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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.

(Updated 10/11)

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold Front On The Move (MON-10/27)

    Good morning…pretty out there this morning as the clouds are starting to roll in from the WSW of the KC area and blue skies today will be limited. It will still be warm though as we lick the wounds suffered in San Francisco from games 4/5 of the World Series. Forecast: Rest of today: Becoming mostly cloudy and breezy although NOT nearly as windy as yesterday. The cold front should move in later this afternoon. So that means we’re in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Near Record Heat + A Freeze? (SUN-10/26)

    Good morning…temperatures are starting the day rather mild in the area and a couple of things you’ll notice today are the warm readings and also the nasty winds that will develop later this morning into this afternoon. The winds may influence the kicking game today with the Chiefs, especially in the 2nd half. Forecast: (various updates at 10PM SUN nite) Rest Of Today: Sunny skies and getting windy. Temperatures today will soar into the mid 80s. The record is 87° […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Beware The Winds (FRI-10/24)

    One week to go till Halloween and we’ve yet to sniff out a freeze in the KC area…there could be one in about a week but I’m still not 100% confidant on that prospect at this point…meanwhile the big story for the weekend is a combination of warm temperatures and some pretty strong winds on Sunday. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies with clearing skies later this evening. Evening activities should be comfortable with temperatures dropping into the 60s to near 60° […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Shorts Weather Ahead! (THU-10/23)

    Good afternoon…for what it’s worth, and check out the latest satellite picture in the discussion part of the blog…we still have a solar eclipse coming and maxing out at 4:45 this afternoon…however one look outside does not paint a pretty picture for us to witness it in the KC area…parts though of NW MO and E KS will get a decent view of this though. The satellite picture below will give you a better idea how things are going. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: One Little Speed Bump + Solar Eclipse In KC (WED-10/22)

    That was a cool east wind blowing at times last night during the game, and I suspect the winds tonight will be blowing even more…so you may want to layer up a little more tonight IF you’re heading out to the “K”. It was a great atmosphere though and the ballpark looks beautiful! Hopefully tonight we get better results… Forecast: Today: Variable clouds…there are a couple of tiny sprinkles north of I-70. We should get enough sunshine this afternoon to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Strong Pacific Jet Moves Into US (TUE-10/21)

    Good morning…all quiet out there…although last night the temperatures were doing some strange thiings for whatever reason up at KCI…while everyone else was dropping they were holding steady then going up around midnight before coming back down early this AM…weird. Forecast: Rest of today: Bright sunshine and nice with highs 70-75° again…much like yesterday with little wind. Game time temperature will be in the 60s and dropping into the 50s by the end of the game. Perfect weather at the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Why Are The Leaves So Pretty? (MON-10/20)

    Good morning…another fabulous day on tap for the region as this great weather roll continues with that said there is a rain chance showing up this week… Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny with deep blue skies. Any morning fog will burn off over the next few hours. Highs today should be in the 70-75° range. North winds of 5-15 MPH Tonight: Mostly clear with lows 45-50° Tomorrow: Sunny with highs 67-72° World Series Weather: Clear skies on Tuesday evening…partly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Easy And Breezy (SAT-10/18)

    Good afternoon…another stellar day in the region with bright sunshine and cool temperatures. Readings as I type this are in the 50s and we should scrape to 60° or so before the end of the day. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp again with lows near 40° Tomorrow: Sunny and somewhat milder with highs in the 60s Monday-Wednesday: Mostly sunny with highs 70-75° or so. Baseball games in KC will be great with gametime temperatures in the 60s and dropping. Tailgaters […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter Forecast Time! (THU-10/16)

    Good afternoon…what a day out there…what a week…what a month…what a year! I won’t chime in a lot on the Royals…but my goodness…the excitement in this city is palpable out there…we can’t wait for next wee…regardless of who we play. Watching the Giants-Cards game last night…but I certainly saw some parallels with the Giants and us…so this could be fascinating over the next couple of weeks. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant. Lows near 50° Tomorrow: Breezy and cooler with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Time To Settle Down (TUE-10/14)

    My only question today is why it took MLB so long to decide to cancel the game last night…wow that would’ve been awful. Steady rainfall and strong winds…winds gusted to 35 MPH at KCI…just a miserable night… Forecast: Today: We’re on the backside of the storm…clearing skies have, for now, moved into NW MO and E KS and IF we can get the storm to move about another 50 miles east…we should see sunshine in the KC area. Rain will […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: What About Tuesday’s Game? (MON-10/13)

    Good afternoon…there really isn’t much to say about the current storm that I didn’t write about yesterday. In a sense I was surprised by a lack of thunderstorm activity this morning and the slow creep to adding up the rain totals but reports thus far now show widespread 1/3″-3/4+” of rain in the KC area with more on the way. Forecast: Rest of today through tonight: No changes needed and odds are the game will be cancelled by the time […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Major Fall Storm Eyes Royals & KC (SUN-10/12)

    Good afternoon..sort of dreary out there today as clouds moved into the area last night and lowered and thickened up this morning…even to the point of some drizzle and mist for some areas…now though just gray out there and temperatures are struggling in the 50s. Forecast: Tonight: Shower and storm activity will wait till later tonight for many although there could be some scattered showers before 12AM in parts of the area. Readings will hold pretty steady overnight with lows […]