Most meteorologists, with the exception of perhaps Al Roker, fly pretty “under the radar,” if you’ll pardon the doppler pun. Nick Kosir, however, rose to international prominence after going viral online — not for an unfortunate blooper or hilarious weather-related footage, but for his fancy footwork.
“I wish I could say this was my master plan because I probably would look a lot smarter, but it was all an accident,” Kosir jokes. “In early 2019 our boss sat us all down and told us we had to post online 12 times a day. Mandatory! Twelve posts, which is just a ton of stuff.”
“Who has 12 things to post about themselves every day?” he muses. “One day I was bored and ran out of stuff to post, and I thought ‘I’m just going to try this dance I kept on seeing in one of my feeds.’ It was my 12th post of the day, I edited it, put it out there, and forgot about it and went home.” It should be noted: Kosir has no professional dance training. Dude just works it.
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The rest, as anyone who’s been part of a viral meme would say, is history. “I was working the morning show shift, so I went home, took a nap, and woke up to my phone going nuts, and I’ve been dancing ever since.”
Since exploding on TikTok, @officialnickkosir — better known as “The Dancing Weatherman” — has amassed more than 2.7 million followers and 26.8 million likes on the platform, getting attention from everyone from tweens to middle-aged house-spouses and, yes, even rap icon Lil Nas X.
Kosir’s popularity hasn’t just skyrocketed online. The University of Akron and Mississippi State grad might have become famous as The Dancing Weatherman of FOX 46 Charlotte in North Carolina, but he can now be caught as a key member of the new FOX Weather App team, shooting in New York. Also, you might spot him and his family playing with their spaniels at Rye Town Beach.
We sat down with the newly minted Westchester resident to find out more about the big move from network affiliate to streaming primetime.
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You know, not really, at least not to me. I treat them both the exact same. The one thing that’s different here are commercial breaks: ad spots are a little bit shorter. It’s a totally different format; in local TV news and broadcast TV I just did the weather, so my part on any show was fairly small; it was a two-minute hit every 10 minutes. Now, the biggest difference is I’m totally involved with the show because it’s all weather, all the time.
I absolutely love Rye. In fact, my wife fell in love with Rye before we even moved here, and my son absolutely loves his school here. We love the area, but how could you not love it? Everybody’s great, and I’ve noticed it’s a very health-conscious community…a lot of people walking, jogging, biking. Even now, when the temperatures are cold, everybody’s outside and I love seeing that. There’s a sense of real community, too, with the kids. I think it’s so cool that kids ride their bikes places. You really don’t see that in many other communities.
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I hate to say it, because it’s a chain restaurant, but I absolutely love Greek from Greece on Purchase Street. It is so delicious and so healthy, and I’ve spent too much money there already.
Also, we love the dog beach. We have two spaniels, and they love it out there. They burn off all their steam and play with the other dogs. We get a kick out of watching them and they get a kick out of doing their thing, so it’s a win-win.
I think you can safely pop-it-and-lock-it back to the office. Actually, it looks fairly warm-ish, with a little bit above-average temperatures.
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Viewers can now catch Nick Kosir weeknights on America’s Weather Now from 5-7 p.m. on the FOX Weather App and FOXweather.com, and again on weeknights from 9-10 p.m. co-hosting viral weather videos show FOX Weather Wild.