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Joe Witte Biography
Joe Witte (born 1943) is currently a researcher at the Goddard Spaceflight Center specializing in Visual Communication of Climate Science and Television news visualizations. He adapts science content for use by 2000 television meteorologists around the country. Witte left television after a long career in meteorology.
Joe has conducted scientific work on a floating ice island in the Arctic Ocean, has flown in three hurricanes, and was the first television broadcaster to report live audio from the eye of the hurricane. He also was the anchor for A&E’s 13-week series, ‘Disaster Chronicles.’ In addition, Joe has worked for WITI-TV in Milwaukee, WABC-TV in New York, ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’, WCBS-TV in New York, KING-TV in Seattle.
Joe Witte Age
Joe Witte was born and grew up in Seattle, Washington, the United States in 1943. He is about 76 years old as of 2019.
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Joe Witte Family
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Joe Witte Career
Witte left television after a long meteorological career. Most recently, he was the morning and midday weathercaster for TBD TV, a local cable news network owned by Albritton Communication headquartered in Rosslyn, VA and serving Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he worked at Washington’s ABC affiliate, WJLA, also owned by Albritton and headquartered in the same Rosslyn facility.
From 2003 to September 2008, when he was released by the station, he served as the weekend weathercaster at WJLA. He was brought back in November 2008 to replace popular longtime morning weathercaster Ron Riley, who retired with NewsChannel 8 after 15 years. Witte worked for WCBS-TV, WABC-TV, and WNBC-TV in New York City, as well as at stations in Seattle, Milwaukee, and Philadelphia.
He was the longtime weatherman on the morning program Today in New York while on WNBC-TV. Witte served from 1983 to 1999 as the weatherman for the former NBC News program NBC News at Sunrise and from 1992 to 1999 as the weatherman for Sunday Today. Witte has also filled in for John Coleman on ABC’s Good Morning America, and for Willard Scott, and Al Roker on NBC’s Today Show.
He helped make the beta project tape for the initial Weather Channel by John Coleman. Witte then served CNBC four years of reporting on the effects of the weather on the business world from 1999 to 2003. He continues to perform voiceover work for sponsor identities that appear before some segments of NBC’s Today. Witte has often reported as a weather expert on NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC and has been a chief meteorologist for NBC’s Super Channel NBC Asia and NBC Europe. He also made appearances on MSNBC as a meteorologist.
In 1985, Witte was on the air non-stop for Hurricane Gloria and also for the 1996 Blizzard for over eight hours each for both events. Local Emmys for the 1996 and 2003 Hurricane Isabel Blizzard are among his awards. Joe Witte began his career as a USGS glaciologist working on the ice of South Cascade Glacier, WA.
He was the principal investigator on ice islands-3 in the Arctic Ocean studying the Greenhouse infrared radiation budget as well as Arctic cloud, winter and summer ice crystals. Next was 1 year at Princeton’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, where original computer modeling for climate change was created.
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Joe Witte Interview
Aren’t you Joe Witte the weatherman from NBC news?
Yes, I was NBC’s morning weatherman for 20 years and then I was with CNBC for four years. Before that, in the 1980s I was the substitute for Willard Scott. I loved doing science demos. I would have Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley work on a science experiment on air with me. One time I made a “raindrop machine” out of an 8 foot by a 6-inch plastic tube filled with clear Karo syrup. Jane Pauley demonstrated how raindrops get their shape as they fall through the atmosphere.
I still do the TV audio for the billboards on “The Today Show.” Basically, this means that I announce the sponsor for the weather. We prerecorded 1,700 over the last 15 years.
Do weathermen get blamed for bad weather?
Oh yes, we do! One time I once received a bill for sixteen dollars from a lady for her frozen tomato plants. I wrote her a kind reply.
When you communicate about the weather, sometimes you become the bad news messenger. To some extent, this is also true of climate change but on a different time scale–decades versus days.
So how do you do it?
A smile helps. I say that the heavy rains will be beneficial even though they are causing floods. There is a silver lining in every cloud. The positive spin about climate change is that we can make changes that might temper the climate change. There is hope.
What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done as part of your job at Goddard?
I started out my career in the mid-1960s as a glaciologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. My master’s thesis involved gathering data on Ice Island T-3 in the middle of the Arctic Ocean in mid-winter when it was 40 below. My father was a science teacher so science is in my blood. I enjoy many of the science talks here. The speakers are all so brilliant that they could head a Fortune 500 company.
What do you like most about working at Goddard?
All the people are really dedicated to their work. I’m trying to engage forecasters around the country to report about climate science. Goddard has so many talented earth scientists that it carries over into my own work. A huge part of my message is the value of science, especially informal science education. Science plays such a huge part of economic innovation. I look for the “aha” aspect of science. Because Goddard is at the leading edge of so much science, my job is that much easier.
Can you give us an example of an “aha” science moment?
Absolutely! Six months ago, I brought a friend’s ten-year-old son here to visit. He was just like a kid in a candy store. It was so exciting to see a young kid so thrilled about science. Now he wants to intern here when he is older.
So who are your favorite weathermen?
Well, it varies. Each has different skills. Bob Ryan is one of my current favorites because he weaves science education and stories into his weather report.
I also love Willard Scott. We shared an NBC weather office in the 1980s at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. He’s such a people person; he loves people. He’s done so much for a great many charitable organizations over the years.
Is there something surprising about you that people do not generally know?
I grew up in Seattle, Washington and did a lot of mountain climbing, skiing, and sailing. I’m a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club based on my early days’ work. I’m becoming a Fellow at the American Meteorological Society later this year.