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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 Quiet Weather Week And Longer For KC (SUN-4/26)

    Good afternoon…I’ve been promising a clearing trend working it’s way into the KC area…slowly but surely this is happening. Skies NE and E of KC are bright and sunny (see the sat pics in the discussion) and that trend will continue to expand westwards this afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly. High clouds will start to move our way from the SW overnight. Lows near 40°. A breeze should mitigate most frost concerns but it’s not out of the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The atmosphere in 3D + earthquake info (SAT-4/25)

    Good afternoon…a look at the satellite pictures and radar images then a look at the surface weather map shows a classic example of how the atmosphere works when there is a storm. More on all that in the discussion part of the blog + some interesting information regarding the devastating and disastrous earthquake in Nepal as well. Forecast: Rest of today: Periods of showers with lots of clouds…readings only in the 50s this afternoon for most areas…warmer towards the SE […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather update in KC (FRI-4/24)

    I will update this blog again around 3-4PM or so as the afternoon unfolds but there were significant changes to the data overnight and not surprisingly the data is pointing towards severe weather, perhaps I should write the worst of the severe weather chances, being higher well west of KC. The blog yesterday highlighted several concerns I had about the scenario unfolding including a lack of moisture and various other aspects of this…and it appears the models have a better […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Friday’s Severe Weather Threat (THU-4/23)

    Good afternoon…half the area is under cloud cover and half the area is bright and blue. Otherwise it’s a pretty quiet day across the region although we’re going to be monitoring the weather more closely over the next 24-36 hours as changes are going to move through the region. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies. Lows in the 40s. Friday: Increasing AM clouds with areas of rain and some thunder possible as the morning moves along into early Friday afternoon. Temperatures may […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Crisp start with more chilly air on tap (WED-4/22)

    Good morning…temperatures this morning tanked to the mid 30s in the area with KCI dropping to 33°. The record is 25° for today so not even close to record territory. Still chilly though but with a good deal of sunshine we should recover somewhat today. Still though a below average day today. Forecast: Today: Partly cloudy. There is a rather significant area of rain in OK…it’s possible it may send up some moisture our way this morning…aside from that though […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cooler Then Wetter Then Cooler

    Good afternoon…pretty day out there with loads of sunshine and temperatures that are well into the 60s as I type this. We should make a run towards 70° before the afternoon is out. It also turned into a cool morning as well with readings into the 30s for many areas away from the city. KCI dropped to 39° while the coolest I could find in the region was Clinton/Excelsior Springs/Bonner Springs with a low of 37° Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold Front and a “cool” week

    Good afternoon…as expected the showers so far today have been few and far between although the later into the afternoon we go the the chances of rain will be increasing somewhat. As I type out this blog though there is nothing moving this way. Forecast: Tonight: Scattered showers are possible through 10pm and blustery conditions will develop later this afternoon behind a cold front moving through the region. Temperatures will be dropping to around 40-45° with gusty NW winds continuing […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Soggy and then cool (SAT-4/18)

    The rain continues for many areas in the region although IF you go towards the east of the KC area, the rain amounts have been considerably lighter so far today. I’m still hopeful that things will be drying out in time for the Royals game this evening although a small delay is possible at the beginning. Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies and steady temperatures with readings in the 55-60° range. There may be a few showers overnight into daybreak tomorrow. Tomorrow: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend “Iffiness” (FRI-4/17)

    Good afternoon…lots of clouds in the region today with temperatures well into the 70s as I type this blog out for you. Overall the rain threat increases through the weekend so enjoy the dry times while you can. Forecast: Tonight: Not a lot is going to happen. There may be a few stray showers out there but overall the weather should be dry into early Saturday. Temperatures tonight will be near 60° Tomorrow: Off/on rain into the afternoon. Again just […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend rain chances increase (THU-4/16)

    I’ve got the evening shift tonight so I thought I’d get a blog update out for you this morning…although to be honest with you…at this point I see no reason to change all my previous thoughts regarding the weekend chances of rain. They’re there and it appears that while SAT/SUN won;t be total wash-outs, it may not be a bad idea to have a plan B ready, especially for Saturday as we’ll have the threat of rain around off and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Timing the rain is the trick (WED-4/15)

    Good afternoon…as expected a pretty gloomy Wednesday around these parts with temperatures struggling in the 50s and clouds dominating. Not a lot of sunshine is expected in the area this afternoon and with the winds out of the east and SE…it will be a struggle to warm up. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy with some clearing later tonight. Lows in the 40s. Tomorrow: Actually a pretty nice day with a mix of sun/clouds and highs well into the 70s Friday: Variable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Messy forecast down the road (TUE-4/14)

    Boy it seems you can almost hear the grass growing out there and the dandelions as well. It’s almost like one minute you look at the yard…then 5 minutes later there is a new dandelion where there was none before. That rain we saw on Sunday into Monday AM definitely jump started the growing process and more rain is on the way. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds and seasonable with highs in the 60s Tonight: Some scattered light showers are not […]