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
  • Joe’s Forecast: Still some storms around the area

    Summer storms are still possible later today but the higher risks appear to be south of KC. Storms may be strong wher they develop in the heat of the afternoon. Monday looks dry but more rain is expected by Wednesday 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 so difficult to figure out how much snow is actually going to fall? […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Yes to more rain but timing questions (SAT-6/15)

    Good Saturday afternoon…we had some morning rains move through the region today…with over 1″ up at KCI…many though didn’t get nearly that much. This time the heavier rains favored the north side of the Metro into northern MO while areas farther south so less rain and more scattered activity. Tonight the focus will be on a slow moving cold front that will struggle to move southwards through northern MO…that will be our next chance of seeing storms…and there are other […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Perfect then not so perfect (THU-6/13)

    Well we missed the record today with a morning low of 51° up at KCI. There were some mid 40s out there this morning though…and that is well below average…while dry now…more rain is in the forecast…perhaps as early as tomorrow as the moisture starts to return towards the region over the next few days…add in a slow moving front and that means there is the potential for rain over the weekend…and it may linger into Father’s Day. Forecast: Today: […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Not dry but not that bad for a while (WED-6/12)

    Happy Wednesday as a few waves moves through the region over the next several days…there is still more rain coming but amounts should be pretty typical for mid June…and some will get it while others don’t. Rain amounts last night and this morning were in the under 1/2″ range for most of the KC area with some higher totals up north and southwest of the Metro. Forecast: Today: Becoming sunny this morning then partly cloudy this afternoon with highs in […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Cool for June and not totally dry either (MON-6/10)

    After a pretty darn nice weekend around the area with warm temperatures…things this week are going to be trending below average for temperatures. We’re starting that off with lows this morning in the mid 50s…and highs today will be delightful…as a matter of fact the A/C’s will not be working overly hard this week. Temperatures will be mostly below average for the next 5-7 days…in time though we will heat back up. As far as ran goes…this won’t be a […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A brief taste of summer with more storms (WED-6/5)

    It’s Wednesday and the weather is sort of going through a it of a change…enough so that some are actually going to stay dry for awhile it seems…while others will see thunderstorm activity with some locally heavy rains…the flow aloft has weakened considerably and aside from a weak upper level system moving through the southern Plains we’re sort of in no mans land regarding specific storm chances after tonight. That’s not to say it will be perfectly dry through Saturday…it […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Plenty of storm opportunities (TUE-6/4)

    Lots of clouds to start our Tuesday today…with some scattered storms, mostly NE of the KC Metro area. Overall today won’t be a terrible day…but additional storms may affect at least some of you later today and tonight. Again not all will get storms every day…some will and some won’t but who does get them can expect more heavy rains, if nothing else. Forecast: PM Update Today: Variable clouds with more sunshine this afternoon and highs in the low>mid 80s […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: More storm chances almost all week (MON-6/3)

    This is going to be one of those weird weeks where it could rain every day…while yet some may not see rain for several days. When it does rain there may be locally heavy downpours due to a ton of atmospheric moisture in the air…and that will aggravate the ongoing flood situation in the region. There is also a tropical connection that may develop as well this week as some tropical moisture comes northwards from the southern US. Rain chances […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: More storm chances Saturday…maybe some severe weather again (SAT-5/31)

    Good Friday to you…as we start the day with some smoke in the skies this morning via wildfires up in Canada. That smoke gave us a pretty sunrise as the sun’s light went through the smoke layer. Today’s weather will feature an increase in clouds…but overall pretty nice conditions. Tomorrow a cold front will be coming towards the area as we heat up into the mid 80s…cold fronts in May/June + mid 80s equals instability…and that means another risk of […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: A night to remember (WED-5/29)

    The storms from Tuesday…hitting approximately the same areas that were hit back in 2003 were storms that will be remembered for years to come. Many were in their safe areas…and many in KC didn’t even see a drop of rain. So it goes with one supercell storm that organized down towards the Emporia/Osage City area southwest of KC and moved and strengthened towards Douglas County…eventually peaking near Linwood…before cycling (thankfully) and moving through Platte County and then re-organizing in eastern […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: More severe weather today/tonight (TUE-5/28)

    Well the holiday weekend has come and gone…and at least for the vast majority of the daytime hours it was pretty good overall. So many were able to get out and about and have a little fun in between nighttime rains. Today were starting dry but we won’t finish the day dry. And while we should mostly stay rainfree in the Metro into the afternoon…the humidity will be thick. Model forecasts send the dew points into the 70s which would […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Tuesday’s severe weather risk (MON-5/27)

    One of these days (maybe Thursday) I’m going to take a day off from the blog…but with all this active weather happening it’s tough to do at this point. I want to be sure you’re in the loop as much as possible with the flooding rains…strong>severe storms and the various risks that we’ll be dealing with. The severe storm risk though will take a break…after tomorrow…for a few days…we’ll start to need to watch a couple of set-ups over the […]

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