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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
  • FOX4 Forecast: December Treats!

    Sunday afternoon hit 59°…18° above average!  While we still have some clippers that will affect us this week, they will be weaker than the ones we had last week…and the recovery to milder air will be more swift!  In fact, we could see some very mild days 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 […]

  • Never used before, ‘purple’ fire warning in So. California due to Santa Ana winds

    LOS ANGELES — Southern Californians already dealing with a siege of destructive wildfires were warned to be ready for extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted even though strong Santa Ana winds were blowing. Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, had said Wednesday that a color-coded danger scale had reached purple, which was never used previously, and winds could reach 80 mph. Later, the California Office […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Dry and more dryness ahead (THU-12/7)

    Good afternoon…crisp would be the weather word in the region today with cold temperatures and a chilly wind blowing. It’s going to be another cold next few days (context: this is supposed to happen) and then we should see some moderation just in time for the football game on Sunday. Another developing story locally is the continued dry weather in the region that won’t change for that least the next 8-9 days, if not more than that. Forecast:  Tonight: Mostly […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: What are the Santa Ana Winds? (WED-12/6)

    I’ll be talking about our weather locally (nothing aside from temperatures fluctuations are ahead it appears) but I also want to enlighten you about the situation that is grabbing national headlines today and will do so for several more days (at least). That would concern the devastating fires that again are occurring in California. More on that in the discussion. Forecast: Today: Becoming cloudy. Seasonable with highs in the mid 40s Tonight: Turning colder with lows closer to 15-20° Thursday: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So it really is December after all! (TUE-12/5)

    Just an incredible run of warmth in the region has now been replaced by cooler temperatures and blustery winds that will be around for the next 4 days. Believe it or not though, IF we play our cards right…the weather on Sunday may flip to warmer conditions for a day. We’ll be between cold air masses so I don’t want to promise anything yet…but I could see a path towards 55° IF it worked out perfectly. Before that though, it’s […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Clock ticking on the warmth (SUN-12/3)

    Good afternoon…another day with temperatures running nicely above average in the KC region. Readings as I type this are around 60° despite the filtered sunshine this afternoon. The low clouds never materialized but should start to come together later tonight and be an issue through the 1st part of the day on Monday. The bigger story tomorrow,a side from another day with temperatures 15°+ above average is the cold front that will be moving into the region. As I’ve written […]

  • 5th annual “Lighting Of The Joe”

    Not every meteorologist would dress up and look silly during this time of the year…but I’ve done it for the last 4 years…so why not again. That’s right, it’s time for the Lighting Of The Joe…and if your day can start with a smile…then mission accomplished! Oh and Merry Christmas!

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Yes colder…but remember it’s December after all (SAT-12/2)

    Good afternoon…the month of December is starting the way November ended…mild again and we’ve got a couple of more days of mild weather coming before we start to see changes…but it’s important to note that the changes are going to occur in a step down fashion…no it won’t be near 70° on Tuesday but it will still be in the 40s…which really is where it;’s supposed to be for this time of the year. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies this evening […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter cold is coming (WED-11/29)

    Well at least you’re going to know about this cold shot off air…and I’ve been telling you this now for the last few days and as we get closer and closer to what will turn into a roughly 10-20 day shot of colder than average days and nights…you’ll know it’s coming. Last year it waited till mid December to hit hard…as low as -9° at KCI with many outlying areas closer to -15°…but that was the worst of winter last […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: When do we get 1″ of snow? (TUE-11/28)

    Good morning…a cold front will be moving into the region today and that will have an effect on the temperature as it won’t be as warm as yesterday. Speaking of which…we ended up missing the record high yesterday (71°) by 2° as KCI topped off at 69°. There were record highs all over the place though through the Plains, the Dakotas, and even into the Rockies. Denver hit 81° which not only was a daily record BUT an all-time November […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A coming cold change (MON-11/27)

    Good morning…haven’t had an opportunity to really write up a weather blog for the last few days..I’ve had the time…just no real material to dive into. Yes the weather has been “boring” which is good for 98% of the population during this time of the year…but not so great when you try to write interesting blogs about the weather with some “meat” in them for you to chew on and ponder. As you know, one of my rules about the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The 2017-18 Winter Weather Forecast (WED-11/22)

    Happy Thanksgiving Eve! For those who follow the Weather Blog over the years…we always release the Winter Forecast early (it’ll be on the air tonight on FOX 4 KC at 9/10PM) as a thank you to all my readers for their support of the blog each day and through the years. Wednesday night newscasts on the eve of Thanksgiving may find you running around traveling or with friends and not actually sitting in front of the TV…so now you get […]