News 12 Hudson Valley's Joe Rao is one of the best-known broadcast meteorologists in the Northeast.
Joe's career spans more than 30 years in weather casting. He's also known for his research in the field of astronomy. The Hudson Valley gets the most accurate and up to the minute reports from this preeminent weathercaster. Joe Rao provides Hudson Valley-specific weather forecasts for our county; from the coastal sound shore region to the rural North County areas.
Joe has been deeply involved in forecasting for more than half his life. He got his start at a private weather service providing customized weather forecasts for municipal, government, and media clientele. Among them were Newark and LaGuardia airports, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He even provided daily forecasts for over a decade to both New York baseball clubs, Mets and Yankees. In addition to all of this, were the radio stations. Joe's syndicated reports were heard in over 200 radio markets across the eastern and central United State, including parts of Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia in Canada. In New York, his forecasts aired on WABC, WPAT, WMCA, WPLJ, and 1010 WINS radio. In fact, the very first weather report he ever delivered on radio was right here in Westchester on New Rochelle's WVOX radio. Over a 17-year span, he did over 270,000 weathercasts.
For his radio work, Joe received the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Seal of Approval in 1987. He is also the recipient of the National Weather Association (NWA) Seal of Approval for excellence in television weather casting in 2002.
In 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008 he was voted "Best Local Weatherman" by the readers of Westchester Magazine. Joe was also nominated for an Emmy in 2004 and 2006 for On-Camera Achievement. In 2005 he received the Quill Award from Westchester's Mercy College for Professional Achievement.