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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: Settling into some serious heat and humidity (FRI-5/25)

    The holiday weekend is upon us and the weather is about to really turn into full fledged mid summer mode around KC…the incredibly warm May will finish on a toasty note…pretty impressive really. Every day this month, except for two, have had above average temperatures…and the two days that didn’t were exactly average…so the bottom line is that there have been NO days with temperatures below average here in KC…pretty remarkable for a month overall. The other story today was […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cleaning off the desk time (THU-5/24)

    Good afternoon…another toasty day in the KC area with temperatures well into the 80s. This obviously has been a crazy warm month so far and there is no real end to the unusual warmth over the next 5-10 days or so. There may be a day here or there with some slight relief IF we get more clouds or additional rains in the region but there is nothing really glaring in terms of higher coverage or cooler temperatures showing up […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat bursts…heavy rain…summer heat…tornado? (SUN-5/20)

    Good afternoon…yesterday ending up to be a mess in the atmosphere…this was blogged and talked about on the news in the morning and also in the blogs…the atmosphere doesn’t do well when it’s messy…sometimes you need things up there to really click together and the morning rains from Saturday and the various ways that rain altered the atmosphere around us ended up killing the bigger threat of severe storms…but… There was large>severe storms on the KS side…as a matter of […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: This atmospheric set-up is a mess this afternoon (SAT-5/19)

    Good afternoon…skies are gradually clearing from west to east…temperatures are warming up through the 70s as of this writing and we should be somewhere in the 80-85° territory by the end of the day. The surface wind fields are very chaotic right now in the region. I hate that when trying to connect the severe weather dots. The upper air pattern is also a mess as well thanks to all the rain and various waves that traversed through the region […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Remain WEATHER AWARE tonight in KC (SAT-5/19)

    I will probably get two blogs out today…this one will be a shorter one though, but I want to have something out for you this morning…basically updating the situation which remains somewhat in flux for tonight in the KC area. There hasn’t been a big change in the latest thinking from the folks at the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) with the exception being a farther southwards extension of the “enhanced” risk of severe storms so that it encompasses most of […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Saturday is another “Weather Aware” day in KC (FRI-5/18)

    Good afternoon…another warm day in KC as the stretch of above average temperatures continue. This is the 2nd warmest start to the month of May in KC weather history…dating back to the 1880s! 1962 was warmer through the 1st 17 days…meanwhile I continue to watch the data for Saturday and the risks of severe storms in the region…FOX 4 Weather has upgraded our area to WEATHER AWARE status. This means I want you o pay more attention to the unfolding […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Seeing something I’ve never seen before (THU-5/17)

    Good afternoon…still feeling that summer switch out there…we’ve been above average every single day in May and today will be no exception to that. It feels like summer out there and it looks like summer. Storms are around KC…and most prevalent towards the Ozarks where some heavy downpours are happening this afternoon. Yesterday parts of the area got dumped on…KC had a whooping 1.73″ or so…while many got little to nothing. There were some hailers mixed in as well. There […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Downpours(!) for some…misses for many (TUE-5/15)

    Good Tuesday morning…short blog today. Yesterday was a weird one. A weak little disturbance that came through the area near lunch helped to trigger some bigger storms on the MO side…then strong storms fired up towards the SW of KC towards Emporia and didn’t move a lot. They dumped the heavy rains that I was expecting…but it was towards the SW of KC. Eventually earlier this morning the front that was hung to the north of KC for days moved […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather Aware Monday as we watch for storms (MON-5/14)

    There are times where we’ll be upgrading a day to WEATHER AWARE status. This means that we want you to pay more attention to the potential for some more impacting weather than what is typical. It could mean more intense thunderstorms…or a snowstorm or perhaps unusual and very impactful heat and humidity. All these will fill the decision to “upgrade” the area to WEATHER AWARE status. There are times that this is a “no-brainer” type forecast…like what happened a couple […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The darn cap keeps storms at bay (but that may change) (SUN-5/13)

    Good afternoon…a lot more sunshine in the region today and as a result it’s getting hotter. At 12PM we’re in the low to mid 80s already…and a run towards 90° is going to happen this afternoon for some of you. KCI’s record today is 90° set in 1940/56/62. It’s possible we can tie that…but odds favor we fall just short. (Update: Tied at least at 4PM). The front that has been incredibly stalled in NW MO and NE KS is […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter to Summer

    One month ago… on the 14th and 15th of April…we had a trace of snow. Now we’re started May with some pretty impressive warmth and I think many are feeling the warmth in a big kind of way. Our A/C in the house has essentially been on since the 1st of the month…and while I turned it off last night (that was foolish on my part) it’s on again and I’m not really sure when it will be off again […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Creeping drought in the region (FRI-5/10)

    Good morning…there is some more dryness developing in the region again. I noticed it especially on the golf course (where else) and also in the yard when I was mowing. We’re entering the wettest time of the year…we should get well over 1″ of rain per week…but as I was outside yesterday I realized that I was sweating wayyy to much for early May. Despite the fact that dew points were tolerable by KC standards (50s) with temperatures in the […]