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: Fierce winds…snow showers…and a fitful cruise (MON-2/8)

    Good morning…to say it’s windy out there would be an understatement. Gusts are near 45 MPH in areas…and in some cases there are some snow showers around as well. Clouds are flying from the northwest to the southeast…and there are even some breaks in the skies. Colder air is pouring southwards…not terrible cold, but with the wind blowing wind chills will be in the teens for most of the day. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds with snow showers scattered this morning […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Wind and flakes coming (SUN-2/7)

    Good afternoon to my blog readers…quite a bit of wind out there but once again today temperatures are running about 10° above “average” for early February and this will be the last (for a little while) of the “warmth”. Colder trends are on tap for the region into next weekend. This month is running 5° or so above average so far…we’ll chop awy at that over the next week or so. Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds with an occasional rain or […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold shots in the Plains (FRI-2/5)

    Good afternoon…temperatures today are struggling just a bit because of clouds that are streaming through the area. Overall though we should be in good shape over the weekend with temperatures into the 40s. Not bad at all for February considering the NE part of the country is, is some places at least, dealing with a 6-12″ snowstorm. Forecast: Tonight: Fair to partly cloudy skies and chilly with lows into the 20s Saturday: More sunshine as the day moves along…we may […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter doldrums settle in (THU-2/4)

    It’s really not that bad of an afternoon out there…temperatures are in the 40-45° range and there is bright sunshine. Overall the forecast is not too terrible but it is mostly dry and there are NO snowstorms coming in the foreseeable future…and this pace that’s through the middle of the month it appears. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and chilly with lows in the teens. Friday: Variable clouds and seasonable with highs around 40° or so Saturday: Not to bad with highs […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: About this Groundhog stuff (TUE-2/2)

    Good morning…so I thought with today being a special day for a certain furry little rodent…we’d spend a little time talking about the Groundhog. It’s a great day for the kids to enjoy this…but while the country now knows about the groundhog prediction…yes we’re going to have a early spring (whatever that means) I thought we’d have fun and see how his predictions have fared for KC over the last 25+ years or so. Meanwhile…first things first: Forecast: Today: Mostly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Drops…a rumble?…a flake and blah (MON-2/1)

    So the month of January is over. We actually finished about 1° above average. Which combined with a very warm December…means so far to us weather geeks, meteorological winter is running #26 in terms of the warmest 1st 2 months (DEC>JAN) in KC weather history. Last year was 42nd warmest through 1/31. Meanwhile in 2014, it was the 16th coldest. Of course all that warm air is NOT conducive to getting a lot of snow…here in KC at least. We […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm gets together out west (SUN-1/31)

    Good afternoon. I just wanted to thank all the blog readers over the last several days. Not surprisingly when it comes to weather, KC is really into things. How do I know that? Well weather consistently is the #1 item that folks watch local TV news for. Another way is watching the web metrics, which I don’t do often. The FOX 4 Weather Blog was very popular over the past 4+ days. It was the 5th most clicked on story […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Kids want a snow day…adults maybe not (SAT-1/30)

    First of all thank you to all of you who have decided to “like” me on FB. For those who haven’t yet…jump aboard please! Here is the link to do that… With that said, another good day in the area temperature wise as readings are near 50°, as of the noon hour, and while we won’t be quite as warm as yesterday…it should be pretty mild overall before the afternoon is done. Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds and cool but still […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tuesday snow update (FRI-1/29)

    So in case you didn’t know…yesterday I decided to join Facebook. Yes I know…it’s about 10 years too late…but I just wanted to make sure it was going to catch on. I hear it’s pretty popular with everybody…so I figured what the heck. So do me a favor an come on by and “like” me. You don’t have to super “like” me or super duper “like” me…but a simple “like” will be just fine. Here is my facebook page Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Next week’s storm (THU-1/28)

    I hope you’re having a great afternoon! Weather-wise it’s very pleasant out there for late January  with temperatures 50-55° as of this writing. Friday will be even warmer it appears with temperatures into the 60s! So it’s a great opportunity to get your car washed… yesterday I was in line for about 45 minutes waiting to get my car cleaned up. At least it will look good for a few more days with dry weather expected. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hello spring! Winter soon again (WED-1/27)

    There are several types of phone calls we receive during this time of the year…1) how much snow are we going to get? 2) is it me or are the days getting longer 3) I heard of classes about learning about severe weather where and when are they? So with that as the background…I’ll answer those questions. If you’re reading this on a computer you may want to have a printer ready to print out the results of number 2! […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Big warmth YES…big storm…wellllll? (TUE-2/26)

    Good afternoon…pretty gray as expected out there but there are breaks in the clouds off towards the west of KC…assuming we start seeing some of those move in later today or tonight we should start the process of warming the atmosphere and today will be the coldest day through the weekend, and perhaps even into next week. So warmer weather is on the way. Including highs into the 60s! Forecast: Tonight: Slow clearing and chilly but not terrible for late […]