Josh Rubenstein

Josh Rubenstein
Josh Rubenstein is chief meteorologist for CBS 2 and KCAL 9. He has been with the station since 1997.

Rubenstein serves as KCAL 9’s weathercaster on the station’s weekday noon and 4 pm newscasts.

Rubenstein also serves as a field reporter for both stations covering breaking news and human interest stories for his California Dreams segment, which can be seen on CBS 2 News at 5 pm. He has covered major stories in recent years. From the frontlines of numerous wildfires here in the Southland to flash flooded neighborhoods, Rubenstein has provided insightful analysis of the weather conditions that had the potential to significantly impact the disasters.

Drawing on his experience as an aircraft pilot, Rubenstein played a key role in the CBS 2 and KCAL 9 coverage of the crash of a single-engine airplane into a local apartment building in June 2003.

Prior to making the move to Southern California in 1996, Rubenstein honed his reporting skills in his home state of Illinois with television stations in Champaign, Rockford and Peoria.

Rubenstein earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communications from the University of Illinois. He then earned his certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Cal-State Northridge. Rubenstein has also been awarded the National Weather Association Seal of Approval as well as the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval. He is also one of a handful of meteorologists in the United States with a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal. He serves on the Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Police Advisory Board and actively participates in a host of community organizations. He is also is a senior member of the Civil Air Patrol.

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Ask Josh: Why Have There Been So Many Tornadoes Lately?

It seems that tornadoes have been popping up everywhere this season, from Northern California all the way to New England. This rash of twisters has lots of people, including Eric from Camarillo, asking, “why so many?”


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Ask Josh: How Tornadoes Are Rated

With the recent deadly outbreak of tornadoes in the Midwest, twisters are on everybody’s mind, including Frank from El Segundo. Frank wanted to know how tornadoes are rated.



Ask Josh: Josh Rubenstein Gives Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Josh Rubenstein gives an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Weather Desk at CBS2/KCAL9.


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Does Anybody Have An Ark Handy?

A line of storms pushing through Southern California is going to keep us water-logged through the middle of the next week.  In the weather business we look for consistency in our computer forecast models…and those […]



Meteorological Winter vs. Real Winter

Well I woke up this morning…went to the car to head off to work, and I couldn’t feel my fingers.  It was down right cold in the San Fernando Valley this morning.  We have a […]



Stormy Weather

We are enjoying a mild Wednesday with temperatures near seasonal averages, however a storm system is still slated to drop down into California by the weekend.  I was perusing our forecast models, and it looks […]



I salute our chopper pilots

For about five minutes today our news room held its collective breath.  We had no idea what was going on with our helicopter.  The word in master control was there was a problem with the […]


The winds are howling!

Here is a brief update on our wind event.  The worst of it appears to be hitting right now…between the lunch hour and early evening tonight.  The warning area extends into the Inland Empire and […]



Snuggie weather

We had some of the coldest temperatures of the season this morning.  The San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys dropped into the 40’s and 30’s this morning.  I know we get a lot of grief […]


Blowing past those old records

Someone remind me…this is November right???  Yesterday we broke temperature records all across Southern California.  In many cases these were the highest temperatures ever recorded in the month of November.  A strong ridge of high […]


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Another Hot Day!

Today will most probably be the warmest of the week…and the warmest of this particular heat wave.  Temperatures downtown could reach 95 to 96 degrees.  96 is the old record.  However next week we cool […]


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Hot weather with some golf jokes thrown in

So here it is the second day of November and we will be talking about temperatures that are in some cases 20 degrees above average.  A strong ridge of high pressure is nudging over to […]




You gotta be kidding me!  It’s the first week of November and we are getting ready for record breaking heat.  This has been a very interesting fall.  We have had a yo-yo forecast with cool […]




Welcome to my new blog!!!  I’m just trying to follow my good friend Kent Shocknek‘s lead.  If you haven’t read “Let’s Blog,” add it to your RSS feeds…always good times with Kent.  So many viewers […]


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Earthquake Myths, Debunked

If you live in California long enough, you’ll experience an earthquake. But will Fluffy or Fido give you a heads up? Do you know where to go in an earthquake? And is there really such thing as earthquake weather? Josh Rubenstein goes a-debunking.



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