Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker can be seen on Your Morning News, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Later in the week, Josh moves to the day shift to bring you the weather Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Josh's career in forecasting the weather began with a job at WNYT in Albany, N.Y., but his fascination with the weather goes back to his childhood.
Josh points to a pair of hurricanes that affected his hometown on New York's Long Island that would help shape his future profession. In 1985, the island took a direct hit from Hurricane Gloria, leaving his family without power for 10 days.
Hurricane Bob passed to the east of Long Island in 1991, bringing plenty of wind and rain to the island on its way to landfall in New England.
In May of 1998, Josh left WNYT for a new challenge forecasting the weather in the volatile conditions of Tornado Alley at KGAN in Cedar Rapids, IA. Josh's time in eastern Iowa led him on the adventure of a lifetime for anyone who is as fascinated with the weather as Josh.
While working on a story about storm chasers, he encountered 14 separate tornadoes, two of which were rated F3 or higher. "There was one instance," Josh remembers, "that the tornado was actually chasing us."
Josh came to the Bay area in March of 2001 and started watching hurricanes again as a member of Bay News 9's Weather on the Nines team of meteorologists.
A graduate of the State University of New York in Albany, Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science, and has the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society. He also earned the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal in 1998.
He and his wife have three children and enjoy snow skiing and scuba diving. They have three dogs and two cats.