Joe Lauria is the evening news meteorologist for FOX4. You can watch him each weeknight at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. His mantra for every weathercast is to teach his viewers something that they may not know about…something that they can’t find on their weather app.

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 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. He most recently was honored as having the Best Weathercast in the state of Missouri by the Missousri Broadcasters Association

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 2 cats. His favorite things about the city are the great Italian restaurants and, of course, the golf courses.


Recent Articles
  • Garry’s Forecast: A Few Early Showers Sunday

    A cold front will move in early Sunday and shift the wind to the northwest.  A few showers are also possible, with the best opportunity for showers to the south and east of the metro.  That quickly exits and conditions warm up quickly to begin the next week. Joe’s latest podcast: As the weather and the climate changes, an organization in Kansas City is looking at ways of adapting to the changes and work with others to try and affect […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Signs of some wetter weather down the road (FRI-11/15)

    Sorry for no blog yesterday…sort of got side-tracked in the morning with some station business and there just wasn’t a lot to write about anyway…so no blog. Today the only real issue I see coming down the pike over the next week or so is the potential of a few showers on Sunday…maybe sprinkles on Monday and some signs of a somewhat more organized system by Thursday of next week. Forecast: Today: Sunny and pleasant with highs in the mid […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: More ups and downs but nothing too extreme (WED-11/13)

    It’s getting a bit tougher to write up a blog these days only because aside from the ups and downs regarding the temperatures and maybe a shower here or there…there isn’t really anything to blog about. No big storms for awhile…it’s getting dry out there…and the arctic air connection is releasing as well…and that’s a good thing…too cold…too soon. It has been cold though…and for awhile too. More on that in the discussion. Forecast: Today: Mostly cloudy…breezy ad chilly with […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: An unusually cold day and the dryness increases (TUE-11/12)

    We set another daily record yesterday for snow…up at KCI there was .6″. That set a new record for 11/11 for snow. That’s the 2nd daily record this season. That’s impressive. Of course during this time of the year a lot of the daily records are under 1″ or so…but still. This cold air mass sent temperatures down into the single digits. At least 8° this morning. Highs today will struggle and it will feel even colder later this afternoon […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Winter weather advisory for snow (MON-11/11)

    Our Monday will be vastly different from the wonderful weekend weather we enjoyed. 65° Saturday and near 60° Sunday…couldn’t ask for anything better really. The colder air started to seep in yesterday evening…then plunged in overnight with some rain…and now snow breaking out on the northside (as of this writing). This snow will overspread the area this morning and as I wrote in yesterday’s blog…the main issue will be developing as the morning goes along with the increasing snow from […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Arctic blast and incoming snow risk (SUN-11/10)

    Wanted to get an updated blog out for you today…since I’m watching the snow risk for tomorrow closely…because depending on how things set up with the plunging temperatures and possible band of snow moving through…there may be some road issues before lunch Monday. The main thing will be the cold air that is slowly seeping into the region today but will more or less blast into the area overnight into Monday morning with falling temperatures…strong winds…and possible some snow. Forecast: […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Another fall to winter battle of air masses (FRI-11/8)

    Happy Friday…a cold start this morning with temperatures in the teens for lows in some areas and around 20° for others…odds favor even colder weather next Tuesday morning especially as a strong push of arctic air comes barreling down through the Plains and through the eastern US over the next 5 days or so. This means cold weather for us and heavy lake effect snows towards the Great Lakes region. On a side note…we’re drying out…and now this is sort […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Not record cold but my goodness…(THU-11/7)

    Good morning…it’s blustery out there and cold…we’ve been colder this season and this air mass that moved into the region yesterday is a pretty stout cold air mass…but the one coming Sunday (mostly towards Monday) is even stouter and that will deliver quite the cold punch for a few days. There will be some modification and warming (somewhat) later next week. Some snow is possible as well…the timing appears to be on Monday…something to watch…probably flurries or snow showers but […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Getting drier and colder (sometimes much colder) (WED-11/6)

    Good morning…it’s going to be a great day in the KC area today with soaring highs and a cold front coming southwards. That front will send the nice warm weather away from KC rather abruptly this evening and replace it with blustery conditions and falling temperatures. Tomorrow should be 20+° cooler that today and it will feel even colder, especially in the morning. This is cold shot #1…cold shot #2 comes Sunday with the potential of falling temperatures during the […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Surging Canadian and Arctic air masses (TUE-11/5)

    A somewhat brighter day is on tap for the region today but there will again be some clouds streaming through the region every so often…at least there won’t be much wind today so it should be somewhat comfortable out there. The main theme to the forecast into the next 10 days or so are repeated shots of cold air with origins towards the far northern reaches of Canada if not into the Arctic. The saving grace is that we don’t […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: We may see more snow by mid month (MON-11/4)

    Got to enjoy some pretty nice weather this weekend in the KC area…lots of sunshine and pleasant (near average temperatures). The story for this week will be the up and down temperatures…we should be in pretty good shape (still cool) through Wednesday but then colder weather is on tap for 48 hours before we rebound again over the weekend. There is actually a chance of seeing some flakes of snow on Thursday associated with the next shot of colder weather…and […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: No big storms for awhile it appears (FRI-11/1)

    Things will be settling down in the region after what turned out to be a rather turbulent month of October…we went all over the place last month…we started with temperatures in the 85-90° with some 95° highs in parts of the area to start the month…then we saw a cool month overall…followed by the rare accumulating snows for the end of the month. 3 accumulating snows…which has only happened once before…back in 1898. The month finished a whooping 5° below […]

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