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: Don’t get cranky…but this is getting old! (SUN-11/29)

    Good afternoon…I know you’re getting tired of this weather…but let’s put this into perspective…we really did have a nice fall around KC. Moderate temperatures were the highlight. Here it is the end of November and as of yesterday we still enjoying average temperatures this month almost 5° above average…that isn’t bad for November considering LAST November temperatures for the month were about 7° colder than average…that’s a 12° swing from year to year. Forecast: Tonight: Periods of light rain…temperatures steady […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The storm that won’t quit (SAT-11/28)

    As I start typing this weather blog, there is another band of freezing rain moving through areas of NE KS and into NW MO…ever since noon Thursday when the cold front came through…our weather has certainly been rather miserable. It can be much worse though, A nasty ice storm is winding down in OK as I’ll talk about more in the discussion part of the blog. Forecast: Tonight: Periodic bouts of light freezing rain/drizzle will move through. It shouldn’t be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Icy black Friday in KC (FRI-11/27)

    Good morning…after a record setting rain yesterday including a record for the actual date (11/26) and for Thanksgiving itself (since the holiday varies in dates)…today we’re waking up to some freezing rain. Roads have done OK so far but there are some slick areas out there including bridges and overpasses especially from I-70 northwards into the northland. Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies with some light mist or freezing mist. Lows steady between 30-32° Tomorrow: Cloudy skies with an occasional rain shower […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding rain + ice + sleet + cold! (THU-11/26)

    Happy Thanksgiving! It’s going to be a day filled with changeable weather, here in KC and through the Plains states. Already temperatures are dropping rapidly out to the west and that same drop will move into KC during the afternoon. For those that are interested in the Winter Weather Forecast that was issued yesterday, here is the blog that I published on Wednesday. Forecast: Today: Mild through the middle afternoon in KC with temperatures into the lower 60s. Scattered showers […]

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    2015-16 Fox 4 Winter Forecast

    Well once again it’s time for the 2015-16 winter forecast. I’ve promised myself I’m going to try to keep this at roughly 1500 words which would be 50% shorter than the missive I wrote last year…let’s see how I do. For those who don’t want to read my more technical discussion…scroll down towards the bottom of the blog for the actual numbers. Forecasting the weather and then talking about the whys of the forecast is obviously my passion. I think […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Wettest Thanksgiving ever? + wintry days ahead (WED-11/25)

    The Winter Weather Forecast will be released this afternoon/evening. I will pre-release the information on the weather blog sometime before 3PM or so. I have most of it written but need to add a few things. I promised I would keep it a bit more concise this year…last year it was 3000 words long…this year it’s about 40% less…but I do want to add a couple of things before I get it out there. So today will be a two […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Gobble…gooble…yuck (TUE-11/24)

    Good morning…the Winter Weather Forecast will be released on the blog sometime tomorrow afternoon. The good news is it is written up (mostly) and I promised myself to try to keep it to around 1500 words this year…last year I got out of control with close to 3000(!) words…longer than most term papers when I used to write those. Well I’m close to 1500 words…a little above at this point. So I think overall, considering how much I enjoy writing […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: KC TV stations all work for you (SUN-11/22)

    Good afternoon. The FOX 4 winter weather forecast will be on Wednesday night. As usual I’ll get a blog together earlier inn the day so that you can read the thoughts on the weather team and I’ll also have my platform to expand on my weather thoughts. Last year I wrote about a 3000 word missive…and as usual I was wrong about the snow totals but a significant amount…this year I’m really trying to keep things under 1500 words…I’ll need […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The chill has arrived…Thanksgiving concerns (SAT-11/21)

    Good afternoon…as I’ve mentioned…and it might be a good idea to write yourself a little note or put a reminder on your cell phone…the winter weather forecast is coming on Wednesday night during the evening newscasts. I will have a write-up for you on the weather blog sometime that day before it goes to air. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies early then becoming partly cloudy. These clouds will play a huge role in the overnight forecast. The faster they move in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold shot #1 + cold shot #2 (FRI-11/20)

    Good afternoon. A reminder that the winter weather forecast is scheduled for Wednesday 11/25 during the evening. I will be writing up a blog with my thoughts and the rest of the team sometime before that forecast airs on TV. We’ll see how we do this year…personally my forecast was way off last year, from a snow total standpoint at least. Forecast: This afternoon: Cloudy skies with some mist/drizzle possible. Light rain will fall in N MO. There may be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tic-toc…tic-toc (THU-11/19)

    A reminder that the FOX 4 Winter Forecast will be issued on Wednesday night during the evening…as usual a pre-release will be done on the weather blog that day in case you won’t be watching TV that night (since Thanksgiving is the next day). Although we’re going to have some big changes to our weather later next week so my suggestion is to keep up-to-date on that situation because it may well lead to travel issues for some areas… Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain starts to fade + weekend cold shot (TUE-11/17)

    Good morning…I want to remind all the blog readers to put Wednesday 11/25 on your calendar for watching/reading the Winter Weather Forecast on Fox 4 and It’s always nice when the forecast from days ago goes off without too many hitches. Remember our job, from that far away, is often to predict what will happen days away, when the reality of the moment when that prediction is made, is that what you’re predicting doesn’t even exist in most cases. […]