Joe grew-up in Michigan and first got interested in weather early in middle
school. “I went to bed one night during a school week after watching the
weather forecast. The weather people called for snow flurries that night.
When I woke-up the next morning we had about twenty inches of snow on
the ground, and needless to say no school. I couldn’t’ figure out how they
could have been that wrong”. That put him on a course to be a meteorologist.

Joe went to Central Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science
in meteorology. Before coming to Fox 17 he worked at WZZM 13 in Grand Rapids
and WILX TV 10 in Lansing. Prior to television Joe worked for the National Weather
Service in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Fort Worth, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska.

When he’s not working, Joe enjoys sports, especially football and spending time
with the family.

Recent Articles
  • Grand River flooding could exceed 2013’s historic levels in some spots

    WEST MICHIGAN– Flooding forecasts for the Grand River continued to rise this evening as rain that fell earlier in the week continues to collect and flow towards Lake Michigan. National Weather Service raised their flood level estimates in downtown Grand Rapids from 21.0 feet to 21.5 feet today, just a few inches below the 21.85-foot record reached in April 2013. The river is expected to reach its high point Saturday evening. The forecast was adjusted because additional water was flowing […]

  • Pancake Ice forming on Lake Michigan

    West Michigan –The bitterly cold temperatures have led to the strange ice formations on Lake Michigan called “Pancake Ice.” The reason the pancakes are so circular is because they turn and swirl in the water, picking up frazzle on all sides. Often, they will have a raised rim around the edge like a crust on a pizza because the pancakes often bump into each other in the water. Pancake ice ranges widely in size. They can be as small as a […]

  • Coldest air of the season for Christmas Week

    West Michigan – After a break from the cold air and snow, get ready for another blast from the Arctic. The 6-10 Day Forecast shows below normal temperatures expected for a good portion of the country. The forecast is valid from Dec. 25 to Dec. 29. The center of the cold air is over the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. Only Florida and the Southwest are expected to see temperatures above normal. Above is the forecast upper air pattern for Sunday […]

  • Unusual cloud formation over West Michigan

    West Michigan – We have received several pictures of an unusual cloud formation this afternoon.  Several people sent us photos and asked about them. The cloud is called a “fallstreak” or “hole punch cloud” and often occurs in a middle level cloud deck as we have this afternoon. This cloud pattern can be caused by a jet passing through the cloud deck. A short article on this unusual cloud formation can be found below from the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, […]

  • Arctic air and snow to blast West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — The coldest air of the season will blast into the area tomorrow with falling temperatures and gusty winds. Temperatures will fall into the low-mid 30s tomorrow afternoon and continue well below average for the rest of the week and into the weekend.  Wind chills by late tomorrow afternoon will be in the upper teens to mid 20s. Our Future Computer model is forecasting wind chills in the upper teens to lower 20s by late Wednesday afternoon. Lake effect […]

  • Cold and snow headed for West Michigan next week

    Our unusually mild and pleasant fall weather will continue through the weekend, but big changes are on the way next week

  • Severe storms possible on Sunday

    West Michigan – A strong cold front will bring the chance of strong to severe thunderstorms on Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms will develop from late afternoon through the evening hours on Sunday. Our chance of severe weather depends on how much if any sunshine we see earlier in the day. Our Future Track model at 6:00 pm Sunday shows showers and thunderstorms from near Flint to Holland. The Storm Predication Center has a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms mainly along and south of […]

  • Second snowiest Halloween on record

    It wasn’t much, but enough snow fell early Tuesday to make it the second snowiest Halloween on record for Grand Rapids. The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids measured 0.4″ at the airport. Most of that melted fairly quickly as temperatures warmed by later in the morning. The snowiest Halloween on record for G.R. was 1.5″ of snow back in 1917. Muskegon and Lansing tied their previous records for snowfall on Halloween.

  • Mainly dry but chilly for Halloween

      WEST MICHIGAN — It looks chilly but mainly dry for Trick-or-Treaters Tuesday.   Our forecast models shows mostly cloudy skies for West Michigan tomorrow at 6 p.m. We will start the day with a rain-snow mix, but that should end by mid to late afternoon.  A few sprinkles may linger into the evening. Temperatures will be well below normal for tomorrow evening with upper 30s to around 40. Wind chills will stay in the lower 30s.