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
  • 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.

  • Wettest October on record for West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — After a very dry September, we have already set new records for rainfall in October. The National Weather Service reports this is the Wettest October on Record for Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Lansing. This is the Doppler radar rainfall estimate over the past 48 hours. 3-6 inches of rain were reported over much of West Michigan, with 1-3 inches estimated south of I-96 and east of US-131. Specific rainfall totals include 5.5 inches in White Cloud and 5 […]

  • First snow for the state this week

    Michigan – It looks like we have several chances of our first snow later this week and into the weekend. Two storms will pass through the Great Lakes tomorrow,  and Friday bringing in colder air with some accumulating snow in some areas. The forecast models show rain covering most of the state tomorrow afternoon with “wet snow” mixing in across the western and central Upper Peninsula. The forecast model above shows snow accumulation by late tomorrow. 1 to 2 inches of […]

  • Snowy winter for West Michigan?

    West Michigan – NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has released the Winter Outlook for 2017-2018. NOAA is predicting a developing La Nina this upcoming winter which could shape the pattern of weather across the country. Typical La Nina patterns mean above average precipitation and colder than average temperatures in the north, and below normal precipitation and milder in the south. The latest winter forecasts predicts cooler than average temperatures over the Northern Plains and warmer than average temperatures across the […]