Joe Rao Biography


For 21 years, Joe Rao was the Chief Meteorologist and Science Editor at News 12 Westchester in New York, USA. He was nominated for eight Emmy Awards, and in 2015, was voted First among weathercasters in New York State by the Associated Press.

Since 1986, he has served as an associate and guest lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium. He is a Contributing Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine and writes a syndicated weekly column for the online news service, He also pens a monthly astronomy column for Natural History magazine and provides annual astronomical data for The Farmers’ Almanac.