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
  • FOX4 Forecast: Another hot one!

    The heat and humidity are sticking around as we kick off a new work week! Temperatures will remain well above average today with highs in the lower 90s. This trend will continue into midweek as we wait on our next front. Details on the timeline and rain chances in the updated forecast here! We’ve all taken shots at a local TV meteorologist at one point or another, and we’ve certainly seen your comments on social media. Just why is it […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Storms later today and a brief cooldown (THU-9/12)

    Summer heat will take a brief respite for about 36 hours or so when a cold front comes through the area later this afternoon. That front will usher in cooler and drier air into the region through Saturday morning. Cooler temperatures…50s are likely tomorrow morning and near 60° lows are expected on Saturday…will be followed by more heat and building humidity for Sunday into the middle of next week again. So the A/C’s are going to get more work this […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: You’re going to want a pool (WED-9/11)

    It’s going to be a hot and muggy day in the region today. More sunshine, combined with dew points in the 70s means the heat index will pop into the mid 90s+ this afternoon for a few hours. There will be a breeze out there as well…gusting to 25+ MPH or so. Overall very July-like weather settling into the region. We’re awaiting a cold front to move through sometime tomorrow later in the day…with that front comes storm chances and […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Summer keeps chugging away (TUE-9/10)

    We almost tied a record WARM this low (for today’s date) this morning. So far the low for the day is 74°…the warmest low on record (going back to the 1880s) is 75° set back o 9/10 in 1910. It’s balmy out there for sure this morning…and pretty cloudy as well. Yesterday while KCI didn’t get to 90°…a lot of other places did including 95° in Downtown KC! That’s pretty impressive. Lawrence, which seems to be running hot lately…got to […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: It’s going to get hot again (SUN-9/8)

    Good morning…as expected a wet start to the back half of the weekend with rain, some of it heavy, falling overnight. There is still some rain out there too…which will gradually fade as the late morning progresses. The moisture that fell locally, not a lot, 1/4-1/2″ for the Metro will turn into steam heat this week. From tomorrow through Thursday highs should be near 90° with correspondingly high heat index values closer to 100° on some of those afternoons. Of […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Some rain ahead…and more heat down the road (FRI-9/6)

    We’re sort of going into the weird time where we can have some beautiful weather and some hot summer weather. Yesterday we had some summer weather…today it will be nicer…tomorrow great…then some rain…then some summer…then some rain…a lot going on out there from a weather standpoint for sure. There is also smoke in the air from fires in NW Wyoming this morning. As usual I spotted this yesterday…it was coming behind the cold front that moved through the region this […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Late summer in KC sticks around + Dorian (THU-9/5)

    The last waning days of summer are flying by now…we’re less than 3 weeks away from astronomical fall and summer is fighting to hang on. Ore or less it will feel like summer through the middle of next week. There are no “big” fall fronts coming yet…but that will change as the month finishes as it usually does. Of note though are some rain chances for Sunday…especially from KC northwards…and more heat for a few days next week as well. […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Dorian off Florida (for now) and another heat blast for KC (WED-9/4)

    Good Wednesday to you…a cold front came through the KC region last night…the cooler and drier air though was lagging a bit behind the front but now we’re seeing the dew points drop off nicely…that sets the stage for a phenomenal day today and a great night tonight. A quick and brief heat and humidity surge will move in tomorrow afternoon before again getting shoved southwards on Friday. With all these transitions rain is going to be hard to come […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Our cold front and Dorian is stuck for now (TUE-9/3)

    Good morning…a rather hot and humid day is on tap for the area as we try to make a run towards 90° ahead of a cold front. This front will sweep the hot and humid weather away for a couple of days and allow some cooler and drier air to move in. Tomorrow looks outstanding. Today though will remind you that even though meteorological summer is overwith…astronomical summer continues for another 3 more weeks or so. Dorian is also in […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Dorian wobbles and lumbers in the Bahamas (MON-9/2)

    It’s been one of the most fascinating storms, in my opinion, over the last few days to observe from afar. It continues to be nightmare for those who are dealing with a storm that, this morning, is moving slower than a baby can crawl. The storm, packing winds of over 150 MPH is sitting on top of Grand Bahama Island. For that island as well as the others Great Abaco/Little Abaco Island…it’s been a terrible weekend. The storm was the […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Monster hurricane Dorian (SUN-9/1)

    Short blog today with our weather settled and Dorian anything but. As of this morning Dorian is a monster category 5 hurricane with sustained winds at least 175 MPH and it may strengthen a bit more today in still favorable conditions. Some of the Bahama Islands will be swept clean of everything…buildings…trees…everything. The odds still say this stays off the coast of central Florida but central FL will likely still feel some effects from the storm with winds and rain. […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: More summer to come and Dorian path changes (SAT-8/31)

    Happy Saturday…clouds will be an issue for the area today as we’re sort of in a squeeze play between the disturbance that generated the big thunderstorm complex on Thursday night/Friday AM…and another approaching wave towards the west of the area that is generating a few patches of showers. So enjoy what sunshine you get this morning because odds favor more clouds this afternoon. The hotter weather returns on Monday and Tuesday ahead of another cold front coming later Tuesday. Dorian […]

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