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 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: Cloudy with patchy fog & drizzle

    Clouds will hold strong today with highs in the mid to lower 50s. At times there might be some light rain or drizzle but the day will not be a total washout. Looking ahead to the week we have a nice warm up and more wind in the forecast.  Find out what day will be the warmest & windiest in the updated forecast here. We’ve all taken shots at a local TV meteorologist at one point or another, and we’ve […]

  • Joe’s Weather World: The clouds are tough to shake and a late week storm (MON-3/25)

    The month of March is rapidly fading away and after a chilly day today (by comparison to average) we’ll be around average Tuesday and then nicely above average heading into the end of the week. A rather typical spring Plains storm will be the major issue this week. Ahead of the feature we warm-up and then behind we turn colder. Gardener’s take note… there is a likely hard freeze coming Sunday morning. This too is very typical. Forecast: Today: Lots […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A spring week ahead…in time for the Royals (SUN-3/24)

    Good afternoon…not too bad out there right now with a mixture of sun and clouds in the region…overall the weather will be pretty good through Wednesday and increasingly warmer too! As a matter of fact the warmest weather of the somewhat young year will be at hand for Wednesday and Thursday…before changes and a colder air mass moves into the region to finish off the week. My apologies yesterday about not getting a blog out. I talked to about 100 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The struggles of warming up + more rain coming (FRI-3/22)

    A fabulous day is starting in KC…light winds and tons of sunshine will allow highs to pop into the 60s. Can we get to 65°? A temperature that we haven’t seen since October 30th. 144 days ago. Maybe but it may be tough. We’ll be in the neighborhood though. IF there was more wind today…it would be possible. We won’t over the weekend though with another somewhat weak system moving this way. The chances through will increase later next week…the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s catching up time… (THU-3/21)

    Every so often I like to write a blog dedicated to various things…sort of random stuff…no real theme. I’ll see a bunch of stuff on my twitter feed and hold on to it…and then I want to show it to you and totally forget. Or I’ll write about something else…and totally forget. I do that lot. So today’s blog helps me sort of purge out all the things I’ve been holding onto and start of somewhat fresh tomorrow. Forecast: Today: […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Why isn’t KC flooding like other parts of MO? (TUE-3/19)

    Good morning…sort of damp out there to start the day with some light showers moving through parts of the area…but overall it won’t be a bad day…as a matter of fact we could see temperatures pop this afternoon before some additional rains come into the region later today/tonight. From there though we turn a corner to spring as the new season starts tomorrow just before 5PM. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds and potentially warmer with highs approaching 60° possible…maybe higher on […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: More wet weather coming (MON-3/18)

    It really is amazing when thinking about the crummy weather LAST March…that, at least from a temperature standpoint, THIS March is almost 9° colder than last March through St Patrick’s Day. This week overall will be more seasonably…not overly warm but not overly cold either…just sort of “meh” from a temperature regime and “meh” is actually OK compared to recent history at least. The rain though will become an issue at times Tuesday with more coming next weekend. Forecast: Rest […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Happy St Patrick’s Day + our next rain chance (SUN-3/17)

    To say the weather on St Patrick’s Day can be all over the place would but putting it very mildly. The cold high was 24° back in 1892…2 years later we hit 84° for our warmest St Patrick’s Day. We had a stretch of warm ones in 2009, 2011 and 2012 with upper 70s to around 80°. The coldest low was back in 1906 with temperatures down to 10°. In 2014 we had a low of 18° and in 1960 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Good weekend but watching Tuesday (SAT-3/16)

    Weatherwise this is going to be a MUCH better weekend in the KC region that what we’re used to I think. Near 60 today and around 50 tomorrow…that’s doable…not great…and it could be warmer…but at least doable. Good>great weather overall into Monday before the next system on Tuesday comes by…and that will need to be watched for a couple of reasons. More on that in the discussion. Forecast: Today: Sunny and milder with highs in the upper 50s with some […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Watching the MO River (FRI-3/15)

    The sun has returned and for a change the weekend forecast is one without snow…rain…a lot of wind…hail…storms…and about 20 other things…nope this weekend, while not perfect…will at least be a bt more tolerable..especially Saturday. Sunday will be a few degrees cooler but still OK for mid-March. There are no big storms coming for awhile it appears so things are starting to settle down for a bit of time…maybe not perfectly rain free next week but still a lot better […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: I came back for this? (THU-3/14)

    Good Thursday…my goodness it’s windy out there! Still getting gusts to over 50 MPH s well this morning as Wind Advisory continues…colder air is moving in as well this morning so the high of 58° that occurred overnight will not be replicated this afternoon…as they say it’s all downhill from here  guess. The winds will gradually drop off as well (slowly) over the next 24 hours too. This was one whooper of a storm. Record-breaking in terms if air pressure […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Why are we wrong sometimes? (MON-3/4)

    So as you know I’m taking some vacation for the next 10 days or so…but I have an assignment for you…I want you to listen to this podcast before I come back to regular blogging. I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the deal…about 4 of my colleagues in other parts of the Midwest were challenged to talk about something that faces us every day. I wanted to focus my attention on the difficulty of forecasting the weather sometimes when it […]

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