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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: A blah 4th…rain trends for tonight (TUE-7/4)

    Short blog today with the holiday but it’s been a very wet start to the day for the Metro and southwards with some areas of locally heavy rains including some 2.5″+ isolated totals in parts of KC. That has led to flooding conditions in the area in some cases. The rain that’s here isn’t moving much and may hang around for much of the day. There’s an upper level low spinning towards the south of KC…we’re on the northern edge […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The t/storm conundrum (MON-7/3)

    If you watched any of my weather casts over the weekend or read my weather blog yesterday you know I’ve mentioned about 1000 x’s NOT to cancel outdoor plans for today or tomorrow. I’ve mentioned time after time how the forecast was certainly NOT set in stone and was going to be a very changeable one. This morning as I start that blog…that theme will continue. There are many variables to things for the next 2 days…but still there are […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain chances but still lots of uncertainty (SUN-7/2)

    A warmer afternoon out there today with quite a bit of sunshine. The forecast for the next several days is one of some uncertainty. Will there be rain on radar…yes. Will there be storms on radar…yes. Will there be many dry areas showing up in the region…yes. When do the dry and wet times happen…not totally sure but the majority of Monday and potentially Wednesday look generally dry. Tuesday is somewhat of a wild card…with storm chances but with also […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Interesting week that was + a calmer weekend (FRI-6/30)

    Well it was an eventful week…remember we started out with near perfect summer weather and humidity levels but the moisture returned fast setting the stage for thunderstorm complexes. Initially the target on WED night was northern MO with 6-10+” of rain up there…and while the KC Metro wanted rain we watched…then yesterday morning a complex moved through our area with a good 1-3″ and another moved through last night with another 1-4″…so we’ve now caught up for rainfall mostly area […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog #2-Will storms re-fire in the region? (THU-6/29)

    Good afternoon…the storms from this morning are “mostly” gone although there is still lingering activity in a smallish east>west band on the MO side as of 4:30 PM this afternoon. I’m watching a couple of areas for potential redevelopment…interestingly these areas are outside of the KC metro area…but one or both areas may play a factor in whether or not we see additional storminess and also what for form the storms will be in when they arrive. Forecast: (8:45 PM […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog #1: Storms return to KC (THU-6/29)

    Hello….. last weekend I promised that IF you could hold off on the watering for a few days that odds were pretty good you’d be rewarded by beneficial rains…well the rains in KC came this morning with widespread 1″-3″ totals in the area…what happened yesterday and last night in N MO though was something else. Rainfall tallies up there may have been in excess of 10″ in spots! Pretty amazing event that was marked by gusty winds…lots of funnels, flooding […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The cicadas are talking again (WED-6/28)

    Last night after dinner while we were out on the deck I thought I heard the crackle of some cicadas for the first time this summer…and sure enough about an hour later it was a full throated song going. Summer must be here now…and on cue the humidity is back and the threat of storms in the region are back too. The nice weather of the past 5 days or so has transitioned back to something more typical. We did […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather risks develop WED and THU (TUE-6/27)

    Good morning…a beautiful and very comfortable day is on tap for the region as humidity levels will continue to be very reasonable for one more day. Tomorrow and Thursday though will mark the return of the juicy air, and with the building heat and a slow moving front somewhere NW of KC…storm chances will be increasing especially for areas from the KC region northwards into IA/NE. So enjoy the comfortable weather today because the A/C’s will be working a bit […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Some rain and then more rain (MON-6/26)

    Good morning…today will be a rather changeable day that has already been highlighted by a surprise record low temperature of 48° at KCI this morning…that occurred around 5AM this morning…we’ve been going up since then though. St Joseph dropped to 53°. They’re record continues to be 50°. Meanwhile clouds and showers are popping up in the region and moving towards the SE and ESE…this means that today will be more of an iffy day and while I can’t promise all […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Iffy rain chances with building heat (SUN-6/25)

    Good afternoon. Another fabulous day out there with mostly sunny skies (for now) and a delightful combination of warmth of low humidity. Temperatures will remain below average for the next 2 days before the heat returns (nothing terrible) and the humidity comes back (more or less typical summer levels). Rain chances though are questionable. I’ve had a decent chance for Monday in the forecast lately…still not a convincing chance though. Perhaps the chances get better towards the end of the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Pretty darn nice weekend ahead (FRI-6/23)

    A really nice afternoon out there as I type this blog up. Dew points (which help us determine the amount of moisture out there) are dropping. Typically (and as we’ve seen for the last week or so) those are in the 70° range…but this afternoon they’re dropping into the 50s and may come down a bit more later today into the overnight hours. What this will do is set the stage for cooler mornings and pleasant afternoons through the weekend. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: I’m back…and now the weather changes (THU-6/22)

    Yup…back at work…and back blogging again. I spent about 10 days taking my first European vacation. Spent most of the time in London…and a couple of days in Paris. Once I got used to getting around London…I really liked it. Paris was beautiful. The history and the buildings were amazing to see. Interesting to note that it was pretty toasty in London for a few days…and certainly in Paris too. They don’t do air conditioning there and they don’t really […]