Joe Lauria


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

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe Risk Dropping For KC Area

    Posted on: 3:30 pm, April 3, 2014, by

    Never did like this set-up and the clouds with late AM clearing certainly didn’t increase my thoughts about what may...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe Weather Risk To The East

    Posted on: 10:17 am, April 3, 2014, by

    This will have to be a short and sweet blog for this morning…been going since 6:15 and now need to...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain For Many…Some Not

    Posted on: 8:57 am, April 2, 2014, by , updated on: 12:20pm, April 2, 2014

    Good morning…thunder, lot’s of small (non-severe) hail and occasionally heavy rainfall have highlighted the morning thus far…the heaviest will wind...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: SPECIAL-Chile Earthquake

    Posted on: 8:18 pm, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 08:20pm, April 1, 2014

    A massive earthquake has occurred in Chile and tsunami warnings have been issued for parts of areas in the Pacific...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Storms Likely/Hail Possible

    Posted on: 8:41 am, April 1, 2014, by

    Good morning: An active next two days are heading to the area…which is interesting since temperatures have again dropped from...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Royals And Storms

    Posted on: 8:56 am, March 31, 2014, by

    Today is Opening Day (essentially) in MLB and after 91.7″ of snow this season in Detroit…you’d think we’d have crazy...
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  • Heroes for Hospice 5K

    Posted on: 8:27 am, March 31, 2014, by , updated on: 08:28am, March 31, 2014

    Karli Ritter and Jeff Whelan have joined forces and created a new 5K in the metro to honor their family...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Earthquakes And Thunderstorms

    Posted on: 1:39 pm, March 30, 2014, by , updated on: 01:55pm, March 30, 2014

    I’ve reformatted the weather blog for you so that you always have at least a 36 hour forecast on the...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Busy First Week Of April

    Posted on: 1:56 pm, March 29, 2014, by , updated on: 01:53pm, March 30, 2014

    What to Expect: Sunday: Windy and mild: Temperatures approach 70-75° with winds gusting 35-45 MPH. Skies should be mostly sunny...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Active Pattern For 1+ Week

    Posted on: 8:47 am, March 27, 2014, by , updated on: 06:27pm, March 27, 2014

    6:45 PM Update… Wanted to get you some of the links to the tornado videos we showed during the 5PM...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Monster Storm + Some KC Rain

    Posted on: 11:38 am, March 26, 2014, by , updated on: 11:40am, March 26, 2014

    Remember that little dose of snow we had on Monday…well some of the energy from that little snowmaker for us...
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  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow Winds Down

    Posted on: 10:10 am, March 24, 2014, by , updated on: 02:46pm, March 24, 2014

    Well it took a little extra time but the snow finally overcame the dry air that hung tough around the...
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