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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: About those once in a xxx year rains (WED-8/23)

    Good morning…today’s blog will be somewhat shorter as we’re now going to enjoy some nice weather for a few days…our next chance of at least some rain (not a repeat of what we’ve been dealing with lately) will come later in the weekend. Once again more below average highs are expected to linger for awhile. I’m also keeping an eye on the tropics which may get very active over the next 10 days or so. There was a tropical storm […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Massive rains end…near perfect days ahead (TUE-8/22)

    Good afternoon…another well forecast heavy rain event is over in the KC region…widespread near 6″ rains with higher amounts in many areas…eclipsing 10″ (see what I did there) were recorded through the KC area. I’ve posted totals from a network of gauges through the KC metro area…KCI set a daily record yesterday with 4.08″ of rain. Raytown had 7.77″ from yesterday morning through this morning…that’s impressive from north to south. Corporate Woods had 10.32″ of rain for the jackpot winner […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cool Sun and tons of rain ahead (MON-8/21)

    9PM Update…Good evening…I wanted to get another update out before newstime…as heavy rain and t/storms are moving and “training” across areas north of Downtown (for now). There will be a gradual sinking to the south overnight. Some areas this evening have had close to 2-5″ of rain and it’s still coming down. The atmosphere as I mentioned in the afternoon blog is swollen with moisture so the storms are generating tons of rainfall as the move predominately from west to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Eclipse clouds (MON-8/21)

    Good morning…full blog coming this afternoon when things settle down as far as the eclipse goes…let’s get a cloud update out now though… Storms are still churning out there, especially in NW MO/NE KS and also towards the south and east of I-35. These storms, especially the MO side storms are producing some locally heavy rains. More importantly though…at least for a little while…we may start to see bluer skies move into the area behind the storms…it may take a […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s all about the eclipse clouds Monday (SUN-8/20)

    Well it will be all about the clouds through the early afternoon…we don’t care much beyond 1:30 or so…although towards later Monday night we may be contending with more heavy rains in the region again lingering into early Tuesday morning. Tomorrow will be interesting on so many levels…let’s just hope we get a minimum of the clouds through the eclispe. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing skies…maybe some evening storms and mild with lows near 70° Monday: Variable clouds…mostly higher cirrus clouds that […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Storms around + dicey Eclipse clouds? (FRI-8/18)

    Good morning…earlier blog than usual today because I’m trying to get out of work a few hours early…it’s already been a busy week and next Monday will be nuts so trying to get some breaks when I can right now from talking about the weather and the eclipse. The whole thing is so exciting but so hinged on the potential of clouds. I remain optimistic but there are concerns as I’ve mentioned for quite some time. Forecast:  This afternoon: More […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So where are the 90s? + Solar eclipse clouds? (THU-8/17)

    Good afternoon…IF only today would be the day that we get the solar eclipse. It would’ve been perfect. Skies are pretty blue and clear around the area…the clarity is a bit unusual for this time of the year but thanks to a cold front that came through the region last night..the air has been scoured out of the thicker moisture and overall it’s not bad at all for this time of the year! Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Monitoring later PM severe threat in region (WED-8/16)

    Good afternoon…storms, rain, and sun have already greeted us this morning…now we’re seeing marked clearing in the area that should set the stage for renewed convection later this afternoon into tonight in the region. As I mentioned yesterday…this secondary batch of potential storms will be the stronger one…and with it comes the risk of a variety of severe weather including damaging winds and hail. Heavy rains as well may lead to localized flooding. There is a smaller risk of tornadoes […]

  • How the August 21st Great Solar Eclipse will look in your neighborhood

    Are you as ready as you can possibly be for the August 21st solar eclipse? Do you know where you’re watching it? Click here for watch parties. Do you have your eclipse glasses? Click here. Do you know what time to look skyward? Find your city in the list below and share with your friends and neighbors. Olathe, Ottawa, Overland Park– click here Lawrence, Leavenworth– click here Clinton , Grandview– click here Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Liberty– click here Marshall, […]

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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain coming back to the area (TUE-8/15)

    Good morning…certainly a muggier day yesterday in the area…thankfully temperatures didn’t get too bad on us…highs rose into the mid 80s. Today with about the same dew points and temperatures into the upper 80s (seasonable) it will be a rather typical mid August day in the KC region. We should stay rain-free for the day though. Tomorrow it may not be as hot and we do have rain in the forecast. The grass could probably use a bit of a […]