If there’s anyone in CNY who knows about the weather, it’s Josh. He was born and raised in the small western suburb of Syracuse, Westvale. Josh lived through two major severe weather events: the Blizzard of ’93 and the Labor Day Storm of ‘98. It was these two events that got him genuinely interested in meteorology. He says he wanted to understand “how and why” these extreme events occurred and hopefully one day be able to warn people about the next one before it happens.
Josh first learned about meteorology in his Westhill High School earth science class. While he had learned so much already by watching The Weather Channel and Syracuse TV meteorologists, learning about science in a classroom just had “a different feel to it” for him.
Josh went on to attend Onondaga Community College and completed his associate degree in science in 2003 with a focus in mathematics and science, where he took introductory meteorology. He then transferred to SUNY Oswego to complete his bachelor’s degree in meteorology and graduated in 2005. While at SUNY Oswego Josh interned both at CNYCentral (at the time called Action News 3) and Spectrum News (at the time called News10Now). He also worked at the student-run TV station on campus called, WTOP-TV.
After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Spectrum News offered him a part-time meteorologist position that one year later became his first full-time meteorologist position for four years. Beyond that, Josh has worked at several TV stations over the years from WHEC (NBC affiliate in Rochester) to WGRZ (NBC affiliate in Buffalo) to WUTR/WFXV (ABC/FOX affiliates in Utica, NY) to WSYR (ABC affiliate in Syracuse).
While Josh started as a part-time/fill-in meteorologist at CNYCentral, he now has a full-time position with the Weather Authority Team.
“I have this passion for all kinds of weather and living in CNY we get just about everything which makes it fun and never boring. Not only do I get to study and forecast the weather, but I also get to talk about my passion and provide accurate and useful information for our viewers on the same TV station I watched while I was a kid. This truly is my dream job that has come true and I’m very grateful for it.”
Josh bought a house in the same neighborhood where he grew up in 2009 and lives very close to his parents and sister. When he’s not working, Josh enjoys participating in movie trivia nights, playing tennis and golf, trying out new restaurants, listening to live local bands, going to both SU basketball and football games, visiting local seasonal festivals or planning his next domestic or international vacation with friends.