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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: Continued warm & muggy

    We’re off to a warm & muggy start to the day with temperatures that will warm into the lower 90s this afternoon! There may be an isolated thunderstorm that pops up this afternoon, most of you will stay dry. Better chances for rain move in for the middle of the work week. We’ll take a look at the timeline in the update here! Check out the latest forecast in the video above! Be sure to download our apps and follow […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The streak is over…a little break…then the searing heat returns (FRI-7/30)

    So it’s finally over…after 1767 days we broke the run of no 100° days @KCI…the “official” reporting station for KC. This was in some senses an artificial record. The “official” weather station for KC has moved numerous times over the last 130 years or so…mostly downtown (moves were made even downtown) then the downtown airport in the late 1940s…then eventually out to KCI in the early 1970s. Other airports in the Metro had nudged 100° at other times over the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Heatwave to settle in (SUN-7/8)

    Getting ready to take some days off and spend some time with family. I will be escaping the worst of the summer heat that’s about to bake the Plains region for days on end. I won’t escape it all…but I will be in a part of the country up north that will get some cold fronts…so we’ll heat up before the front and cool down behind it. It’s a good thing because there isn’t a lot of A/C’s up there […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: This is the “break”…hotter from here (SAT-7/7)

    Good afternoon, actually not too bad out there. We’re a few degrees cooler today compared to yesterday’s 92° and we should have a rather nice Sunday as well. Lots of sunshine is expected and the “relief” in the form of drier air will be enjoyable, especially at night and into the morning hours. The dew points are going to be “OK” through Monday then the thicker air will gradually come up again and set the stage for another uncomfortable week+ […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Be hopeful but get ready to be disappointed about the rain (THU-7/5)

    Forecasting rain in drought conditions is a tricky business. The reason why we got to where we are is that we’ve missed out or not received as much rain as what the opportunities gave us. So we get to where we are because the heat and dryness are things that have to be overcome to get as much “bang for our buck” as we can to get decent moisture in the area. During this time of the year it’s common […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: So many 90s with a another small break coming (WED-7/4)

    Good afternoon…another toasty day out there today with temperatures popping into the mid 90s in the region and with dew points in the 70-75° range…it’s all of summer out there again. There is a very weak cold front that more importantly will take those oppressive dew points down over the weekend…so at least it will be a bit more bearable out there but the overall pattern is hot as usual it seems…and more 90s are coming next week. Perhaps a […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The ups and downs of summer (MON-7/2)

    It’s one thing for May and June (combined) to be the 2nd hottest in KC weather history…but now that July is here…it’s supposed to be hot…and it will be this week. I’m not expecting any extreme heat…the lack of 100° readings at KCI should continue for the foreseeable future…the the return of the heat and humidity will be an issue once again. The highest should be around 95° and I’m hopeful for a retreat in those numbers later in the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Well the rain was nice…but it’s a drop in the bucket for many (SUN-7/1)

    Good morning…not too many mornings that I wake up to the sound of rain falling, at least not in the last few weeks. I’ve gotten rain…but typically it’s been under 1/2″ or so and today will be no exception to that. Beggars can’t be choosy but the bottom line for many in the area is that the welcome rains this morning will essentially be evaporated away by Tuesday. The soil though will soak it in and the grass certainly needed […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Enjoy the brief break because the heat will quickly return (SAT-6/30)

    The last day of the month will feature another day  with temperatures at or above 90°. This will be the 15th day of the month…half the days at that criteria. Impressive. It will also be the 21st day with temperatures this year 90°+. That too is impressive when you consider that we have, on average, 41 days each year that we reach that criteria. It’s a grinding annoying heat that makes most want to stay inside all day. I’ve got […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The subtleties of forecasting heat (FRI-6/29)

    Good afternoon…and happy TGIF. This has been another hot week (mostly in KC) and next week, while not to the extreme I don’t think…will still be hot and above average. As a matter of fact the only day that looks to be close to seasonable is Sunday. That will be dependent on the extent of clouds though. There are other subtleties about next week that I want to write about as well. Forecast: Tonight: No real changes…lows in the 75-80° […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Grinding heat and then a small break (THU-6/28)

    Yikes with the dew points…back into the mid 70s for that measurement and it’s miserable out there with the heat index running between 105-110°. More of the same (give or take a few degrees) expected through Saturday before a relieving cold front moves into the area later Saturday night…this should provide at least some relief and hopefully some rain as well to at least part of the area…but the longer term pattern is still mostly hot through the 1st 10 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Yes there was a tornado and yes to a lot of heat (WED-6/27)

    I got in one last day of golf yesterday before the weather gets a bit too hot for me to walk the course. Today is the 1st step in that direction and tomorrow into Saturday will be smack into the hot stuff…with nasty heat and pretty high dew point levels as well. That means higher that typical heat indices and that correlates to the Heat advisory which will be in effect from this afternoon through Saturday. We should have some […]