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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: Fall has finally arrived (SUN-9/25)

    Good afternoon and while it’s not the prettiest of days…and yes there is still more rain/drips out there early this afternoon…we should see some slow drying over the next few hours and the weather has certainly cooled down. Remember how I was saying we’d be about 35° cooler today than what it felt like earlier in the week with a heat index of 100°…well I was wrong. It “feels” 40° cooler. at noon the temperature at KCI was down to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Falling raindrops and temperatures (SAT-9/24)

    Good afternoon. Another rather warm day around the region as temperatures as of the noon hour are into the middle 80s and we should scrape close to 90° in some areas before the day is done. Dew points are approaching 70° also. So there is a bit more of a muggy “feel” to the air today. This is in advance of a cold front that won’t move through the area till tomorrow after daybreak. It’s effects though will be noticeable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Now we’re talking Fall! (FRI-9/23)

    Good afternoon…I know the 1st full day of autumn still feels a lot like the last day of summer but things are going to change over the next 5 days…and while the changes mean an end to summer for the year…I’ve got some beautiful weather on tap for next week…cool mornings and great (perfect) afternoons on tap. We’ll need the rain we see over the weekend because it looks dry for awhile afterwards. Forecast: Tonight: Clears skies and pleasant with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It may feel 35° cooler this weekend! (THU-9/22)

    Good morning…great weather to start the new season today as fall arrives at 9:21 this morning. On the other hand the heat and the humidity will continue through the region for another 2 days. It may be a good idea to get some fertilizer down and maybe some grass seed (read more about that in the discussion). Some potentially significant rains are coming towards the area later into the weekend. Sunday’s weather will be a MAJOR change to what we’ve […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Goodbye summer…hello summer (WED-9/21)

    Good morning…with heat index values around 100° over the past couple of days…it’s been anything but fall-like weather around these parts. With fall starting at 9:21 AM on Thursday…the weather will not be turning on a dime. More hot and humid weather is expected into Friday…beyond that some significant changes are on tap…including the potential for heavy rains and also highs in the 60s! The timing on this though may affect outdoor activities later Saturday into Sunday…and potentially at least […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tidying the desk day in the summer heat (MON-9/19)

    Good morning…actually a comfortable start to the day in the region with temperatures in the 60s but we’re going to heat up fast and by the end of the afternoon, highs will be more July-like than late September-like. It’s going to be one of those weeks. Summer goes out on a hot note. Please see some of my previous blogs for more detailed KC weather information. Just for fun though…right now we’re running about 1.8° above average for the month. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer Redux + fall temps lurking (SUN-9/18)

    Good afternoon. Bright and blue out there today with temperatures approaching 80° as of the noon hour. Our weather will be characterized by warmer winds and higher dew points. That means that summer is going to return to the area and it will linger for the work week. There will be a more significant change in the weather next weekend including more rain chances and much cooler weather moving in to finish the month. Forecast: Tonight: Fair and mild with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Finally some quiet time in KC (SAT-9/17)

    Well I had a feeling while I was away at a weather conference that it was going to be difficult to put any weather blogs together and I was right. I spent about a week in Norfolk, Virginia at the National Weather Association conference. I was the only KC TV meteorologist to attend. There were about 500 others there and about 125 broadcasters. There are 2 different weather associations. The AMS and the NWA. It just so happens the AMS […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog…And the rain keeps coming (THU-9/8)

    Just a heads up…I’ll be attending a weather conference in Norfolk, VA for the next week or so…so after today blogs will be infrequent and dependent my internet connections…so I’ll do the best I can…looks like another decent cold front is on the way early next week. Forecast: Tonight: While I can’t promise a perfectly dry evening…it appears the better rain chances may wait till overnight into Friday morning. It appears KC may be on the northern end of more […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain coming again and so is more cool air (WED-9/7)

    It’s been rather warm and humid over the last few days and today will not be much of an exception to that although clouds will be on the increase and there may be some shower activity out there. The better rain chances though will wait for a bit. Overall though IF you have plans for the weekend…it looks phenomenal again! Forecast: Today: Increasing clouds windy and warm with highs well into the 80s. Winds will be from the south at […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A warmer week ahead for KC + some rain (MON-9/5)

    Good morning…as I promised over the weekend the south winds will be a factor over the next few days and we’re already seeing the effects of those winds because the morning lows are coming up (68° this morning) and the afternoon highs are going up as well (near 90° today). Dew points which were in the 50s are also now firmly in the 60s and are climbing to the 70s today. So muggier times are on tap for the region […]

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    Joe’s Geology Blog: Yes KC…it was an earthquake

    Didn’t think I’d be putting on my geology hat today…but when a significant (for KC area) earthquake rolls through the region a lot of you have questions and I’m here to try and answer some along with bringing you some information that may teach you a thing or two about what happened this morning. As a result, we’ll forgo the weather aspect of air movement today and deal with the earth moving instead. So was it really an earthquake? You […]