Justin Zollitsch

Meteorologist

I first set foot in the FOX6 Weather Center when I was 9 years old. At that time, I think my parents thought it was cute that I had such an interest in weather. Well, I guess in some ways I never grew up.

My trip to FOX6 includes a tour through every area code in Wisconsin. I grew up in West Allis (or “Stallis” to some) and graduated from Pius High XI High School.

My next stop was UW-Madison where I studied Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, which is really just a fancy name for meteorology. One of my classes included an internship at FOX6. Vince Condella and Bart Adrian made it the most fun 2 credits I could earn.

After working for Weather Central in Madison I got my first TV job in Rhinelander followed by a stop in Green Bay.

These days I live in Menomonee Falls along with my beautiful wife, Amy, and our son, Alexander, who joined us in September 2012. Amy and I are thrilled to be back in the area we grew up close to friends and family. And I can't forget the final member of our family, Camille, a tuxedo cat named after the category 5 hurricane of 1969.

Other than watching the clouds drift by, I’m a huge sports nut. I love golf but golf doesn’t always love me. If you see me on the course, be prepared to duck!

Recent Articles

  • What was Superstorm Sandy?

    Posted on: 3:07 pm, October 29, 2013, by , updated on: 07:18pm, October 29, 2013

    One year ago today a storm named “Sandy” slammed the east coast of the U.S. while also delivering a powerful...
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    Sandy as it changed from a hurricane to a massive post-tropical cyclone.
  • Venus shining bright for a few weeks

    Posted on: 3:45 pm, October 10, 2013, by , updated on: 03:46pm, October 10, 2013

    Our recent stretch of warm weather this October has probably meant you’ve spent a little more time outside and at...
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    Venus
  • Is it safe to shut down the air conditioning for the year?

    Posted on: 3:23 pm, September 18, 2013, by , updated on: 03:24pm, September 18, 2013

    If the first batch of leaves drifting off their branches isn’t enough of a sign the seasons are changing, the...
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    Warm thermometer
  • Worst of the worst of Wisconsin’s severe weather

    Posted on: 3:15 pm, July 25, 2013, by , updated on: 06:00pm, July 25, 2013

    In Wisconsin we know extremes. Our record book shows temps as high as 114° (Wisconsin Dells July 13, 1936) and...
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    Photo by Cailyn Lloyd
  • The “dog days” of summer are here

    Posted on: 4:14 pm, July 11, 2013, by , updated on: 04:19pm, July 11, 2013

    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — You think it’s warm now? Oh we’re just getting started. Even though the days are getting shorter...
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    "Leinie" takes a swim on a hot summer day.
  • Gaining weather knowledge on a road trip

    Posted on: 3:28 pm, June 20, 2013, by , updated on: 03:31pm, June 20, 2013

    Monday afternoon I arrived back in town after a 7 day family road trip. The Zollitsch family tour (including myself,...
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    Weather and climate is very different at 10,000 ft.
  • How common are EF-5 tornadoes?

    Posted on: 12:40 pm, May 23, 2013, by , updated on: 12:52pm, May 23, 2013

    The video and images coming out of Moore, Oklahoma are almost surreal. You may be thinking how can wind do...
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    Moore, OK after the EF-5 tornado on May 20th. Credit: Ben Handelman
  • Damaging winds from a “heat burst”

    Posted on: 3:17 pm, May 15, 2013, by , updated on: 03:23pm, May 15, 2013

    Something very unusual happened Tuesday night (5/14/13) in southeast Wisconsin. A night that did not have any thunderstorms in the...
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    Mammatus clouds forming under the anvil of a decaying storm. Photo by Stephanie Kohman
  • Now showing in Wisconsin, spring, summer, and winter

    Posted on: 3:15 pm, May 1, 2013, by , updated on: 03:18pm, May 1, 2013

    It’s quite possible you’re reading this blog entry while keeping the aloe in close proximity. Yes, the last 2 days...
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    Warm start to May
  • “Cooler by the lake” is back

    Posted on: 4:04 pm, March 28, 2013, by

    A sure sign of spring is the addition of “cooler by the lake” to the forecast. On Friday and Saturday...
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    Milwaukee lakefront looking south.
  • Dear Winter, I’m so over you!

    Posted on: 2:30 pm, March 19, 2013, by

    Dear Winter, I’m breaking up with you. I’m sorry if this seems sudden but I’ve grown tired of you for...
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    Hanging with Brrrt the Snow Stick on the weather deck. One of us is ready for spring.
  • Why it’s harder to warm up this year

    Posted on: 3:15 pm, March 14, 2013, by

    In the middle of March 2012 we weren’t just thinking spring, many of us were thinking summer. Temps swelled to...
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    Clearing snow off a driveway after a late winter snow in southeast Wisconsin