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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
  • ScreenHunter_01 Dec. 16 15.09

    Joe’s Weather Blog: My Winter Forecast 2014-15 (WED-11/26)

    Over the last couple of days I’ve shared with you the forecasts of the FOX 4 Weather Team on an individual basis and as a group average and the reasoning by my colleagues about their approach to this upcoming winter. Now it’s my turn to lay out my rational or potentially my irrational thoughts about what is ahead over the next few months, through mid April when the snow season shuts down in KC (we hope). A caveat (one of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s Winter Forecast Time (TUE-11/25)

    Good morning…clear and crisp out there with temperatures around 20° this morning. I’m watching a fast moving disturbance that will zip through the region overnight…it may produce a wintry mix and or snow in parts of the area later tonight and early tomorrow morning. Today is also Winter Forecast Day @ FOX 4. The way it will work is that I will reveal the winter forecast in graphical form in this blog, then have the personal thoughts of my colleagues […]

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    Weather Blog: Winter Forecast Thoughts From Karli, Michelle And Mike

    Here are Karli’s thoughts…   “It’s that time of the year again! The Fox 4 weather team puts together our individual forecast as well as averaging the four of us together as a team to give you an idea on our thoughts for the upcoming winter. It’s no secret that I’ve had some stellar years and some not so great forecasts as well. Let’s see how this one pans out!I’ll let you know my top four thoughts and different things […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: And Now Back To Previous Programing (MON-11/24)

    A reminder that the Winter Weather Forecast is coming on Tuesday 11/25 starting at 5PM. We’ll reveal each of our thoughts during the individual shows then have our team average at 10PM Tuesday night. Yup the cold air is back, although this time it’s not as dramatic as the cold weather before the two day warm-up we enjoyed over the weekend. Consider that though just a brief interlude. Although there are some more warm-ups in store, especially as we head […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It Was Fun While It Lasted (SUN-11/23)

    Good afternoon… A reminder that the Winter Weather Forecast is coming on Tuesday 11/25 starting at 5PM. We’ll reveal each of our thoughts during the individual shows then have our team average at 10PM Tuesday night. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: Scattered light showers in the area combined with patches of drizzle/mist. Temperatures steady in the mid-upper 50s until a cold front moves in after 4PM or so. After 3-6PM: Falling temperatures and gusty NW winds along with increasing areas […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend Drips Then Another Shot (SAT-11/22)

    Good afternoon…well at least we’re milder today than what we’ve experienced in the last 10+ days as we’re finally into a nice south flow. Temperatures are nearing 60° and a mild night is in store for the area…it will again change though, probably by dinner time. Forecast: Tonight: Mild with cloudy skies. Intermittent sprinkles/drizzle patches with perhaps some showers developing towards daybreak. Lows holding in the 50s Tomorrow: Showers are likely during the day with the heaviest overall rain amounts […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Finally Some Mild Weather But… (FRI-11/21)

    Good afternoon…showers are moving into the metro as I type this…should last for a few hours and with temperatures close to, if not above 40° all the rain will stay liquid and actually temperatures should continue to go up overnight tonight into the weekend. Forecast: Tonight: Slowly rising temperatures with patches of drizzle/light rain showers continuing at times. Amounts overall will remain rather light. Temperatures should rise into the 45-50° range. Tomorrow: Cloudy skies with scattered showers but it should […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Finally Some “Brief” Mild Air (WED-11/19)

    Good afternoon…well we tried to get to 40° before lunch today but technically only got to 39° at KCI so the longest stretch of high temperatures below 40° in the month of November continues (today will be day 9). There are some changes though heading towards the weekend that promise. at least, some more moderate weather to move into the region. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing skies and chilly with lows in the teens. Tomorrow: Variable clouds and chilly with highs struggling […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: OH MY To The Cold! (TUE-11/18)

    Well it doesn’t happen often but today we shattered and blew up a previous record low temperature. Our morning low was 6° crushing the previous record of 14°. For whatever reason our previous record low was artificially high. The record lows from the 15th-24th were all in the single digits except today’s which actually went back to 1903! Forecast: Rest of today: Fair skies and cold but NOT as cold as yesterday. Winds will pick up in the afternoon with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 100°+ Or 0° Or Less? (MON-11/17)

    Good morning…single digit wind chills are starting the day and we’ll probably break the record for the coldest high temperature on this date (24°) and tomorrow we’ll break the record for the lowest temperatures on 11/18. There are other records in regards to the cold wave that has swept through the Plains that we’re setting every day right now (# of days with highs 32° or below and with highs under 40°). See previous blogs about that. Also note at […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More Brutal Cold November Air (SUN-11/16)

    Man this cold weather is getting old. Really it’s more like January out there today with more or less steady AM temperatures and clouds. The good news is that we’ll see some sunshine before the day is done…but the bad news is that even colder air is coming down the pike and will arrive overnight tonight. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies this evening then turning cloudy towards daybreak. The winds will switch from the W or WSW to the NW heralding […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: NOT A Good Forecast For KC (SAT-11/15)

    I’m not sure how much I want to beat myself up for this forecast that didn’t work out or IF I should let this one pass…or saying I was right when I was wrong or saying that I wasn’t expecting that much to begin with…regardless the forecast didn’t work out to expectations and while I wasn’t expecting a lot as readers of the blog know…we didn’t even get 1″…heck we didn’t even get a dusting in most of KC…so in […]