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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: 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 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Warmth and winds kick in (FRI-4/7)

    Good afternoon…just about perfect out there right now with bright sunshine, a nice breeze and delightful temperatures. Average highs for this time of the year are in the 63° and as I type this blog…the 2PM temperature is 62°. Pretty darn nice out there! There will be changes for the weekend including much warmer air and gustier winds moving through the Plains and that will be very noticeable starting Saturday. Forecast: Saturday: Mostly sunny skies, windy and warmer with highs […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Finally some sunshine (everybody’s happy) (THU-4/6)

    Good afternoon…it’s a beautiful day out there today as we’re finally seeing some real sunshine and the temperatures are back to average. The air is also drying out nicely and that means that after a pleasant afternoon…it will be a chilly night and a Frost Advisory is in effect for the morning. So those tender plants may need covering and those potted plants may need to be brought inside for a few hours. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and chilly with lows […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Flash Flood Watch in effect (TUE-4/4)

    Light rains are moving into the south side of the KC metro as I type this early afternoon weather blog. It’s a chilly and raw afternoon and another significant rain is heading into the area tonight through midday Wednesday. After that we’ll finally get a few days to dry out and finally get some more sunshine that lasts for more than a few minutes. So better news towards the end of the week.. Forecast: Tonight: Rain redeveloping this evening with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Can it snow one more time? (MON-4/3)

    This morning’s rain added up to another 1/2″-1 1/2″ of moisture in the area and we’re still not done with the rains in the area. A rather potent storm will be moving through the Plains on Wednesday and promises more locally heavy rains…in excess of 1″ and perhaps for some…maybe some snow? It takes the right combination of factors to get snow in April…this storm may try to do it though. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cool with lows in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Once again the rains are coming (SAT-4/1)

    Another blah look to the skies today with a low gray overcast and a chilly feel to the air outside this afternoon. Readings are in the 40s as I type this and the skies are once again cloudy. There is a storm that will be impacting the area tomorrow morning so expect a pretty good chance of some rain to move on through to start our Sunday. More rain is possible Monday and Tuesday evening/night>Wednesday. Beyond that though there should […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Stuck in the gray stuff (FRI-3/31)

    Another gray and cool day around the region this afternoon as low clouds about 1500-2000 feet up are preventing us from getting needed sunshine. North winds are also conspiring to keep temperatures on the chilly side of things. Considering the average high these days is in the lower 60s…well let’s just say we won’t get there any time soon I don’t think. Forecast:  Tonight: Cloudy with perhaps a few patches of mist. Temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40° […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A 2 day break…but then more rain (THU-3/30)

    Good afternoon…strange one out there today as an upper level storm is spinning by to the south of KC. Sometimes when this occurs and there are showers in the area (like today) there can be funnel clouds with the clouds. This happens even though temperatures are in the 40s to around 50°. It has happened in the past…typically in March and April in this part of the country. Sometimes when it’s even warmer outside these funnels can be more visual. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The rains keep on coming (WED-3/29)

    Good morning…very soggy out there today as off and on rains will continue this morning…and while another batch of storms is possible later this afternoon and early this evening…we;ll have more rain come at us for awhile on Thursday as well…so it will stay soggy out there as we’re erasing the moderate drought conditions that have been in the area for the last several weeks. KCI airport has picked up almost 1″ of rain overnight…and we’ll add more to that […]