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Joe Lauria is the weekend news meteorologist for FOX 4. Joe believes that the weather reports are important because weather is the one thing that affects everyone.
He joined the station in January 1995, but weather has been an important part of his life since childhood. Growing up in New York, Joe remembers being fascinated by clouds and snowstorms at the age of 10. Winter remains his favorite weather season because of those hard-to-forecast snowstorms.
This award-winning meteorologist was chief meteorologist at KOSA-TV in Midland, Texas for six years. It was there that the Associated Press voted him the best weathercaster of the year for the state of Texas. He also has been chief meteorologist at WAYK-TV in Orlando, Florida and KFKF-FM in Kansas City and WCEE-TV in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Over the years he’s done local radio forecasts for KMBZ-AM and WHB-AM.
Besides his FOX 4 weather forecasts, Joe gives dozens of speeches and severe weather seminars for the young and old each year. Talking to adults…he loves speaking about how TV stations now cover bad weather…it certainly has changed a lot over the last 5-10 years or so. He was named president of the KC Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for both 2001-02 and 2002- 03, and again in 2014 and has been Vice President from 2008-2013… and also is a member of the National Weather Association (NWA). Both organizations have given him their Seal of Approval for excellence in weather broadcasting. As a way of giving back to the weather community, he used to judge TV candidates nationwide in order for them to obtain this prestigious certification. He also has been awarded the highest honor possible for a TV meteorologist when he obtained the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation from the AMS, which fewer than 650 people have.
In 1984, Joe graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology. Joe considers one of his career highlights to be helping our viewers get through the tornado outbreaks that have affected the area for the past years including the May 4, 2003 KC Tornado Outbreak.
When he is not working, Joe enjoys traveling, sports, and especially playing golf…he even has a hole-in-one. As a matter of fact…during the golf season as a way of helping out the golf community and local charities as well…he actively promotes 100’s of different golf fundraisers around the area both on the air and through Joe’s Golf Tournaments on A native of New Rochelle, New York, Joe currently resides in Olathe, Kansas with his wife Jaye Lynn and their 3 cats. His favorite things about the city are the great Italian restaurants and of course the golf courses.

Recent Articles
  • FOX4 Forecast: From Wow to Whoa!

    The string of perfect October weather continues on Thursday, with afternoon highs climbing to near 80!!  There is still a chance for rain and thunderstorms this weekend, and a big plunge in temperatures for a few mornings next week!  I’ll discuss the wild changes ahead, in the updated Long Ranger…right here: Be sure to download our apps and follow us on Facebook. iPhone fox4kc weather app Android fox4kc weather app. Fox4kc news apps:  iPhone and Android Click here for FOX […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe storm chances…then a brief chill (SAT-10/14)

    Good morning…certainly some changeable weather is on tap for the region over the next 24 hours…as a stationary front will start dropping southwards into the region later today and allow cooler weather to move into the area for Sunday into Monday. Beyond that temperatures will start to warm back up again. The more immediate issue is the potential for stronger to potentially severe thunderstorms in the region later today and this evening. Certainly not set in stone but the opportunity […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend storms (maybe severe) then smooth sailing (THU-10/12)

    Good morning…foggy out there to start the day in spots…not unusual for the fall season as the nights are getting longer. Temperatures this morning are cool but seasonable considering the average low is 47°. We have a BIG warm-up coming over the next 60 hours (through Saturday) before another cool shot of air moves in to finish the weekend. Overall typical weather expected for the 10 days in terms of the usual ups and downs of Fall temperatures…the ups though […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A temporary Fall chill in the air (TUE-10/10)

    Good morning…temperatures have turned much cooler in the region and today is going to be a struggle to warm up much at all with the cooler air and the low gray overcast expected…but the pattern is so progressive and NOT locked in…that this brief cool incursion won’t last very long at all. Overall a good nap day. Forecast: Today: Clouds, a few sprinkles/light showers possible too. Highs around 45-50 or so. Blustery winds from the north at 15 MPH as […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: IF this was winter…(MON-10/9)

    Well a beautiful day out there to start a Monday…skies are bright and sunny and the air is nice and crisp. Tomorrow though will be a vastly different day…and it’s one of the reminders that fall is certainly here. You will feel about 30° cooler tomorrow compared to this afternoon…and there might be at least some rain to boot as well. Forecast: Today: Partly sunny and pleasant with highs into the 70s Tonight: Increasing clouds with lows in the 50s…showers […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Active pattern sets up (SUN-10/8)

    Good morning…our Staycation continues for about another 10 days or so…yesterday got a chance to head out on a perfect fall day to Somerset Ridge Winery down in Miami Co towards Louisburg. We passed the Cider Mill that was jammed as usual with folks and made the 1st left beyond that…go down a few miles and the winery is on the left…very “country” with some rather pleasant KS wines. We just sat outside for a couple of hours and listened […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Wavering front and more rain chances (THU-10/5)

    Good morning…a pretty gray day on tap for the region today but there should NOT be an all day rain…so you’ll be able to do a couple of things outside for awhile…the problem is that there could be some showers almost at any time today…so it’s tough to make any concrete outdoor plans for today…and perhaps for part of Friday too…it is what it is…at least the temperatures are rather reasonable…and the weekend will be better! Forecast: Today: Cloudy with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Some good napping weather coming (WED-10/4)

    Good morning…today is a rather interesting day in weather history…more on that below. It’s also a day that will be markedly cooler than the weather over the past few days…the warm and humid air mass of Monday and Tuesday is now being pushed southwards…as cooler air is moving in. The push isn’t the greatest but this morning from KC northwards a cooler air mass has settled into the area. There are a few sprinkles/showers out there and those will be […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Multi day rain event on the way (MON-10/2)

    Good Monday morning…warmer weather is on tap for the region for the next couple of days as higher dew points will also come into play too. The dew point as a matter of fact has increased markedly since 12AM this morning, going from 50° range to near 65° after daybreak. That’s actually a pretty big increase in about a 6 hour stretch. So it will fell more like spring out there as well for a few days too. The main […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Warmer winds and rainy days (SUN-10/1)

    Good afternoon. There were a few brief showers out there today, northern MO has some extra rain compared to others but for the most part it was enough to get the ground wet but not much else. Variable clouds are still out there this afternoon and temperatures today will end up well into the 70s before the day is done. It gets warmer over the next couple of days and then a cold front will move into the area…on Friday’s […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Some “Maytober” weather ahead (FRI-9/29)

    Good afternoon…another glorious and mild afternoon in the KC area as temperatures are near 80° and while the average high for today is closer to 75° when you get to late September>mid October especially, when the air is dry and the skies are sunny, you can get nice warm-ups after cool mornings. This morning we dropped to 50°…so today will be around a 30° warm-up. Not that unusual for this time of the year. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear and cool […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So this is really Fall after all (TUE-9/26)

    If you were flipping through the channels over the weekend…you may have noticed a bit of a difference in forecasts for today…I was much cooler than most other sources…and it’s because I really felt strongly that the models were underestimating the fact that this cold front was going to be bigger deal. Thick clouds…cold air coming in from the Plains and even some rain was everything that I was expecting. I couldn’t figure out how some models through today would […]