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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 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: Heat Slowly Returns…Then Backs Off? (SAT-7/19)

    Good morning…this may have been the best 4-5 days of July weather we’ve had over the past many years around this part of the country. Aside from some have that may be filtering out the sun just a pinch (caused by smoke from Canadian/Alaskan forest fires)…it’s another great day out there. Check out how widespread the smoke is! Much of the US and Canada are covered. #mewx— NWS Caribou (@NWSCaribou) July 19, 2014 Discussion: So far through yesterday our […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Records Keep Tumbling (WED-7/16)

    Good morning…refreshing isn’t it? Another great day in progress through the region with just a few clouds streaming in on the latest satellite pictures. Forecast: Rest Of Today: Nice with temperatures in the 70s… Tonight: Nice again with lows in the mid 50s Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies…the rain that some models have been bringing to the edge of the state line region should stay to the west of the area it appears. Highs again in the 70s. Discussion: Well so […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Here Comes The Chill (And Some Rain) (MON-7/14)

    Happy Monday everybody…. Mother Nature is working on a treat for the KC area…it’s not often that you get this type of airmass dipping into the area…and as of this writing…it’s poised just north of the KC area…but will zip through the region as the day moves along. I also want to mention that I’ll be on vacation this week…so the blogs will be somewhat irregular.  I’ll update this forum several times though because, well you know me and my […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heavy Rain For Some + Records To Tumble? (SUN-7/13)

    Good morning…early and short blog today as other duties will keep me from putting together an afternoon blog like usual. Forecast: Rest of today: Morning rains fade fast after 11AM…then some clearing in the afternoon with highs around 85. North winds 5-15 MPH Tonight: (Updated @ 5PM) Evening MO side storms will move away…it looks like the humidity will stay pretty thick overnight as we wait on the 2nd cold front due in around lunch Monday. Some of those evening […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat+Storms+Record Potential (SAT-7/12)

    Good afternoon and thanks for spending a little time and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog…got to admit, when computer problems rear their ugly head at the station…and it’s Friday night…and it’s almost 1AM and you’re still there trying to figure out what’s wrong…and you realize that you have to get home and then get back up in 4 hours…not exactly the set-up for an expansive afternoon weather blog. Forecast: Rest Of This Afternoon: This should turn into the hottest […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s NOT The Polar Vortex! (FRI-7/11)

    Well…the word “polar” will certainly not describe our weather over the next few days as hot and humid conditions spread through the Plains in the KC region…so the A/C’s will be working pretty hard through the weekend although the next two days look to be the hottest. Forecast: Rest of today: Isolated showers with perhaps some rumbles VERY hit or miss (mainly miss) through about noon then drier conditions afterwards and turning breezy. Highs around 85° Tonight: Breezy, warmer and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: October In July! (THU-7/10)

    Well the rain skirted by the KC area…we have clouds this AM but the sun will be out later in full force and things are going to heat up quite a bit into the beginning of the weekend. Forecast: Rest of today…becoming sunny and a bit warmer with highs approaching 85°. Tonight: Partly cloudy with perhaps some scattered storms possible but we should be OK for the evening (at least), higher chances may be more towards north-central MO and NE […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm Chances Return + A Chill On Tap (WED-7/9)

    Thanks for taking a few minutes and reading my weather blog on a beautiful Wednesday across the KC region. Yesterday was fabulous with highs only in the lower 80s and while we may be a few degrees warmer today the humidity will still be OK for this time of the year so overall another comfortable outdoor type day is on the way… Forecast: Rest Of Today: Mostly Sunny and light winds. Dewpoints will be around 60° which is great when […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: “Winter” Type Pattern In July? (TUE-7/8)

    Good morning…the storms with their associated threats panned out as expected last night in terms of timing, rainfall and severe weather. Rainfall amounts on average through the metro were in the 3/4″ to 2″ or so range and there were quite a few reports of 50-70 MPH winds out there. Basically you’re typical raging line of storms that happen around here from time to time…the rainfall was certainly welcome at least and we should be good on that for another […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tonight’s Storm Chances (MON-7/7)

    Good morning…once again there are some lingering showers with some dying thunderstorms on the KS side this time tracking to the SE and mostly west of the state line. Those will fade as the morning moves along and we’ll see more sunshine in the afternoon. Let’s see if the debris clouds left over impact the high temperatures this afternoon. It may be cloudy through most of the morning. Forecast: Rest of today: Clearing skies this afternoon with hotter temperatures and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storms In KC Possible Again (SUN-7/6)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are coming up and the humidity is thick, although I don’t think today will be the hottest day of the year thus far unless we stage a late afternoon rally. Still toasty though. A trend I’ve noticed this season is how some of the modeling is over aggressive with forecasting the heat in KC. Perhaps it’s all the rain we’ve received and the green terrain that is holding the stronger heat at bay. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat Will Come + A “Complex” Forecast (SAT-7/5)

    I hate when forecasters say it’s a “complex” forecast…they are almost always complex…we try and predict things that don’t exist many times and what those future systems may end up doing. In today’s case though a “complex” forecast isn’t complex…it’s about complexes. These darn thunderstorm complexes, like the one that is slowly fading in NC/NE MO are enough to drive a meteorologist crazy…will they move south? Will they move east? With they fade? Will they generate outflow boundaries? Grrrrr. Forecast: […]