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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: Reasonable…then not so reasonable (FRI-7/29)

    The month of July is wrapping up…and it’s actually rather decent out there considering we’re in the middle of the summer in KC. Typically the highs are near 90° and today it appears we’ll fall 5+ degrees shy of that…not many complaints. We’re even getting a break in the dew point department as well as those numbers have come down nicely today…so yes…it’s pretty reasonable out there. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies with some fog. Lows near 65° Saturday: Variable clouds […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Just remember…147 days till winter (THU-7/28)

    No I’m not rushing the summer season (but I wish I could rush the humidity away )…but I noticed on the noon show today that we did a story involving the inspection of school buses as they get ready for the new school year which starts in a few more weeks…so while the forecast has a LOT of summer weather coming…those who dislike this weather can be heartened by the weather changes coming in the months ahead. Forecast: Tonight: A […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: I’m back and so is the blog! (WED-7/27)

    Now I only wish I could bring some rain back to the forecast, on a widespread basis at least. Hi folks…nice to be back at work. I was off for an extended 2 weeks…and took a trip up into northern MI. I was away from that nasty heat here in KC last week…so that was good…and there was one morning when I was up there that it dropped to 42°! With that said though…they seem to be having a warm-ish […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: On Vacation…always watching the weather (MON-7/18)

    Good afternoon…well it’s been about a week and I thought I’d check in and see how things were going with the blog. The last blog was virtually the perfect set-up to this blog. In the last blog I talked about how this would be a week that a heat wave would move into the region, and it appears the subject of this blog will be the heat wave is still on schedule. All and all nothing too extreme for this […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Potential heat wave in 1 week (SUN-7/10)

    Good Sunday morning…this will be the last weather blog (mostly) for awhile. There may be an intermittent blog or two over the next couple of weeks as time permits…but I’m going to somewhat step away from things. With that said I check the weather constantly and will be providing responses as I can on twitter (@fox4wx) and also on my FB page: Joe Lauria Fox 4 Meteorologist.  I just don’t know about having the time to sit and research and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer settles in (FRI-7/8)

    Good afternoon. Not terrible out there today although areas south of KC are still seeing some rather think dew points…but at least the temperatures are more on the seasonable side as I type this blog for you. Readings are mostly in the 80s and it appears we’ll stay there for the rest of the afternoon. While I can’t promise a perfectly dry weekend…overall it should be pretty good..and very summer-ish. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. There is a risk of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Morning storms moving away…(THU-7/7)

    Good morning…I’m sure many woke up this morning a bit earlier than usual. I know I did…10s of thousands started the day without power and there are multiple trees down in the region. While the worst of the storms have now moved on…additional storms are possible through at least 10AM…then we should once again start the gradual clearing process. The nasty heat has broken for now…temperatures today will still be warm though in the afternoon. Forecast: Updated at 4:30PM Tonight: Looking […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding rains for some… (WED-7/6)

    Good morning…yesterday was a NASTY hot day in the area with heat index values well above 110° in spots around the region. at one point the dew point at Whiteman AFB was higher than most other places IN THE WORLD. The air was thick and with temperatures in the mid 90s…it was not pleasant to say the least. It may not ba as bad today but it will still be a very muggy day and a heat advisory continues. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Surge of NASTY heat in KC (TUE-7/5)

    Good morning. I hope you had a cool and comfortable 4th of July weekend. Granted it wasn’t exactly great out there but at least from a temperature standpoint it was reasonable, and thensome, over the weekend. So much so that while only 4 days old, the month of July is running almost 7° below average. That will change markedly over the next few days however as some hot weather, at least today, is setting up for the area. This is […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Well behaved storm moves away…now the heat (SUN-7/3)

    Well we’re trying to salvage part of the holiday weekend. There are still some light patches of drizzle/showers out there on radar…but overall much of the area now is in the process of drying out. Average rainfall through the KC area was easily 2-5″ worth and some areas east of the metro had between 4-7″ or so. There were also a few spots on the KS side coming in with over 6″ of rain. Others wouldn’t had more but the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rope-a-dope rains continue (SAT-7/2)

    Good afternoon…after some moderate to briefly heavy rains in the KC area this morning now we’re just sort of seeing waves of lighters rains moving through the area. Actually they’re good soaking rains at this point and the rainfall intensities will continue to be mostly light for the rest of the day. There may be a few times where the rain slows down or stops for a bit…then it will resume off and on into the evening. Rainfall amounts so […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Flooding rain potential (FRI-7/1)

    Well we’ve wrapped up the month of June in KC. The month was the about 5° above average and 4 1/4″ below average for rain. it ended up being the 3rd driest June in KC weather history…dating back to the 1880s or so. It was our 12th warmest June as well. IF all you want to read is the weekend recap…please scroll to the bottom of the weather blog. With that recap as we kick of the new month…it’s rather […]