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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: Snow ending…now the warmth (SUN-4/8)

    Good afternoon…well some had a nice little snowglobe thing going on for awhile late this morning…it was enough, in some cases, to barely whiten the ground…but as I start this 2nd blog of the day…the snow is winding down/ending from the west to the east. So let’s get into the warmer weather that I’m seeing for the middle and end of the work week. Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies with some mist or drizzle. Temperatures will be around 30° so be […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Wintry weather moving through (again) (SUN-4/8)

    Happy Birthday Mom! She lives out in AZ where it was in the 90s yesterday…while we’re going through a stretch of 15 out of the last 16 days of below average temperatures in the KC area…yuck. Also of note today is the wintry weather moving into the region. This morning, as of about 10AM snow has developed across parts of the area…mostly SW of KC. Moderate snow was reported towards Ft Scott where it’s sticking to the grass. Snow will […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another snow system on the way…but then better (SAT-4/7)

    My goodness…I guess we’ll always have the “if it’s going to be cold like this…let’s make it something special” thing…that nobody really says. We broke a record low today by at least 2°…the previous record of 18° set in 2007 was broken by a 16° start to our morning. So that means we’ve tied a record low and broken two records this month…and the month is only 7 days old. Through yesterday we’re running 17° below average (don’t remember when […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: When do we get Spring back? (FRI-4/6)

    It’s no secret that this has mainly been a miserable last month+ in the KC area…as a matter of fact Thursday with temperatures averaging out to exactly “average” was a string breaker. We had 12 straight days of below average temperatures since yesterday. More on that in the discussion. Today’s “snow” event should be a non-event. Sunday still needs watching and could be more impactful in the morning hours. Forecast:  Today: Increasing clouds and colder with afternoon highs near 40° […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So much for Spring + more winter days (THU-4/5)

    Good afternoon…hopefully you’re going to get outside and do something fun today. The weather is great out there and today is our one Spring day of the week is certainly welcome. Tomorrow into the weekend though will be more like February as colder weather returns along with another opportunity for some sort of wintry weather on Sunday in the area. Of the two events…later tomorrow and Sunday…right now the latter looks a bit more impressive…but in actual impact terms…may not […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold and more sleet/snow? (WED-4/4)

    A very good but cold morning out there…at least the sunshine is out…and tomorrow (Thursday) still looks like a phenomenal day with highs in the 60-65° range. We deserve that…and it’s what I said would happen for Thursday in last weekend’s forecast. One good day this week…and it’s Thursday. After that though…back to the crummy winter weather that seems to have become more of the common this month that anything else. Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny and cold with highs near […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: January in April…and not in a good way (MON-4/2)

    Yesterday’s snowstorm in Northern MO is done…but not before laying down some 4-7″ totals about 75 miles north of KC and northeast of KC. 4″ totals were reported in Cameron and 2″ totals made it into Smithvile. KCI officially had their typical (but not for April) 1.1″ bringing our seasonal total to 6.9″. Records were set in different ways yesterday as well. Including tying a record low of 22° set way back in 1899. Forecast: Today: Cloudy and cold with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Easter snow is no April Fools joke (SUN-4/1)

    We may not break any snow records in KC today BUT there should be snow developing as the day wears on and there has already been some decent snow across N MO…where 1-2″ has fallen with another 1-3″ on the way up there. For KC…we’re still in the process of saturating the atmosphere…and this will take some time. There may be some flakes before lunch…no major issues for KC proper BUT…after lunch all bets are off. I continue to be […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Accumulating snow is April is rare…(SAT-3/31)

    Good afternoon. A cold front is coming through the area this afternoon from north to south. Temperatures on the north side have topped off at 61° and have started to drop and that trend will spread to areas on the south side this afternoon. The north winds will be increasing as well this afternoon so a blustery evening with chillier temperatures are heading this way. It will be dry though. Tomorrow’s snow risk continues…including the potential for accumulating snow…but there […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Easter Bunny may not be too happy with me (FRI-3/30)

    Good afternoon…at least the sunshine is finally out in the KC region…the satellite picture is a joy to look at today…as there are finally mostly clear skies in the region. Unfortunately it will be somewhat short-lived. Colder weather will again move into the region. Saturday will be the transition day and Sunday will be miserable…and I’m not too thrilled with what I’m seeing beyond that into Tuesday at least. The colder weather will be a continuing issue for days to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: An Easter chill that will linger (THU-3/29)

    Good afternoon…everyone is dressed in blue today in honor of the Royals Opening Day. As I type this blog…it’s in the lower 40s…not exactly baseball weather out there today, really more like football weather. The thing is…the pattern continues to point to “generally” cold weather as we’ll be vulnerable to shots of cold weather coming from Canada over the next couple of weeks. Some of the long range model data is actually rather cool for the month of April as […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So much gray weather + nasty cold Easter? (TUE-3/27)

    Good morning…not a lot of sunshine in the forecast for the next day or even two days. Tomorrow’s hope of warmer weather may play out…but these low clouds that are hanging around today are notorious for lingering longer than expected…and with light winds in the lower part of the atmosphere on Wednesday…I wonder just how much sunshine we will get on Wednesday. Another note…man it looks cold on Easter Sunday…like 30s cold. If we’re not careful…something else could happen too. […]