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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: Finally some rain better rain chances (WED-3/22)

    A chilly morning out there with east winds contributing to the cool feeling around the area. Temperatures as I type this blog are approaching 50° though and overall it should be an OK finish to the day with highs well into the 50s before the day is done. Rain chances will come back 1st thing in the morning though. Not a lot is expected and many may get very little or none at all. Beyond that though…the chances will go […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: VERY active next 10+ days (TUE-3/21)

    Late March into April can be very busy around this area. With all the warmth we’ve seen and the accelerated spring weather that has been with us for weeks now…the more or less typical spring rains may happen a bit earlier than average this season in the region. We really need it. While the devastating fire yesterday isn’t the fault of the dry weather…it’s spread to other locations wasn’t perhaps wasn’t helped by the dry conditions that have developed in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The change of seasons is upon us (again) (SUN-3/19)

    Good afternoon. It’s a breezy mild day in the KC region as any small shower activity from the morning has shifted towards eastern MO this afternoon. Temperatures are now in the 70s and with the record being 81° last tied in 1995…there is a chance we could get there this afternoon. Near 90° weather is likely further west towards Manhattan. Not bad at all…and sort of symbolic on the last day of winter in the area…or lack of winter. BREAKING […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: More warm days…suggestions of rain (SAT-3/18)

    Good afternoon. Bright and sunny as I type this weather blog as a seasonable day is unfolding in the KC region this afternoon. Temperatures this morning were in the mid 30s and this afternoon should max out in the lower 60s. The dry weather continues…and while the next few days are mostly dry there will be some chances of moisture. Many won’t see a drop but some may. Forecast: Tonight: Clear early then increasing clouds overnight. Lows near 40° Sunday: There […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Better for the breakers (THU-3/16)

    Good afternoon. Bright and sunny out there as I type this blog up. Temperatures are approaching 60° and with south winds are busy at 15-25 mph. Overall not too bad. There is a cold front on the way but assuming everything moves according to plan…we should be in good shape for the parade later Friday morning. Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds from KC and south and SEwards. Lows will remain mild. In the 50s for most of the evening dropping to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Shaking the cold off (WED-3/15)

    We’re now just about at the halfway point of March and today will be the 6th day in a row of below average temperatures in the KC area. After a warm 1st 9 days of the month…things have flipped for the time being. They are about to flip again however back to milder temperatures. Since we were so warm during the 1st 9 days of the month though…we’re still running about 1.6° above average. Taht number will come down further […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A dusting and a blizzard (TUE-3/14)

    Good morning. Clouds and a light dusting of snow to start our Tuesday in the KC area. Not all are seeing the snow though but it sort of is pretty watching it fall from the sky. A light dusting is about all it will generate although there may be some 1/2″ totals on the KS side show up over the next few hours through lunch before things wind down. we’re going to be cold again today with highs only around […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Drips…drabs…and a massive blizzard (SUN-3/12)

    Catchy headline…no? I won’t keep you in suspense…the blizzard will be for many areas of the Northeastern part of the country. For us, we’re the drips and drabs part of the title as the dry weather continues. A look at the melted snow totals from yesterday indicate .02″-.15″ of moisture and it’s possible that rain showers this evening may sort of do the same thing again. Basically get the ground wet…and not really do a lot of soaking in to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow for some…others not so much (SAT-3/11)

    It’s like pulling teeth in the area for snow so far this morning. Through 10AM or so the snow has favored areas from about 10 miles south of I-70 and points northwards to south of St Joe…it’s overall a rather thin band of accumulating snow in areas north of I-70. For many the accumulations are mostly on the grassy areas/car tops. There have been some crashes as well…and there are some slick areas, especially on untreated surfaces and around bridges […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Wintry Saturday…but overall dry (FRI-3/10)

    Bright and mostly clear (for now) in the KC region as temperatures are chilly for March…but after all the mild weather lately…we can’t complain too much. The issues before are are several over the next couple of weeks. Obviously we’re watching the snow potential on Saturday that, for many around KC may turn into more of a curiosity thing that a “we can’t get out of the house” thing. There is an overarching theme though over the next 10 days+…and […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snowy Snake Saturday set-up (THU-3/9)

    Good afternoon…with some thunderstorms rumbling through the area…we’ve got a classic battle between spring and winter shaping up over the next 5 days. There will be a few opportunities for snow…and unfortunately the colder temperatures may be damaging to the early budding trees/flora that is in the process of sprouting. Forecast:  This afternoon: After some scattered storms from KC southwards early this afternoon, skies will become partly cloudy. Temperatures will be around 70°. Tonight: Increasing clouds and somewhat cooler with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Groundhog end game? (WED-3/8)

    Back in early February when good ole Phil came out of his home and saw his shadow in Pennsylvania…folklore has that that means 6 more weeks of winter. Well here we are in the Plains with weather that has been more April and May like practically every day since it seems. We’ve been incredibly warm…warm that the allergy season is cranking away weeks ahead of schedule…and the trees and grasses are coming out of dormancy already. While the 6 more […]