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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
  • FOX4 Forecast: Bright skies, wild temps!

    You can expect a nice sunny weekend, but Saturday will be a bit windy, and Sunday brings another freeze. Our weather pattern is shifting back to a “northwest flow” and I’ll explain how that impacts our Long Ranger in the updated forecast. Have a great weekend! Check it out in the video forecast above! 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 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Just one winter forecast…(FRI-10/19)

    Good afternoon…struggling to get rid of the clouds today and that has kept the temperatures from reaching their full potential. Where there is sunshine well northwest of the KC area (for now), we’re seeing temperatures pop to near 70° this afternoon. Overall the weekend will be somewhat breezy with the coldest morning being on Sunday and temperatures in the afternoon near 60° give or take a few degrees. No active weather is expected through at least Wednesday afternoon. For those […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The return of the “blob”-winter clue? (WED-10/17)

    Good morning…the KC weather region is sort of collecting it’s breath after a rather eventful last couple of weeks in the region…we had the drought…we had the deluge…we had the snow…we had the cold…we had our 1st hard freeze and frost…now we get some real fall weather as the last couple of days have been rather pleasant. While there isn’t any big-time warmth coming…the weather overall looks mainly dry (except Friday morning) and it appears more delightful fall days will […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Colder air marching into the area (SUN-10/14)

    Good Sunday afternoon…on a dreary and damp finish to the weekend in the KC region. There hasn’t been much rain but it’s a nuisance and the rain will gradually increase in coverage through the rest of the afternoon and into tonight. Colder air is about to move into the KC region and that means a noticeable temperature drop from the lower 50s to the upper 30s in just a couple of hours later today. The snow risk still exists but […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow chance up north…delayed arrival of colder air (SAT-10/13)

    Good afternoon…another day with below average temperatures in the KC region…with readings today struggling to get out of the 50s…tonight though will stay seasonable and Sunday will start seasonably before tuning colder later in the afternoon. There’s been about a 3-6 hour delay in the colder air arriving into the KC region so while that should really eliminate the risk of snow, even on the northside…there is still a risk of some flakes in N MO north of KC as […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall…winter…fall…oh my! (FRI-10/12)

    My goodness what a miserable morning out there and while the rain is diminishing greatly this afternoon…it’s going to be murky into Saturday with hopefully some nice PM clearing…to at least salvage the 1st part of the weekend. Sunday though has a whole other thing going on…and what looked to be a small chance of snow yesterday in KC…has increased just a bit more. We’re trying to thread a cold air + leftover moisture needle here…so while flakes look more […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Drought to deluge + Michael + tornadoes + frost (WED-10/10)

    Good Wednesday morning…when the new drought report comes out tomorrow…it should obliterate the drought situation that was present for months in the region. Widespread 8-13″ rains have been common although there was still the lessor totals towards the SE of the KC region. As a matter of fact…when looking at the heaviest 4…5…6…7 days combined rain amounts over the years…what we just went through hasn’t happened before in KC weather record history. Remember those records are just at one point…now […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tuesday storm set-up + a rain gauge suggestion (TUE-10/9)

    Good Tuesday morning…wet out there for about half of us this morning with more flooding rains in the region…although once over the state line…on the MO side things aren’t as wet to start the day. Through 7AM KCI has had another 1.3″ of rain and it was still going. Olathe was closing in on another 1″ of rain…while farther east…not so much. There are many aspects of this weather blog to go through as we have more rain…a severe weather […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: My goodness all the rain (MON-10/8)

    Good Monday to you…our drought eradicating rains continue to move through the region with flooding rains an ongoing issue this morning. Areas off to the SE of KC…I know you haven’t had as much…but it’s eventually going to come down like crazy there…especially later tomorrow into early Wednesday. For the KC area…amounts of 5-11″ have fallen over the past week and more is coming.  Since everything started late on the 3rd…we’ve had over 7″ rain at KCI Airport. Others have […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Needing some bigly rains (THU-10/4)

    Happy Thursday! This will be the last blog till next week as I will be occupied and won’t be able to get anything together over the next few days. I’m hopeful that when I’m blogging again on Monday that we’ve had 1-2″ of rain in the area…maybe not for all but for at least some…and perhaps many. The set-up remains…and continues really through the middle of next week… The overnight rain was on the meager side as usual. Amounts were […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Heavy rain signals (TUE-10/2)

    Good Tuesday morning…I’m actually on vacation for the next 10 days or so but with the weather still being interesting around these parts…I’ll get out a few more blogs while I can. This morning we have a stationary front that has moved into the Downtown area from the north…this front will retreat quickly northwards later today and we’ll once again go into the warmer and humid air mass. While no record highs are likely tomorrow…we will be toasty and VERY […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Potential heavy rain set-up (MON-10/1)

    Good morning…it’s almost as if the clouds are mocking me right now. We go through lots of gray weather…then late last night we clear out…then first thing this morning we cloud over once again…at least on the KS side. The clouds are once again expanding towards the east from the KS side and I wonder if they’re going to hang on for a good part of the day again. Obviously with a warm and humid air mass in place…breaks will […]