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 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.

(Updated 10/11)

Recent Articles
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    Joe’s Weather Blog: May is here…but it feels like March (SUN-5/1)

    No need to really recap the month of April…4th wettest April in KC weather history though is the big takeaway…we were also more than 2° above average as well. The last time we had a cooler than average month was back in August 2015 (-2.6°).  More on this prolonged warm spell in the discussion. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cool with lows down into the 40s Monday: Mainly cloudy with some scattered showers possible (30% chance). Cool as well with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: These darn clouds (cool too) (SAT-4/30)

    Good afternoon…we sort of trapped with a lot of clouds out there. There was some sunshine, and there still is scattered in the area…but at least as of the noon hour…temperatures range from near 50° along the MO/IA border to near 70° SE of the KC metro. Quite the spread. Unfortunately the trend for the next 2 day is the for cooler air and the cloud cover to win the weather fight around these parts. Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More rain/storms but not a washout weekend (4/29)

    Good morning on a sort of grayish day in the area. Chilly as well this morning with readings in the 40s. It’s an interesting weather map this morning as there is a strong front south of the region down towards Texas that separates the very moist Gulf air from the cooler and drier air that’s on top of us. For those making plans for the weekend…it won’t be bad and the daytime hours will be “mostly” dry but the the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tornado watch issued for parts of area (WED-4/27)

    3PM Update: The Storm Predication Center has issued a TORNADO WATCH for parts of the viewing area. This watch does not include the KC metro area but it does include all of north-central and northeast MO. The reasons basically were outlined this morning. At 3PM radar is scattered severe storms capable of producing at least 1″ (quarter-sized) hail in NE KS. Additional development has been noted farther south of Topeka. Whatever would happen in the KC metro area would mostly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Widespread severe threat decreasing

    9PM Update: This is turning more into a heavy rain threat for the KC area than anything else. The severe weather just can’t get it’s act together locally because the atmosphere was worked over so much this morning. We’re seeing storms now in the area but at this point they are not severe. There are still some feisty storms between Emporia and Wichita. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued from the I-70 corridor southwards until 2AM The most unstable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: KC severe weather risk (MON-4/25)

    Good evening…I realize it’s a little late for a blog but since there are requests out there via twitter (@fox4wx) and FB (Joe Lauria FOX 4 Meteorologist) I figured better late than never…the good news for you is this will be a somewhat briefer blog than usual . Full write ups coming out tomorrow morning. Just a reminder…twitter is the better platform for more urgent weather information. FB and their algorithms is not. I can put a warning on FB […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Active Plains week + slowest start to severe weather season (SUN-4/24)

    Good afternoon. as expected a warm and windy Sunday in the region as gusts are approaching 30 MPH and the temperatures at 12PM are already well into the 70s. The warmest day of the year so far is 81° on 4/3 and today may tie or eclipse it before we’re done. Satellite pictures indicate we should be mostly sunny for the rest of the afternoon till more high clouds come into the area later on. Winds may end up 35-40 […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Great weekend + stormy early week (SAT-4/23)

    Good afternoon. A spectacular spring day today with an increasing south wind and temperatures quickly starting to warm up. As of noon we’re already into the 70s as expected and before the day is done highs should approach 80°. There will be a weak cold front nearby Monday and then a somewhat stronger set-up for storms sometime Tuesday into Wednesday AM. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and mild with lows closer to 60° Sunday: Variable clouds, windy and warm with highs near […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm risks and a Spring warm-up (FRI-4/22)

    Good afternoon…it’s been an in and out day in the area with clouds giving way to pokes of sunshine. Some are still pretty gray and others are bright and sunny. Temperatures will range a bit this afternoon with the varied sky conditions in the area…but overall it should be a pretty good afternoon…and warmer weather is coming for the weekend with more wind too! Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant with lows down to near 50° Saturday: Breezy and warm […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dust devil mayhem! (THU-4/21)

    Good afternoon…not exactly the greatest afternoon out there…there are some showers and breaks in the clouds interspersed through the region. Rainfall is meager but perhaps enough to dampen the ground briefly. Better weather is on tap heading towards the weekend along with warmer days and thunderstorm chances showing up through the Plains states. Forecast: Tonight: Decreasing clouds and cool with lows in the 45-50° Friday: More sunshine and milder with highs 70-75° Saturday: Mostly sunny and warmer with highs near […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Getting warmer with storm chances (WED-4/20)

    Good afternoon. A pretty typical spring day out there as the rain as come to an end. There still could be an isolated shower out there somewhere this afternoon but the chances for any one spot getting and rain is <20%. The forecast has warmer weather on tap heading towards the weekend. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. There may be some fog developing towards daybreak. Lows down into the upper 40s Thursday: Variable clouds and seasonable. There could be some […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More rain and then warmth (TUE-4/19)

    Good morning…skies are pretty cloudy out there to start our day but overall it won’t be that bad today as the next better chance of rain arrives overnight. Rainfall amounts yesterday were in the 1/2″ range average with some closer to 1″. It was a good “soaking in” rain so certainly it was welcome. Need to get an early start and do some mowing this morning! Forecast: Today: Mostly cloudy and mild with highs around 70°. Light winds Tonight: Our […]