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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
  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall…then summer…then fall…then… (THU-9/27)

    Good Thursday afternoon. A perfect 10 weather day out there with temperatures in the 70s and dew points that are around 40°.  Can’t ask for much better weather. If you want to know why so many people live out in the desert…this is what it’s like during the winter out there…during the summer…a different story ( :) ). Our weather locally though will be changing in a big kind of way over the next several days…it’s about to get very […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Strong cold front this afternoon (TUE-9/25)

    Good Tuesday morning…our weather is going through some gyrations this week and today will be the 1st day where we see a real cold “fall” cold front come through the region. Typically it’s somewhat tough to get falling temperatures behind a cold front (during the day at least) during the summer months because fronts are typically weaker without a strong temperature contrast. Today, hopefully thanks to some sunshine warming things up ahead of the front…we should see a 15° drop […]

  • Joe’s Weather Forecast: Challenging forecast week ahead (MON-9/24)

    Happy Monday. After just about as good of a weekend of weather that we can possibly have in KC…the work week has started differently. Lots of gray skies are in place this morning and today’s temperatures will be challenging because of the timing of the clouds breaking. Faster=warmer…slower=cooler. So this is just one of the forecast challenges this week…and there are  many including where a front sets up later in the week and weekend and how the temperatures will be […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Welcome to fall in KC (FRI-9/21)

    Good morning…the cold front that was accurately predicted to move into the area about 10 days ago…has now moved through and our weather will be very different from here on out. That doesn’t mean there won’t be warm days…for example 85° type days but they will be more fleeting and it appears that after 58 days with temperatures 90° or above…we may be done with the 90s. We certainly are for this month…even though we have 9 days to go […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Say goodbye to the 90s…hello to some frost? (THU-9/20)

    Good morning…today will be the last day of the searing late summer heat that we’ve endured around these parts. It will be the 4th straight day with highs in the 90s…and 5th out of 6 days with highs 90° or above. Yesterday we missed tying a record by 1° and today’s record of 95° will probably live another year although we will be very close to tying that record too. I’m NOT expecting the clouds that have been around the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Wrapping up Florence and big changes in KC weather (WED-9/19)

    Good morning…took a couple of days off from the blog as I was filling in for Mike and was a bit blog burned out after all the comprehensive blogs associated with Florence last week and before that. Today will wrap that storm up…and also talk about the two seasons that will be with us this week…summer and fall. Both will be felt strongly and you can really see the changes in how the pattern is adjusting right now…stronger cold fronts […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Still days away from a chance of widespread rain (SUN-9/16)

    Good Sunday afternoon…another hot and muggy weekend in KC with this day resembling more of July weather in KC as opposed to mid September weather. Average highs for this time of the year are around 80°…and here we are tempting 90° this afternoon and with dew points well into the 60s to near 70°…it’s toasty out there for sure. Florence is now about to be unclassified as it crawls along through western SC. The worst of the rains are still […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Florence ashore…marathon rains ahead…and we need some rain again (FRI-9/14)

    Happy TGIF! Overall more summer type weather is on tap for the area for another 5-6 days although we’re starting to sniff out a stronger cold front for later next week…and also the next chance of some widespread rains in the region…but it will be awhile it appears. Warm to hot weather will continue till that next front gets here and temperatures will be running about 10° above average till that happens (at least for highs). Meanwhile Florence is ashore, […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Florence’s rain is the biggest issue (THU-9/13)

    Good afternoon…lots of clouds in the region this afternoon is actually helping keep our temperatures in check today. KCI is running in the upper 70s as of the 1PM hour…Downtown in the lower 80s. You may also have noticed the dew points coming up…they’re higher today compared to the the last 5+ days…so it is a bit more muggy out there and will continue to be muggy into next week. Meanwhile the continued weather story is Florence which continues to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: What we know and don’t know about Florence (WED-9/12)

    I’m going to try to simplify things a bit with this weather blog because now, as I told you last week…Florence has become the biggest news story of the week and the biggest weather story of the year. There are now some curve balls being thrown from Florence…and one of the biggest ones is where will Florence come inland and stay inland. That is actually becoming an unknown right now. A couple of days ago I was focusing some information […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A multi part storm in Florence (TUE-9/11)

    Hurricane Florence continues to move towards the Carolinas…and the data hasn’t wavered much over the past 5 days or so…it’s been somewhat amazingly consistent (except the GFS model) and that’s why you’re hearing more confident forecasts and have for the last few days. There are still obvious landfall issues and while many focus purely on that part of Florence, in reality, it’s a small part of what waits for that part of the country. For example…many remember the devastating flooding […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The rarity of what Florence MAY become (MON-9/10)

    Good morning…no rain or significant weather is expected around our region for at least a week or so…there is a cold front that may make it to the area sometime on Sunday…maybe a few showers? Overall though we’re mild to warm with pleasant nights and a bit more humidity later in the week. This blog will talk about the tropics which is what every newscast and most weathercasts in the country will be talking about all week long. Forecast: Today: […]