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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: Rain chances look promising + cooler days (SAT-6/25)

    Good afternoon on another hot and somewhat humid day in the KC area. Temperatures as I type this blog (12pm) are already around 90° and it appears we’ll go up to about 95° before the day is done. There are some showers across northern MO but these are not the ones I’m paying attention too in terms of increased rain chances for the KC area…those haven’t formed at this point. Forecast: Tonight: Dry evening with increasing clouds. Overnight (after 12AM) […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hot weekend…then a heat break

    Good afternoon. Temperatures aren’t quite as oppressive today thanks to an abundance of filtered sunshine out there. There is a disturbance coming through eastern KS that should create additional showers and storms this afternoon. Hopefully you get some rain. some of our short range models are rather bullish about the rain prospects locally…we’ll see. Something though would certainly be welcome from KC southwards. Forecast: Tonight: Variable clouds with some evening showers/storms possible. Whether or not we can get redevelopment overnight […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Getting more reasonable with some rain (THU-6/23)

    Good morning…it won’t be as “hot in the area today compared to yesterday but it will still be toasty. Yesterday KCI (official for KC) popped to 99°. We missed 100° there. Downtown hit 101° and St Joseph hit 102° (record high). Lawrence hit 103° and Topeka hit 103°. So at least in KC the stretch between 100° days continues. KCI is the official reporting station for KC and since they didn’t get to the century mark…so it goes. Forecast: Today: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hot but becoming less hot (WED-6/22)

    Good afternoon. Like you I’m trying to stay cool as well. Got an early start…got my eyes checked…went to the gym…to the store…writing a weather blog and watching a ball game in the A/C. That’s how I spend my day when it’s nearing 100°. What about you? Forecast: Today: Sunny and hot. Highs 97-100°. As of the noon hour it’s 92°. For my 100° forecast to work I need it to be 95°+ in the next 1 hour or so. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Too much heat…too much rain (TUE-6/21)

    Good morning…while the bulk of the KC metro didn’t see the rain, especially on the KS side…parts of the Metro and especially areas just east and north of KC got nailed yesterday evening and overnight with torrential rains…over 5″ in areas…enough to cause flooding. I have a pretty interesting radar estimate map to show you in the discussion part. The bottom line though is that many didn’t get a drop of moisture and while I’m encouraged that we’ll see more […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 184 days till winter starts (MON-6/20)

    Today is the 1st day of summer…it’s also the longest day of the year in terms of daylight. The sun rises at 5:52 AM and sets at 8:48 PM. Tomorrow the sun rises one minute later…so tomorrow there is one less minute of daylight. Then on the 24th we lose another minute thanks to the sun coming up one minute later again. This process goes on and on until we get to December 21st…which is when winter 2016 begins. Today […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hot and dry month so far (SUN-6/19)

    Monday will mark the “official” start of summer in KC. It “officially” arrives at 5:34 late in the afternoon. That is the start of astronomical summer. Of course meteorological summer started on 6/1 and thus far it’s been a hot one. Temperatures are running about 5° above average for the 1st 18 days of the month and that number may go up over the next 7 days. Also of noteworthiness….this is the 12th hottest start to the month. Forecast: Tonight: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Yuck to the humidity (FRI-6/17)

    Oh my goodness…the air is thick and the temperatures are in the 90s as I type this blog. As I look at the 2PM heat index numbers…some are close to 115° on the KS side. YUCK! Forecast: Tonight: Clear and warm with lows in the upper 60s Saturday: Sunny and hot. Highs near 90°. I’m hopeful the worst of the dew points will be off towards the west of KC. So many the heat index values won’t be as oppressive. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: About the sunset last night (THU-6/16)

    There was a weirdly amazing sunset last night that lit up my facebook and twitter accounts…I’ll explain that phenomena and why it happened in the discussion part fo the blog. Feel free to share your pictures if you caught it last night. Not everybody saw it…it was amazing. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and warm with lows around 70° Friday: Mostly sunny and hot with highs 90-95° Saturday: Partly cloudy and hot with highs 90-95° Sunday: No real changes with highs […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat and lots of it (WED-6/15)

    Yup back at it…well sort off. Today is my last day of vacation then I’ll be back at work officially tomorrow. Vacation schedules during the summer are pretty crazy. Things change a lot from week to week. All of us have time off between now and the end of September so lots of rotating weathercasts coming up. It’s summer and it really is feeling like it out there. More on that plus some vacation pictures in today’s weather blog. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More spring + a taste of summer (SAT-6/4)

    Good afternoon. More rain overnight in the area…with amounts ranging from a few hundreths to over 3/4″ in spots. Even a 1″ report towards Chillicothe, MO. Parts of Olathe as well had 1/2-1″ or so of rain…happened fast with some thunder as well…that may be the last of the rain though for many for quite some time. There may still be a few showers out there over the next few hours (especially on the MO side-through 4PM or so) but […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The perils of flooding (FRI-6/3)

    Good afternoon…our weather is mostly quiet in the KC area today…although there are some showers off towards the east and southeast of the KC metro…so an off and on somewhat wet afternoon out towards central MO and down towards the Lakes region. I talked explicitly about this yesterday. We’re NOT totally out of the woods regarding rain chances early Saturday and there is probably at least another chance on Monday afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of some […]