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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: Priming the pumps (atmospheric and sump) (SUN-6/7)

    Good afternoon…hot out there and getting hotter. Temperatures as I type this are near 90° (warmer than I thought) and we’re not, at this point, popping a lot of clouds which I thought we would. As a result it’s getting hotter nad hotter and today will be the warmest day, so far, of 2015. That heat + moisture in the atmosphere + other things that will be discussed in the blog…spell storms and some big ones at that. Forecast: (9:30PM […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A lull then a boom (SAT-6/6)

    Good afternoon…the sun is back out which is a good thing for the KC region right now. Even if it means a muggy afternoon…we’ll take it. During the morning we saw more rain move through the area…thankfully the storms faded a bit as they moved through the KC region but once again there were some decent rain totals across NE KS and parts of NW MO of 1″+. Forecast: Rest of today: Warm and humid with SE winds of 5-15 […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Does all this rain mean a cooler summer? (FRI-6/5)

    No doubt it’s been very wet in the area…and there is more rain in the weekend forecast unfortunately but the entire weekend won’t be rain free…it won’t be a terrible weekend though and there should be some dry time mixed in with the various rain chances that will be in the area. Forecast: Tonight: Dry initially but before daybreak there will be another chance of a complex of storms to move towards the region. There are questions though whether or […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Rain Keeps Coming In Waves (THU-6/4)

    Good afternoon…another day…another day with flooding for part of the area. Rain patterns have been interesting over the last few days…with areas from I-435-470 and northwards in the more favored location for rainfall…while south of there the rains haven’t been as heavy (in terms of amounts). Today again the heavier stuff was north of I-70…and closer to the 36 highway corridor. Forecast: Tonight: Additional storms with locally heavy rain are likely to move into the region overnight. Most of the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fighting Clouds And The Rain Returns (TUE-6/2)

    Good afternoon…we’ve had a heck of the time clearing out the skies around the KC area. Some of you have had more luck with sunshine across parts of W MO and E KS…but for KC proper it’s been a challenge. Now the focus gradually shifts to increasing rain chances over the next several days…and while the days overall will not be rain outs…and the specific details concerning timing and intensity are still in question…t/storms are going to be in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Finally A Break (SAT-5/30)

    Yup…it rained again this morning…another .04″ added to the rain totals for the month of May. It brought our monthly total up to 10.25″ of rainfall…making this May the 6th wettest in KC weather history with records going back to the 1880s. Impressive to say the least. Forecast: Rest of today: Cloudy and cool with temperatures 55-60° Not exactly pool weather out there. Tonight: Cloudy with somewhat steady temperatures. Lows in the upper 40s Tomorrow: Finally some more sunshine and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: This Is Not 1993…Although It “Feels” Like It For Some (FRI-5/29)

    Good morning…yup more rain is falling early this morning…this is the 25th day this month that it has rained at least a trace or more @ KCI Airport (official for KC). It will be the 19th day of the month with at least .01″ or more. Pretty impressive. We’re now in the top 10 of wettest May months on record for KC…and we may end up in the top 5 before the day is done. I’ve heard from several folks, […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dry Times Coming…Just Be Patient (WED-5/27)

    Good afternoon…I don’t want to jinx us but there is a pretty darn good chance that today will be the 4th dry day this month. Shhhh let’s not spread that around though! Hopefully you’re getting outside and catching up on a few things as the ground slowly tries to dry out…unfortunately though more rain is on the way. The good news is that I see decent weather ahead for the weekend(!). Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant with lows in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Better Days…Wetter Nights? (MON-5/25)

    Good afternoon…finally more than a few consecutive hours of dry time in the KC area…of course this was after some morning rain moved through and fell apart on the MO side…but whatever. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies initially but there is a chance of t/storms moving in from the west of the area. Timing on that would probably be after 10PM or so into the wee hours of the morning. Lows in the 60s. For areas SE of the metro you […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Rain Will End…Right? (SUN-5/24)

    Good afternoon…we’re still awfully damp in the metro…off to the east of KC a Tornado Watch has been issued till 8PM tonight…this does NOT include the KC area. Basically it’s out towards central and NE MO. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: Scattered showers, mostly light, continue in the area. There is the potential of seeing some steadier rain move in this evening. Highs near 70° Tonight: Rain winds down…lows in the 60s Tomorrow: Partly cloudy…mostly dry and rather humid with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Waiting On The Rain (SAT-5/23)

    Good afternoon…we’re salvaging the 1st part of the holiday weekend…although I’m starting to see some shower activity break out south of the metro as of this writing (1PM). So some may dodge some drops this afternoon. Overall my forecast thoughts from this morning continue to play out nicely. It’s just a matter of when and how much rain we get over the next 36 hours or so. Forecast: This afternoon: Cloudy skies with scattered showers possible. Hit or miss type […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: More Rain + Flooding Concerns (FRI-5/22)

    Good afternoon…not exactly a Chamber Of Commerce type day out there today with lots of clouds and struggling temperatures in the 60s. The holiday weekend is getting underway and there are lots of great events going on this weekend. Odds are you have some outdoor events planned as well…and it appears that we’ll be dodging rain for the weekend. It won’t rain all weekend, obviously, and there will be times that many hours may go by without you getting rained […]