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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: Storms Are Likely (TUE-3/31)

    On this the last day of the month…it is just beautiful out there with light NE winds and temperatures approaching 70° as I type this. The month will go down as milder than average by over 2° and also drier than average by about 1.5″. Forecast: Today: Nothing more to say…perfect with highs well into the 70s. Tonight: Fair and pleasant with lows in 40s Tomorrow: Fair skies but more clouds in the PM. You may start to notice the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Feeling Spring-ier (SUN-3/29)

    Good afternoon…getting better out there as the sunshine is becoming more prevalent through the area early this afternoon. Temperatures at the noon hour are in the 50s (a bit below what I thought they might be) but are now in the 60s as of the 1PM hour. My thought is that we should see highs today max out near 65-68° but will need a nice spike this afternoon to get there. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and cool with lows in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Spring lurches back…but first…(FRI-3/27)

    Good afternoon…temperatures today, as expected, are really struggling. Readings at 2PM are only in the 40-45° range which is about 10° below average for the area. There was some rain overnight and some snow is S MO…and we’ll try again tonight to stir up the weather pot just a bit. Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds and chilly with lows dropping into the lower 30s. Rain chances increase after 9PM or so…and it’s possible depending on where this next system tracks that […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Drips/flakes and OK tornadoes

    In a way there is a lot going on with the weather around these parts but in a way there isn’t any large storm that will be affecting the area for awhile…we have small systems though to talk about as the blog kicks off this afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds and chilly. Rain showers moving in after 9PM tonight and may linger for about 6 hours. Temperatures will drop into the 30s and it’s not out of the question a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Chillier Trends/Big Storms South (WED-3/25)

    Good morning…this blog will be relatively short today…but basically the nasty weather will be well south of KC again this afternoon and while we’ll get some rain again in the metro, NO severe weather is expected for the area today. Forecast: Rest of today: Morning fog slowly fades and clouds will be tough to break. Temperatures will only be in the 53-58° range this afternoon. Showers will increase in coverage later today/tonight as well. Tonight: Rain likely with lows dropping […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Expected storms and down the road cold (TUE-3/24)

    Last night was a thundery one…as some thunder/lightning and hail was common through the region. No severe weather was reported however there were numerous reports of some small hail out there. The storms were in the area expected and the rain totals worked out nicely. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: Cloudy and chilly with highs in the 40s. Tonight: Evening storms will be moving away. Cloudy skies with lows near 35-40° Tomorrow: We should surge into warmer air during the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Colder/Warmer/Colder (MON-3/23)

    Good afternoon…as expected cooler temperatures (really just a return back to seasonable) are prevailing in the region as readings at the noon hour are near 50° in the area. This cooler air mass will win the fight tomorrow it appears before retreating northwards on WED before the chilly weather returns in earnest later in the week. Forecast: Tonight: Showers and some thunderstorms are possible…odds continue to favor N MO and NE KS as having the opportunity for seeing some heavier […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather threat near area (SUN-3/22)

    Good afternoon…as expected high clouds this morning have given way to deeper blue skies this afternoon and as a result the temperatures are on the upswing once again in the area. Today will be the mildest day compared to what’s ahead for the next 5+ days so enjoy. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies but there will be a chance of an isolated shower or two after 3AM or so. Lows in the 40s. Tomorrow: Any iso showers will fade in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Great weekend then storm chances (SAT-3/21)

    The 1st full day of spring in KC is a nice one as temperatures are warming up nicely and we should be near 70° by the time the day is done..even warmer I think tomorrow. Forecast: Tonight: Fair and pleasant with lows in the mid 40s Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warm with highs in the mid 70s Monday: Increasing clouds…with a 20% chance of rain. Temperatures should be in the 60s. Discussion: A rather pleasant afternoon out there today as […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hello Spring…Hello Storms? (FRI-3/20)

    At 5:45 this afternoon Spring will officially start here in KC…and while we’ll be enjoying nice spring weather here is KC…it’s snowing pretty good again in the NE part of the country…remember we had snow here in KC the last weekend of March last year…when the snow would not stop. Note the severe weather index graphic that is now the featured image for the blog. We’re working on a new concept for this image that we’ll probably get started with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 1st T-Storms Of The Year? (THU-3/19)

    I guess it makes sense that with spring coming, officially at least, to KC tomorrow at 5:45 PM…that the title of the blog today reflects something that we watch for every spring season in the Plains… Forecast: Tonight: Misty and foggy with damp conditions and steady temperatures in the mid 30s Tomorrow: Any areas of fog/low clouds will disperse rapidly in the later AM hours…then Mostly sunny skies and highs 65-70° Saturday: Warmer with highs 75-80° Sunday: Warm again with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Soaking Rain Moving In (WED-3/18)

    Good afternoon…a cold damp day is at hand in the area as rain is moving in…as of this typing it’s still fighting through som dry air at the surface but the rain will continue to increase in intensity this afternoon and the result will be a soaking rain through the area from 36 highway southwards into the overnight hours. Forecast: Rest of today: Rain and chilly temperatures with readings in the upper 30s to near 40°. Tonight: Rain at times…tapering […]