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
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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A bit of rain…BIG warm-up ahead (SUN-1/24)

    Good afternoon…after almost a full week with sub freezing temperatures in KC…we finally cracked 32° at 10AM this morning…as I type this we’re into the 40s! Cooler weather is returning for a couple of days…then we’re off to the races into next Saturday! Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds and not as cold as the last week of nights…lows in the 30s Monday: Cloudy with off and on rain showers/patches of drizzle. Highs in the upper 30s…perhaps a few degrees cooler in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: That blizzard is something else! (SAT-1/23)

    Good afternoon. Another gray and cold day around the KC area as clouds are trapped in place. The good news is that the winds have switched to the south, and slightly milder air will move into the area tomorrow to finish the weekend. It will be a brief incursion though, as another storm will pass through the area Monday and bring down another 36 hour shot of seasonable air into the area. Forecast: Tonight: Sort of unusual in a way, […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: KC warm-up (brief) + #Snowzilla or #Jonas

    This is not exactly the kind of day that the folks at the Chamber Of Commerce are out taking a ton of pretty pictures of KC. Gray and cold that’s for sure with temperatures at this writing in the middle 20s. The clouds will be slow to break through Saturday morning at least…but then we should start seeing more sunshine in the area although clouds will be a factor in how warm we get on Sunday along with the snow […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Pesky snow ends…brief warm-up (THU-1/21)

    Good afternoon. Snowy out there but overall not too bad. Snow totals have mostly been <1″ or so although there have been some snow “jackpots” out there including the Lenexa area with 2″ or so and the southern part of Overland Park with a bit more than 1.5″. Mostly though the treated roads have held up well and as usual the outlying more rural and untreated roads have slick spots on them. Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies. There may be a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Nasty Eastern Blizzard + another KC snow chance (WED-1/20)

    Good morning…yesterday was quite the mess as it shows what just a pinch, and I mean literally 1 or 2/100’s of an inch of freezing mist/drizzle can do to area roadways. Even the treated roads were susceptible. I wasn’t totally shocked by the onset of the freezing mist…but was surprised at the end effect of the mist/drizzle. Then of course we were watching the snow change over and in the end amounts for KC were typically under 1″. We were […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A pinch of ice…little snow & a mess (TUE-1/19)

    Good afternoon…flakes have been flying and accumulating in parts of the viewing area towards the north and northeast of the KC metro this morning. Some areas are already reported slick conditions so for those areas affected please take it slow and easy for the rest of the afternoon. Meanwhile for additional updates as this evolves please follow me on twitter @fox4wx for additional brief updates today. There may be another blog update later on this afternoon or early this evening. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Here comes more snow (MON-1/18)

    Good morning…it’s cold out there. The lowest temperature I could find this morning was -11° in Maryville, MO and -10° in St Joe and Tarkio, MO. Officially KC dropped to -3° yesterday before midnight and again down to -3° this morning before sunrise. This was the coldest morning since last JAN 7th and 8th when interestingly we dropped to -3°. The focus on today’s weather blog is on the snow scenario…it’s another tough forecast because some things are lining up […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Easing extreme cold + more snow chances (SUN-1/17)

    Man it’s cold out there. as I type this blog, the temperature at KCI is 4° (down from 5° last hour). Our low was 1° as the cold air has outperformed even my expectations…I’m not surprised. If you were reading my weather blogs you knew I said many meteorologists didn’t realize the degree of the cold heading this way. I knew it was coming and even I overestimated the plunge. The snow ranged from a dusting to 2″ as an […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A cold dump + 3 snow chances (SAT-1/16)

    Good afternoon and thanks for spending a few minutes with the FOX 4 Weather Blog. Busy day for KC with the Chiefs in New England and a busy day for yours truly as a lot of weather is on tap for the next 5-7 days with the cold weather a guarantee, along with at least some snow…how much overall remains to be seen but there are some early signs that this week will be an actual wintry type week with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Now about those snow chances (FRI-1/15)

    Good afternoon and thanks for stopping by the FOX 4 Weather blog. Today’s blog will be talking about the cold and the snow potential over the next 5 days or so. The cold weather is a guarantee…we’ll see about the snow…I also want to touch on the weather up in New England (Foxboro which is SW of Boston). Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds and chilly (but really not that terrible for January). Lows in the teens Tomorrow: In and out sunshine […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Spring. winter and summer (THU-1/14)

    One of the reasons why I love my job as much as I do and look at weather information compulsively is that things are always happening in the world of weather. Some are minor, some are significant, and some are rare to historic. Today an event occurred that is in the last category. More on that in the “discussion” part of the blog. Meanwhile, we’re enjoying a nice “spring” day with readings in the area near to above 60°…winter though […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A big up then a big down (WED-11/13)

    Good afternoon, a rather nice day out there today with plenty of sunshine and warming temperatures. We’ve been doing a lot of up and down blogs lately and this will be another one as I continue to think tomorrow’s weather will be warmer than many others think and that Sunday’s weather will be colder than what many think. It just means the ups will hopefully be higher, but it also means the downs will be lower…so it goes. Forecast: Rest […]