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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
  • Here’s the science behind why some get aches and pains when KC’s weather changes

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For months at a time in the Plains, we’re vulnerable to significant air pressure changes. This typically happens every winter, spring and fall, especially as the weather changes rapidly. For some people, though, these weather changes are more than rain or snow or wind. For some, they actually bring pain. “I feel tremendous pressure on the back of my head. It starts off as just pressure, like someone was grabbing my skull ,and it goes to the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s still fall isn’t it? (MON-12/3)

    Good morning…a skiff of snow fell overnight…and once again the roads were rather slick in some areas…perhaps not widespread but enough to create problems this morning. Last night on FOX 4 News at 9/10 I was banging the drum on this potential as I was tracking snow across parts of N MO. I noticed up towards Maryville a solid dusting…with icy roads developing so I hit it at the beginning of every weather cast. I figured the snow may melt […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold December start…and our next snow? (SUN-12/2)

    If nothing else…so far these last couple of months have not been all that boring around these parts…it seems the area is being affected by storm after storm…front after front…and the weather has been anything but quiet. There are the typical spells of quiet weather but it’s been cold and that’s not going to change this week or next weekend. Forecast Tonight: Cloudy skies with some patches of light snow possible overnight. It’s worth paying attention too in case there […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: This will not be a great week (SAT-12/1)

    Good afternoon…it’s tough to get too motivated about the upcoming weather in the KC region. The weather has already peaked for temperatures today in the lower 50s…colder air is wrapping into the region as I type this blog…and I’m not sure when we’re going to see the 50s again into next weekend at least. Clouds are also going to be very prevalent in our skies. Meanwhile as we close the books on November…we’re saying goodbye to the coldest November in […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Another interesting weekend storm (FRI-11/30)

    Well after the weather yesterday I once again checked to see how this November was stacking up in terms of “coldness”. If you remember as of Wednesday we were in 1st place with about a 2/10ths of a degree lead over 1976. Yesterday’s data now has us still in 1st place with a 3/10ths of a degree lead. So this month will go down as the coldest November in KC weather history. That is very impressive…any time you are number […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Tracking the next storm(s) (THU-11/29)

    Good afternoon…I took a couple of days off to kind of get myself back together after the craziness of the past weekend…I’m still so impressed by the power of the blizzard this past Sunday…and the rapidity of the changes that happened. Now we’re focusing on another storm…maybe two that will impact the area through the early part of next week. The difference between the storm coming later Friday night and Saturday and the one from last weekend is mainly the […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: The morning after the Blizzard of November (MON-11/26)

    I think we need to figure out a memorable name for what just happened yesterday…something that conveys the rareness…the uniqueness…the unusualness (sp?) of the events that occurred. A blizzard isn’t that rare in late November in the northern Plains…but as I’ll show you in the discussion…for this area…it’s never happened before..at least going back some 70 years or so. It was more or less well forecast for…it’s not as if it was a surprise…and while there were some moments yesterday […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Blizzard rages through the region (SUN-11/23)

    Good Sunday afternoon…a VERY rare for KC blizzard is ongoing in the region. Conditions will worsen as the afternoon moves along. Some interesting microphysics going on out there with the falling snow. The flakes (there are so many) are so small…that they’re almost like sugar…and perhaps accumulating at a somewhat slower pace. The roads which started warm…melted the incoming snow for awhile but they’ve about lost the fight as the snow rates increase. Speaking of which…a bit of a look […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: 40s to a blizzard in hours for KC (SUN-11/25)

    Oh my goodness…I’ve barely gotten any sleep and we’re going to get through this nasty storm together…it’s going to be fascinating to watch everything unfold after 10AM or so this morning in the KC area. A LOT is going to happen in a short amount of time…so I want you to be ready for the changes. I will be updating this blog as often as possible…but we’ll also be filling in the coverage on fox4kc.com and on FB through FB […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Blizzard Warning in effect for KC Metro! (SAT-11/24)

    Now before you raise your eyes at the title of the blog…hear me out. We’re trying to predict a snowstorm whose main component…the snow…doesn’t really exist yet. Sure there are some areas of snow developing in the Rockies now…but the real part of the storm for us doesn’t exist as I type this blog. We’re trying to also predict where the heaviest part of the storm will go in terms of snow production…and that heavy part will have 6-12″ of […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter weather advisory in KC…warnings up north (SAT-11/24)

    I know a lot of you will be in and out today so I wanted to get something quick out to you this morning…a full and much more detailed weather blog will come out this afternoon and should be posted by about 2PM or so…so look for something more comprehensive. I’m trying to get something out inbetween all the weather hits this morning…I may add a bit to this after the show. Forecast: Today: Great…60s Tonight: Fine…40s Sunday: Cloudy…some rain…then […]

  • Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter Storm Watch + Blizzard conditions possible (FRI-11/23)

    Some clarity this morning, but really in all honesty for an areas of snow that won’t develop or exist until early Sunday morning…there can be only so much clarity about this next storm. There are guarantees to the forecast…and there are things that are still somewhat questionable. There are indications in the data, as I mentioned last night on the air that a rumble of thunder is NOT out of the question somewhere in the viewing area…and there are strong […]