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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 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: Late summer storms to develop (WED-8/24)

    Good afternoon…it’s trying to warm up late this morning and afternoon. Some thunderstorms moved through parts of the region overnight…laying down an outflow boundary that is being overrun by stronger winds above it…as a result we’re having a tough time clearing out the clouds into the lunch hour.  There is more sunshine though towards the SE of the KC metro area…and things are getting more unstable. Forecast:  This afternoon: Variable clouds with increasing sunshine. Hot and humid with highs 85-90° […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rainier times ahead (TUE-8/23)

    Good afternoon. After a spell of some mesmerizing weather around these parts with cool mornings and mild afternoons…we’ve started to see the “muggy” factor move back into the region and I’m watching a disturbance move up from south-central KS that may create additional storms locally later this afternoon. It should move through pretty fast though and we should be OK after 7PM or so. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy skies and muggy with lows in the 70s Wednesday: Warmer and more […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some free A/C and free rain too! (THU-8/18)

    Good afternoon. Another hot day in the KC area as today will be the 39th day with temperatures 90° or above. That is the most since 2012. On average we have 41 in a calendar year…and after tomorrow the chances are going to fade away for awhile as a decent for August cold front moves into the region to start the weekend. This also will be the last weather blog for a few days since I’ll be taking some time […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Big changes this weekend (TUE-8/16)

    The other day I was speculating somewhat on the potential that we may have seen the hottest weather of the summer pass and from here on it was “somewhat” downhill. Last week if you remember we were in the upper 90s to lower 100s in the region…and I’m becoming more and more convinced that those highs won’t be replicated again this season. While we will be warmer for the next few days…it won’t be to that level…then a strong front […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Desk cleaning day (MON-8/15)

    Good morning…today’s blog will be sort of a mish mash of a variety of subjects. I do this every so often when there isn’t a lot going on. Just short little nuggets of random weather information . Here’s one little tidbit for you…did you get outside this weekend? It was really nice by summer time standards in KC. It was warm…85-90° but we got a major dew point break…so it just “felt” better! Forecast: Today: Lots of AM clouds then […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Worst Of the heat over…dry again (FRI-8/12)

    Well it did rain…some areas had 1/2″+ or so. There were many farther west who easily had 1-2″…but in KC proper…OK for some…paltry for many. So it goes this summer. I think I had about 1/4″ at my house in JOCO. Disappointing because there seemed to be a bit of an uptick in the rains heading towards my house late last night. not so much for me at least. During this time of the year 1-2″ of moisture per week […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Grinding through the heat one more day (THU-8/11)

    I should probably be clear as far as the title goes…it’s not as if the weekend will be in the 60s or anything crazy…but it should be more comfortable with highs into the 80s and lower dew points. During this time of the year it’s this high dew points that may be dragging you down…dew points about 70° are pretty muggy and above 75° are pretty miserable. We’ve had a few 80° dew point days too…although its not that terrible […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Air you can wear…then another break (WED-8/10)

    Good morning. I went to the Royals game last night and it was interesting to watch the weather as I was getting to the stadium. It flat out poured on 435 going to the stadium north of Swope Parkway…then getting into the gate area the rain lightened up considerably…then waling from the parking lot to the stadium gate…the rain never even fell in the first place. The sun was shining through the rain as I was driving the whole time […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain so close + heat + Perseids (MON-8/8)

    Good morning…pretty gray out there this morning although we should slowly thin the clouds somewhat as the morning moves along…there is rain just south of KC which was forecasted well last night. Sitting there really. There’s been heavier rains several counties south of KC…also well foreccasted. The metro will mostly just look at the radar this morning and see it to the south…mostly. Forecast: Today: Mostly cloudy and cool by August standards again with highs in the lower 80s. There […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Something is better than nothing…I guess (SUN-8/7)

    I guess the internet has a word to describe the rain that the area got today…”meh”. From wikipedia it means “Meh /mɛ/ is an interjection used as an expression of indifference or boredom. It may also mean “be it as it may”.[1] It is often regarded as a verbal shrug of the shoulders. The use of the term “meh” shows that the speaker is apathetic, uninterested, or indifferent to the question or subject at hand. It is occasionally used as […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A summer break…maybe some more rain…maybe (SAT-8/6)

    Good afternoon…skies today range from clear and bright to cloudy and gray. There is rain well south of the KC metro area as well…as some soaking rains are affecting SE KS and SW MO at this writing. Temperatures are the big story of the weekend though…readings are going to be nicely below average over the weekend and highs on Sunday may be more than 10° below average. Next week looks more typical after Monday however. Forecast: Rest of today: Variable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A frustrating day of non-rain for KC (FRI-8/5)

    Good afternoon…and let’s start with the positive as we’ve significantly cooled down compared to yesterday. Highs today will be around 80° for KC northwards with warmer readings south of Downtown KC…that’s the good news…and it appears the more pleasant temperature regime will continue into the weekend…that’s more good news. The bad news is the rainfall situation especially on the southside of KC. Again today the rain drops of significance missed…and while there are more opportunities into Monday…I’m seriously thinking of […]