Awards & Accreditations
Six time Wyoming Association Best Weather Award: 2006-2013
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Meteorology from University of Northern Colorado
I was Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and lived the first 11 years of my life in Elkhorn, outside of Omaha. Living in Nebraska I learned very quickly what it is like to be a Nebraska Cornhusker football fan as well as to have respect for weather and the power of tornadoes. I moved to Colorado when I was 12 and lived in a small town called Castle Rock, which is no longer a small town haha. There I was an All State Football player and excelled in athletics and mathematics. At Douglas County High School, I met many great friends before heading off to Mesa State College in Grand Junction. I attended Mesa State on a football scholarship before transferring to the University of Northern Colorado. At UNC, I discovered my interest in Forecasting Meteorology and my interest peaked in natural earth phenomena. I received a Major in Meteorology and a minor in Speech Communications in 2002. There are many paths a meteorologist can take after they graduate, but I decided with my personality that I should try my luck as a broadcast Meteorologist. I landed a job in Casper, Wyoming working as a morning Meteorologist and anchor for KCWY News 13, a new NBC Station. After a year and a half, I was promoted to Chief Meteorologist at KCWY. I love dogs as well as most pets and have had many over the years!
Q&A with Joel Barnes
What a beautiful day at the Great Sand Dunes National Park! https://t.co/huAHiDElJQ48 minutes ago by WeatherNation
Monsoonal storms near the Four Corners will produce another round of heavy rain today that may create flooding… https://t.co/E44XZwXp0e9 hours ago by WeatherNation