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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 fox4kc.com. 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
  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter Forecast is Wednesday night! (TUE-11/21)

    Good morning…lots of clouds in the region to start our day today…and after a fiery sunrise, it will be gray for awhile. Temperatures today won’t be as warm as yesterday (62°) but it won’t be terrible. A cold front has come through the area so cooler air is flowing southwards now. There could be a few sprinkles somewhere, but no real beneficial moisture is expected for days to come…and this November will in all likelihood be one of our drier […]

  • FOX 4 Forecast: Windy and wild temperature ride!

    A cold front is on the move this morning and it will bring much colder weather back to the forecast today.  Our high will happen closer to lunch and we should be in the 30s by the time you leave work today.  Watch here to see how your travel and Thanksgiving forecast looks for the week ahead:     Be sure to download our apps and follow us on Facebook. iPhone fox4kc weather app Android fox4kc weather app. Fox4kc news […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Good looking holiday week + Winter indices research (SUN-11/19)

    A bright but cool afternoon in the KC region. Temperatures this morning dropped into the mid 20s (26° at KCI) and are struggling to recover this afternoon to 50-55° or so…overall a pretty seasonable day mostly. We’ll take the sunshine and the lighter winds at least…because while the sunshine will be around Monday…the winds WILL NOT be light.’ Forecast: Tonight: Clear and cool but NOT as cold with lows down to 35-40° as the SW winds start to increase and […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Taking a look at La Nina and KC snows (FRI-11/17)

    It’s a mild end of the work week in the KC region as south winds have been blowing through the night and will continue into tonight as well. This has brought up the dew points and also the temperatures today. Some areas, especially on the KS side are making a run towards 70° as the sun is cracking through the clouds as of this writing. Not too many complaints though after this (overall) chilly stretch of about 3 1/2 weeks […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: We’re repeating the same things (THU-11/16)

    We’re enjoying quite a bit of sunshine for the 2nd day in a row…and that is something nice for the middle of November. As of 2PM we’re around 50° which is still a few degrees below average and through today we’re still running more than 5° below average for this month overall… Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds with temperatures initially falling this evening then starting to go back up as the low level moisture fromt he south comes into the region […]

  • What’s all this talk about La Nina?

    (Video starts at 15 seconds) The FOX 4 Winter Weather Forecast is coming up on Wednesday November 22nd. In this video Meteorologist Joe Lauria talks about the phenomena that’s called La Nina and how it may influence the upcoming winter weather across the United States. He also details some of his early thoughts for the upcoming winter in Kansas City  

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Getting. So. Old. (SUN-11/12)

    Good afternoon…yet another gray day out there and it’s been just that way, mostly, all month long…and we could probably throw in a couple of days in late October into that mix as well. Some good news…early this afternoon a clearing line was moving through NW MO…hopefully we see at least some clearing for awhile before sunset, at least for areas from KC northwards. Forecast:  Tonight: Some clearing from KC northwards…but areas south of KC probably won’t clear out. low […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: La Nina is here (officially) (FRI-11/10)

    Brrrrr. I spent part of my day day out at Kaufmann Stadium…checking out their garage sale Saturday morning and also the renovations that are going on with the field. Their getting the shipment of new grass this weekend and will be installing it next week. That timing is good because, at least for a few days, next week will be milder overall that the chilly days of late. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and steady temperatures. We should drop somewhat this […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another dose of chilly air coming in (THU-11/9)

    It’s a pretty bright and sunny morning out there as temperatures have started out the day in the 30s…but another cold front is coming into the area and that means more chilly weather to finish off the work week and to start the weekend. Right now it looks like Sunday will be the better of the two weekend days. The good news is that this next front moving in today may be the last significant cool shot in awhile…as the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: How about some good news…I think (TUE-11/7)

    Yesterday I described the weather this week as sort of “blah”. Today…it just looks like “blah” out there. A little sun…lots of clouds…chilly temperatures…just blah. Over the past weekend when I created a 2+ week forecast for you…the highlights were a cooler than average week this week…but some milder days heading our way for next week. So as we start today’s blog…let’s focus more on that aspect. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds and chilly with highs around 45-50°. NE winds of […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Some sun…some clouds…some sprinkles…a flurry (anything else?) (MON-11/6)

    In digging around the trends for temperatures so far in 2017…I cranked out this little tidbit for you last night…reliable and complete records go back to about 1889 or so (in 1894 there are 20 days of missing data) but overall this is the 23rd warmest year in KC weather history through yesterday’s date. This was mostly built on the ridiculously warm winter of 2017…and a lack of snow. The coolest month compared to average was August. Our weather is […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Clouds…and more clouds…and more clouds (SAT-11/4)

    Good Saturday afternoon. It’s gray and cool out there and it’s really not going to change all that much today…or really Sunday either. I was hoping we might see some breaks in the clouds (or at least some thin spots) but that doesn’t look too promising as I type this. That means with little wind to stir the air this afternoon. Temperatures as I type this are in the upper 40s to around 50° and we may be able to […]