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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: So this is really Fall after all (TUE-9/26)

    If you were flipping through the channels over the weekend…you may have noticed a bit of a difference in forecasts for today…I was much cooler than most other sources…and it’s because I really felt strongly that the models were underestimating the fact that this cold front was going to be bigger deal. Thick clouds…cold air coming in from the Plains and even some rain was everything that I was expecting. I couldn’t figure out how some models through today would […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Big changes in less than 24 hours! (MON-9/25)

    Good morning…today will be the “last” day of the real summer “feels” for quite some time (perhaps till next spring?). Temperatures will again pop well into the 80s…and the dew points will be well into the 60s…but a cold front to the west of the region will be on the move later today and will significantly change the temperatures in the area over the next 24 hours. Get the Pumpkin Spice ready because while we’ll still be mild overnight…the trend […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall temperatures on the way (SUN-9/24)

    Good Sunday afternoon! Another hot and humid day by late September standards with temperatures heading up to near 90° and dew points well into the 60s…it’s muggy. The heat index this afternoon will be closer to 95° again for many areas around the region. There is a rather sigificant change coming in the next 48 hours or so…so that on Tuesday you may need a sweater by the evening as temperatures really drop off. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear and muggy […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Toasty weekend but big changes Tuesday (FRI-9/22)

    Good Friday afternoon…another toasty day out there now with temperatures at the 2PM hour once again in the upper 80s. Factoring in the dew points which are close to 70-75°…the heat index this afternoon is round 95°. Hot of the 1st day of fall…which starts as you read this blog (3:02 PM). The weather over the weekend will not change all that much BUT there will be important changes next week…and it will feel like fall out there…we just have […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall starts Friday…Summer roars on (THU-9/21)

    Good afternoon…getting my car worked on for a bit so I figured this would be a good time to write up a weather blog for you. I’ll see you tonight on FOX 4 News at 5/6/9/10 as we talk about the summer weather that continues in the region but also the transition to a much cooler temperature regime for a few days next week. So enjoy those summer “feels” while you can…cooler weather on on the way for sure. When […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain chances in KC + Maria rakes Puerto Rico (WED-9/20)

    Good afternoon. I’ll be filling in for Mike over the next couple of nights…I’m planning on a special Maria weather segment tonight at 9:45. I’ll be preparing special graphics for that. Meanwhile tonight I’ll also be tracking a cold front moving towards the region. How far south it gets remains to be seen but at some point we should see at least some storm development either along or behind the front overnight. Aside from that the last souple of days […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The problem of Maria (TUE-9/19)

    Good morning… There are a few showers/storms east of the metro area early this Tuesday morning…once those fade away this morning there won’t be much rain around here for the next few days. Actually this last week of summer is going to be rather like summer…as temperatures and humidity levels will be more like August than late September. The A/C’s will be working pretty good I think…and it appears the hotter weather will linger through the weekend before cooler weather […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: When it rains…it rains! (SUN-9/17)

    The weather on Saturday was a bit perplexing at times…then yesterday evening I kept waiting and waiting for the storms to refire…finally they did late last night…from there, once again we were off to the heavy rain races again. Widespread 1-5″ totals were reported south of the I-70 corridor with lighter totals on the north side of KC proper. Cooler air is filtering in as I type this blog this morning…so today will be about 15° cooler than yesterday (Saturday). […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Will today be the 20th straight dry day (SAT-9/16)

    On August 27th we had some rain officially in KC…since then bubkis, nada, nothing, zilch, and zippo. It’s been a long dry stretch. Technically on the 4th I think we received a trace of rain, but we’re starting September on a record dry pace. Will we get through the day without any rain? Well there were a few scattered showers out there this morning, but the rain train has been towards the north and NW of the KC area mostly […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Our rain-free streak will likely fall over the weekend and next week (FRI-9/15)

    Good morning…it’s a bit of a milder start this morning and the weather overall is starting to feel more like late Spring as opposed to late Summer. By the way, since we’re in the seasons talk…Fall starts on the 22nd…next Friday…so summer will be winding down…but as i mentioned in the weather blog on Wednesday, overall the pattern is a milder than average one. The dry stretch today is now at 19 days…there have been only 3 other years where […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another summer dose of heat (WED-9/13)

    Good afternoon…a great but warm-ish afternoon in the region today as temperatures are in the low-mid 80s. The other good thing about today is that the dew points continue to be rather reasonable but there has been a subtle trend upwards over the past few days and that may continue somewhat into the weekend. Another chance that is going to be noticed is that the winds will gradually be coming up as well. We haven’t had much of a southerly […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The demise of Irma + our dry stretch (MON-9/11)

    Needless to say…many in Florida have had enough of Irma. Millions are without power…we’re starting to get an idea of the flooding and damage the storm caused. The highest wind gust was clocked at 142 MPH in Naples…and the rains have been noteworthy as well…well over 15″ in places. Odds are today will spell the end of the storm as it’s weakened to tropical storm status… About the only influence on us may be a rather decent thin veil of […]