"The technology we have is amazing—you can scan part of a storm, vertically and horizontally, and see just how strong it is."
New Mexicans have been turning to Action 7 News Chief Meteorologist Joe Diaz for a full and accurate forecast for almost two decades.
Joe has been part of the Action 7 News team for almost 20 years. He originally worked at Action 7 News from 1979 to 1989, and then returned in 1997.
He has racked up numerous awards since then, including the New Mexico Broadcasters Association's "Best Weathercast" in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011. He also won The Associated Press "Best Weathercast" award in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Joe also keeps a weather blog at Joe Knows Weather.
One of Joe's most memorable -- and most frightening -- moments as a television meteorologist came in 1989 when, while working for a Houston station, he was sent to cover Hurricane Hugo.
"We were broadcasting from Charleston, South Carolina, as this category-4 hurricane came on shore," Diaz says. "As we took shelter inside the lobby of the Ramada Inn, a wall caved in and destroyed our $50,000 video camera. Fortunately, no one was hurt."
Joe is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and is the first in New Mexico to be named a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. This prestigous designation is an upgrade of Joe's previous AMS Seal of Approval.
Joe also holds the seal of approval from the National Weather Association (NWA).
Joe married his wife, an Albuquerque native, in 1981. They have two sons.
Tennis, along with an occasional triathlon, are among his favorite ways to spend personal time. Some of the more grueling events he has entered include The La Luz Trail Run up Sandia Mountain and a Half-Ironman event.
Like his late father, Joe enjoys reading the works of Max Lucado and has a soft spot for the 505 Chile Factory in Albuquerque and Abuelita's in Bernalillo and the South Valley.