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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: Big storms…big damage (SUN-7/23)

    Well at least it’s a bit more bearable out there today…that after a feisty mid evening of thunderstorms which produced numerous reports of wind damage in a somewhat west>east fashion north of 435 and south of I-70. Johnson Co>Jackson Co took the brunt but there were other reports in the region as well. I noticed some of the trees that we were showing on the ground this morning looked somewhat diseased but between all the tree limbs that came down…bringing […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Better but not better but a little better (SAT-7/23)

    Well as of noon the temperature is 92° up at KCI with a dew point of 75° making the heat index around 103° and rising by the hour…another stifling afternoon out there for sure. There is a bit of a hot wind blowing so we’re get that working for us. I’m tracking a cold front towards NW MO and SE NE that will be inching our way (and falling apart as it does so). That front may be a trigger […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Worst of the heat/humidity ends Saturday (FRI-7/21)

    Another steam bath out there today. Morning lows were in the 70s to around 80° but with the dew points remaining in the low-mid 70s…it felt miserable to start and it feels worse now with temperatures between 95-100° in the area. Another scorcher tomorrow with potentially some storms in the evening…then a bit of a break for Sunday into Monday. It won’t be a huge break but at least it should be 5-10 degrees less hot. Keep in mind though […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Two more days then a small break (THU-7/20)

    As I type this blog, temperatures have popped into the mid-upper 90s with a heat index surging to near 110° in spots around the KC region. It’s pretty stifling out there but there is some good news…a “cold” front will enter the picture later Saturday into Sunday AM and perhaps provide 1) some rain/storms and 2) a bit of relief from the more “extreme” heat that has settled into the region. Until then it’s blazing as we try and hit […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The slow creep of excessive heat (TUE-7/18)

    An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for the area starting Wednesday. Today, while hot, will not be that out of the ordinary for the KC area. Temperatures yesterday popped into the lower 90s and we should be in the 90-93° range again today. Clouds that are to the west of the area may filter a bit of the sunshine and as I write this blog there is some nice rain falling in northern KS but odds favor this activity […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Back into the broiler again (MON-7/17)

    Tell you what…it’s going to be a hot one this week. Temperatures will be on the slow creep upwards starting Wednesday into Saturday before potentially some relief later in the weekend in the form of a cold front. Rain chances overall look pretty minimal until the weekend and as the heat index creeps higher and higher this week as well…it will be stifling out there again. Odds favor somewhat higher heat index readings than the last blast of hot air […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: More storm chances tonight/Friday AM (THU-7/13)

    Good afternoon. The storms that affected the area from KC northwards this morning have complicated the atmospheric picture a but this afternoon. Last night parts of N MO saw 4+” of rain in areas. In the KC metro…it flat out poured at my house (it was welcome rain for sure after a steamy week…and Metro amounts varied from nothing to about 3/4″ or so. New storms may fire later this afternoon through the overnight and again locally heavy rains (possible […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The heat to briefly break (WED-7/12)

    Good morning…some showers are ongoing across N MO this morning and there may be more activity up there later today as well. Back home into the KC Metro…no rain (yet) but and it’s still toasty but as I stressed over the weekend this is basically just a typical KC heat wave (if we can even really call it that). The dew points have been the reason why temperatures haven’t popped even higher. The higher the dew point the tougher it […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat advisory into Wednesday (MON-7/10)

    We’ve been expecting a shot of hotter weather and it really kicks in today. Over the weekend, highs were really average…upper 80s Saturday and 90° Sunday. Today we’ll tack on about 5 more degrees to those highs and that will send the heat index popping to around 105°. Once it gets to that level, and with it expected to be in that general vicinity for a few days…a HEAT ADVISORY is issued. I got into this more in yesterday’s blog […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So about that heat… (SUN-7/9)

    Good afternoon…bright and sunny out there today with just a few cumulus clouds out there. Temperatures are already warmer than they were yesterday and we’re still going upwards. Today will be the 1st day this month with highs 90° or higher. Did you know that we typically do that 41 times each year…and that not including today, we’ve done it 8 times already. You can see we have a ways to go. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and warmer with lows […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat wave alert for next week (FRI-7/7)

    Did you know that technically there isn’t a solid definition of a heat wave. There is a rough definition but it really doesn’t apply to our particular region (or for that matter most of the country). That definition is in the American Meteorological Society glossary that I just looked up. Here is it…“To be a heat wave such a period should last at least one day, but conventionally it lasts from several days to several weeks. In 1900, A. T. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A brief humidity break…then it gets worse (THU-7/6)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are in the 85-90° this afternoon and it’s seasonably muggy out there as well. There is some good news regarding the latter situation as a weak front will move through the area Friday morning…this should provide the region with a decent drop in the dew points leading to a more comfortable “feel” to the air on Friday afternoon BUT it will still be hot to finish of this shortened work-week Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and muggy with lows […]