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: We actually need some rain soon (THU-10/8)

    Good morning…skies across most of the area are cloudy as I write this and it wouldn’t shock me to see an isolated shower crop up this morning but the coverage will be sparse and for those wanting some good soaking rain…things don’t look too good in the region for quite some time. We’re going to end up in NW flow aloft next week, and while that promises some day to day changes to the temperatures, it’s also a typically dry […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: ALDS forecast concerns (WED-10/7)

    Well it’s a beautiful morning out there with some fog in spots. Visibility is near 1/2 mile in spots. This should quickly burn off as the morning goes along and overall a nice Wednesday is on tap. as a matter of fact the forecast overall (aside from some up and down temperatures) is pretty clear cut with one exception and that would be the ball game tomorrow evening (it figures). Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny and milder with highs in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: December in October (MON-10/5)

    Good afternoon…and no don’t worry it won’t stay like December for much longer but the surface pattern sort of reminds me of the winter where we have moisture trapped at the surface, there’s cloud cover moving up from the SW filtering out the sunshine and temperatures are really struggling. This is more common in the winter months and it’s bound to happen more than a few times this winter. The good news is that once the sun returns (hopefully tomorrow […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Devastating flooding in SC (SUN-10/4)

    Even though the terrible situation in SC is not really connected to the hurricane near Bermuda as of this writing, it really is a matter of semantics I guess. Folks there are going through some unprecedented rainfall and flooding and it’s not going to get better this afternoon. Really amazing stuff from a meteorological standpoint. Rainfall that even we’ve never gone through before in terms of how much has fall there in the last few days. Meanwhile back home gray […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Clearing up Joaquin chatter (SAT-10/3-Update)

    Good afternoon…typically I spend a bit of time talking about our weather in the KC area…but one step outside and you can tell there really isn’t anything to talk about, nor will there be for the weekend really. I did want to spend some time talking about Joaquin and what it is and isn’t doing. Some of the national media sources are attributing everything happening from the Carolina’s northwards because of Joaquin. it’s not true. Forecast: Saturday: Sunny and cool […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Drying out in KC + Joaquin (THU-10/1)

    A new month has started and after a warm September overall (4.7° above average) and overall the 18th warmest in KC weather history. Pretty impressive…and now pretty dry as well as we really haven’t had any substantive rain in quite some time now. Not unusual for the fall season but we can certainly use a good drink from above and there really isn’t anything coming for about a week or so. This means the forecast for the next 5+ days […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall cold front arriving (TUE-9/29)

    Good morning…temperatures today will be more seasonable overall, however areas on the south side of KC and southwards will still hear the A/C’s click on every so often as temperatures across the region will have a rather large spread. 60s farther north and 80-85° farther south with KC in between. Rain is falling in N MO as well. How much of that gets into the KC area is a question though despite it being so close to the metro this […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Last day for the A/C’s? (MON-9/28)

    Good morning…quite the celestial show last night in the area as the total lunar eclipse combined with the supermoon set the stage for pretty picture taking. See our facebook page for more great photos. I may try and show a few more this evening since I’m filling in for Mike. My guess is that with the Chiefs and the Royals playing though, odds are you won’t be watching the late newscasts though…I get it and let me alert you know […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A Tuesday change in the wind (SUN-9/27)

    Good afternoon. As expected clouds are blotching out the sunshine every so often in the area right now. Many of these clouds will slowly dissipate this evening although areas farther to the SE/E of KC may have cloud issues for tonight’s eclipse. For better viewing if you’re under a blanket of clouds now, you may need to drive closer to KC for a better view of tonight’s astronomical events. Forecast: Tonight: Gradual clearing this evening. Temperatures dropping to near 60° […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: No fall weather for now (FRI-9/25)

    Good afternoon, temperatures are into the low to mid 80s in the area and we’re running about 10° above average for late September. That’s been a trend all September long. We’ve only had 5 days with average temperatures that were below average in KC this month thus far…and it appears that we’ll be above average every day for the rest of the month as well. Forecast: Tonight: Nice weather and pleasant temperatures with lows 60-65° This weekend: Overall sunny but […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s Supermoon + eclipse time in KC! (THU-9/24)

    Good afternoon…it’s been a fight with clouds today but overall the weather has been pleasant and the dew points have come down a bit compared to the past few days so the air is somewhat more comfortable today as well. Temperatures, as of this writing, are in to the lower 80s now in the region and we may go up another couple of degrees this afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant with lows 60-65° Tomorrow: Partly cloudy and mild […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Settling into a dry pattern (mostly) (WED-9/23)

    Good morning…and welcome to fall. It started after 3AM this morning and now that fall is here thoughts of leaves dropping and cooling temperatures are rambling through my mind. Mother Nature on the other hand has other thoughts, at least from a temperature standpoint. Because while temperatures may drop off a few degrees over the next few days…more or less I’m expecting above average temperatures through the weekend with perhaps a small drop early next week. Forecast: Today: Partly cloudy […]