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
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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Major US storm + longer term cold for KC (11/13)

    Winter weather forecast will be issued on WEDNESDAY 11/25! Good afternoon. Lots of folks talking about the nice fall weather we’ve enjoyed. I met one gentleman last night at the Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree fundraiser who asked me whether or not I thought that this may have been the nicest year of weather in KC in recent memory. It made me stop and think a bit. Overall we had a moderate to easy last winter…then a decent spring (which was […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Next week’s storm more “interesting”? (THU-11/12)

    WINTER WEATHER FORECAST WILL BE ISSUED ON WEDNESDAY 11/25… Good morning on this glorious and bright Thursday in the KC region. As is typical when you have a powerful storm sweep through the region the previous day, usually the following day or two the skies a bluer than usual. That’s because the winds circulating around the powerful storm, bit low to the ground and higher on up through the atmosphere have “cleansed” the atmosphere and as a result the air […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: HIGH winds coming + bigger changes (WED-11/11)

    Good late morning…our storm that we’ve talked about for almost a week has formed and is intensifying quickly in the Plains states. It will create a lot of wind around here for the next 36 hours. This storm in a sense is the start of a VERY active weather pattern that will take us through the 20th or so. Another strong storm may be lining up in a bout a week or so for parts of the Plains. That will […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Veterans Day storm means wind…maybe some rain (TUE-11/10)

    Good afternoon…wanted to take a little extra time this morning/afternoon to look at the data so that I had the clearest picture about tomorrow’s weather. Things are coming into focus about the situation tomorrow and I continue to feel that the risk of severe weather in KC and westwards is minimal at this point while areas farther east and northeast of KC do have somewhat higher chances. This is what I’ve been saying for several days and I see no […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Veteran’s Day storm update (MON-11/9)

    Another wonderful day in the region is expected…as I keep an eye on the storm that is producing some decent rain and heavy mountain snowfall in parts of CA today. It has been written about quite a bit by yours truly over the last 5 days or so so today’s blog will update the situation. There isn’t a lot of cold weather behind the storm so temperatures later in the week, while more seasonable, will not be overly cold. We […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Veterans Day storm in Plains (SUN-11/8)

    Another spectacular day in the region with bright blue skies and no clouds showing up in our skies. Temperatures dropped into the 20s/30s for many areas this morning including 33° @ KCI. Hamilton MO was the chilliest with lows down to 25°. Frosty for many this morning as well. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and chilly again with lows in the low-mid 30s for many. Monday: Sunny and pleasant for November with highs in the lower 60s Tuesday: Variable clouds, windy and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Frosty mornings + another storm (FRI-11/6)

    During the month of November we can get some rather wild and wooly weather in the area. Typically we can see some rather large temperature swings from high to low typically. Last year you may remember a big drop in our temperatures that hit on 11/10-11 and lasted about 10 days. We went from near 70° to below freezing on the 10th and then stayed below 35° for 7 STRAIGHT DAYS! We had a high of 23° one of those […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Front and a chill coming later today (THU-11/5)

    The month of November continues to move along, and thus far we’ve been very mild. Today will be no exception to that as highs should again be well into the 60s and perhaps even some 70s out there before a seasonably strong cold front moves into the region later this afternoon and this evening. Tomorrow and especially Saturday will be more typical of November weather standards around here…nothing to cold but just more seasonable. Forecast: Today: Once again mostly cloudy […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Front coming but rain lacking (again) (WED-11/4)

    Good morning…after a picture perfect afternoon in KC yesterday for the celebration of the Royals winning the World Series, the day today seems to be repeating the trends from yesterday. Once again we’re starting rather gray and gloomy and it will take some time to start breaking up the clouds in the region. Unlike yesterday though the clouds are much more extensive this morning through the entire region…this may slow down the clearing trends that happened rather quickly yesterday. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: VERY active pattern into mid November (TUE-11/3)

    It’s celebration Tuesday in KC and the roads heading into downtown KC are already getting jammed up…probably a combination of rush hour and fans heading towards the big parade/rally near Union Station. Consider this, it’s early November a month known for wild and big storms in the Plains states…and there will be some of that over the next 10 days. For today at least, the only “wild” weather is fog for many areas near the I-35 corridor which will turn […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Next rain system on tap (MON-11/2)

    Good Royal morning to you…what a night in KC. All of you will probably remember exactly where you were the night we won the World Series in 2015. Congrats to all the Royals fans out there…all those years of watching terrible baseball for most of the season…all those loses…and all those empty seats are in the past and for the last few years it’s been a totally different season and last night was the culmination of the change! Forecast: Today: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: What is El Nino? (SAT-10/31)

    Good afternoon and Happy Halloween. A reminder to set your clocks BACK one hour tonight before you go to bed. Daylight saving time ends early Sunday morning and we revert back to central standard time. That means the sun will rise one hour earlier in the day and set one hour earlier as well than today. Sunrise Sunday morning will be at 6:47 AM while sunset will be at 5:18 PM. Forecast: This afternoon: Mostly cloudy with an occasional spot […]