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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)

Recent Articles
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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Waves Of Snow (SAT-2/28)

    I’ll have various updates on the weather blog during the course of the day…so check back often between newscasts for my latest thoughts…also don’t forget to follow me on twitter @fox4wx for updates in the PM as well as updated graphics. 10PM Update: Patches of snow have solidified in the area especially from Excelsior Springs to near KCI to Lawrence, KS…moving towards the ENE and NE. It’s snowing pretty good and accumulating again here at the studios of FOX 4. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend snow-maker on track (FRI-2/27)

    Good evening (9PM Update): I’m going to bed soon and won’t be able to stay up and check out the overnight models…but the 1st model of the evening (the NAM model) is carrying on with what it’s been doing for awhile now…basically giving us 1-2″ of snow with higher totals towards the SE/S of the metro (over 4″). We get the 1st wave of snow in the late AM>PM tomorrow but we miss out on most of the 2nd wave […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Accumulating snow likely SAT (THU-2/26)

    Good afternoon…plenty of cold sunshine out there today with temperatures approaching 20°. With the wind blowing in the region though the sub-zero wind chills have been replaced by single digit wind chills in the region…so I guess that’s a step in the right direction. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp to say the least as temperatures will tank to near 0-+5°. While skies will be clear early…we should see a rapid increase in the higher clouds moving through the region. Tomorrow: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Running to 60° with a chance of snow (WED-2/26)

    The month of February is almost done…temperatures are running about 7° below average for the month…and today will be nice an mild ahead of a strong cold front that will make the temperature “feel” some 50-60° colder tomorrow…quite the day weather-wise ahead for the region. Forecast: Today: If you’ve been reading the blog I’ve been banging the drum about how today could be a “surprise” warm-up day. Sure enough it’s even going to exceed my expectations I think. We are […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 2 snow systems being watched (TUE 2/24)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are now near 40° and it feels pretty nice out there. We should salvage another “ild” day tomorrow before colder weather moves our way for the end of the week into the weekend. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and seasonable with lows in the 20s Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies turning cloudier as the day moves along. Highs should pop into the 40s before dropping tomorrow night into Thursday. Precipitation chances will increase tomorrow evening and tomorrow night. At this […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow opportunities ahead (MON-2/23)

    Good afternoon…as I type this we’re still in the teens but thankfully the winds have dropped off to next to nothing so that the wind chill factor isn’t really a factor today. There are still clouds filtering out the sunshine though and that isn’t helping the cause. Warmer weather will be moving into the region tomorrow into Wednesday before a cold end to the week. Forecast: Tonight: Cold again with nearly steady temperatures. Lows in the teens. Tomorrow: Milder (more […]

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    Joe Weather Blog: Cold with some snow this week (SUN-2/22)

    Good afternoon…skies are clearing from the north to the south gradually today setting the stage for some rather cold weather tonight into tomorrow morning. We should moderate overnight Monday into Tuesday before more cold weather comes into the area Wednesday night into Thursday and with that shot of cold…maybe some light snow. Forecast: Tonight: It appears as if we’re going to have a lot of clouds streaming through our skies overnight. With no snow on the ground and clouds it’s […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Another Cold Blast Lurks (SAT-2/21)

    Good afternoon… Skies are bright and sunny out there and temperatures have responded nicely into the 40s as I type this. The weak storm that bothered us last night into the week hours of this morning with mostly rain and freezing rain/drizzle has moved away from the region. There were some places that picked up some snow…mainly NE of KC out towards central MO…overall though I’m pleased with the way the forecast played out for the vat majority of our […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather issues start tonight (FRI-2/20)

    Good Afternoon: 3:30 Update: Temperatures continue to creep upwards from KC and points southwards…so that is good news and expected. We should see temperatures approach 40° in spots from downtown KC south. The warmer the surface temperatures are and the warmer the pavement is the better off we’ll be through more of the evening. Radar continues to be OK. Not much happening out there as I type this but there is a decent area of drizzle/mist forming south of KC […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow Fades Today…Watching Saturday (2/19)

    Good afternoon… Some snow is moving through parts of the area (radar shows the haves and the have nots through the metro)…shouldn’t amount to much more than a 1/2-1″ or so especially towards the I-29 and I-35 corridor and I-435 on the east side of KC…just pay attention to any changing road conditions again up to the north of KC. Forecast: Tonight: Not as cold with lots of clouds and pretty steady temperatures with lows in the teens. Tomorrow: Variable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold And A Messy Weekend (WED-2/18)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are struggling today to warm up with a brisk NW wind contributing to a cold “feel” out there. Sub-zero wind chills are still present… Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and cold(!) with lows in the single digits. Tomorrow: Increasing clouds with some light snow or flurries possible. Accumulations may be a dusting to about 1″ from this but it shouldn’t be too widespread. Timing is later in the morning into the afternoon. This should occur after morning rush hour […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog Fast Hitting Snow In KC (TUE-2/17)

    1:30pm Update: Another fast moving disturbance that you can clearly see on radar is moving towards the area early this afternoon and will impact the evening commute. One thing working in our favor for this one, as opposed to the AM one is that temperatures are closer to 30° and the pavement temperatures are warmer thanks to the sunshine so what falls may tend to melt more at least initially on the pavement. There will be some bursts of moderate […]