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 #2-Now back to regular snow programming (FRI-3/1)

    First of all thanks for all the well wishes regarding my future at FOX 4. In case you didn’t read the morning blog…here is the link so you can get caught up with what I’m referring to. I’m looking forward to the change but will miss my weekends with you! Thanks again for all the comments/emails/tweets etc. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cold with lows near 20° Saturday: Variable clouds with colder air filtering into the region. Highs near 30 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: And now for something different… (FRI-3/1)

    I know that sounds like an ominous title to the blog…but this is good news (for me at least and hopefully for you too). It actually has nothing to do with the actual weather…it’s more about my role at FOX 4. After doing weekend weather for almost 25 years…it’s time to try something else out for size. Starting on Monday, March 25th, I’ll be taking over the Monday through Friday evening weathercasts. I’m excited about the new challenges that are […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Sunday mornings snow update (FRI-2/28)

    A reminder…tomorrow at 9AM I will be posting a special…weather but not weather but weather blog. Please remember to check it out. I’ll then get another blog out sometime in the afternoon I hope. I’ll be filling in for KR in the morning so my day tomorrow will be a bit more chaotic so bear with me on the snow update part of the blog coming during the afternoon tomorrow. Also I’ll be on vacation starting Sunday afternoon…I’ll be doing […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Bitter cold and more snow on tap (WED-2/27)

    One note…I will be posting a special weather blog around 9AM on Friday…you may want to set a reminder about it on your phone so you can check it out. The miserable winter of 2018-19 continues. Today the issue was a tiny bit of freezing mist/drizzle overnight and a cold air mass refrigerated more because of all the snow just north of the KC area. Yesterday when I was looking over the maps and taking a day off from the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A bitterly cold start to March (MON-2/25)

    So the month of February isn’t exactly going to go down as a pleasant one. Temperatures are running almost 4.5° below average and it’s been overall cold. We actually started off mild…those first few days were pretty good. Remember the 3rd…64°! Alas it’s been pretty much down hill ever since. March won’t start well either. I’ve been banging the cold weather drums for awhile about that…and that banging just gets louder and louder with every passing day. Amplifying this is […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Well at least the sun is shining (SUN-2/24)

    Good afternoon…another cold one out there and today we have wind too…so really it’s not the greatest combination. Temperatures, despite the sunshine, haven’t moved much off the morning lows through the noon hour. Actually we’re down a couple at 12PM from the 11AM observation…sort of strange. Regardless today will be a day with highs some 15° below average and more often than not over these next 10-14 days…more of the same is coming. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and cold with lows […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A break in the snow pattern (but not in the cold pattern) (SAT-2/23)

    Good afternoon…a rather potent storm system is moving into the Plains and will create on one side…blizzard conditions…and on the other side tornadoes and other types of severe storms. A large dry slot is working up from the south and will send temperatures soaring just south of KC and the whole storm tonight will send winds gusting to 40-50 MPH in the region as it pulls away from the area. That’s one decent storm. The national weather grid is lit […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Snowstorm to the NW of the KC area…and will next week be calmer? (FRI-2/22)

    Good Friday morning…chilly out there but nothing to crazy in terms of cold weather. Actually it’s been a bit more tolerable these last couple of days. Heck we almost hit 40° yesterday. Tomorrow we will get into the 40s…briefly…in what has turned into a cold month of February. we’re running more than 4° below average for the month. I’ll have more stats in the blog for you because we’re now 1 week away from the start of meteorological spring. The […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend snow trends + plenty of winter to go (THU-2/21)

    Good afternoon…a rather substantial storm is likely in the Plains over the weekend..Saturday especially. Near blizzard conditions are possible with the band of heavy snow that will be setting up. Today the model data has that band towards the NW of the Metro…this can easily shift southwards but there is increasing consensus that areas just barely NW of KC…we’re talking NW MO and NE KS may be more vulnerable than the KC Metro area to this. Heavy snow…30+ MPH wind […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: No rest for the weary…you or us (WED-2/20)

    Man…one of these days..we’ll have a few days of no active weather…but that isn’t over the next 4 days. Temperatures today have recovered into the 30s and I was expecting a fast recovery with above freezing temperatures and that’s exactly what’s happening out there. Roads have gotten much better and really all they need is a plow and some sunshine hitting the pavement and the snow will quickly melt. Watch for some refreezing tonight though. Our next storm…storm #4 is […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: A lot of you are getting grumpy about the winter (TUE-2/19)

    So much winter. I remember back in January sometime…I think it was towards the early part of the month when I was randomly speculating IF the warmer weather we were enjoying was, in fact, our somewhat typical January thaw, except it was about 2-3 weeks early. It feels like that now. We have been persistently chilly…the snow on the ground isn’t helping and we’re about to add more snow on top of the snow on the ground. There should be […]

  • Another round of 3-5 inches of snow expected Tuesday night in Kansas City area

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s the gift that won’t stop giving. More snow is on its way to Kansas City. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the entire Kansas City area on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. For the metro — including Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Carroll, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri — the advisory starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday and runs until 9 a.m. Wednesday. For […]

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