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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.

(Updated 10/11)

Recent Articles

    Joe’s Weather Blog: How Cloudy We Are (SUN-12/21)

    Good afternoon…and here we go again with another very gray day around the area, combined with some mist in patches…it’s just something that we’ve gotten too used to around these parts this month…so I decided to see how cloudy it’s been. See the discussion part of the blog for additional details. Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies with some mist/drizzle developing. Real rain showers will be moving through parts of the area before daybreak however. Temperatures will drop to near 40° Tomorrow: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hello Sunshine … For Now (SAT-12/20)

    When I got into work earlier this morning and analyzed the satellite images coming in…I realized that there was a nice clearing trend working towards Lawrence…progressing eastwards. The model data had us socked in as usual, but there it was…slowly but surely moving eastwards…and sure enough I jumped on that clearing trend, went against the models…and boom…I’m looking out and seeing at least some sunshine. As I mentioned, many would not get the sun…but some would. Take a look at […]


    Joe’s Weather Blog: These Darn Clouds! (FRI-12/19)

    Thanks for taking a few minutes and reading my weather thoughts as we head towards Christmas week and the last 10 days or so of December. By the end of the month I can promise you colder weather moving into the area. Now that Christmas is less than a week away…we’re starting to get a better idea on the weather for Christmas Eve and day. The odds of a White Christmas are not looking to good this year. The snow […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Widespread 1-4+” Snows In Region! (THU-12/18)

    I’ll get another update out around 1PM or so this afternoon as the storm, by then, should be all petered out. There are numerous school closings in the area and there are also varied amounts of snow through the region as well…variations that are significant between communities that are next to each other almost. This is what makes snow amounts tricky to forecast in scenarios that have been laid out this week. I’m not surprised I guess by some of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow On The Way To KC (10PM Update-WED)

    Good evening…snow has broken out to the SW of KC and it’s a matter of time, and waiting for dry air above the surface to saturate for us to get the snow to start falling in KC…radar will be in the discussion part of the blog. Meanwhile the potential for a longer than normal commute tomorrow is still there in KC while some of the outlying areas may have a harder time than KC proper… Forecast: Overnight: Snow arrives, at […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow Likely … How Much In KC? (5P Update WED-12/17)

    Good afternoon…we’re tracking an expanding area of precipitation that is developing across S KS and N OK…this area will move NEwards this evening and should arrive towards 10PM or so. Snow will then fall, at times on the moderate side. Accumulations will be increased to 1-4″ through the region (on average). Some may get a dusting and a few (should some heavier and persistent bands set up will get near 4″ or so. Odds favor that band to be SE […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow System Early Thursday? (TUE-12/16)

    Good morning…the blog gets a bit more hectic when there are rumors of accumulating snow possible and that may be the case over the next 48 hours or so as a weak but potentially “strong enough” system moves nearby. I think I’ll try and get an update out at around 1PM this afternoon so check back in for that information. Snow may break out and with cold air in place, at least for awhile, plus the timing of the snow […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Remember That CA Storm? (MON-12/15)

    Good afternoon…pretty amazing to think about…but remember that big storm that hit CA last week with all the rain and heavy mountain snow…well the core of the storm came right over and north of downtown KC during the day today. Fascinating! Forecast: Tonight: Blustery with falling temperatures…readings will eventually fall into the 20s with wind chills into the teens towards daybreak. Tomorrow: Clouds early then some sun hopefully in the PM. Highs in the mid 30s. NW winds of 10-20 […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Impressive Storm Changes The Weather (SUN-12/14)

    Good afternoon…the clock has started ticking on the milder weather we’ve enjoyed over the last few days…we should transition to the colder stuff tomorrow afternoon with falling temperatures and showery conditions. Forecast: Rest of today: Mild with maybe a thin spot or two in the clouds…highs around 60°. That’s about 20° above average for mid-December. Tonight: A band of rain will move through the region between 6PM and 12AM. Then there may be periods of dry weather through tomorrow at […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Talking Some Snow + And Gray (SAT-12/13)

    Did you know that today (12/13/14) is the last time we’ll have sequential calendar date this century (until 2103)? Apparently some consider these types of dates to be “lucky” days and get married! In one sense we’re lucky about the weather…temperatures are nicely above average for mid-December…in the other sense though, after unexpected sunshine yesterday, today we’re socked in again and I don’t have a lot of hope of breaking out into any sunshine this afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: This Is Getting Old! (FRI-12/12)

    Good afternoon…there are some thin spots in the clouds this afternoon so at least there may be some filtered sunshine out there this afternoon Forecast: Rest of today: You now the drill, although there may be a thin spot or two in the clouds this afternoon. Temperatures will creep upwards into the lower 50s. Tonight: Clouds thicken back up. Maybe some mist. Steady temperatures in the 40s Tomorrow: Same song-different verse, but milder with highs in the mid-upper 50s Sunday: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Don’t Get Used To The Sun (TUE-12/9)

    Good morning…temperatures have returned to typical December standards around KC as another cold front blew in overnight last night allowing some cold air to work into the area from the north. This cold weather will only hang around for another day before we have a 3-4 day shot at some moderation in temperatures with the 50s coming back by Friday. Forecast: Rest of today: Variable clouds and chilly with highs in the 30-35° range. Tonight: Fair and cold with lows […]