Joe Lauria

Meteorologist

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: Rain Chances/Frost Opportunity/Snow?

    Posted on: 9:21 am, April 22, 2014, by

    I’ve spent the past week or so out in the wine country of California. Sonoma and Napa in particular. It’s...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: One Storm Fades…Another Lurks

    Posted on: 6:53 am, April 16, 2014, by

    Spring, as we all know is a time for change. Plants/trees come out of dormancy and folks come out of...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Next Storm System Questions

    Posted on: 8:55 am, April 15, 2014, by

    Good morning…tried to stay up late last night to watch the eclipse but I got too tired and didn’t make...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow and “The Whales Mouth”

    Posted on: 9:30 am, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 09:33am, April 14, 2014

    It almost sounds like a fairy tale doesn’t it…but just like the Royals 1st 10 games or so it’s our...
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  • Joe;s Weather Blog: Severe Weather And Snow

    Posted on: 1:01 pm, April 13, 2014, by , updated on: 01:24pm, April 13, 2014

    Well this is another one of the rapid transition periods for western MO and eastern KS. So get ready to...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: 80s To Snow Again?

    Posted on: 7:39 pm, April 12, 2014, by , updated on: 09:33pm, April 12, 2014

    It’s been a crazy day with a morning news…then a day out in Lawrence for the Douglas County Severe Weather...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Incoming Weekend Storm

    Posted on: 2:57 pm, April 11, 2014, by

    One of the better afternoons in progress in the area today with temperatures in the 70s and winds out of...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Some Decent+ Rain Possible

    Posted on: 3:09 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    Good afternoon: Despite all the clouds it’s still turning into a decent day out there with temperatures approaching 65-70°…we started...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend Storm Lurks

    Posted on: 8:05 am, April 9, 2014, by

    Good morning… Here comes the wind again! Red Flag Warnings are in effect. Many don’t even know what it means...
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  • Frugal and Fabulous: Easter Wreaths

    Posted on: 12:52 pm, April 8, 2014, by

    Designer Stacy Widmar stopped by Tuesday’s FOX 4 Morning Show with another frugal and fabulous idea — how to Easter...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Want To Learn More About Severe Weather?

    Posted on: 8:23 am, April 8, 2014, by

    Good morning and thanks for stopping by and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog! Today we’re going to talk a...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A Little Rain Then A Lot?

    Posted on: 9:09 am, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 08:10am, April 9, 2014

    Good morning: Thought I’d start today’s blog (after a weekend off) with a nice letter I received last week….it concerns...
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