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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: Miserable Monday morning (3/19)

    If we didn’t need the moisture so much…this would be an lousy Monday morning of epic proportions. We need the rain though so I’m giving it a pass I think. There will be winners and losers…northside not as much as the southside. As I type this the upper level storm is moving along the KS/OK border and is progressing eastwards. The shield of moderate rain with a few embedded thunderstorms is slowing it’s northwards movement and as the upper level […]

  • FOX4 Forecast: Chilly, rainy day to close out winter

    Clouds, rain, lightning and wind will stay in the forecast all Monday morning long leaving us with a dreary start to the week. Highs will remain in the 40s today. Watch the full forecast in the video player above to see when we warm up and see the sun return. 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 here for the FOX4 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Finally some better rains (for some of us) (SUN-3/18)

    Good afternoon…the sun is slowly coming out here at Casa Lauria…as the low clouds have been an expected issue in the region today. They are thinning out briefly from the southwest to the northeast but many areas from near KC and northeast will not see any sunshine again today. The next system that we’re tracking though is showing some promise for the KC area in terms of more rain. After looking at the data I think the odds are more […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Not exactly the best St Patrick’s Day (SAT-3/17)

    Good morning…early blog for you because I’m hanging around and waiting for the big parade. Typically some 200-300-???,000 people show up and line the streets. We’ve had a great stretch of parade days on the 17th…with the feeling of spring in the air…today…not so much. Spring by the way officially begins on Tuesday…and Tuesday is looking pretty gray too. The main issue with the forecast is what happens on Monday and whether the next system gives us that needed 1/2″-1″ […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Drought update and the disappearing snow in KC (FRI-3/16)

    2PM Blog Update in the discussion area… Happy Friday everyone…weird weather alert for today with a sharp contrast in temperatures in the region. Colder north and northeast of KC with warmer conditions south and southeast of KC. Rain is around this morning as well…and we really need it. While there wasn’t a significant change in the drought status for our area…things will be greening up over the next few weeks and that’s when the moisture needs will grow quickly for […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Bizarro Friday or is it Bizzarro (sp?) (THU-3/15)

    What a fabulous Thursday in the area…temperatures are already above yesterday’s high of 65° and with a few more hours of sunshine to go…and a decent wind stirring up the atmosphere this may well be the warmest day since last October 21st when we hit 75°. Today the warmth is widespread…tomorrow some of you will need a winter coat, while others will be fine in shorts. It’s a walk into the bizarre world of temperature forecasting. Forecast: Tonight: Clear then […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: What was nice isn’t anymore (3/13)

    Good morning…a brisk start out there today with temperatures in the mid 20s. Should overall be rather pleasant through Thursday with significantly warmer weather coming. We should max out around 65° or so on Thursday before things head downhill. I’ve had my suspicions about Saturday (St Patrick’s Day) for awhile…and I think it’s going to be a nasty raw day in the area…colder than what other forecasters are thinking and Friday (the day before) also will not be much of […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: 100 or miles from a snowstorm (SUN-3/11)

    Good afternoon…gray and drab weather int eh KC region today with a few sprinkles out there. I was promising temperatures some 15-20° chillier today and that’s what has happened. Haven’t heard of any flakes of snow nearby, although their was a pretty impressive area of moderate to heavy snow that moved through north central MO and dropped into central and eastern MO. Accumulations were in the 1-4″ range of heavy wet snow with large snowflakes. Another system that passed KC […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A late next week payoff (SAT-3/10)

    Nice early blog for you today as I’ll be heading to the Snake Saturday parade on the northside later this morning. Roughly 50-100,000 people will be excited that it’s not snowing, like it was last Snake Saturday. It’ll feel coolish with temperatures in the 40s for the parade and a breeze, but it’s better than last year…that’s for sure. Thankfully it’s not Sunday…today will definitely be the better of the two weekend days. Forecast: Today: Increasing clouds and seasonable with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Wicked Weather Week is over tonight (FRI-3/9)

    Good morning…I thought today’s blog would recap the week that was from the standpoint of Severe Weather awareness week in KS and MO. We titled it Wicked Weather Week and have been doing stories all week long concerning it. Odds are most of you didn’t catch every single story for whatever reason. I missed my own story last night because I was up in Trenton, MO talking to folks about severe storms and spotting bad weather. My thanks to Glen […]

  • The science behind lightning: What makes it so dangerous?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Each year more than 22 million lightning bolts hit the United States. Florida is No. 1 in total lightning strikes. But here in Kansas City, we’re vulnerable to dozens of thunderstorms every year, and they can happen during any month of the year. In the video player above, FOX 4 meteorologist Joe Lauria looks into the science behind lightning and why it’s so dangerous.

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend system to watch…then a chilly next week (THU-3/8)

    Good afternoon…I’m on my way up to Trenton, MO this afternoon to talk severe weather spotting. March is a fickle month in the US…with mostly the exception of the deep south, where the cold fronts don’t penetrate as far south as they have during the winter (mostly)…we tend to go all over the place for temperatures. Chilly…seasonable…warm all in the bag..usually in March. As a result of this…surface storms love strengthening when different temperature regimes are in place. So hang […]