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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: A Little Of Everything For KC (SAT-1/31)

    Good afternoon…boy there is a lot going on in the world of weather…whether that be in the KC area with all different types of weather heading this way over the next 7+ days…or elsewhere where significant snowstorm is going to develop from the storm that’s diving into the Plains tomorrow. This snowstorm will be considerably worse closer to the I-80 corridor. More on that shortly. Forecast: Tonight: Rain continues and there will be some snow into early Sunday AM (potentially […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Umbrellas Not Shovels For KC (FRI-1/30)

    Good afternoon…2000′ or so…that’s it..that’s the difference between a 6-10″ wet heavy snowstorm and rain…and that 2000′ is from the ground up. Above that it probably will be snowing…but many, maybe not all tomorrow, but most of those flakes will melt as the come down towards the ground through that warm layer. Forecast: Tonight: Lower and thicker clouds developing with mostly dry weather expected through 2AM then rain moving into the area before daybreak. There may be some wet snowflakes […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hello Winter (Weekend Issues in KC) (THU-1/29)

    Well we promised you a significant change….and Mother Nature delivered…sadly for many of us. Temperatures as I type this are about 30° colder than yesterday at this time (2PM) and it “feels” 40° colder…ahhh the power of a cold front. in reality though today is just a typical late JAN day in KC. We actually had a midnight high of 51° so when we stick the numbers in the book for the day…it will be another well above average day […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Record Warmth Potential>Weekend Snow Possible (WED-1/28)

    Good morning…so here is a somewhat funny fast story…yesterday I went to Meadowbrook Elementary School in Gladstone for their “Reading Night” and I read a few weather stories to some of the kids up there…cute kids…enjoyable night…laughed at my silly jokes. So far so good. One of the books I read them (they voted from 5) had to do with Ground Hogs (from a meteorologist perspective not a fan shall we say) and then a book called Snow Day (when […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Forecasting History (TUE-1/27)

    Good morning…crisp and frosty out there today but the great weather continues through tomorrow before we start a gradual chilling process that will eventually lead to some arctic air dumps over the next 10 days or so. Winter isn’t over and there’s an increasing chance of snow developing over the weekend as well. Forecast: Today: Sunny and mild with highs again well into the 50s to near 60° Tonight: Fair skies and not too cold with lows in the 30s […]


    Joe’s Weather Blog: 60+ MPH Winds/Pouring Snow=Blizzard (MON-1/26)

    The events unfolding in the eastern part of the country are going to be fascinating to watch from afar. Hopefully this time there won’t be any stupid politician complaining that they didn’t know it was coming…or they had no idea it would be this bad or whatever else they want to say to cover their…you know whats. This storm, for parts of the NE will be epic in nature. Challenging records left and right. There is the potential that there […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Record Warmth/Crippling Storm (SUN-1/25)

    Good afternoon…if you’re not going to read my weather blog today I’ll help you out. The former refers to us and the latter is referring to what is increasingly likely to occur towards the NE part of the country. I’ll be covering both this afternoon. Odds are you’ll like what you read. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing skies and chillier with lows in the 20-25° range. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and milder again with highs pushing well through the 50s Tuesday: Fair skies […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow In February?!?! (FRI-1/23)

    Well it certainly won’t be January unless there is a Hail Mary pass on the last day of the month… So far this month we’ve had 1.6″ of snow which is a miracle considering our precip total is .12″ for the month. Forecast: Updated Saturday @ 1PM) Saturday: Temperatures may really warm up today with highs in the upper 50s or lower 60s. Skies will be sunny. Winds will increase tomorrow 15-30 MPH. Tonight: There may be some late evening […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Today Is The “Chilly” Day (THU-1/22)

    Well it actually feels like January again out there…it’s been a nice stretch of mild weather…and we’re about to go through the Thaw Part 2 over the next week or so. There are growing signs of a slap-down coming to end the month but that is a long ways away. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing skies and chillier with lows 20-25° Tomorrow: Sunny AM then increasing PM Clouds. Highs near 50° The Weekend: Dry with mild temperatures. Highs both SAT and Sunday […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Snow Drought Continues (WED-1/21)

    Another decent day on tap for the KC area today with quite a bit of sunshine and while cooler still above average temperatures are expected. Certainly no snow in the forecast for awhile and no significant snow coming for quite some time it appears: Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny and pleasant for late January, Highs near 45° (average is 38°). NW winds of 10-20 MPH will make it feel a little cooler Tonight: Partly cloudy and cool with lows […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Boring Blahs (MON-1/19)

    First of all we’re thrilled by the addition of the newest member of the FOX 4 Weather team. Little baby Kaci was born over the weekend. We have a picture for you on our FB fan page and folks are being kind to leave their comments as well. Rumor has it the baby will be running in it’s 1st 5K next weekend as soon as it rests a couple of days and gets used to the warm temperatures :) Forecast: […]

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    Karli’s Baby Has Arrived! It’s A Girl!

    Karli & Chris welcomed their new baby girl to the world over the weekend. Her name is Kaci Belle. She weighs just under eight pounds, 19 and 3/4 inches long, with hazel eyes and lots of blonde hair. Everyone’s healthy & happy! Congratulations to Chris and Karli!