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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: Another Soaker Coming

    Good afternoon…breezy and somewhat on the cool side today with a decent SE wind blowing through the region. Temperatures are approaching 70° but the clouds are on the increase…and as I type this there are some light showers in SE KS moving towards the north… Forecast: Tonight: Scattered showers in the area early this evening…then overnight the rain will be increasing in coverage and intensity. Lows will drop into the 50s. Tomorrow: Rain during the 1st part of the day […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A Brief Weather Calm Settles In (MON-5/11)

    Good morning…this blog will be a rather short one…which is a good thing after all the blogs last week. The weather will be very nice today and for the next couple of days…however things change again starting later Wednesday into Thursday with increasing rain chances and then warmer and more humid air returns heading towards the weekend. Forecast: Today: Sunny skies this morning with some clouds moving in later this morning and this afternoon. Highs today should be around 65° […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Till 10PM (SUN-5/10)

    Well so far so good as far as the forecast goes…which is always a dangerous statement to make for a meteorologist because that is when things end up blowing up in your face sometimes. The rain and thunder is moving through the region as I type this…it won’t last for much longer and there will be several dry hours for the rest of the afternoon… Happy Mother’s Day! Forecast: (4:45 PM issuance) Tonight: A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Forecasting Storms Isn’t Easy (SAT-5/9)

    Good afternoon…various little features in the atmosphere are out there today in the Plains. More are coming tomorrow and all these features will play major roles in the current and future production of additional storms in the Plains and after that where those storms and areas of rain go. What makes this even tougher to figure out is that each 6 hours the atmosphere will be changing as the result of these disturbances and that changes what happens in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain Chances Are Like Herding Cats (THU-5/7)

    Late blog today and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to get one out tomorrow due to station commitments…it was a crazy day for sure for the weather and for the FOX 4 Weather Team! Forecast: Tonight: Showers/storms still likely in the region through early tomorrow morning. Lows near 60°. Locally heavy rain is possible SW of KC it appears. See the discussion for updated radar. Tomorrow: Higher rain chances appear to be during the 1st part of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain Yes…but LOTS of dry time too! (WED-5/6)

    As Mike Thompson puts the finishing to touches on School Day At The K which continues to be the biggest live weather show in the entire world, and all right here in KC, I’ll be handling the weather duties tonight at 5//6/9/10. The question is will I be showing a lot of radar of rain moving through parts of the area…or will be be talking about the various set-ups when rain will move through parts of the area. Regardless there […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some a Ton…Others a Drop (TUE-5/5)

    Parts of the area got pounded yesterday/last night with heavy rain…some well over 3″. Others got little rainfall of consequence but it just goes to show you that during this time of the year, and with training thunderstorms, areas can go from deficits to surpluses at the drop of a hat…and over the next 5+ days this will continue (and hopefully spread out some). Forecast: Today: While there is no real trigger for storms today, the heating (80-85°) may be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Spring Rain Chances (MON-5/4)

    Thought I’d start this blog with a rip down memory lane. It was 12 years ago today that parts of the area were devastated by a then F4 tornado that ripped through Wyandotte county and into Platte county. Also other tornadoes affected Platte and Clay county as well. It was our last “real” significant outbreak of tornadoes in the KC area proper. Since then…not so much. More on that in the weather discussion. 2 years ago we had snow in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend warm-up + next week chances (SAT-5/2)

    Good afternoon…some pesky showers in terms of timing but some needed rainfall across N MO this morning as doppler indications are that some areas have had 1/4-1/2″ of rainfall. For the most part around KC proper we’ve had a few “sprinkle” storms and on the south-side of KC not even that as of this writing. The south side though may get some sprinkles/light showers between 2-3PM or so…as a weak disturbance comes through before skies turn mostly sunny and clear […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The More Things Change … (THU-4/30)

    As we finish off the month of April…in spectacular fashion I might add, things are gradually changing in the weather pattern heading into the 1st week of March. Our weather has been California-like for the last several days with some nice breezes out there. The only thing missing has been the Pacific Ocean… Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and very pleasant. A great weather start for the Royals. Temperatures dropping to near 45° towards daybreak. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and pleasant again […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Skitterish Rain Chances (TUE-4/28)

    Good afternoon…just fabulous out there with temperatures near 70° and pretty light winds in the area. This good weather will continue for the next several days before some scattered rain chances enter the fray heading towards the weekend. Ahead of those chances and even afterwards…warmer weather is likely in addition to more humidity… Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant. Still cool through with lows in the 40s Tomorrow: Partly sunny and mild with highs in the 70-75° range. There is […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A Quiet Weather Week And Longer For KC (SUN-4/26)

    Good afternoon…I’ve been promising a clearing trend working it’s way into the KC area…slowly but surely this is happening. Skies NE and E of KC are bright and sunny (see the sat pics in the discussion) and that trend will continue to expand westwards this afternoon. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly. High clouds will start to move our way from the SW overnight. Lows near 40°. A breeze should mitigate most frost concerns but it’s not out of the […]