WI. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in May 2017.
During his time at Northland College, he was a part of the Weather Club and took part in the WxChallenge, which is a contest where those who participated forecast for different cities across the U.S.; he took first place forecasting for Phoenix, AZ his sophomore year out of all the freshman and sophomores in the U.S. that took part in the challenge.
Austin interned at KBJR-TV in Duluth, MN the last three months of his senior year of college. After he graduated, he became the fill-in meteorologist at KBJR in August of 2017. He then became the weekend meteorologist in October 2017 and was promoted to weekday morning meteorologist for CBS 3 Duluth in July 2018, which he held until July 2020. He officially became a First Alert Meteorologist at Dakota News Now in January 2021.
Austin has been interested in the weather ever since he was a little kid (just ask anyone that knows him), going around telling his friends and family what the weather was going to be and even drawing up pretend forecasts.
During his time in Duluth, Austin says the toughest part about forecasting was Lake Superior, as that had a major influence on the weather. He also covered more winter weather than severe weather, but some of the most memorable events included a major winter storm that brought 15-30 inches across northern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin in November 2019 and a major flood event in June 2018 across portions of East Central Minnesota and parts of northwest Wisconsin, where some areas received as much as 10-15” of rain in an 8-12 hour period during the evening and overnight hours.
In his free time, Austin likes spending time with friends and family, playing sports such as softball and basketball, playing video games, and more. His two favorite sports are Basketball and Baseball, where he’s a big Brewers and Lakers fan.