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. Burton says Central Texas weather can swing from wonderful to wicked in a matter of hours, so it’s a great feeling that people turn to the Spectrum News weather team 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, Louisiana, at KTAL (NBC), Burton came right back to Austin. He has been with Spectrum News since January 2000.
Burton says his forecast takes a personal approach by combining strong scientific analysis with real-life personality. That’s what, he says, people look for when they turn on Spectrum News; 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.