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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: Putting ALL your raindrops in one basket (SUN-8/5)

    Good Sunday afternoon. It’s roasty and toasty out there today. Temperatures will end up int he mid to upper 90s around the region before the afternoon is done and we’re thankful that the dew points are more or less reasonable by KC standards…this is keeping the ugg factor to the air in check I guess. The forecast does have rain in it…that’s the good news…but there is a lot of feast and famine to this forecast…and IF you miss out […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: About that firenado video from California (SAT-8/4)

    Good morning…clouds in the region today should keep a lid on the potential highs this afternoon. Yesterday Downtown KC hit 97° while KCI hit 93°. Today I think temperatures won’t attain those somewhat lofty levels. Sunday however is a different story as the clouds will be gone and with the winds stirring the air up the temperatures should pop well into the 90s once again. Rain is also something that’s needed for many parts of the region…and I’m somewhat hopeful […]

  • Thursday’s vivid sunset caused by massive wildfires in the West

    By now you’ve heard about the terrible fires that have been burning across the western United States. When so much burns — and nationwide some 1.5 million acres are burning — there’s obviously a lot of smoke. That smoke is thrust into the atmosphere and is carried by the jet stream to other parts of the country. Sure enough, it’s been in metro skies off and on for the last few days. On Thursday night, it was definitely apparent, and […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat comes back…humidity waits a bit (THU-8/2)

    Nice to be back with you after a couple of days off. The weather is still calm and “pleasant” at least by early August standards. Temperatures (highs) have now been below average for 7 straight days BUT that will end today probably as highs pop into the 90s. More 90s are ahead into the weekend it appears…and perhaps some mid 90s are doable. There have been some noticeable changes in the data over the past couple of days that will […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A spotty chance today…then back to summer (MON-7/30)

    Good morning…have a feeling this will be the last blog for a couple of days as the weather is about to go into vacation mode..as are so many others out there who are going to try and take some days off before school re-starts in a couple of more weeks. We’ve enjoyed below average highs for 5 days in a row…and we’re going to add a few more to that before the more typical summer regime builds back into the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Drying and hot weather trends (SUN-7/29)

    Good Sunday afternoon…the rain overnight and this morning was welcome for some…not nearly enough for many but it was needed for sure. Amounts ranged from a few hundredths to nearly 2″. Skies this afternoon are gradually clearing up but with all the clouds around temperatures are still in the 70s for many areas…and the day will feature below average temperatures (at least for highs) and today will be the 4th day in a row with highs below average…we’ll add more […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Sunday/Monday are the last chances for awhile (SAT-7/28)

    Good Saturday afternoon as rain as been around the KC region this morning and early this afternoon. As I type this there are some heavier rains falling towards the south of the KC region. Our afternoon chances here in the Metro are not that high…I’ll include radar in with the blog today…and also while we have chances again tomorrow AM and Monday…we better cash in on at least one of the possibilities because after that I’m not too thrilled with […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Nothing set in stone from a rain perspective (FRI-7/27)

    Good afternoon…not too bad out there today with temperatures heading up into the mid 80s before our Friday is done. The rain risk is small but not zero…and if something isolated were to form…it wouldn’t shock me over the next few hours. Nothing widespread is expected. The weekend though offers better chances…although some may get more than 1-2″ while others again are left lacking. There will be complexes of rain/storms coming towards the region…where exactly they go though remains to […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The eclipse you can’t see…or can you? (THU-7/26)

    Thought we’d start this blog with a staggering statistic. Did you know that in St Joseph, MO…there has been 11″ of moisture this year…that is so dry for them…that this is the 2nd driest start to a year up there. The year that beats this us 1988…when they had 8.18″ of moisture through the 26th of July. This is astounding to me. Yes…since reliable records have been kept (going back to 1914)…it’s drier now that it was during the dust […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Searing heat in parts of the country…not for KC (TUE-7/24)

    I mentioned over the weekend on the air…the potential of cool weather this coming weekend…and even the potential of temperatures in the 70s for highs…that remains on the table. The way it can happen is with a rain/cloud combo…and that will be possible over the weekend. So for those with hearts set on fun things this weekend outside…pay attention to possible forecast adjustments as we get closer…because we’re setting up to see some rain potentially. The other story for the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The likely cool-down awaits (MON-7/23)

    Good morning…I think it was about a week or more ago when I wrote a weather blog, while on vacation, talking about some strong trends I noticed regarding a cooler weather regime that was showing up. This regime is scheduled to move into the region later this week…and depending on the clouds and the rain situation over the upcoming weekend..may send highs 5-10° below average over the weekend. I was timing that change to happen this week…and sure enough…the chances […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A preventable tragedy (FRI-7/20)

    Good afternoon. This blog will deviate a bit from the typical weather blog…we’ll get to our weather locally more tomorrow and/or Sunday. This blog will deal more with the tragedy that happened yesterday down towards Branson and Table Rock Lake. In my opinion this shouldn’t have happened. There were so many signs about what was to come…so many “warnings” if you will. Warnings that, if even half-way paid attention too…could’ve prevented the whole situation from occurring. First things first. This […]