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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: One Little Speed Bump + Solar Eclipse In KC (WED-10/22)

    That was a cool east wind blowing at times last night during the game, and I suspect the winds tonight will be blowing even more…so you may want to layer up a little more tonight IF you’re heading out to the “K”. It was a great atmosphere though and the ballpark looks beautiful! Hopefully tonight we get better results… Forecast: Today: Variable clouds…there are a couple of tiny sprinkles north of I-70. We should get enough sunshine this afternoon to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Strong Pacific Jet Moves Into US (TUE-10/21)

    Good morning…all quiet out there…although last night the temperatures were doing some strange thiings for whatever reason up at KCI…while everyone else was dropping they were holding steady then going up around midnight before coming back down early this AM…weird. Forecast: Rest of today: Bright sunshine and nice with highs 70-75° again…much like yesterday with little wind. Game time temperature will be in the 60s and dropping into the 50s by the end of the game. Perfect weather at the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Why Are The Leaves So Pretty? (MON-10/20)

    Good morning…another fabulous day on tap for the region as this great weather roll continues with that said there is a rain chance showing up this week… Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny with deep blue skies. Any morning fog will burn off over the next few hours. Highs today should be in the 70-75° range. North winds of 5-15 MPH Tonight: Mostly clear with lows 45-50° Tomorrow: Sunny with highs 67-72° World Series Weather: Clear skies on Tuesday evening…partly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Easy And Breezy (SAT-10/18)

    Good afternoon…another stellar day in the region with bright sunshine and cool temperatures. Readings as I type this are in the 50s and we should scrape to 60° or so before the end of the day. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp again with lows near 40° Tomorrow: Sunny and somewhat milder with highs in the 60s Monday-Wednesday: Mostly sunny with highs 70-75° or so. Baseball games in KC will be great with gametime temperatures in the 60s and dropping. Tailgaters […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter Forecast Time! (THU-10/16)

    Good afternoon…what a day out there…what a week…what a month…what a year! I won’t chime in a lot on the Royals…but my goodness…the excitement in this city is palpable out there…we can’t wait for next wee…regardless of who we play. Watching the Giants-Cards game last night…but I certainly saw some parallels with the Giants and us…so this could be fascinating over the next couple of weeks. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant. Lows near 50° Tomorrow: Breezy and cooler with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Time To Settle Down (TUE-10/14)

    My only question today is why it took MLB so long to decide to cancel the game last night…wow that would’ve been awful. Steady rainfall and strong winds…winds gusted to 35 MPH at KCI…just a miserable night… Forecast: Today: We’re on the backside of the storm…clearing skies have, for now, moved into NW MO and E KS and IF we can get the storm to move about another 50 miles east…we should see sunshine in the KC area. Rain will […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: What About Tuesday’s Game? (MON-10/13)

    Good afternoon…there really isn’t much to say about the current storm that I didn’t write about yesterday. In a sense I was surprised by a lack of thunderstorm activity this morning and the slow creep to adding up the rain totals but reports thus far now show widespread 1/3″-3/4+” of rain in the KC area with more on the way. Forecast: Rest of today through tonight: No changes needed and odds are the game will be cancelled by the time […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Major Fall Storm Eyes Royals & KC (SUN-10/12)

    Good afternoon..sort of dreary out there today as clouds moved into the area last night and lowered and thickened up this morning…even to the point of some drizzle and mist for some areas…now though just gray out there and temperatures are struggling in the 50s. Forecast: Tonight: Shower and storm activity will wait till later tonight for many although there could be some scattered showers before 12AM in parts of the area. Readings will hold pretty steady overnight with lows […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: October Storm=December Blizzard (SAT-10/11)

    Good afternoon…very pleasant out there and the weekend overall is going to be good but already another significant storm will be written about and it’s effects on us has major implications for Monday evening and the Royals. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and cool. Lows in the 40-45° range with clouds developing towards daybreak. Sunday: Mixed clouds and sunshine and pleasant (still below average though) with highs near 65° Sunday night>Monday: Clouds lower and rain and t/storms move into the region […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: One Storm Moves Out…Hello To #2 (FRI-10/10)

    Good afternoon…not the most pleasant of days out there with clouds hanging around and a chilly NE wind blowing. Sprinkles/mist/showers will continue into the evening hours so prepare for wet conditions for many HS football games from KC southwards and also for the Sporting KC game. Forecast: Tonight: Eventually the rain will fade away but it will take awhile.  Clouds will hang tough through the wee hours but may start to move out just before daybreak. Temperatures should drop to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Another Heavy Rain Coming For Some (THU-10/10)

    Good afternoon…it’s not exactly a Chamber Of Commerce day out there as we’re stuck in a low gray overcast. As I expected yesterday we have a lull in the significant rain right now…but it will again start to rain again this evening. Forecast: Tonight: Rain increasing again from KC southwards especially. Locally heavy rain is possible and some may pick up 1-3″ of additional rain overnight. The good news is that the areas hardest hit last night and this early […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Royals Weather Issues + Flooding Rain? (WED-10/8)

    Good afternoon…after a decent and bright start this morning with a nice lunar eclipse thrown in for good measure…clouds have invaded the region especially from KC northwards…farther south there is more sunshine and temperatures and a few degrees warmer… Forecast: Tonight: Dry this evening but some isolated activity is possible from 8PM-11PM or so before the storms should become more numerous with heavy rainfall. There is a chance of some hail with the storms as well later tonight into tomorrow […]