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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: All downhill beginning Friday (THU-7/30)

    Boy hard to imagine the kids will be going back to school in a few weeks…summer is quickly moving along, and for now at least, we’re enjoying a nice little break in the 1) intense heat and 2) the swamp-like humidity. Temperatures today are seasonable and the humidity levels are actually, in many areas. below average for late July, especially from Downtown KC southwards. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant again with lows dropping into the 60s Tomorrow: Mostly sunny […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Temporary heat relief

    The cold front that I was hoping for to crack the back of the nasty heat and humidity is slowly working through the region. Lower dew points (more comfortable air) are also going to slowly move through the region over the next 24 hours so you should notice an improvement in the 1) temperatures and 2) comfort levels of the weather in the region through tomorrow. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds with fading AM showers. Temperatures should be in the 80s […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat breaks tomorrow! (TUE-7/28)

    Good morning…my forecast thoughts from this past weekend are playing out rather well. We did get a somewhat unexpected “break” from the more intense heat yesterday thanks to an abundance of clouds (we were still in the 90s though) and today with more sunshine and wind…we should easily be in the 92-97° range with dew points into the 70s again…this will send the heat index above 105°. Stay hydrated and use common sense if you plan on being outside. In […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: I’ll trade you the heat for … (SUN-7/26)

    Seems like that’s a catchy headline in keeping with the sports headlines of the day right. Personally I’ll take a 70° low humidity and sunny day for 3 mid 90s high humidity days right now. Can we make that trade? Is Mother Nature willing to send us some future coolness for some right now heat…I digress. Forecast: Rest of today: Hot and humid with highs around 90° and heat index values popping to 100°+ Tonight: Sultry but dry with lows […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Consider this a small break (SAT-7/25)

    Good afternoon…as I expected this morning temperatures are not as extreme as yesterday although the dew points are starting to creep back up. You may have noticed some gusty winds earlier this morning. This was outflow from the rain/storms in central MO. It briefly dropped the dew points back into the more tolerable upper 60s…but not that outflow has faded and we’re back to around a 75° dew point which is extremely muggy. Forecast: Rest of today: Monitoring trends in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tornadoes Get All The Buzz But… (FRI-7/24)

    Good afternoon…you can really feel the combination of the heat and humidity out there now. After clouds this AM thinned (and some rain/storms for some) the afternoon sunshine and a hotter air mass building into the region are starting to make things more and more uncomfortable. The dew points are approaching 80°. We’ve been higher this summer (81°) at KCI but it’s really getting ripe out there. A combination of an excessive heat warning and a heat advisory is in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Like I Never Left (THU-7/23)

    Good afternoon and nice to be back from vacation. Was on my annual golfing trip to AZ over the past week. Golf just about every day including a quick side trip up top Sedona which is just beautiful. The heat there doesn’t really bother me. As they say it’s a “dry heat.” Although they were getting more monsoonal moisture last week. Dewpoints came up into the 60s and the folks there were complaining. Of course while that was happening I […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The heat is not going on vacation (SUN-7/12)

    Good afternoon, temperatures are soaring this afternoon…already approaching 90° with heat index values over 100°. A heat advisory is in effect for KC…and an upgraded “excessive” heat warning is in effect for tomorrow with even hotter weather and higher heat indices expected to start the week. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and warm with lows in the 75-80° range. Tomorrow: Hot and humid with highs between 95-100°. Heat index values may approach 115° in isolated spots but widespread 105-112° values are expected. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat advisory Sunday Till Monday (and longer?) (SAT-7/11)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are warming up as expected and we’re in the mid-upper 80s as of the 1PM hour. We’ll continue to go up for a few more days as some nasty summer heat + humidity is likely in the region. As a result a heat advisory has been issued for the region from later Sunday morning through Monday…and may be extended a bit after that as well depending on any remnant nearby convection and additional clouds… Forecast: Tonight: Warm and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer heat knocking on the door (FRI-7/10)

    Your A/C is getting a break…but it’s about to start working overtime again as temperatures are on the verge of surging, and while clouds have kept temperatures below average lately…that is going to change big time beginning tomorrow and linger for several+ days. Forecast: Tonight: Evening showers will be moving away from the area…storm chances increase overnight to the north of KC towards the IA border. Temperatures wont drop too much overnight…down to around 70° Saturday: Perhaps some morning clouds…overall […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Yes summer will return! (WED-7/8)

    Oh my…this is not exactly pool weather. Gray, dank and drippy. As I expected and wrote about yesterday the heavier rains have stayed towards the SE of the KC area. Rainfall amounts of 1-2+” has fallen from near Carroll Co southwestwards into Linn Co, KS. In the immediate KC area, the amounts have been mostly under 1″. Also the temperatures are another big story as we’re in the process of setting one of those weird temperature records in KC. The […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Round 2 likely…some get it worse (TUE-7/7)

    Good afternoon…parts of the viewing area (hello N MO) are seeing more sunshine than areas south of KC. there are a few showers to the south of KC…moving eastwards…let’s consider those an appetizer to the next good chance of rain arriving overnight into Wednesday. Forecast: Tonight: Dry conditions are expected through the evening hours. Rain chances increase towards 12AM or so…and the rain will effect areas from St Joseph, MO southwards it appears. Temperatures drop into the 60s. Tomorrow: Rainy […]