Padgett, who has family in Texas, has worked as the weekend morning meteorologist at WPLG, the ABC affiliate in Miami, since 2008.
“It feels like I’m coming home,” he said in a statement. “I’m so excited that I’ll get to watch my nephews’ ball games and spend holidays with my folks.”
Padgett replaces Garry Seith, who left KTVT earlier this month. He begins on September 16.