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Joe Snedeker


Bright and Sunny Meteorologist Joe Snedeker Shines as Geoscience Instructor

In the vibrant landscape of northeast Pennsylvania, Joe Snedeker stands as a beacon of enthusiasm and knowledge, bridging the worlds of meteorology and education with unparalleled zeal. As we celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day, it's the perfect moment to delve into the journey of this remarkable individual, from his initial foray into broadcasting at WNEP-TV to his esteemed position as a Geoscience Instructor at Marywood University.

Snedeker's career as a meteorologist began in 1993, marking the start of what would become a significant shift in how weather was presented on local television. His approach was anything but ordinary. Eschewing the traditional, stoic demeanor of his predecessors, Snedeker infused his weather reports with a unique blend of humor and authenticity. This refreshing change was epitomized when he famously chose to wear shorts during a weather segment on a bitterly cold 15-degree day.

"People began to take notice of me after I did the weather wearing shorts on a 15-degree day," Snedeker said. "I didn’t have anything to lose, so I figured I’ll just go out there and be me.

Snedeker's unique style initially raised eyebrows among his colleagues, including his station manager, who struggled to understand the unconventional method. Despite this, Snedeker's popularity soared, especially after the inception of "Go Joe," a charity bike ride that has become a staple event for Saint Joseph’s Center.

"I’ve always been an energetic guy," said Snedeker. "I was looking for something to do one summer. ‘Maybe I’ll go to Atlantic City,’ I thought to myself. ‘Maybe I can ask for a dime for each mile I cross, or something like that.’ I wasn’t sure anyone would donate, but I gave it a shot."

This initiative not only showcased Snedeker's dedication to his community but also cemented his status as a beloved figure in northeast Pennsylvania.

Transitioning from a part-time role to becoming a full-time meteorologist in 1999, Snedeker's career took a parallel path in education. Having spent over a decade teaching geoscience at Carbondale Area High School, Snedeker deeply valued the interaction and energy of the classroom. The decision to leave teaching was challenging, but the opportunity to return to education later as a part-time faculty member at Marywood University was a serendipitous moment.

"Life is like a tennis match," Snedeker said. "You have to serve, and you have to return the serve. The kids served me energy in the classroom, and I served it back."

At Marywood University, Snedeker has seamlessly integrated his expertise in meteorology with his passion for teaching, continuing to inspire and engage students in the wonders of geoscience. When asked about his identity as either a meteorologist or teacher, Snedeker offers a perspective that transcends labels.

"The opportunity to educate young minds leaves me feeling fulfilled," said Snedeker. "I’m often asked what I consider myself first, a meteorologist or teacher? I say neither. I’m a practitioner of geoscience, how about that?"

Snedeker's journey is a testament to the impact one individual can have through a combination of passion, innovation, and dedication. As a meteorologist, educator, and community advocate, Snedeker has left an indelible mark on northeast Pennsylvania, inspiring countless individuals along the way.