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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: Rain…a chill…some snow…and a lot of cold (FRI-12/2)

    Good afternoon on a rather reasonable TGIF in the KC area. Skies are partly cloudy but at least the temperatures are seasonable for early December. Right now it’s in the upper 40s in the area at it appears that temperatures will be cool over the weekend. It’s next week that the bigger changes take place…we’ll step back on Tuesday then drop on Wednesday. So it goes as this December (at least for the next 10+ days) will be vastly different […]

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    So now that one of our warmest Novembers in KC weather history (4th and tied with 2001)…we’ve flipped the calendar to a new month…and with it comes different weather. This December WILL NOT be as warm as last December (December 2015 was 7th warmest). As a matter of fact this could be one of the chillier Decembers we’ve seen overall in the last few years…especially the 1st half of December. As you may remember 2 weeks ago I sent out […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Sneaky weekend system + rumors of snow (WED-11/30)

    Well it won’t be the warmest November in KC weather history but it will be in the top 5. Through yesterday we were at #3 overall from 11/1-11/29 and today’s chill won’t help us go higher. Still though a fabulous month overall for KC. It’s been a dry month as well…23rd driest in KC weather history going back to the late 1880s. The forecast is more typical for early December over the next few days…but there will still be some […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fires + a chill + snow chances (TUE-11/29)

    Good morning…another decent weather day for late November in the KC area today. It won’t be as warm as the 60° day from yesterday but the number of 60° days are dwindling in the KC area for 2016…so highs into the 50s are pretty good too! The longer term forecast is mostly cold…and the prospects of at least some snow may be increasing during the 1st half of December. Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny and pleasant with highs 50-55° Tonight: Fair […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Mild winds + a bit of rain (SUN-11/27)

    The 6th warmest November continues for KC as temperatures today are again nicely above average for late November. The 30 mph wind gusts from the south are helping us to stay warm and those winds tonight will keep the temperatures from dropping much, if at all. Meanwhile radar is dotted with some shower activity that has barely moistened the ground locally, although there are some better downpours and fast moving showers developing as I type this Forecast: Tonight: Clouds with occasional […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Any snow coming to start December? (SAT-11/26)

    Well the Winter Forecast for 2016-17 is in online now in blog format. Feel free to catch up when you get the chance. Today though is beautiful. The breeze has picked up a little today and will continue to increase overnight and Sunday IF there would be a lot of sunshine Sunday…we’d probably have wind gusts to almost 45 MPH…but clouds and the threat of showers will keep that from happening. It will be a windy and mild finish to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The 2016-17 Fox 4 Winter Forecast (WED-11/23)

    Well once again it’s time for the annual FOX 4 Winter Forecast ritual. It’s funny…rarely do people ask meteorologists what sort of spring will we have…or will it be a nice fall. Almost everyone though asks us about our thoughts concerning the winter to come. We’ve done these for years at FOX 4 to varying mounts of success and in some cases to total flame outs (I’m speaking about yours truly). They are what they are…educated guesses about things that […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s a 2 blog day! Weather 1st then winter forecast later (WED-11/23)

    The 2016-17 Winter Forecast weather blog will be coming out THIS afternoon. Probably by 4PM or so. There will be no Thanksgiving blog tomorrow. So today is a 2 for 1 day with blogs. I’m still sweating my total snow forecast…and have debated about making last minute adjustments. More on that later today though. Staring at the weather maps long enough I could convince myself one way or the other of several outcomes I think. Forecast: Today: Cloudy and chilly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter forecast is Wednesday (TUE-11/22)

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter forecast is Wednesday night (MON-11/21)

    Just a reminder that our annual Winter Forecast is coming out on Wednesday evening starting at 5PM. We do ours a bit different than others. We all have our opinions about how things may play out…sometimes those opinions align…other times then don’t necessarily. For example this year our forecasts on an individual basis vary by 10″ in terms of snow totals for KC. Now usually I’m the one who forecasts the highest snow amounts…this year that is not the case […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A bit of moisture…better than nothing (SUN-11/20)

    Good afternoon. Not surprised that we’re fighting through high clouds today. There is filtered sunshine out there along the I-70 corridor…and many areas are bright and sunny this afternoon. It was chilly this morning as lows bottomed out into the teens in N MO and in the 23-28° range around the KC metro area. Yup it’s November and it’s starting to feel like it for sure. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly with lows near 30° Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A more typical November pattern finally (SAT-11/19)

    Good afternoon. Bright and clear across the region on this Saturday afternoon. Temperatures today are actually cooler than average (shocking) and today is the 1st time in about a month that highs have been below average in 28 days…since October 28th. So we really can’t complain. The good news is that the coldest part of this air mass, above the surface at least, is now moving away and temperatures will gradually moderate into Tuesday Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp with […]