Dr. Joe Sobel
Dr. Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 16, 1945. One of his duties as head of the Forensic Department at AccuWeather is to reconstruct past weather events and testify in court. Dr. Joe has been involved in some well-known cases, including those involving singer Gloria Estafan’s bus accident and anchorwoman Jessica Savich’s death.
After graduating from George W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, Long Island, NY, Dr. Joe attended the University of Michigan, from which he received a B.S. in meteorology in 1967. He earned an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1970 and 1976 respectively. He was named a Centennial Fellow of the PSU College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in May, 1990, and inducted into the George W. Hewlett High School Hall of Fame in April, 2001. Dr. Joe has been a member of the American Meteorology Society since 1966 and holds the A.M.S. Seal of Approval for Television Meteorology.
In 1972 Dr. Joe joined AccuWeather, the world’s leading commercial weather service. He started as a part-time employee, became a full-time forecaster in 1976, and was promoted to Expert Senior Forecaster in 1978. The following year, he was appointed Director of Forensic Services. In 1980, Dr. Joe was promoted to Vice President and Director of Radio Services. He became a Senior Vice President in 1981. Since joining AccuWeather, he has presented more than a million radio weather forecasts and can be seen nationally and internationally on cable television channels, MSNBC and CNBC.
Married to Jackie since August 1969, Dr. Joe has two daughters: Lynne, born in 1977, and Kate, born in 1987.
Dr. Joe loves both watching and playing sports. He is an avid baseball fan (Go METS!) and is a big Penn State fan especially basketball. When not involved with weather or athletic pursuits, he enjoys reading, music and theatre. He is a fan of Stephen King and Tom Clancy, likes music ranging from Jimmy Buffet to Beethoven and attends quite a few Broadway shows.