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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: Words matter when talking about ice (SUN-1/15)

    Good morning…I’m going to keep this somewhat short and try and cobble together something a bit more comprehensive this afternoon. There are still areas of freezing mist/drizzle in the region. ice accumulations in the KC metro have ranged from a glazing to about 1/8″+ so far. Some may creep closer to 1/4″. Areas south of KC by a couple of counties have seen roughly a 1/4″-1/2″ or so. Forecast: Today: Gradual transition to liquid as the morning moves along from […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog #2-We melt some ice…then more comes (SAT-1/14)

    Good afternoon. Tried to sneak in a little lunch time nap today. Not sure how much sleep I’ll get tonight. When I start hearing the rain that will be freezing hitting the window I will wake up…then get worried about the roads and probably end up coming in earlier than usual on Sunday morning…so it goes when you work this crazy shift like I have for the last 20+ years. Also please see the AM Weather Blog for additional details […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s always been tonight and Sunday (SAT-1/14)

    Good morning…last night again proved that just a smidgen of ice can create all sorts of issues. It wasn’t much <1/10″ or so…but it was enough that roads, even some of the pre-treated roads got slick…and got slick fast. We’re recovering from that this morning and with temperatures this afternoon near 32° we should see improvement. More on that is a few minutes…1st though some administrative stuff. This blog will be updated at around 2PM this afternoon and there will be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Waiting is the hard part (FRI-1/13)

    I didn’t realize how much people have been reacting to the ice storm potential until I got to gas station last night and saw so many cars waiting in line for gas…the most since the 9/11 tragedy. Judging from other conversations and pictures…the grocery stores packed them in as well…so IF nothing else nobody can say…”well we didn’t know it was coming”. The questions today are 1) when will it get here in earnest 2) how long will it last 3) […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Ice Storm Warning issued (THU-1/12)

    As expected the entire area has been placed under an Ice Storm Warning into the weekend. Significant accumulations of ice are expected in the area. I have a lot to write about today and only about an hour to do it. I will be doing a Facebook Live starting at around 4PM with additional details about the unfolding scenario. I also spent part of my afternoon talking  to a friend of mine regarding the power line situation which I wanted […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Ice storm concerns increasing (WED-1/11)

    Good afternoon. The 60s were nice while they lasted…63° officially at KCI…with 70° in Marshall, MO. Very impressive for January…considering now the temperatures are starting to tank downwards through the 50s and will be in the 30s by early this evening with increasing north winds. This is the 1st step to setting the stage for the weekend situation. Model data today is increasingly suggestive of significant amounts of ice. What is UNknown is where the worst of the icing will […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Trying to provide a bit of clarity in an unclear situation (TUE-1/10)

    Good afternoon. Interesting weather day in the region today as temperatures really warmed up overnight into early this morning  then rapidly dropped about 10-15° during the morning behind a cold front that is pushing through the MO side as I type this. There was a bit of rain associated with it…even a few lightning strikes on the KS side for a few minutes. Strong winds were also realized, mainly east of the metro…with gusts to 50 MPH+ towards Sedalia and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Focusing on ice potential this weekend (MON-1/9)

    I’m thinking the rumblings about the weekend ahead are starting to pick up a bit of steam. This blog will mainly talk about the upcoming weekend…mostly in very broad ways because it’s too early for many specifics but there are some trends to write about. Before we get to the weekend…a series of ups and downs will play out from a temperature standpoint. In some aspect that’s what’s setting the stage for this weekend. I’ll try and keep this blog […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: This is going to be a strange weather week (SUN-1/8)

    I have a feeling this may be a rather interesting week of forecasting. Temperatures will be going up at unusual times…perhaps dropping at unusual times and then there is the whole issue of what happens at the end of the week which won’t resolve itself for a few more days (at least). Hang on…it may be a bumpy ride. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly but overall not as cold as it has been over the past few mornings…lows around […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer it’s not (SAT-1/7)

    Good afternoon. A sunny but still very cold day as the snow cover is still impacting the temperatures and will do so through tomorrow. A weak front has moved through the area, basically switching our winds back towards the NW. It was another cold morning as well, as some areas easily dropped well below 0° again. At least the winds aren’t adding much to the cold temperatures. Forecast: This afternoon: Sunny with highs 20-25° Tonight: Fair skies and cold but […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Sweating the details + next weekend questions (FRI-1/6)

    Brrrr! Another chilly day in the KC region…as snow cover…a cold air mass…and clear skies (allowing for a frigid start) are conspiring to keep temperatures well below average today. This will continue into the weekend although there will be moderation to the weather heading into next week. Forecast: Tonight: Another fast drop off expected this evening with clear skies and snow on the ground. Temperatures may tank to near or even below 0° by later this evening. Then overnight as […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Just how cold will it get tonight? (THU-1/5)

    The well predicted snow event, going back to last week, pretty much played out as expected…snow amounts around KC were roughly in the 1″ to about 2.5″ range on average. There were a few locally higher totals…but I haven’t seen anything more than 3.5″ or so. St Joseph had 3.4″. Smithville had 3.3″. Everybody else was roughly 2+” or less… Blog readers know that this has been talked about for a bit of time…so imagine my surprise when this occurred […]