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)

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: So very wet out there! (FRI-5/27)

    Good morning…it’s wet out there for sure with record rainfall tallies yesterday up at KCI (3.87″) and also in St Joe with 2.60″. Pretty impressive as far as the rain goes…we’re not done though with the rain chances…later today will offer additional chances as will Saturday. we usually get at least some rain over the holiday weekend and I’m hopeful Sunday and maybe Monday will be drier. Have a good and safe holiday weekend! Forecast: Today: Cloudy skies this morning […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding threat continues (THU-5/26)

    Good evening…after a couple of crazy hours of more hail and flooding rains + winds and a brief touchdown in JOCO MO and maybe Platte Co…things continue to transition to a heavy rain event. For this evening at least the big concern is from roughly the I-70 corridor northwards where training cells continue. Then overnight really any part of the region could have a flood threat as new storms form in SE KS. Areas in SE KS where there hasn’t […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Up close (very) tornado video! (WED-5/25)

    Good morning. Reed Timmer who has helped us for years with School Day at the K appearances sent me some amazing very up close video of one of the big tornadoes yesterday near the Dodge City area. He shot it when the tornado was out in the open fields of western KS. It was a very prolific day yesterday for tornado formation out there as chasers had some of their biggest days in their lives tracking these twisters. Some saw […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Wet pattern remains in place (TUE-5/24)

    Good morning…rain will continue to be the focus of our weather for the foreseeable future and while the severe weather risk remains low for the next couple of days…the risk of flooding has escalated as soils are saturated in some areas. Strangely though (really not) many areas haven’t seen the rain to the degree the I-35 corridor has seen over the last 24 hours. Forecast:  Today: More morning rain/storms as another wave is coming eastbound along I-70. This will move […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Yes to the rain…but only sometimes (MON-5/23)

    Good morning…not too bad out there to start the day. Radar is showing some rain developing out to the west + a disturbance near the Emporia area creeping NEwards…all the while the atmosphere is increasingly getting more moisture fed into it..those are the knowns…the unknowns though are the keys to the forecast and as I mentioned in past blogs…the models will not be handling these events well overall…nor will they be able to resolve the various features that will be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Math: Sun + humidity + … = rain + storms (SUN-5/22)

    5 years ago later this afternoon Joplin, MO was devastated by an EF5 tornado packing winds of over 200+ mph. The town still hasn’t recovered. It was on the ground for over 22 miles and at times was 1 mile across. It killed over 155 people and injured well over 1000 people. Folks there are thinking back to that day today especially…and we continue to wish them the best in their recovery. Meanwhile as that is in our minds…today’s weather, […]

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    Joe’s Forecast: Decent weekend…muddled work week (SAT-5/21)

    Good afternoon…lot’s of bright sunshine early on this Saturday. Temperatures which bottomed out in the upper 40s…average is mid 50s…are recovering nicely this afternoon and we’ll finish well into the 70s before the end of the day. Clouds may increase a bit as well and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a few showers/sprinkles somewhere out there before the day is done…especially farther west of KC proper. Our average monthly temperature is 3.3° below average. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Enjoy the dry times because… (FRI-5/20)

    Good morning…a gray start to our TGIF in the KC area after the expected showers late yesterday afternoon/evening and early this morning. Temperatures again today will be below average for the last third of the month as our monthly trends are now more than 3° below average. While starting to dry out this afternoon rain chances will never be far from the area…and even over the weekend I can see some fleeting chances in the viewing area as well. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Creeping rain chances return (THU-5/19)

    This is the wettest time of the year in the KC area. Mid May through mid June is important for our soils and ponds etc to be fully charged with moisture heading into the typically more sporadic summer rains that hopefully will fall in the region. Once we get to mid-late June…the widespread rains tend to become fewer while the more scattered and isolated rains from storms tend to become heavier (if that makes sense). Our rain chances go up…perhaps […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Oh sunshine my sunshine (TUE-5/17)

    Good afternoon. A pretty miserable last 36 hours in KC from a weather perspective as rain and clouds have dampened our moods just a little bit. The good news is that things are improving west and north of KC and it appears that we will enjoy some nicer May weather for a few days…and really aside from a bit of a speed bump later Thursday into FRI AM…we should be in good shape through Sunday overall. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing skies […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Mucky Monday…better mid-week (5/16)

    As I’ve talked/written about for several days…the rains are here…not too heavy but just areas of rain moving through the region. At times the rain will be more misty/drizzly then it may pick up for awhile…but looking at radar as of this writing there is really nothing that heavy heading this way. The good news is that areas south of KC are getting some moisture with more coming over the next 24 hours. As I mentioned over the weekend…Sedalia was […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s about to get very wet out there (SUN-5/15)

    Good afternoon..pretty day out there after, for some at least, a frosty start. Frost was reported in Richmond, Independence, Harrisonville and I’m sure other places as well. The “official” low this morning was a cold 39°. St Joseph dropped to 37°…more on the lows this morning in the discussion part of the blog. Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds with a chance of some showers developing after 10PM…but especially towards 12AM from KC westwards. Lows in the 40s Monday: Looks rather unpleasant. […]