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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: 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 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Building heat is the main focus (TUE-6/26)

    The month of June is fading away…only a handful of days to go and it’s going to turn into another warm month around these parts. Temperatures are running 4° above average through yesterday and the month will end on an even hotter note it appears as we race well into the 90s starting Wednesday and some areas may approach 100° on Thursday. With the scant rains that parts of the area have seen…there will still be high dew points as […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Hot now but a change is expected (SUN-6/17)

      Good morning…odds are this blog will be the last one for about another week or so as I’m leaving for a trip to Boston for a weather graphics seminar. So hopefully what I write about today will play out this week…and what I’m writing about is a change in 1) temperatures and 2) rain opportunities. I think both will be welcome changes after this unusual weather we’re seen over the last few days and really the last almost 2 […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Increased hope for the browning grass (FRI-6/15)

    TGIF! It’s going to be another hot weekend around the KC region. A heat advisory is in effect through Sunday evening and may be extended into Monday as well BUT there are signs of a switch in the more intense heat to something a bit more seasonable…and perhaps more importantly a continued signal, as I’ve mentioned and illustrated this week…of increased rain chances starting later Monday night and lingering through most of next week. Obviously, considering the weak cold front […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The nasty heat is back and it will stay till Monday (THU-6/14)

    Probably should start the blog off with some programming stuff. There are going to be a lot of cancelled newscasts over the next 3 weeks or so…mostly on weekends and quite a few shuffled ones during the week. This is because of sports…mostly golf and soccer. The golf part starts today so no 5/6 PM shows today or tomorrow…then the weekend has a newscast early in the AM on SAT…none on Sunday…followed by later night newscasts after baseball Saturday and […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Back from vacation…the heat will return too! (WED-6/13)

    Good morning…it’s like I never left. I was following the storms a few nights ago from the SW part of the country for my annual trip to the Desert SW. Phoenix and Sedona are where I usually hang for about 7-10 days. As they say it’s  “dry heat” out there and that would be an understatement. 110°+ for a few days…but I’ve said this once…I’ll say it again…I can deal with that heat playing golf anytime. I on’t sweated once […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Great weather on tap…then the heat returns (SUN-6/3)

    Good Sunday afternoon. This will be the last blog for awhile as I’ll be on vacation for the next 10 days or so. I may cobble something short and sweet on a day or two but there won’t be many. Probably just as well as the weather is wonderful now and the forecast may end up rather dry for some time. There are questions about that though as we may be on the edge of the “ring of fire”. It’s […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for parts of the KC Metro area

    The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Wyandotte County in northeastern Kansas... Leavenworth County in northeastern Kansas... Northeastern Johnson County in east central Kansas... Southeastern Atchison County in northeastern Kansas... Southwestern Buchanan County in northwestern Missouri... Platte County in west central Missouri... * Until 500 AM CDT. * At 425 AM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Winchester, or 11 miles northeast of Oskaloosa, moving southeast at 50 mph. HAZARD...60 mph […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Be Weather Aware early Saturday (FRI-6/1)

    There’s good news and some not good news (depending on your feelings on heat). The good news…there is a break in the uncomfortable weather coming for a few days…the bad news…I’m increasingly concerned about some serious mid summer heat lasting for quite some time after this little break we’re about to get. It may not be a heat wave per say…but it could be more 90s…and IF we don’t get into a flow where we become vulnerable to thunderstorm complexes…it […]