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 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: Frigid Air Returns

    Colder air settles in overnight with lows in the upper single digits and low teens. Sunny and cold during the Chiefs game. A light burst of snow is possible on Monday before a messy end to the week is expected as temperatures warm back up above freezing. 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 ways […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: A mess of ice…followed by near 45° air…then bitter cold (FRI-1/17)

    My goodness what a mess. In some ways the forecast is correct but in some ways it wasn’t. For those who follow me on twitter (@fox4wx) I’ve been tweeting about the atmospheric profile revealed by the 2 balloon launches per day that we get from Topeka. I did a tweetstorm last night and another this morning with the data that the balloons showed. See that information in the discussion part of the blog. The onset of the frozen precip was […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Winter storm heads towards KC (THU-1/16)

    This storm is going to be complicated to figure out…when you get 4 different types of precipitation…all coming over the course of less than 12 hours…and really everything revolving around a layer of above 32° air between roughly 5,000 and 10,000 feet above us. We call this the “warm” layer. So why are things a bit in doubt about when exactly things transition from snow to sleet to freezing rain (the most impactful parts of this winter storm ahead) because […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Ice/sleet and maybe some snow and a lot of cold (WED-1/15)

    Let’s start with this…so far this month…and it’s almost halfway done…we’re running 8.5° above average for January. That is significant…through 14 days and today will add to that a bit as we’ve already hit 47° but should be falling by the time you read this at some point today as colder air filters into the area. This is the warmest January start since 2006 and out 13th warmest start to January in record data going back to the 1880s. Since […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: Next winter system on the road ahead (TUE-1/14)

    Happy Tuesday…another foggy start out there although temperatures are above freezing so this is just “regular” fog. Do you know what fog really is though? It’s a cloud that is actually touches the ground! It occurs when water vapor condenses making tiny little water drops that hang in the air. It’s air that has been cooled down to the point where the temperature and the dew point match. That means the air becomes saturated…hence the fog. The fog should dissipate […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: 3 records…3 days…an unprecedented happening (SUN-1/12)

    Happy Sunday and GO CHIEFS! The weather has been fascinating this week. In the end the snowfall forecast more or less worked out OK. Not perfect but widespread 2-4″ amounts when the forecast on Friday was 2-6″ with an emphasis on the lower side of the totals was good. KCI actually had one of the highest totals…3.6″ for the Metro at least and areas east of KC had close to 5″ or so…in Lafayette and Johnson Co MO. Today…I’m watching […]

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    Joe’s Weather World: Snow moving through plus bitterly cold air today (SAT-1/11)

    I tell you what this storm was frustrating…it has been all week and when you think you sort of have a good feeling for how things will play out…a piece of data comes in that can shake that confidence. It got to a point last night where I just said to myself…keep the forecast the same and let the cards play out on their own. That is happening now…the snow is picking up on the KS side especially and slowly […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A mess of a snowstorm that will still pan out (I think) (FRI-1/10)

    So let’s see…a record high yesterday…66° breaking the previous record from 1902 (64°)…thunderstorms to start the day…freezing rain to finish tonight and an accumulating snow to start the weekend…oh and sneaky fast potent wave on Sunday afternoon that may create some sort of wintry mix later in the game…nope nothing to see in KC weather. On top of all that…a significant severe weather outbreak today and tomorrow down south of the region…potentially some strong>severe storms in SE KS and southern […]

  • Winter Storm Watch issued for Kansas City metro ahead of snow and ice this weekend

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Winter Storm Watch has been issued ahead of our first winter storm of 2020. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow are all expected at some point this weekend, so make sure you stay weather aware. Heavy rain and even a few thunderstorms are possible on Friday before we make the transition to wintry precipitation. That should happen closer to sunset with the transition beginning somewhere between 4-6 p.m. While this initially will make things very slick, […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter storm now likely for KC with ice/sleet and snow (THU-1/9)

    It’s Thursday and today will be the 22nd straight day with temperatures above average…and because of quirks in the timing of the colder air arrival into KC…tomorrow will be the 23rd straight day. Realistically though…tomorrow is the transition to winter heading into the night…and through the night. This will be a  VERY dynamic storm…severe weather including tornadoes in areas of the south…colder air plunging into the Plains…a developing snowstorm with ice to start in the MO/KS region…and possibly flash flooding […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Everything but the kitchen sink of weather (WED-1/8)

    So let’s start with some good news…the mild weather continues for about 2 more days…today and tomorrow temperatures will again be well above average continuing the streak of above average days here in KC> Today will be the 21st straight day and tomorrow will be day 22. Heck with a midnight high on Friday we may have 23 straight days…then things change…at least for a couple of days. The price of that change will be a variety of winter weather […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: March days in January and watching for some winter weather nearby (TUE-1/7)

    Another day…another day with temperatures above average..almost at this point as if it’s baked into the system. Our morning lows are starting about 10 degrees above average…so it won’t take much to follow through in the afternoon and today will be no exception…neither will tomorrow and especially Thursday. There is some colder air coming…Saturday looks pretty cold…coldest in weeks as a matter of fact…but it’s in and out and we moderate for the big game on Sunday it appears. That’s […]

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