DECATUR — WAND-TV has hired Jim Kosek as chief meteorologist.

A Pennsylvania native, Kosek previously was a meteorologist for stations in Atlanta, Kansas City and Salt Lake City over about three decades.

He also worked for AccuWeather Inc., the weather service based in State College, Pennsylvania, where he gained attention for his quirky weather forecasts and delivery to stations around the country.

A 2010 video of his forecast about a Baltimore "Snowpocalypse" went viral. In a profile headlined "AccuWeather forecaster Jim Kosek's over-the-top antics make him a Web sensation," the Washington Post called him "Al Roker meets Sam Kinison."

Kosek ​replaces JC Fultz, who left the NBC affiliate on May 29 after 17 years.

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He will appear on the 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts.

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