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: Brrrr for May + another bout of rain (SAT-5/14)

    Good afternoon…a clear and at least somewhat blustery May day in the KC area as temperatures in the area missed record levels by only 2°. We dropped to 42° at KCI this morning…the record is 40° set back in 1907. St Joseph dropped to 41° with their record living on another year of 38° set in 1980. Forecast: Today: Sunny and cool with highs around 60°. North winds of 15 MPH Tonight: Clear and chilly with lows near 40°. The […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: About that severe weather risk (FRI-5/13)

    I guess it’s Friday the 13th. Some may say it’s going to be an unlucky day. I really don’t worry about that stuff. All I know is right now the skies are bright and blue and it’s a beautiful morning out there. IF you have outdoor plans between 3-7PM or so…it may be unlucky for about 1 hour or so as storms may move through parts of the area. I’m not sold on all of us getting rain from this […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm chances return but April in May (THU-5/12)

    Thanks for taking a few minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog. Just a spectacular afternoon out there with temperatures approaching 70° as of this writing and clear blue skies. We could actually use the dry times locally and northwards. Areas farther south of KC towards the Lake Of The Ozarks region though still need more moisture and we may try to catch them up early next week. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and cool with lows in the 50s Friday: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tracking storm potential + chilly May weekend (5/11)

    Good afternoon. It was a stormy morning and a very wet morning again for parts of the area. Rainfall amounts were 1-2″ in parts of the area…especially closer to the I-70 corridor. KCI is now up to 9.61″ since 4/1…making this the 6th wettest 4/1-5/11 in KC weather history…and we’re not done with the rain chances either. Forecast: Tonight: Any brief evening showers/storms on MO side will zip away and we’ll start to see a cooler air mass move into […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Big OK tornadoes + significant cooldown coming (TUE-5/10)

    Good morning…a beautiful start to our day with temperatures that are very comfortable for May. Today overall will be a warmer and brighter day. You’ll also notice the humidity creeping up a bit too. Not too bad overall though! This blog will feature some amazing up-close tornado videos…a review of the potential storminess for Wednesday and a look at some rather cool mid-May air coming in over the weekend. So let’s get to it. Forecast: Today: Great with highs around […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: No mans land today in KC (MON-5/9)

    Good morning. Not exactly a “Chamber Of Commerce” start to the day in the KC area today with a lot of clouds around. Temperatures as I expected last night really never changed much and we’re in the lower 60s as I type this. We should only be in the 70-75° range this afternoon. As far as the rain risk goes…yes there will be some shower activity out there although as I type (8AM) this there really isn’t anything impressive coming […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Not washouts…but rain moving through (SUN-5/8)

    Good afternoon. Showers and some thunderstorms are moving through the region as I type this blog. We timed this perfectly on the morning weather casts as we were showing the area of “lift” that was creating the storms near the Wichita area heading this way. Sure enough some rain has moved in. It’s not a lot but it will be a nuisance for the rest of the day. Radar will be in the discussion part of the blog. Forecast: Tonight: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dry weather becomes wet weather (SAT-5/7)

    The weather clock is slowly ticking on the wonderful weather we’ve enjoyed for the past few days. Aside from some smoke in the air from the fires burning in Canada…it’s been beautiful out there. This morning we started out warmer than we have and this afternoon will be the warmest day so far this spring (81°) Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies. There may be a few showers in N MO but odds are most of the activity stays north of the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Stormier set-ups arrive (FRI-5/6)

    Good morning…another crisp and delightful start to the day in KC with bright sunshine. The atmosphere overall is starting to warm up, especially in the lower levels of the atmosphere and you’re going to be feeling it over the next couple of days. Our warmest temperature so far this spring is 81° back on 4/3. We may go past that number either today or tomorrow…and you’ll start to notice the humidity levels coming up over the weekend. Forecast: Today: Sunny […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Blue skies to stormy skies (THU-5/5)

    Happy Cinco De Mayo KC! Another beautiful day is on tap for the region as temperatures will finish somewhere between 70-75° and the winds today will be lighter. Overall just another perfect 10 weather day in KC. A big thank you as well to all the students (over15,000), teachers, and educators who came out and supported School Day yesterday at the K. Too bad the Royals had a miserable game…but it’s baseball and not football. Just one of another 125+ […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: All quiet for awhile (boring title I know) (TUE-5/3)

    The title is pretty boring admittedly but there really isn’t a jazzed up one that I can think of. Preparations continue for School Day tomorrow and the weather looks fabulous out there. All you need is a ticket to the actual game, no matter where it is/was purchased and you get in at 9-9:30 for the 10AM show. It’s general seating though so get there early. The game is nearly sold out…so you can purchase tickets for your family on […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: May is here…but it feels like March (SUN-5/1)

    No need to really recap the month of April…4th wettest April in KC weather history though is the big takeaway…we were also more than 2° above average as well. The last time we had a cooler than average month was back in August 2015 (-2.6°).  More on this prolonged warm spell in the discussion. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cool with lows down into the 40s Monday: Mainly cloudy with some scattered showers possible (30% chance). Cool as well with […]