KCAU9 Weekend Meteorologist Austin Kopnitsky

Growing up near Baltimore Maryland, I have gotten to see some extreme weather growing up.  My passion for meteorology began after Hurricane Isabel rolled through my area in 2003.  I was only nine years old at the time, but I understood the sheer force a potent storm such as that one could carry. I continued to educate myself throughout high school on meteorology, and I wrote my final paper on the effects of global warming, and how it is increasing the overall strength of storms. 


I then went on to further my education at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating with a degree in Broadcast News / Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Throughout my four years spent in Colorado, I learned the effects mountains had on the local weather patterns.  I also took up storm chasing in my free time, and would frequently follow local severe weather in order to gain a deeper understanding of how thunderstorms and tornados form. 


I also have a background in sports, as I was a writer for Mile High Sports in Denver for a year, and then I worked as a freelance cameraman for the PAC-12, BUFFVISION, and ROOT Sports, covering events from CU football games, to Basketball, to Humane Society events.


Shortly after graduating from the University of Colorado in May 2017, I joined the ABC 9 team as the Weekend Meteorologist, and weekday reporter.  Aside from my deep passion for weather, I also enjoy traveling, and finding new exciting places.  In my free time I like playing video games, especially Rocket League, where I will casually enter tournaments on my off days.


You can expect an accurate, easy-to-understand forecast from me, and if severe weather breaks out, I will be there to let you know.


Austin Kopnitsky

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