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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: Clouds…and more clouds…and more clouds (SAT-11/4)

    Good Saturday afternoon. It’s gray and cool out there and it’s really not going to change all that much today…or really Sunday either. I was hoping we might see some breaks in the clouds (or at least some thin spots) but that doesn’t look too promising as I type this. That means with little wind to stir the air this afternoon. Temperatures as I type this are in the upper 40s to around 50° and we may be able to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend warmth is not a slam dunk (FRI-11/3)

    The weekend forecast is not exactly (from a temperature standpoint) an easy one. Low clouds which created some forecast headaches a couple of days ago…are coming back into the area as I type this from the south and moving northwards. These clouds will be a factor in the potential warm-up on Saturday and then the timing and location of a cold front on Sunday will dictate the temperatures. Some of you may not even get above 55° on Sunday while […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: An island of cold in a sea of warmth (it’s a big island though) (THU-11/2)

    Good afternoon…not exactly a bright and sunny “Chamber of Commerce” day out there…and the clouds that are around may be somewhat tough to get rid of…they’re certainly impacting the temperatures and I’m reminded today that over the weekend…today looked like a pretty mild day…before we got chillier tonight…it shows that during this time of the year…things will change from day to day…and timing out various cold fronts from 3-7 days away isn’t going to work out many times. I’ve written […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: How there could be flakes later today (TUE-10/31)

    Happy Halloween! It will be a chilly one that’s for sure…even this morning…we’re starting in the mid 20s…that’s more than  15° below average and with highs only in the lower 40 (at best)…it will be one of the coldest Halloweens in KC weather history and the coldest (for highs) since 2002, some 15 years ago. Forecast: Today: Becoming cloudy with a chance of some sprinkles or perhaps even a mix of some rain and flakes or ice pellets. Highs today […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: About those “interesting” clouds Sunday (MON-10/30)

    Good morning…a blustery Monday is in progress in the area and while there are a couple of sprinkles affecting areas north of I-70 this morning…overall I’m expecting a pretty dry day today. Colder weather moves in for Halloween, as a matter of fact something that hasn’t happened in about 15 years will happen on Tuesday. More on that in the discussion part of the blog… Forecast: Today: Variable clouds with more sun in the afternoon. Windy and cooler than Sunday […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Well at least you knew it was coming (FRI-10/27)

    It may not make it easier…but we’ve been mentioning this change in the weather for about 10-14 days now I think. My goodness though…it’s chilly out there. Temperatures are in the 40s but the wind chills are in the 30s this afternoon. Interesting to note that give or take a few degrees the temperatures (even with some sunshine out there today) have basically wobbled a few degrees overall. Cold weather will continue during the evenings and mornings, but we should […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The coming cold (THU-10/26)

    Well it’s been talked about for quite some time…and it’s definitely happening…but here is some context for you. This is AVERAGE…it’s supposed to happen on the last few days of the month. That’s right…the average first day of a freeze in KC is 10/27. It will be a day late. Now to be fair…when the month overall has been as warm as it’s been…sure it will be a cold slap in the face…but again…this is normal for KC. Forecast: Tonight: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold slap in the face coming (WED-10/25)

    Good morning…yesterday I was debating whether or not to play golf. The temperatures weren’t the issue…it was the wind…my goodness the wind. Gusts were approaching 40 MPH in the region.. I decided mind over matter and went for it. The wind won. My goodness. Forecast: Today: Less wind compared to yesterday. Partly cloudy at times. Warmer too with highs 65-70°. Winds will be more from the west at 10-20 MPH Tonight: Fair and seasonable cool with lows 45-50° Thursday: Mostly […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Hold on to your hats! (MON-10/23)

    Good afternoon…cooler air is spilling into the region as I type this…temperatures are maxing out early this afternoon and may actually drop a few degrees as the afternoon moves along. In addition the winds which were under 10 MPH for the morning are now gusting to close to 30 MPH…and finally there are a few sprinkles and very light showers across N MO moving towards north central MO…it’s an interesting day for us weather geeks…and it’s going to get more […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Changes in wind…changes in temperatures (SUN-10/22)

    Good afternoon…it’s not quite as sunny as I was hoping today, at least not in the KC Metro area…there are clouds streaming up from the SW that are still influencing our immediate area. NW MO and NE KS are faring better this afternoon. Regardless, we were expecting temperatures today to be considerably cooler (really just back to seasonable) than yesterday and that has proved correct. The forecast this week will be mainly influenced by wind shifts that will change the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather risk after 5PM (SAT-10/21)

    Good afternoon…blustery to say the least with gusts, as of this writing to almost 40 MPH. Temperatures are warming up as well…mostly in the 70-75° range. Clouds are predominant but there are some breaks. Our cold front is still well west of KC but it’s on the move and tomorrow will be a vastly different day. Our main concern continues to be tonight as a line of storms will be forming along the front this afternoon and moving towards the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall storms…and up and down temperatures (FRI-10/20)

    Good TGIF to you. Breezy and a bit more cloudy in the region this afternoon…but temperatures are still nicely above average and tomorrow (Saturday) will be another day with average temperatures well above average even with all the cloud cover expected. So far out of the 20 days this month…only 4 have been blow average in KC (KCI). Every other day has trended on the positive side except for one average day. We’re going to be a bit more all […]