Grant Skinner

Grant Skinner is the Weekend Evening Meteorologist and a weekday Digital Reporter.

Grant moved to Mobile, Alabama from Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 2018 to study meteorology at the University of South Alabama (USA). Taking a course taught by News 5 First Alert Storm Team Morning Meteorologist John Nodar solidified his love for broadcasting and allowed him to take his skills and talents to the next level. He is thrilled to be working alongside his professor and mentor.

Grant did research at USA with Dr. Sytske Kimball on the impacts of near-surface temperature inversions on agricultural sites along the Gulf Coast. He presented at the undergraduate research symposium at USA and at the American Meteorological Society conference in January 2022. He has worked with USA’s Coastal Weather Research Center to alert businesses including Alabama Power to take precautions during severe weather. 

Throughout his time at USA, he was also heavily involved in the USA Jaguar Marching Band where he served as drum major for his junior and senior seasons. He was also voted by the student body as the 2021 Homecoming King.

Grant graduated Magna Cum Laude from USA in May of 2022 with a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology with a concentration in Broadcasting and both music and mathematics minors.

Grant was a former intern with the News 5 First Alert Storm Team in the summer of 2021 and would later join the team in December of 2021. He has a passion for severe and hazardous weather and is ready to use his knowledge and experience to alert and protect the Gulf Coast.

Outside of work, Grant enjoys watching shows and college sports, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter or send him an email at

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