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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: Settling back into summer in KC (SUN-8/30)

    Good afternoon: skies are starting to brighten up from the east to the west this afternoon and temperatures today are already warmer than they were yesterday…so the warming process has commenced and will continue through most of the holiday weekend. For those wondering…we’ll probably see a cold front move through at some point next weekend…odds favor Monday (Labor Day) for that to happen. More on that later in the week. Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy and mild with lows into the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 10 years ago today (SAT-8/29)

    As August winds down, it’s a very October like day in the area with lots of low clouds and limited sunshine. every so often the sun tries but it really may struggle for the rest of the afternoon, as a result highs today may not get to 75° in may areas, especially from KC northwards… Forecast: Tonight: I’m beginning to think that we may stay variably cloudy for most of the night with an outside chance of some patchy fog […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer still kicking! (FRI-8/28)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are now starting to warm up a bit with the sunshine coming out more and more late this afternoon…this is making the atmosphere more unstable and there is a cold front to the west of the KC area moving this way…it will arrive overnight, and as a result some decent weather is expected this weekend. Forecast: Tonight: Increasing clouds with evening storms possible from 7PM-12AM or so. Storms may not have a ton of coverage but certainly with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Goodbye summer…hello heat (THU-8/27)

    Meteorological summer ends in a couple of days and as meteorological fall begins it appears we’re finally going to see some 90° temperatures return to the KC area…nothing too extreme but hot and humid weather kicks off the month of September… Forecast: Tonight: We should be clearing out later this afternoon and overall the evening looks OK. It will be somewhat muggy though with temperatures rather steady in the 60s. Tomorrow: Another dicey day to make outdoor plans. Rain chances […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Perfection doesn’t last in weather (TUE-8/25)

    As the month of August rolls to a rather quick end over the next week…it’s interesting to note that the last time the temperature was 90° in KC (officially at KCI) was back on August 7th. If that stands for the rest of the year, that would be the 3rd earliest end to 90° day in the KC area. we’ve essentially been below average every day (minus 2 days) since 8/11 and for the month we’re about 2.5° below average […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Comfy cozy weather (SUN-8/23)

    Good afternoon…earlier blog that normal on a Sunday because I’m heading to the Air Show in downtown KC in a couple of hours…so no nappy for Joey this morning, which means I may be a bit weirder than average by 10:45 tonight. You’re forewarned now for your protection. Forecast: Rest of today: Perfect with NW winds of 10-20 MPH fading in the later PM hours. Highs in the 75-80° range…nicely below average. Tonight: Clear and crisp (for August) by morning…lows […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storms overnight ring then refreshing (SAT-8/22)

    Good afternoon…my forecast from last weekend for this week has been pretty spot on to this point…I was another chance of rain to arrive today and it will come overnight tonight. I also anticipated today to be the warmest day and that too looks like it will verify…next week’s forecast at this point is also more or less another high confidence forecast for the KC area. Forecast: Tonight: Initially dry this evening but I will be tracking storms firing N/W […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Perfect now…but another change (THU-8/20)

    Good afternoon…if there has been a better summer day in KC lately…I sure don’t remember it…a crisp morning low of 55° has been followed by bright sunshine with temperatures in the 80s…dew points are nearly perfect for late August in KC. Changes though come over the weekend…you knew it couldn’t last. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and perfect again with lows dropping into the upper 50s Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with some additional clouds in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 80s Saturday: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Augtober weather! (8/19)

    Good afternoon…feels like a fall day in the area now that the clouds have moved back into the region. They’ll be moving out of the area this afternoon and or fading overnight allowing temperatures to tank towards daybreak Thursday. Tomorrow, as I promised you last weekend, will be a TOP 10 Weather Day in KC for the summer and for the year! Forecast: Tonight: Clearing and dare I say chilly with lows dropping to 50-55°. The record low on Thursday […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fast moving chill ahead (TUE-8/18)

    Good afternoon…varied rain totals out there today so far with some areas <1/4″ and others well over 1″. Seems that JOCO and parts of JACO are above 1″ in some areas…still additional chances later today into this evening…after that we have to wait till the 2nd part of the weekend. Forecast: Tonight: A cold front will be moving through the region between 8PM-12AM. There could be additional storms later this afternoon/this evening associated with the front. Temperatures will be in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 2 cold fronts + some rain (MON-8/17)

    Short blog today to update things since today is my day off…I’ll have fuller blogs tomorrow through Thursday since I’ll be at work doing the noon show those days. Overall no major changes needed to what I was forecasting over the weekend…the main thing is, as far as the rain chances go…yes there will be rain but I’m not promising complete coverage, nor am I promising enough rain for the grass in the KC area at least…hopefully it will work […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A/C will be getting a break again (SUN 8/16)

    Good afternoon…another pretty summer afternoon in progress with a slow upwards tick in the dew points and hence the afternoon humidity levels. Overall though another great and rather pleasant night expected with rain chances starting to increase later tomorrow into Tuesday night through the region. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and mild with lows near 70° Tomorrow: Mixed clouds and sunshine…with somewhat higher dew points making things a bit more muggy. Scattered showers/storms are possible later in the day and especially […]