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)


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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Getting warmer with storm chances (WED-4/20)

    Good afternoon. A pretty typical spring day out there as the rain as come to an end. There still could be an isolated shower out there somewhere this afternoon but the chances for any one spot getting and rain is <20%. The forecast has warmer weather on tap heading towards the weekend. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. There may be some fog developing towards daybreak. Lows down into the upper 40s Thursday: Variable clouds and seasonable. There could be some […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More rain and then warmth (TUE-4/19)

    Good morning…skies are pretty cloudy out there to start our day but overall it won’t be that bad today as the next better chance of rain arrives overnight. Rainfall amounts yesterday were in the 1/2″ range average with some closer to 1″. It was a good “soaking in” rain so certainly it was welcome. Need to get an early start and do some mowing this morning! Forecast: Today: Mostly cloudy and mild with highs around 70°. Light winds Tonight: Our […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Decent rain…more needed though (MON-4/18)

    Good afternoon. The rain is winding down now…many areas got a decent soaking rain and with the dry ground conditions the rain was soaked up perfectly. It came down lightly for the majority of time and it went right to the growing grass. My yard looks several shades greener already! Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds and with cooler temperatures with lows near 50. Tuesday: Mixed clouds and sunshine with a chance of a few showers. Highs around 70° Wednesday: The chance […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some rain but not a lot for KC (SUN-4/17)

    Good afternoon. Wanted to start today’s blog with a programming note. Starting next Saturday (23rd) FOX 4 News Saturday morning will start 1 hour earlier and run from 6am to 8am. This will ONLY impact the Saturday morning newscasts. Sunday morning newscasts will continue from 7am to 9am. Meanwhile on the weather front…today is similar to yesterday. Breezy and mild conditions out there with a lot of clouds in the area and some sunshine. Temperatures are near 70° as of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Big snows…severe storms…oh my! (FRI-4/15)

    Here we are about halfway done with April and once again the temperatures are running above average for the month. This time though, unlike many of the past months through mid month…we’re barely above average. Through yesterday only about .3° above average. So for a change it seems, at least for now, we’re having a pretty typical month of temperatures. Of course what hasn’t really changed is the dryness. See yesterday’s blog about the developing drought situation that encompasses most […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Drought expansion in area (THU-4/14)

    Good afternoon…another picture perfect day out there with temperatures in the 70s this afternoon and hardly any clouds to be found. The great weather continues into the weekend with rain chances going up as early as Sunday night…if not on Monday. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and pleasant with lows in the 40s Friday: Sunny and mild with highs in the 70s This weekend: Mostly Sunny on Saturday and partly cloudy on Sunday. Highs into the 70s. Winds SE at 10-25 MPH […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The slow El Nino fade away (TUE-4/12)

    Good morning…a LOT of sunshine is expected over the next few days and one has to wonder IF we’ve seen the last of the freezing temperatures in the KC metro area as warmer days will start to become more common and overnight lows will also be above freezing for the foreseeable future. There were morning lows today in the 20s in a few areas outside KC it appears…but in town the lows were basically near to above 32°. Some very(!) […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Searching for a rain opportunity (MON-4/11)

    Good morning…a blustery start to the work week in the KC area with temperatures in the 40s and lots of clouds out there. we should gradually thin out the clouds and start to see the temperatures recover in the afternoon. The winds though will continue at 15-25 MPH for a good part of the day before fading overnight. The lighter winds overnight and the clear skies set’s up another freeze for the area. Forecast: Today: Thinning clouds and slowly warming […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some rain earlier…any more? (SUN-4/10)

    Good afternoon. We’re struggling with the clouds in the area and awaiting a cold front that will be moving into the area in a few more hours. One this front moves through the threat of storms will push south with it it appears. With temperatures struggling so far this afternoon there isn’t a lot of instability to be had though and that makes additional storm development closer to the KC area seemingly a smaller chance. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A freeze and t/storms (FRI-4/8)

    Good afternoon…pretty day but again rather breezy conditions out there to finish off the work week in the KC area. Temperatures this afternoon are close to 60° and with the exception of a few clouds it’s pretty bright out there. An “OK” weekend is on tap…I won’t promise perfectly dry weather on Sunday…and again I will promise more wind in the area over the weekend…especially starting Saturday afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and chilly. The record low is 24° set back […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Who’s tired of this wind? (hands up) (THU-4/7)

    Good morning…the birds are singing and the sun is shining…all a nice combination. Chilly as well with temperatures in the upper 30s in parts of the area. Thankfully the wind is under 10 MPH as of this writing…unfortuantely that won’t last for too long. Today we should see a decent warm-up. Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny and seasonable with highs 60-65° Tonight: A bit cooler with lows in the mid 30s…some areas will be closer to 30° Friday: Sunny and a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Getting dry out there (TUE-4/5)

    Good morning…breezy and cool out there to start our 2nd (Opening Day) out at the K. Another windy day is on tap with gusts to 40 MPH possible. Winds today will be more southerly as opposed to southwesterly…and while warm it won’t be in the 80s like Sunday. There is a chance of a few areas of rain/storms overnight but this appears to occur well after the game at this point. Forecast: Today: Partly cloudy and warm. Windy as well […]