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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: This Is Not 1993…Although It “Feels” Like It For Some (FRI-5/29)

    Good morning…yup more rain is falling early this morning…this is the 25th day this month that it has rained at least a trace or more @ KCI Airport (official for KC). It will be the 19th day of the month with at least .01″ or more. Pretty impressive. We’re now in the top 10 of wettest May months on record for KC…and we may end up in the top 5 before the day is done. I’ve heard from several folks, […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dry Times Coming…Just Be Patient (WED-5/27)

    Good afternoon…I don’t want to jinx us but there is a pretty darn good chance that today will be the 4th dry day this month. Shhhh let’s not spread that around though! Hopefully you’re getting outside and catching up on a few things as the ground slowly tries to dry out…unfortunately though more rain is on the way. The good news is that I see decent weather ahead for the weekend(!). Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant with lows in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Better Days…Wetter Nights? (MON-5/25)

    Good afternoon…finally more than a few consecutive hours of dry time in the KC area…of course this was after some morning rain moved through and fell apart on the MO side…but whatever. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies initially but there is a chance of t/storms moving in from the west of the area. Timing on that would probably be after 10PM or so into the wee hours of the morning. Lows in the 60s. For areas SE of the metro you […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Rain Will End…Right? (SUN-5/24)

    Good afternoon…we’re still awfully damp in the metro…off to the east of KC a Tornado Watch has been issued till 8PM tonight…this does NOT include the KC area. Basically it’s out towards central and NE MO. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: Scattered showers, mostly light, continue in the area. There is the potential of seeing some steadier rain move in this evening. Highs near 70° Tonight: Rain winds down…lows in the 60s Tomorrow: Partly cloudy…mostly dry and rather humid with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Waiting On The Rain (SAT-5/23)

    Good afternoon…we’re salvaging the 1st part of the holiday weekend…although I’m starting to see some shower activity break out south of the metro as of this writing (1PM). So some may dodge some drops this afternoon. Overall my forecast thoughts from this morning continue to play out nicely. It’s just a matter of when and how much rain we get over the next 36 hours or so. Forecast: This afternoon: Cloudy skies with scattered showers possible. Hit or miss type […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More Rain + Flooding Concerns (FRI-5/22)

    Good afternoon…not exactly a Chamber Of Commerce type day out there today with lots of clouds and struggling temperatures in the 60s. The holiday weekend is getting underway and there are lots of great events going on this weekend. Odds are you have some outdoor events planned as well…and it appears that we’ll be dodging rain for the weekend. It won’t rain all weekend, obviously, and there will be times that many hours may go by without you getting rained […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Brief But Welcome Break (THU-5/21)

    Good afternoon…a much more pleasant day in the region with bright sunshine and milder temperatures. Yesterday we set a record for the coolest high temperature on May 20th (54°). The previous record was 55° going all the way back to 1892! I think you’ll agree that today is the better of the two days. Enjoy it while you can though because the weekend, while not a rain out…isn’t going to be the greatest. Interesting to note as well that many […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Mushrooms Not Dandelions (WED-5/20)

    Good morning…another system has come and gone giving healthy rain to the region. 3/4″ to 1+” totals were pretty widespread and now things are drying out. Aside from a few sprinkles or a couple of light isolated showers we should be OK for the next couple of days. When I was mowing the grass the other day…and I think you know my stories involving my grass…I kept thinking to myself that I should be taking pictures of my yard. Only […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Setting Up For More Rain (MON-5/18)

    Good morning…it will be a more refreshing day in the area as cooler air is working into the region as I type this weather blog early this Monday morning. Winds and drier air as well will make it feel OK for the rest of the day. The dry weather though will be fleeting as another system will bring more rain to the region by later Tuesday night into Wednesday…then more storms are going to be an issue heading towards next […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding Rains and Tornado(s) (SUN-5/17)

    Good afternoon…the system responsible for the massive rains that moved through the region overnight is now going to be a player in the weather today across the upper Midwest and the eastern part of MO. We’re in the process of rapidly clearing out and temperatures will be popping into the 80s before the day is done. Winds will be increasing as well and that will mildly help dry things out a bit…and we could use a few dry days in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tornado Watch Till 11PM SAT (SAT-5/16)

    A Tornado Watch has been issued for a large part of W MO and E KS until 11PM…at this point I’m not expecting tornadic weather in our area…the storms through 7:45 did produce some wind damage in Lyon County…and they’re currently producing some 40+ MPH winds and some small hail. There have been some T/storm warnings near the area…but nothing to bad has been reported yet. Rounds of storms are likely overnight and we’ll have to watch for localized flooding […]