Joel Myers

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Joel Myers
ResidenceState College, Pennsylvania
Alma materPennsylvania State University
OccupationMeteorologist, CEO and Chairman of AccuWeather, Inc.

Dr. Joel N. Myers is Founder, CEO and Chairman of AccuWeather, an American commercial weather service and media company.


Myers is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1961, 1963, and 1971, respectively.[citation needed] He founded AccuWeather in State College, PA in 1962. Myers served on the faculty of Penn State from 1964 until 1981 as instructor, lecturer and assistant professor and has taught weather forecasting to approximately 17% of all practicing meteorologists in the United States upon retirement from active teaching in 1981.[1] Additionally, he served on the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees for 33 years, and continues to serve as an Emeritus Trustee.[2]

In 2007, Myers appointed his younger brother Barry Lee Myers, a business attorney, as AccuWeather's chief executive officer. The younger Myers was nominated to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in October 2017.[3] Barry Myers stepped down as CEO of AccuWeather on January 1, 2019 and completely divested himself of any ownership of AccuWeather in accordance with his pledge to the Office of Government Ethics and the U.S. Senate.

Myers has seven biological children and step-children: Dan Myers, Sharon Myers, Adrienne Johnson, Brad Mason, Erika Myers, Drew Morris and Lachlan Myers.

Political activities[edit]

Myers faced criticism in 2005 when he supported the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) that would have prohibited the National Weather Service from publishing weather data to the public when private-sector entities, such as AccuWeather, perform the same function commercially.[4] Myers has been a long-time large donor to the Republican Party, its candidates, and to Santorum, his home-state Senator.[5] [6] [7]


  1. ^ "Penn State University - Board of Trustees". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
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  3. ^ Shepardson, David (October 12, 2017). "White House nominates AccuWeather CEO to head climate agency". Reuters. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Text of S.786". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  5. ^ Hefling, Kimberly (2005-05-27). "Critics Question Timing of Santorum Bill". ABC News. Retrieved 2009-02-02.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Masters, Jeff (2005-06-20). "Update on the National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005". Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog. Weather Underground. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  7. ^ Noah, Timothy (2005-08-02). "Santorum's Mighty Wind". Retrieved 2009-02-02.

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