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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: Today’s snow update (TUE-2/6)

    I’ll be keeping an eye on how things play out all day long…in all honesty though there have been so many things (suspicious) about this whole set-up…that for a snow lover…this has been a frustrating “storm” that really isn’t a “storm” to follow. Now that it’s starting to show itself a bit more…things are becoming more clear I think. The main thing is that the heavier accumulations should stay north of Metro KC. Forecast: (1:30 PM Update) Today: Partly sunny […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The Tuesday snow conundrum (MON-2/5)

    Good morning…another sub-zero morning out there with temperatures tanking to -2° before the south wind shift that occurred around 3AM. This allowed the temperatures to recover + some clouds helped the cause too. So as Ii start this blog…we’re around 5°. The clouds will counteract the return of south winds somewhat today but it will be less cold than yesterday…unfortunately though this will be a brief respite as it will be colder again on Tuesday. There is snow up in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow and perhaps more snow (SUN-2/4)

    Good morning…today is the anniversary of the last significant snow in the KC area. 4 years ago today we had an 8″ snowstorm over 2 days…but on this date in 2014 we had 7.5″ of snow…as I look out my window now…it’s snowing pretty good and some areas will easily see 1″ from this…and roads will likely be slick over the next few hours. Be alert for changing road conditions with this cold, wind blown snow falling into the early […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another cold shot of air + snow risks (SAT-2/3)

    Good afternoon…mild and breezy out there as I start this weather blog on a bright Saturday afternoon. Temperatures are well into the 40s and approaching 50° as well…nicely above the average high of around 40° for early February. We should finish the day with highs into the 50s in KC…which is pretty OK. We also are getting wind gusts to near 30 MPH…so it will remain windy out there too. Obviously my attention is focused on the temperature switch for […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s Groundhog Day! (it feels that way for the last 4 years) (FRI-2/2)

    Good morning…it’s cold out there with single digit lows starting our Friday in KC. We will moderate today and tomorrow and then turn colder heading to finish the weekend. The title of the blog is in reference to the fact that it feels every winter for the last 4 years…has been about the same when it comes to snow…a dusting here…a dusting there…1-2″ here…1-2″ there and that’s about it.. Sunday will mark the 4 year anniversary of our last “significant” […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: New month…better snow chances (THU-2/1)

    Good morning…a blustery day out there so far as a surge of colder air has moved into the region early this morning. When the day is done…the stats of the day will show average temperatures for highs with temperatures today reaching 41°…but that occurred around 2-3AM or so…since then we’ve been heading downwards and we’re not going to warm-up much at all today. Also of note are a couple of possibilities for snow…including accumulating snows…one doesn’t look to be that […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another round of cold weather on the way (WED-1/31)

    We’re almost 2/3rds done with “meteorological” winter and we’re down to the last day of January…and while snow lovers haven’t been too thrilled with the last 2-3 months…for those who enjoy the cold…it’s been a decent winter for you. The perception of this being a cold winter is certainly there but again from a statistical standpoint…this is an average winter so far…we were .6° above average in December…and we’re going to end up about .7 or ,8° below average in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: All about the super blue blood moon coming (MON-1/29)

    Good morning…a cold one to start the work week as temperatures have dropped to around 12° this morning at KCI. One thing about these colder air masses this winter…I’ve underestimated them several times…I thought I was a touch too low going for 15° for a low…and even that was too high. The wind chill factor was around 0° as I started this blog this morning. That will get your attention! So today should be a struggle to warm-up…30° might be […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Up and down we go… (SUN-1/28)

    Good afternoon…temperatures today are markedly cooler than they have been over the last couple of days. We’ve enjoyed some nice weather but today the clouds and the north winds have created an adverse warm-up scenario for the afternoon. Highs should max our 40-45° or so. Tonight there is still a chance of some flakes of snow…but I’m not expecting too many, if any issues for the majority of the viewing area. Forecast: Tonight: Clouds lowering and thickening this evening with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cool…cold..mild…colder (FRI-1/26)

    Good afternoon…50 MPH wind gusts out there this afternoon…all in a days worth around these parts…although perhaps more common in the March/April time frame than January time frame. All this wind just dries things out more…and really aside from some showers tonight…probably SE of KC proper…no real moisture is coming anytime soon. So we wait and remember the last big storm that actually delivered significant moisture to the area was back on October 21st-22nd…some 97 days ago… Forecast: Tonight: Some […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cleaning off the desk (THU-1/25)

    Every so often as I see things pop up in my twitter feed that I find interesting…I save them to use for the blog. My hope is to use them in that day’s blog or the next day. Well usually the weather changes what I was going to write about that particular day and instead all these little ditties end up collecting dust. So for long time readers of the blog…every so often I like to “clean off my desk” […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Trying to change the government ways (WED-1/24)

    Good morning…frosty out there this morning but a nice warm-up coming into the region today and for the rest of the work week before some more seasonal air heads our way over the weekend. Highs may indeed get into the 60s(!) for Thursday…and maybe Friday too depending on clouds. The blog today will be about something that I’ve written about in the past that I want to catch you up on. I find it interesting and you may too. Forecast: […]