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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: Storm risks + cold rains ahead (TUE-4/25)

    Good morning…a lot of wind around the area yesterday as expected. Today will be pretty windy as well although the cloud cover that we have today may help knock down the worst of the gusts. Rain is possible tonight along with some thunderstorms…and Wednesday may be a good day to take a nap as colder air moves through the region…so overall we’re going to get wet for awhile with some more rain on tap later in the week. Forecast: Today: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Good weekend…rainier late week (SAT-4/22)

    Our weather is actually turning out rather pleasant this weekend. Here’s a funny story for you…yesterday I was at Sams Club poking around and there was a couple with their two kids within earshot. The man was on the phone and for quite some time was telling whoever he was talking too about all the rain that was in the forecast for today. Obviously I knew that wasn’t going to happen but I didn’t want to speak up and tell […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm goes south…rain mostly goes with it (FRI-4/21)

    A mostly cloudy morning out there today and sort of on the cool side. Temperatures dropped into the mid 40s to start the day and with the clouds around today it may be a struggle to get back to 60°. Rain will be falling well south of the region today as well. Not sure if any light showers will make it to the I-70 corridor though…doesn’t look too promising. Forecast: Today: Clouds and cool with highs near 60°. NE winds […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Better rains to the south of KC (THU-4/20)

    Good afternoon…not exactly a gully washer last night…with the storms well west of here fading as they got closer, and since we didn’t even get into the rain till early this morning…there wasn’t a lot left of what developed…just enough to wet things down a bit. The late FRI>SAT system doesn’t look great for us either in terms of a lot of rain, although the farther south of KC you go the better the rain amounts will be. KC is […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tracking the overnight storm chances (WED-4/19)

    Good morning…breezy and mild to start the day in the KC region with some scattered showers across far N MO and NE KS. Overall the day will be windy and warm. A cold front will be moving into the region tonight and that will trigger storms…however it’s very late arrival towards the KC metro area may prevent KC from having to deal with much (if any) real severe weather…and that is OK with me and probably you too! I’ve enclosed […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: An active week means more rain/storm chances (MON-4/17)

    Good morning…a cooler but brighter day in progress in the area today as temperatures are slowly recovering after a rather cool start to the day. We dropped to 50° this morning. Our monthly temperature is still running more than 5° above average for April. We’re going to be mostly above average till Friday or Saturday when a storm will be passing towards the south of the region allowing colder air to move in for a couple of days. Forecast: Today: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Active week of weather (SUN-4/16)

    Happy Easter. Many areas enjoying some sunshine…while there are still a few renegade showers running around and hanging around as well. Sort of a weird weather day out there with cooler temperatures compared to yesterday when highs were into the lower 80s. Our monthly temperatures is running almost 5.5° above average and we’re over 2″ above average when it comes to rain. Warm and wet would describe April so far…and that may continue through the end of the week as […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Saturday night chances (SAT-4/15)

    We’re halfway done with the month of April and temperatures are still running well above average. Today will feature another day with temperatures about 15° above average and that will send the monthly temperature more than 5° above average. We’ll see what the back side of the month looks like. There are strong signals for a least a couple of chilly days coming into play towards the end of next week. Forecast: Tonight: Storms developing and moving through the region. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Watching Saturday night storms (FRI-4/14)

    Skies are clearing out somewhat in the area late this afternoon and the temperatures are starting to warm back up again. Rainfall amounts from the morning bout ranged from 1/10-1/2″ of moisture. It was needed…and more may be coming before the weekend is done. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy and becoming windy with lows near 60° Saturday: Clouds and sun. There is a small chance of some scattered showers zipping through before lunch. Odds favor towards the NW of KC at this […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain chances are back in the forecast (THU-4/13)

    It’s really feeling like spring out there today. Dew points are near 60°…temperatures are in the 70s and it feels like it wants to rain soon. We have a few chances coming up over the next several days heading towards and through the holiday weekend. Meanwhile, after a fast start to severe weather season, things have really calmed down quite a bit lately…and aside from a chance over the weekend up the I-35 corridor…which for us may be tricky due […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm conundrum (delayed not denied?) (SUN-4/9)

    A VERY springish day out there. Dew points have crept to near 60°…winds are cranking away and gusting to around 40 MPH and skies are partly cloudy as moisture is streaming up from the south. There is a dry line (more in the discussion) to the west…and a cold front west of that. There are pluses and minuses to the set-up for this evening and tonight and we’ll go over that shortly. Forecast: Tonight: Storms are still possible from 10PM-3AM […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Sunday storm questions (SAT-4/8)

    Good afternoon…breezy and warmer out there today with temperatures popping well into the 70s this afternoon. The last time we were in the 70s was 16 days ago…so it’s been awhile! We’ll be more or less in the 70s through the middle of next week or so (except for Tuesday?). Rain chances will be fleeting for awhile it appears but there are no big systems heading our way for quite some time it appears. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy, breezy and […]