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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: Heat YES…But What About Rain (WED-8/20)

    Overall a pretty easy forecast for the next several days as temperatures will be in the 90s with heat index values near or above 100° at the peak of heating in the mid afternoon hours. ALWAYS remember that those temperatures/values are for in the shade…being out in the sunshine on top of concrete/pavement will easily add 10-25°+ degrees to those numbers…this continues into Sunday. Forecast: Today through SAT: Hot and humid with winds starting to increase a bit to 15-25 […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hottest Weather Of The Year? (MON-8/18)

    Good afternoon and thanks for spending a few minutes reading my weather thoughts…on what is turning into a rather typical mid-August summer day in the KC area…as temperatures will finish the day near 90° for a change. Forecast: Rest of today: Sunny with clear skies this evening. Highs in the upper 80s…this evening near 80° and then down to 70-75° by 12AM. Overnight after 12AM: Storm chances increase with the potential for locally heavy rainfall in spots but NOT for […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A Slow Heat Up Ahead (SAT-8/16)

    Good afternoon…not surprisingly N MO had a boatload of rainfall overnight with some places seeing nearly 7″ of rainfall…that has lead to flooding across far N MO. Kirksville had over 4.5″ of rainfall. Forecast: Rest of today: Partly to mostly cloudy, more sunshine on the south side. Temperatures will be in the 70s north and 80s south depending on who has the most sunshine. The risk of storms in the KC area is small…areas closer to the Lakes region, from […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heavy Rain Threat (FRI PM-8/15)

    Friday evening update: This has been sort of a weird day tracking the weather in KS/MO…an area of light rain has moved through the KC area…this has cooled things down to 70-75° but more importantly has firmed up a stationary front towards the south of the KC area. Overnight tonight the winds above the surface will be on the increase…these winds will “overrun” the front and be force air to rise. That will create storms nearby. These storms will then […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Do You Remember When? (THU-8/14)

    Another great and comfortable morning out there as temperatures bottomed out at 61° earlier today…and another great though somewhat milder day is ahead for the area…that plus some rain chances showing up over the weekend will be the highlight of today’s weather blog. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny and pleasant for mid-August. Highs a bit warmer…near 85°. Winds turning towards the SE at 5-12 MPH during the afternoon. The weather will be great for the final game with the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Mid-September Weather In Mid-August (TUE-8/12)

    Our morning low was 57° which is the average low for 9/16 and my forecasted high today is 79° which is the average high for September 16th! So we’re looking at a perfect mid September day in the middle of August when typically the highs should be a lot closer to 90°. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny skies with some fair weather clouds (cumulus clouds) during the afternoon. Highs near 80°. Light winds. Tonight: Perfect again with a little […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Another Summer Cooldown (MON-8/11)

    Good morning…a nice summer morning out there as skies have cleared out (mostly) and there is some fog in some areas…overall pretty pleasant. Warmer weather is expected today but still below average and a cold front will be moving through ushering in cooler weather that will last through the middle of the week. Forecast: Rest of today: Partly cloudy and milder with highs in the mid 80s. There is a slight chance of some scattered thunderstorms out there this afternoon. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More Rain Possible Then Great Days

    Good afternoon and thanks for spending a couple of minutes reading the FOX4 weather blog today. Sort of gray out there again this afternoon. There should be at least some limited sunshine during the afternoon but it appears we’ll have to wait for a refreshing change in the airmass to scour the clouds away and that is coming. Forecast: Rest of this today: Mostly cloudy and cooler than average (again) with highs near 80°. Tonight: Partly cloudy > clearing skies […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: There Go The 90s (FRI-8/8)

    Not often I do a 7 day forecast for early to almost mid-August and it features NO 90° days but I don’t see any coming through the next work week at this point in time. Not that many are complaining about the lack of significant summer heat. Forecast: Rest of today: Increasing clouds this morning into early this afternoon then more later PM sunshine. Light winds and highs around 80° Tonight: Fair and cool with some patchy fog…lows in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Too Much Of A Good Thing? (THU-8/7)

    Well we knew it would rain…we knew there would be a ton of it, and we knew it would come down fast and furious at times and create some localized flooding…all of that panned out but there may have been too much rain for some as amounts that are being reported are easily over 4″ in places…it was an impressive two round rain that hit the region…the 1st round was ill-timed around rush hour yesterday that complicated the commute home…the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Significant Storm Chances (WED-8/6)

    Mid-Afternoon Update Looking outside this morning…it really just looks like every other morning around these parts lately…skies are mostly sunny and it’s somewhat humid…overall a typical summer day shaping up for the region. Which is true for part of the day…but things are starting to stir to the west of the area and that means a change in the weather for us later this afternoon. Forecast: (Updated @ 3:30) This evening: Storms have rapidly developed in E KS and are […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Where We’ve Been…(TUE-8/5)

    Good morning…summer has settled into the area for sure as highs are now nudging 90° on a semi-regular basis but at least there is no prolonged serious heat expected for awhile…just the typical August grind in the weather world. Forecast: Rest of today: As expected there are some storms NE of the KC area this morning. Like yesterday those will fade away and overall another hot and somewhat humid day is expected with highs around 90° and a heat index […]