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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: I’m back…and now the weather changes (THU-6/22)

    Yup…back at work…and back blogging again. I spent about 10 days taking my first European vacation. Spent most of the time in London…and a couple of days in Paris. Once I got used to getting around London…I really liked it. Paris was beautiful. The history and the buildings were amazing to see. Interesting to note that it was pretty toasty in London for a few days…and certainly in Paris too. They don’t do air conditioning there and they don’t really […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: heat and plenty of it (FRI-6/9)

    Good afternoon…I wanted to let you know that I’m going be be taking the next 10 days off…and I’m under orders not to bring along my laptop ( 🙂 )…so I won’t be blogging for awhile. I won’t be very active on twitter either…so send any questions to Karli (@KarliRitter) or Michelle (@MBogowith) on twitter. They’ll get back to you. there won’t be a lot happening in the KC region for awhile but at least for now it’s rather pleasant […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Surging towards 90° for a day…then relief (MON-6/5)

    Good morning…not sure how many weather blogs there will be this week…another one on Wednesday perhaps…maybe another on Friday and then I’ll be taking an extended vacation and I’m somewhat under orders NOT to take my laptop with me. No laptop…no blogs. I’ll tell you more about that later in the week. Meanwhile after a “weird” day yesterday with the downpours or lack thereof…today will be a summer day for temperatures but it’s a one day affair before we get […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Lazy summer pattern this weekend (FRI-6/2)

    Good afternoon…as expected a little warmer and a bit more humid today as June is starting to feel like June, at least during the afternoon. The morning though was pretty pleasant for a few hours and that will be the case over the next few days as well. Temperatures will warm up farther this weekend as the pools start warming as as well which will put a smile on those who don’t like the colder pool waters. The rain chances […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: After today…not a lot of rain ahead (THU-6/1)

    Today is what we call the 1st day of meteorological summer. It’s really a data issue since the 1st day of the any season will vary by a day or two (astronomically). For example…summer starts for us in KC on June 20th (late in the evening) but on June 21st (early in the morning). Sometimes summer will start on the 20th or 21st (mostly) and VERY rarely (1975) on June 22nd. As a matter of fact the next time summer […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: More storms around today… (WED-5/31)

    May is going to turn into a below average month for temperatures…as of this morning we’re running about 1° below average…so this month will be the 1st below average month for temperatures since December. From a rain standpoint, at least at KCI, despite the feeling that it was crazy wet…it’s going to be pretty close to average, depending on what happens today. So far the airport has had 5.4″ or so of rain…average is 5.23″… Forecast: Today: Partly cloudy with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Chasing storm chances (TUE-5/30)

    Good morning…beautiful out there this morning with the birds singing and comfortable temperatures. There may be a few brief sprinkles but aside from that the 1st part of the day looks great. With 2 days to go…our average temperature this month is running .6° below average. We don’t have many below average months for temperatures these days…the last one was back in December. Forecast: Today: An isolated early sprinkle possible then partly cloudy and pleasant with highs around 80°. During […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Calmer and not calmer (SUN-5/28)

    Wanted to get a somewhat short blog out today on a beautiful afternoon in the region as temperatures edge closer to 80° today. The topic of the blog mostly is why hail forms and details about the giant hail that happened to our south yesterday. More nice weather is on tap for Monday (Memorial Day) before the rain chances come back on Tuesday. During this time of the year, especially for about the next 3 weeks or so…any little ripple […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Bigger storm threat is done in KC (SAT-5/27)

    These things are never easy…with the thunderstorms moving through the north side of the metro this early Saturday morning…and a rain cooled air mass being pushed out of those storms and moving towards the SE slowly…this may in fact stabilize things around the metro for the rest of the day BUT there are still many questions about how far this rain-cooled air mass will go and what happens later today in the building instability. Again be Weather Aware today just […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The Saturday conundrum (FRI-5/26)

    Every so often there is a day in the forecast that gives meteorologists fits…and that day is tomorrow…you would think that within 24-30 hours of something that could happen, we’d have a firmer grasp…but I always feel that my honesty with you folks is the most important thing a meteorologist has with his audience…and frankly I’m NOT exactly sure how things will play out tomorrow, especially in the afternoon. More on that in the discussion part of the blog. Forecast: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Be Weather Aware on Saturday (THU-5/25)

    Good afternoon…what a beautiful day out there today with bright blue skies (for now) and pleasant temperatures. As I type this blog…KCI is 72°…that’s San Diego weather! It will be changing though…and you’ll be feeling the humidity more and more heading into the start of the holiday weekend. This is the wettest time of the year…it appears the best chance of rain/storms over the holiday weekend will be on Saturday. At this point Sunday and Monday like rather nice. Forecast: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Upper level storm moves over our region (TUE-5/23)

    I may try to keep this blog shorter than my usual 1000 words for a change…because everything that I’ve written about over the past couple of days seems to playing out the way I thought it would. We’re starting this morning with some light, fast moving showers as I type this…but conditions will improve as the morning moves along. Meanwhile an upper level storm (sort of unusual for late May) will be moving overhead into Wednesday…then the weekend forecast still […]