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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: Bigger storm threat is done in KC (SAT-5/27)

    These things are never easy…with the thunderstorms moving through the north side of the metro this early Saturday morning…and a rain cooled air mass being pushed out of those storms and moving towards the SE slowly…this may in fact stabilize things around the metro for the rest of the day BUT there are still many questions about how far this rain-cooled air mass will go and what happens later today in the building instability. Again be Weather Aware today just […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The Saturday conundrum (FRI-5/26)

    Every so often there is a day in the forecast that gives meteorologists fits…and that day is tomorrow…you would think that within 24-30 hours of something that could happen, we’d have a firmer grasp…but I always feel that my honesty with you folks is the most important thing a meteorologist has with his audience…and frankly I’m NOT exactly sure how things will play out tomorrow, especially in the afternoon. More on that in the discussion part of the blog. Forecast: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Be Weather Aware on Saturday (THU-5/25)

    Good afternoon…what a beautiful day out there today with bright blue skies (for now) and pleasant temperatures. As I type this blog…KCI is 72°…that’s San Diego weather! It will be changing though…and you’ll be feeling the humidity more and more heading into the start of the holiday weekend. This is the wettest time of the year…it appears the best chance of rain/storms over the holiday weekend will be on Saturday. At this point Sunday and Monday like rather nice. Forecast: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Upper level storm moves over our region (TUE-5/23)

    I may try to keep this blog shorter than my usual 1000 words for a change…because everything that I’ve written about over the past couple of days seems to playing out the way I thought it would. We’re starting this morning with some light, fast moving showers as I type this…but conditions will improve as the morning moves along. Meanwhile an upper level storm (sort of unusual for late May) will be moving overhead into Wednesday…then the weekend forecast still […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Pesky rains in the area (MON-5/22)

    Good morning…clouds are quickly on the increase as I start this weather blog and in time, some rain will start to fall in the area with rain amounts for the day likely to be under 1/4″ for many…let’s just call it a pesky rain moving through. Radar will be posted below from the NWS. Overall the weather this week will run cooler than average…giving the A/C’s a bit of a break. They’ve been working a bit more than I would […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: More rain chances to start the week (SUN-5/21)

    Good afternoon. A big thank you to those who commented via FB about their recollections regarding the anniversary of the Ruskin Heights tornado. There were some fascinating stories that you relayed and they were interesting to read through. In case you missed that blog…here it is once again. Meanwhile I ‘m looking at deep blue skies out there right now. There may be some clouds around but it’s a beautiful but cool for May afternoon out there. Highs today will […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: 60th anniversary of the Ruskin Heights tornado (SAT-5/20)

    Good afternoon…skies across the area are mostly cloudy and a cold front has moved through the region allowing cooler air to spread in. It’s somewhat unusual to see temperatures actually drop a few degrees during the day in May with cold fronts…but that happened this morning as temperatures went from the lower 60s to the upper 50s-near 60° as of the noon hour. Aside from perhaps an isolated sprinkle the rest of the afternoon…we’re done with the rain for a […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Afternoon and nights rains coming (FRI-5/19)

    Good afternoon…we’re not quite done yet with the rains in the KC metro area…although the threat of severe weather locally seems rather low to me right now. Areas towards the SE of KC may want to monitor that a bit more closer where instability is higher…or building. Forecast: Tonight: Rounds of intermittent rain/storms…some locally heavy rains are possible. Lows in the 50s Saturday: Rain/showers wind down before lunch but we may have lots of residual clouds in the area. Highs […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another day of watching storm potential (FRI-5/19)

    Good morning…opening salvo to the days ongoing storm threat…additional details coming this afternoon. There are a variety of factors today that are being juggled in the atmosphere…and obviously things bear watching but I’m suspicious about the severe weather risk in the KC area today…flooding risk yes…beyond that I lack confidence in hail/wind threats for the Metro at this point. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds/sun with scattered showers/storms at any time. Highs in the 70s with enough sun in-between the rain. Tonight: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tornado Watch continues (THU-5/18)

    Good evening…see my previous blog for a forecast update for FRI>SUN. This blog will update the evening and overnight situation. A Tornado Watch continues through 10PM. As I type this…the worst storms are located from Topeka westwards. There has been some large hail on the west side of Topeka and there have been a couple of brief tornadoes and there are a couple hook echoes running around well west of the area. Here is a look at the NWS radar […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tornado Watch till 10PM tonight

    Good afternoon-3PM update: A warm front is now firmly established and slowly retreating northwards this afternoon. At 3PM isolated convection has bubbled up on the KS side as an indicator that the cap is breaking. These storms should be more of the scattered variety as opposed to the more widespread rain chances later this evening. The storms later this afternoon may be severe in cases with hail/wind the main threats although a very isolated tornado can’t be totally ruled out […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe storm risks in the Plains including our region (THU-5/18)

    Good morning…there will be another weather update later this afternoon on the blog. I wanted to get something out earlier though considering the atmospheric set-up that is slowly evolving. In a nutshell…the initial concerns for severe weather will be way to the SW of the KC region…but this evening/overnight that concern will spread towards the KC region. There is a lot of moving parts to this…not only tonight but also Friday as well. Forecast: Rest of today: Variable clouds from […]