Joel Young is the morning Meteorologist for the WTVA Weather Authority. He joined WTVA in June of 2015, but is no stranger to North Mississippi. Growing up in Charleston, his passion for weather was in part sparked, literally, while watching Dick Rice's coverage of the historic ice storm of 1994. After the storm and the subsequent power outages, he couldn't decide if he wanted to be a meteorologist or an electrician; but here he is today.
After graduating from Charleston High School, Joel attended Delta State before obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Professional Meteorology from Mississippi State. He began his TV career at WABG in Greenville where he helped track the deadly EF-4 tornado that tore through Yazoo City, Weir and parts of Oktibbeha County in 2010. His next stop was at KDLT-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he forecast 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.
Needless to say, at his first opportunity, he returned to Mississippi to 'thaw out' in Biloxi at WLOX-TV. After a couple of years at the beach, Joel is glad to be back in North Mississippi and closer to friends and family. 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 North Mississippi and Northwest Alabama.