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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: Snowy Snake Saturday set-up (THU-3/9)

    Good afternoon…with some thunderstorms rumbling through the area…we’ve got a classic battle between spring and winter shaping up over the next 5 days. There will be a few opportunities for snow…and unfortunately the colder temperatures may be damaging to the early budding trees/flora that is in the process of sprouting. Forecast:  This afternoon: After some scattered storms from KC southwards early this afternoon, skies will become partly cloudy. Temperatures will be around 70°. Tonight: Increasing clouds and somewhat cooler with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Groundhog end game? (WED-3/8)

    Back in early February when good ole Phil came out of his home and saw his shadow in Pennsylvania…folklore has that that means 6 more weeks of winter. Well here we are in the Plains with weather that has been more April and May like practically every day since it seems. We’ve been incredibly warm…warm that the allergy season is cranking away weeks ahead of schedule…and the trees and grasses are coming out of dormancy already. While the 6 more […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Monday recap…plus a wintry Snake Saturday? (TUE-3/7)

    It was a busy night for storms through the region. Sadly there were numerous areas of destruction. Thankfully, to my knowledge there were no fatalities. I showed last night the path of some of the strongest circulations…and you can pretty much draw a straight line from southern JOCO to Oak Grove, MO with a storm that at times produced high winds and some touchdowns. There’s a lot to cover in the blog and the weekend forecast is also starting to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe threat growing for KC region (MON-3/6)

    Good afternoon. Many weather factors to discuss today including the current wind situation (gusts to 40-50 MPH)…the increasing threat of severe storms developing after 6PM…the threat of larger hail and potentially even some tornadoes somewhere in the region and also the cold front which will sweep through by 8-9PM or so. Forecast: (3PM Update with a Tornado Watch issued) Rest of this afternoon: Variable clouds and warm with highs well into the 70s. Muggy by March standards. Winds will continue […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Monday storm risk develops (SUN-3/5)

    Another windy day in the area with gray skies and above average temperatures. It’s feels cooler out there though because of the lack if sunshine and I’m thinking these clouds aren’t going anywhere into Monday. A cold front will be moving through the region later Monday sweeping the clouds away and allowing for a brighter TUE>WED in the region. Overall the week will be mild again with another change in the temperatures possible on Saturday. Forecast: Tonight: cloudy with pretty […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Revisiting (again) the overuse of severe thunderstorm warnings (SAT-3/4)

    Good afternoon…for those of you at the seminar that I’m presenting this information too…this blog will show some of the slides that I’m using/used in my presentation. I’ve been working on this project for the past 18 months or so…and this is a follow-up blog to what I wrote about last March. That blog is available here. This blog updates and adds on some information that I didn’t get too with the last write up. First though, if you’re attending […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: It was a warm February…but this? (FRI-3/3)

    A nice and seasonable day around the region with bright sunshine once again holding true in the KC area. The winds have been on the increase as well and this trend continues all weekend long. It will be a windy weekend for sure…and we’ve seen more grass fires develop today…including one towards Swope Park that spread smoke into the city earlier this afternoon. The threat of grass fires will continue to escalate over the weekend. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and breezy. […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Random thoughts on a bright day (THU-3/2)

    Good afternoon…our weather is blustery by somewhat mild for early March Temperatures today are in the 50s again…we’ll do that tomorrow and then pop to the 70s over the weekend. Yes the mild air returns along with the winds…stronger winds are likely over the weekend again and also note that after a decrease in the tree pollen today…they’re on their way back up over the weekend and through Monday as well. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and cold (seasonable) with lows in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather risk today (TUE-2/28)

    Good morning…very mild and somewhat humid for late FEB out there today with dew points near 60° out there as I type this weather blog. Those dew points will be coming down though this afternoon as strong winds aloft start mixing down drier air into the region. These strong winds combined with the dry ground and the mainly dormant and dried out vegetation means an enhanced risk of grass fires in the region. DON”T throw cigarette butts out the car […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Spring weather means stormy chances (MON-2/27)

    Good foggy morning. Visibility is starting to improve out there after some dense fog developed overnight, at first down south, then spreading northwards. There is a heavy frost out there as well this morning. The switch though will begin later this morning as the sunshine starts to goo to work and we warm up some 10+ degrees above average (again). I’m also watching for a seasonably strong front to move through the area later tomorrow, briefly changing our weather once […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: An “average” weekend (SAT-2/25)

    Good afternoon. Bright and clear out there today and cool too. As of 12PM the temperature is a more seasonable 35° at KCI and we’ll finish the day with highs 40-45°. That’s actually a bit below average and today will be the 6th day this month with below average temperatures with 19 days of warmer than average temperatures. Overall though our FEB averages are close to 10° above “normal”. We still have more warm weather to go before the month […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: 5 days to go…can we do it? (FRI-2/24)

    Good morning…as promised a blustery day out there with temperatures in the 30s…plenty of clouds and NW inds of 15+ mph creating wind chills closer to the 20s. Our “official” high up at KCI though was 47° at 12AM…so the day will end up being about average in the end…this will more or less break the run of incredible almost daily double digit above average temperatures going back to the 8th of the month. It’s been an incredible run…but now […]