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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: Another record high day Wednesday (TUE-2/21)

    Good morning…we’re 1 week away from seeing whether or not this February will be the 1st February with no snow in Kansas City. Thus far we’re stuck at 0″ for the month…and that hasn’t happened since 1892. We’re also almost 10° above average for the month for temperatures and now are entering into the warmest FEB months ever…although the weather for the last few days of the month will be closer to average so we’ll see where we end up. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some rain ahead and a ton of warm weather too! (SUN-2/19)

    A mostly sunny afternoon in progress in the region as temperatures today should top 70° once again. This will tie a record of 4 straight 70s in FEB. The last time was back in 1932. I’m not sure we can get to 70° tomorrow or not in the afternoon. Some model data suggests it can be done. I’m worried about cloud cover issues. IF we get there tomorrow…we will again on TUE>WED and maybe THU…that would be 7-8 days in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s “May”bruary!

    I don’t think I’m going to write a big blog today…just because it’s too darn nice out there. Temperatures as I type this are near 70°. The record high today is 74°. As a matter of fact the record highs into Sunday are all 74°. Each day we may threaten to tie a record. Their are subtle changes though over the next few days…and we may finally get, at least, a little rain in the area on Monday…but overall the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Revisiting the overuse of severe thunderstorm warnings (WED-2/15)

    Good afternoon…for those of you at the seminar that I’m presenting this information too…this blog will show some of the slides that I’m using/used in my presentation. For the rest of you reading this today or Thursday…I’ve been working on this project for the past 18 months or so…and this is a follow-up blog to what I wrote about last March. That blog is available here. This blog updates and adds on some information that I didn’t get too with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Loving the spring fever warmth (TUE-2/14)

    Another fabulous weather day in the KC area this afternoon as filtered sunshine is allowing temperatures to be in the 50s this afternoon. This will be the 10th day this month with above average temperatures and many more are on tap into next week. What is not really showing up is rain. There is a system, perhaps, for next Monday…we’ll see about that though in terms of what it can actually produce. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and cool with lows […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dry spell lengthens…mild spell does too! (SUN-2/12)

    Everybody out there was thrilled with the weather yesterday…except one person…yours truly. Why wasn’t I happy…did it have to do with the snow drought that is getting longer by the week? Did it have to do with the fact that I had to work all day long? Nope. It was because I didn’t forecast it accurately enough for my taste. I was banging the drum pretty hard about cooler weather for Saturday. I had my concerns that forecasters were way […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: About that snow drought (FRI-2/10)

    Good afternoon. Goodland KS is @ 85° as I start this blog…that’s the warmest temperature ever for the month of February. Denver, CO is at 76° and is 1° away from tying their all time high in February. Here in KC…we’re in the 60s now…no records for us locally today (75° for the date and 83° for the month of February) and aside from the winds…it’s a great day out there. There are lots of cirrostratus clouds filtering out the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Blizzard east…flooding west…nothing middle (THU-2/9)

    The sun has been shining on this Thursday afternoon…and after morning lows in the 10-15° range we’ve rebounded into the 30-35° range. One wonders if that’s the coldest air for the rest of the month. Do you realize that the last time we had more than a trace of snow was back on January 5th? The snow drought in KC is real…and there aren’t any signs of it changing any time in the next 10 days really. Back east there […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather whiplash part 2 (WED-2/8)

    Good afternoon and welcome back to winter. Cold air has a funny way of winning the air mass fights. This is the 2nd time this week that the cold air has been underestimated. Tuesday was the 1st day…and today is the 2nd day. Pressing cold air from the north is denser and also closer to the ground. It’s not as “thick” through the atmosphere as warm air is. So as a result it can be more challenging to forecast. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: We’ll always have 1962 (aka snowier times) (MON-2/6)

    Good morning…I was crunching some data for you this morning concerning the snow situation around these parts…with little to none expected in the KC area, at this point, for days to come…and better chances of us seeing 65°+ highs as opposed to 1″ of snow…well the snow season isn’t exactly a snow lover’s dream come true. as I talk about often though, for many of you that’s OK. You hate the stuff…and odds are the vast majority of people do…for […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather whiplash warning (SUN-2/5)

    This is going to be one of those weeks where the weather is ALL over the place. Temperatures will warm up..get colder…it may(?) snow a bit…it will dramatically warm up again…all in the next 6 days…your head will be spinning by the end of next weekend…and the forecast will show gyrations like a dancing Elvis! Forecast: Tonight: Initially clear by clouds coming i towards 3AM. Lows will drop off into the 35° range then steady off and perhaps rise a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Either something or nothing at all (SAT-2/4)

    Good afternoon. Windy out there as gusts are clocking in at near 40 MPH in areas…it’s also very cloudy in the region from KC southwards, but we should see more sunshine this afternoon in the KC metro area…towards Sedalia though it may be a struggle for several more hours. Temperatures are warming up but it feels colder with the winds cranking away. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear skies and chilly with lows down into the upper 20s Sunday: Actually a pretty […]