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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: All eyes on Irma (THU-9/7)

    Once again with a lack of weather in the KC area for the foreseeable future…this blog will be dedicated to the Irma situation. There is all sorts of potential with the storm and most of it is bad…and potentially very bad. There has been so much of a change in south FL over the past 20+ years…since the last category 5 hurricane hit (Andrew) in 1992…that concern is very high…from a property standpoint and a people standpoint. Back home…we actually […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The problem(s) with Irma (WED-9/6)

    Basically it comes down to something really simple to understand. Where and when does Irma make it’s expected hard right north (northwards) over the weekend. Does it occur at x o’clock or 6-12 hours before or after x o’clock. Potentially this will be the difference in a multi billion dollar disaster and not one. It comes down to that really. Does it hit Miami with it’s full force (maybe not as strong as it is now though) then skirt up […]

  • Joe’s Weather Irma: Irma now a Category 5 (for now) + record lows? (TUE-9/5)

    Good morning. Over the weekend I was banging the weather drum about all the smoke in the air from fires burning in the western part of the country…yesterday it seemed folks were surprised that it was in the air. I get that…not many meteorologists were talking about the situation over the weekend at least…plus with it being a holiday a lot were doing other things…but IF you follow me on twitter I probably had about a dozen references to the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Strong early September front in KC + Irma (SUN-9/3)

    Hope you’re having a good Labor Day weekend…it feels like the swan song of summer out there now and it should get hotter Monday as a strong (for September) cold front moves into the area. The timing of that front will play a role in how hot we get…slower and Downtown KC could make a run towards 95°…faster and the temperatures will be about 5° “less hot”. Interestingly…not a lot of rain is expected with the passage of the front. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Busy times in the tropics (FRI-9/1)

    Good afternoon…you may notice the “funny” look to the skies around here today…that is actually smoke from Canadian and western US wildfires that has made it into the area…and there is more of it streaming towards the region so don’t be surprised if you see that even into the weekend too! Rain chances aren’t zero…but there doesn’t look to be a lot to really concern yourselves with through Monday afternoon at least. In addition you WILL notice the hotter weather […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Fading Harvey and Irma may be an issue (THU-8/31)

    Good afternoon…another stunning day out there with some clouds helping to keep temperatures from popping once again today. As of 2PM we’re in the upper 70s. August will end more than 5° below average. This will end up being the 4th coolest August in KC weather history and the wettest August in KC weather history with over 10″ of rainfall. We only hit 90° once this month…the record is actually never hitting 90° in August…that occurred in 1915 and 1950. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Historic Harvey pummels Gulf region (TUE-8/29)

    Good morning…while the KC region is now locked into a rather dry weather pattern for the next week or so…obviously many are watching the incredible events going on towards eastern TX and soon into Louisiana as well. Harvey remains a tropical storm and actually got a bit more organized when it came back into the western Gulf waters yesterday. It is bringing continuous rains to the Houston region again today and until it passes (some time later today/tonight) rain will […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain ends…for awhile in KC…then there’s Harvey (SUN-8/27)

    A “Katrina”-like disaster continues to unfold in parts of NE Texas…and especially around the Houston region…some places have had over 30″ of rain…widespread flooding…and they’re not even halfway through the rains yet. More is coming…tonight may be another very bad night…it’s been gut-wrenching seeing pictures come out of the devastation and the human impacts. For KC…some locally heavy rains moved through this morning…but we’re now on a drying trend that should be the theme for the week as a whole. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: KC storm chances and Harvey (SAT-8/26)

    Good afternoon…pretty day for late August in the KC region with lots of sunshine and moderate but seasonable dew points. Temperatures will be a bit warmer this afternoon but overall not too bad for this time of the year. Rain chances increase again on Sunday but beyond that things are looking pretty dry for the region for quite some time…and rather pleasant as well from a temperature standpoint. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant with lows in the 60s Sunday: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Horrendous Harvey + KC rain chances (FRI-8/25)

    Good morning…Hurricane Harvey is going to be the big ticket weather item for the next 5-7 days which is astounding since it’s only about 125 miles off the coast of Texas now…but this is a somewhat weird set-up for the storm. The steering currents will be essentially non-existent down there for days to come…this means the storm will be doing its dirty work along the eastern coast of Texas going through various transitions and raking the region with an astounding […]

  • 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 […]