Joel is a native of the Magnolia State, but he comes to the Gulf Coast to 'thaw out' after serving as a meteorologist for KDLT, the NBC affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
He received his bachelor's degree in professional meteorology with an emphasis in broadcasting in May of 2012. After graduation, Joel accepted the challenge of experiencing some of the country's most extreme weather conditions as he moved to the Upper Midwest. After forecasting one of the region's worst droughts, an ice storm that crippled much of his area, several blizzards, and wind chills as low as 50 below; he's happy to return to his roots.
Joel's originally from the Mississippi Delta town of Charleston, but has lived all over North Mississippi since graduation from high school. He has traveled widely in North America from Mexico to Canada, observing many different types of weather phenomena.
Not only does he observe the weather, he also chases it. Just last year, he spent several days chasing tornadoes across Kansas and Oklahoma.
He spent his first two years of college at Delta State University before transferring to Mississippi State. During college, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and several other campus organizations; but he spent many weekends in Greenville where he kicked off his career at WABG-TV in 2009.
During his time in Greenville, he helped his colleagues cover several major severe weather events including the EF-4 tornado that tore a path through Yazoo City. It was his ability to push new information through various social media outlets that made him an asset to their team. He knew that many areas located in the path of these storms were already without electricity, making this their only source of new information.
As you can imagine, Joel is happy to be closer to home. During his spare time, Joel likes to go hiking, boating, and exploring new places off the beaten path. He's a big Mississippi State fan and enjoys cheering on the Bulldogs even when he's busy forecasting the weather for South Mississippi.
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