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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: There goes the warmth…here comes the ice? (MON-2/19)

    Well I was all fired up last night about all the weather changes that were going to happen over the next several days…don’t get me wrong…I find forecasting ice a pain in the … you know what. I really have no use for it whatsoever. Either give me snow or rain…but I hate ice. Floods too for that matter…too much rain at once. The temperature drop is happening from the NW to the SE this morning…so we’ll all be in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: What a week of weather ahead (SUN-2/18)

    This week is going to be fascinating on many fronts…numerous precipitation chances (for a change)…temperatures that will be varied from point A to point B…even has close to us as the KC Metro area…the potential of some thunder and lightning…the chance of ice. not once but twice, and hopefully some needed rains…and that last aspect is what I hope turns out to be the given in this…although depending on where you live as usual your results will vary. There are […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tuesday ice concerns continue (SAT-2/17)

    On a day where Amarillo, TX saw their 1st measurable moisture in 126 days snapping their longest dry stretch of weather in their recorded history…it was a whooping .01″…we had ourselves a weird weather morning of rain/sleet/snow then blue skies. There was a covering of snow in some areas. mainly on the MO side towards the east of KC…but it was a fleeting hit of moisture. We ended up doubling the amount that Amarillo had though…a whooping ,02″. Forecast: Tonight: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Drought conditions hold steady locally (FRI-2/16)

    Good morning…a lot colder out there as expected in today. Temperatures which popped into the mid 60s locally and even 70s south of the KC area…have tumbled behind a cold front that pushed through the area yesterday. Don’t worry though…this is a brief incursion of colder weather and I think Monday will be another warm day with highs well into the 60s again…heck Monday morning may be warmer than Sunday afternoon! Yes another strong front will come through later Monday […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Going back down with a concern for ice? (THU-2/15)

    Good afternoon…nice to be blogging again after talking a few days off to sort of refresh my typing fingers. There was a lot of frustrated blogging going on there for about 10 days of could this happen…will this happen but if this happens then that could happen type stuff. Spread out over the winter…fine…but man…I was over it…and I’m sure some of you were too. Unfortunately for snow lovers…the news is not good…there is a system to watch for early […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Why it couldn’t snow when it was 15° (SUN-2/11)

    Good afternoon…skies are clearing out and temperatures are still pretty chilly out there but it will be getting considerably better over the next few days. As is typical around these parts, usually in the winter when things warm-up the price to pay will be in the increasing winds that will be developing, especially Wednesday. Later in the week a strong cold front will send colder weather back to the region on Friday with another nuisance type snow possibly affecting Friday […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow lovers in despair at this point (2/10)

    Well I don’t know what to tell you anymore. This wasn’t going to turn into a “thing” really and in the end it may turn into “something” but it won’t be a lot and it may be like almost all the other little systems we’ve seen now for the last few years. Another really non-plowable snow in the KC area that is going to be treated by a ton of salt and odds are will melt away by later Sunday […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Sunday snow risk increasing (FRI-2/9)

    Happy Friday everyone. Mother Nature has started the transition to the colder weather in the region as a decent cold front has moved through. IF you were up overnight…it was pretty mild…temperatures were in the upper 40s. As of this writing though…we’re down into the 20s and we’re not going to warm-up that much for the rest of the day. Clouds will be streaming overhead throughout the day as well. The weekend will be cold for sure…and there is the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: About the weekend snows… (THU-2/9)

    Good afternoon…nice to get some milder weather in the region today with temperatures at KCI at 50°…the winds aren’t exactly helpful BUT at least it feels somewhat better out there. Our morning low was 17° though…so it’s been a nice turnaround. To be fair however we did wake up to temperatures in the 20s. Colder air returns on Friday and the weekend is going to get awfully chilly again. Beyond that though…there is a question about snow…and while we should […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Brief cold respite then cold again + more snow? (WED-2/7)

    Good afternoon…it didn’t feel too bad out there today, despite the temperatures being in the 20s…the lack of wind and full sunshine has been a plus to providing a bit of a better day out there. The snows from last night north of KC mainly have now turned into a full fledged winter storm in parts of the east where heavy snow is falling in the interior northeast part of the country. For us…we actually have a nice but windy […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Today’s snow update (TUE-2/6)

    I’ll be keeping an eye on how things play out all day long…in all honesty though there have been so many things (suspicious) about this whole set-up…that for a snow lover…this has been a frustrating “storm” that really isn’t a “storm” to follow. Now that it’s starting to show itself a bit more…things are becoming more clear I think. The main thing is that the heavier accumulations should stay north of Metro KC. Forecast: (1:30 PM Update) Today: Partly sunny […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The Tuesday snow conundrum (MON-2/5)

    Good morning…another sub-zero morning out there with temperatures tanking to -2° before the south wind shift that occurred around 3AM. This allowed the temperatures to recover + some clouds helped the cause too. So as Ii start this blog…we’re around 5°. The clouds will counteract the return of south winds somewhat today but it will be less cold than yesterday…unfortunately though this will be a brief respite as it will be colder again on Tuesday. There is snow up in […]