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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: We’re needing some rain…some coming (MON-10/24)

    Good morning…it’s a crisp fall morning out there with temperatures starting out around 45° or so. Once again today skies will be royal blue and temperatures will be comfortable during the afternoon. Not as mild as yesterday’s 75° but still somewhere in the 65-70° range which is VERY doable for late October. Forecast: Today: Sunny with highs in the mid-upper 60s Tonight: Fair skies and cool but not as cool with lows near 50°. Some of you will drop into […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The changing foliage…from the ground and space (SUN-10/23)

    Good afternoon and I hope, despite this being a big sports Sunday with the Chiefs on one side of the state line and Sporting KC trying to get a playoff slot on the other side of the state line…that at least you take some time to get outside for a bit and enjoy what may be a top 10 weekend in the KC area. Spectacular weather yesterday with a high of 71° and we’ll end up with another 70-75° day […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall colors getting better (FRI-10/21)

    Good afternoon and thanks for taking a couple minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog. Another beautiful day out there with temperatures approaching 60° and mostly sunny skies. The weekend is looking great with milder temperatures and a bit more wind on Saturday. The mild weather will continue into early next week. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear and not as cool with lows down to 40-45° Saturday: Sunny and milder with highs around 70°. Somewhat breezy in the afternoon as […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter Forecast From NOAA (THU-10/20)

    Skies have rapidly cleared out in the region this afternoon and we should be in good shape for the rest of the afternoon into the weekend. Temperatures will again be on the cool side on Friday then warm up nicely this weekend into early next week. There was some rain this morning…however amounts in the KC area were typically under 1/10″ or so. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear and chilly with lows in the mid-upper 30s. Some frost is possible in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: No hard freezes ahead…for awhile (WED-10/19)

    Good morning…well we do have some clouds out there and maybe even a few light showers SE of KC…but aside from that and a fleeting chance on Thursday we’re sitting pretty with the fall weather around these parts as temperatures (after a cool Thursday) will start rebounding and another period of above average temperatures are likely to finish the month and potentially to start the next month. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds and seasonable with highs in the 60s Tonight: Clearing […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Not as hot but still dry for awhile (TUE-10/18)

    My vacation is slowly coming to an end. This is my last one for at least 5 months or so since Karli will be gone for about 3 months over the winter. So I’m trying to get the days off in while I can. Yesterday I got to play golf up at Paradise Pointe in Smithville, MO. Typically I won’t play in all the wind but since we had to coordinate days off with Nick Vasos and Rob Collins had […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: No records…but my goodness! (SAT-10/15)

    Just got back from a couple of days in Hermann, MO. Had never been there before and didn’t want to attempt to fend off the craziness of the weekends there (which are crazy during Octoberfest). Had a nice time overall and ran into a bunch of KC folks while there! If you remember last weekend I showed some special graphics indicating that the time frame from the 15-19th would be a mild to warm period in the KC region This […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Frosty night potential and then a warm-up (WED-10/12)

    This can be the time of the year when you need long pants one day…and shorts the next. It’s a wardrobe headache but the nice weather makes up for it…and it appears we’ll enjoy plenty of nice fall weather over the next 7 days. Today isn’t so great though thanks to the cold front that moved through earlier this morning…temperatures may really struggle today…and not do much unless we get some sunshine later on. Forecast: Today: Clouds…some mist and colder […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall’s 1st real frost/freeze ahead (TUE-10/11)

    I’m on vacation this week and either today or tomorrow’s blog will probably be it for a few days. Overall though nothing that is going to happen over the next few days will be a surprise since I’ve been blogging about it for the last several days. The bottom line is that today is the warmest of the work-week and we get substantially cooler tomorrow. Forecast: Today: Bright and sunny with highs well into the 70s. Winds from the south […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Roller coaster temperature week (MON-10/10)

    Good morning.some nice areas of rain showers out there with some brief downpours as a series of weak disturbances comes through the Plains states. Radar in the discussion part will help track the rain for you. This is going to be a rather up and down week with a 2 day shot of chilly weather followed by a nice warm-up into the weekend. There are some other bumps in the road for the weekend however. Rain chances will be in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A few bumps in the road + Matthew is still rocking (SAT-10/8)

    Another perfect weather day sin the region as skies are perfectly Royal blue and the temperatures are in the 60s. There was some chilly weather earlier this morning with 30s in some outlying areas including some patchy frost on cars and rooftops. Overall nice weather though cloudier weather will be the case for the next few days. Matthew has briefly and finally made landfall in the US (for the 1st time) and will scrape along the N coast briefly before […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: +1 to fall weather & Matthew update (FRI-10/7)

    Thanks for taking a few minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog. Our weather has certainly changed around these parts as a cooler and drier air mass has moved through the region. Temperatures are in the 60-65° range today and will drop off considerably tonight. As a matter of fact tonight will be the coolest night since May 15th! Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp with lows in the 40-45° range. There may well be some upper 30s out there, […]