Joe was born in Norway, Michigan; a small town located on the Wisconsin border near Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula. Ever since he was young, he's been fascinated with the weather. When Joe was four, he was drawing weather maps with crayons. His eyes were glued to the meteorologists on TV; most notably WLUC TV6 in Marquette.
Joe attended college at Valparaiso University in Indiana. One of his best memories from college was during his freshman year when Valparaiso went to the Sweet 16 in the college basketball playoffs.
While in college, Joe pursued a degree in Broadcast Meteorology and interned at WGN-TV in Chicago.
Joe Graduated from college in May 20012 with a degree in Meteorology and a minor in Geography. He is married to his wonderful wife Sara and has a daughter, Ava, born in May of 2009.