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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.

Recent Articles
  • Joe’s Forecast: Thursday rain risk

    Milder winds will be blowing through the area on Tuesday ahead of a weak front that will drop the temperatures back to average on Wednesday. Thursday’s rain is still possible…but we’re on the northwestern edge of this…and a slight tick south would take the vast majority of the rain with it.   Be sure to download our apps and follow us on Facebook. iPhone fox4kc weather app Android fox4kc weather app. Fox4kc news apps:  iPhone and Android Click here for […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: All sorts of potential (good and bad) (MON-12/10)

    Good Monday to you…another frosty start out there this morning as temperatures this morning caved once again into the middle teens in the region. Skies are sunny and will remain so for the rest of the day. Temperatures will be closer to average and with light winds…not too bad today, at least in the afternoon. The forecast has some good things…and some more interesting things ahead The day of concern is mostly on Thursday…obviously because of some “little” football game […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Milder interludes between storms (SUN-12/9)

    Good afternoon…another cold day out there with temperatures struggling to get to 32° early this afternoon. Th eskies are sunny though but without any wind to speak of (good thing and bad thing) there is nothing to really stir the air up all that much. As a result we are left to a weakening December sun to warm things up from our cold lows this morning. Hence the reason why we’re struggling today. Tomorrow will be a bit closer to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Not much happening…but watching later next week (FRI-12/7)

    A cold afternoon around the KC region as high clouds and filtered sunshine with a cold air mass in place, have kept temperatures in check today. It looks like an overall chilly but OK weekend and it appears that some milder weather is coming back towards the region for a couple of days next week ahead of the next weather change possible towards the end of next week. Meanwhile in OK…the forecasts are getting blown up because of an uncooperative […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Southern storm + it wants to get milder (THU-12/6)

    Good afternoon…clouds are breaking up slowly but surely and it’s going to be a cold night in the region…but at least the data is showing some signs of a warm-up heading this way. This has been mentioned by me a few times over the last few weeks…and today, while we’ll continue to go up and down over the next couple of weeks…there will be some decent days mixed in. Decent though by December standards at least. Remember it’s supposed to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Big snows likely to the south (WED-12/5)

    Good morning…we’re finally going to enjoy a more seasonable weather day in the KC area…as the sun is finally out today and with a breezy SW wind developing highs should pop well into the 40s. If you’re wondering…the average is around 43° today so believe it or not…we’re finally going to see above average highs (for a change). Actually we’ve had a few…as recently as this past Saturday but with the colder air always pressing southwards…it’s been tough to enjoy […]

  • Here’s the science behind why some get aches and pains when KC’s weather changes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For months at a time in the Plains, we’re vulnerable to significant air pressure changes. This typically happens every winter, spring and fall, especially as the weather changes rapidly. For some people, though, these weather changes are more than rain or snow or wind. For some, they actually bring pain. “I feel tremendous pressure on the back of my head. It starts off as just pressure, like someone was grabbing my skull ,and it goes to the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s still fall isn’t it? (MON-12/3)

    Good morning…a skiff of snow fell overnight…and once again the roads were rather slick in some areas…perhaps not widespread but enough to create problems this morning. Last night on FOX 4 News at 9/10 I was banging the drum on this potential as I was tracking snow across parts of N MO. I noticed up towards Maryville a solid dusting…with icy roads developing so I hit it at the beginning of every weather cast. I figured the snow may melt […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold December start…and our next snow? (SUN-12/2)

    If nothing else…so far these last couple of months have not been all that boring around these parts…it seems the area is being affected by storm after storm…front after front…and the weather has been anything but quiet. There are the typical spells of quiet weather but it’s been cold and that’s not going to change this week or next weekend. Forecast Tonight: Cloudy skies with some patches of light snow possible overnight. It’s worth paying attention too in case there […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: This will not be a great week (SAT-12/1)

    Good afternoon…it’s tough to get too motivated about the upcoming weather in the KC region. The weather has already peaked for temperatures today in the lower 50s…colder air is wrapping into the region as I type this blog…and I’m not sure when we’re going to see the 50s again into next weekend at least. Clouds are also going to be very prevalent in our skies. Meanwhile as we close the books on November…we’re saying goodbye to the coldest November in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another interesting weekend storm (FRI-11/30)

    Well after the weather yesterday I once again checked to see how this November was stacking up in terms of “coldness”. If you remember as of Wednesday we were in 1st place with about a 2/10ths of a degree lead over 1976. Yesterday’s data now has us still in 1st place with a 3/10ths of a degree lead. So this month will go down as the coldest November in KC weather history. That is very impressive…any time you are number […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tracking the next storm(s) (THU-11/29)

    Good afternoon…I took a couple of days off to kind of get myself back together after the craziness of the past weekend…I’m still so impressed by the power of the blizzard this past Sunday…and the rapidity of the changes that happened. Now we’re focusing on another storm…maybe two that will impact the area through the early part of next week. The difference between the storm coming later Friday night and Saturday and the one from last weekend is mainly the […]