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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: Round 2 likely…some get it worse (TUE-7/7)

    Good afternoon…parts of the viewing area (hello N MO) are seeing more sunshine than areas south of KC. there are a few showers to the south of KC…moving eastwards…let’s consider those an appetizer to the next good chance of rain arriving overnight into Wednesday. Forecast: Tonight: Dry conditions are expected through the evening hours. Rain chances increase towards 12AM or so…and the rain will effect areas from St Joseph, MO southwards it appears. Temperatures drop into the 60s. Tomorrow: Rainy […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Check that sump pump…here we go again (MON-7/6)

    Good morning…this blog will basically be a recap and update of yesterday’s blog…since my forecast thoughts are about the same…concern is there for locally heavy rainfall later today into the overnight hours. Flooding, which has been problematic this spring/early summer may well be an issue again this evening and overnight. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds and steamy. Highs between 85-90° with heat index values into the 90s. Windy with south winds of 15-25 MPH bringing up a lot of moisture. Storm […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding potential this week (SUN-7/5)

    Good afternoon and thanks for taking a few minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog. This may turn into a rather active week of weather, at least through Thursday and temperatures are looking to trend well below average after tomorrow for a few days. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and warm with lows in the 70s. South winds of 10-20 MPH Tomorrow: We’ll be waiting on a cold front that will arrive tomorrow evening. Ahead of the front the temperatures […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: We’re smokin’ on the 4th (SAT-7/4)

    Good afternoon and we all hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend in KC. The weather should cooperate nicely, and while there is a remote chance of a storm on Sunday…overall the vast majority of the rest of the weekend will be dry and warm. eventually more on the muggy side as well. Once again smoke from fires in Canada has meandered down our way. I wrote about this yesterday in the blog and sure enough […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Decent weekend then storms (FRI-7/3)

    Good afternoon and we wish you a safe holiday weekend. Mother Nature will mostly cooperate with the weather over the next several days, but if your weekend is longer, through Monday, then the potential of getting wet will be increasing dramatically early next week. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and pleasant with lows 60-65°. Light winds. Tomorrow: Another nice day for Independence Day. Highs near 85°. Evening activities will be perfect it appears with temperatures around 75°. Humidity also will not be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather settles down (THU-7/2)

    Good afternoon and hanks for taking a few minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather blog…also thank you for putting your faith in FOX 4 weather last night when the storms were developing and turning tornadic in parts of the metro. Scary evening and thankfully the damage wasn’t worse than it was. If you read the blog yesterday morning I had suspicions that something like that needed to be watched for…and indeed things played out that way. Forecast: Tonight: Scattered […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rounds of rain/flooding for some/little for others (WED-7/1)

    Well depending on how the book-keeping on this goes…this was either the 2nd wettest May/June or the 3rd wettest. Last night between 12AM-1AM this morning we had more rain…technically it occurred on July 1st but since weather records turn the calendar during daylight saving time in KC at 1AM in the morning…it counts as rainfall for June. Silly I realize but that’s the way they do it. If indeed they keep that rain that fell through 1AM in the books […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Smokey skies and rain

    Good morning…once again we’re seeing lots of smoke out there this morning…and with some cirrus moving in during the afternoon…temperatures may not reach their potential. The smoke alone (rather thick for this area) could easily cut 1-5° off the forecasted highs. Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds with storm chances going up overnight into Wednesday. Lows tonight may drop into the 60s assuming the rain comes through the area. Tomorrow: Storms may be around during the 1st part of the day. The […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Sum…sum…summertime

    Good morning…pretty start to the day in the region with temperatures dropping into the 60-65° range earlier today…but now warming in the bright sunshine. You may once again notice some haze to the blue skies today…a result of Canadian wildfires that continue to put smoke into the atmosphere…which then drifts through our skies thanks to the flow of winds above us. I did an explainer on this on the air last night and in the blog yesterday if you want […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weak front…weak chances (SUN-6/28)

    A few morning showers affected areas east of KC into northern MO earlier today…temperatures are warming up now…we’re into the 80s and dewpoints are in the middle 60s…however any strong trigger for storms is really not there today…I can’t rule out something isolated…but the better chances will continue to be well east and SE of the KC area it appears…I’ll keep an eye on radar this afternoon for you just in case. Forecast: Tonight: Any storms later this afternoon should […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More dry time than not (SAT-6/27)

    Good afternoon…just a wonderful summertime day out there….temperatures will max out between 80-85° and the humidity/dewpoints are very bearable for the region for late June. Get outside and enjoy it…the evening looks fabulous as well. There may be a few isolated showers out there but the vast majority of us will be dry through tomorrow PM. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and very pleasant with lows near 65° Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warmer. Nothing to extreme really just seasonable. There may […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Massive wind storm blows through (FRI-6/26)

    Good morning…it seems every few years we have one of these big wind generators that blow through the region and rearrange the trees around these parts…and early this morning was one of them. Storms fired up during the later evening hours yesterday in NE KS and swept through KC…as they did so the winds just rushed out of the storms about the time they made it through the KC area. You’ll see below the severe weather reports received thus far. […]