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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: Weather whiplash part 2 (WED-2/8)

    Good afternoon and welcome back to winter. Cold air has a funny way of winning the air mass fights. This is the 2nd time this week that the cold air has been underestimated. Tuesday was the 1st day…and today is the 2nd day. Pressing cold air from the north is denser and also closer to the ground. It’s not as “thick” through the atmosphere as warm air is. So as a result it can be more challenging to forecast. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: We’ll always have 1962 (aka snowier times) (MON-2/6)

    Good morning…I was crunching some data for you this morning concerning the snow situation around these parts…with little to none expected in the KC area, at this point, for days to come…and better chances of us seeing 65°+ highs as opposed to 1″ of snow…well the snow season isn’t exactly a snow lover’s dream come true. as I talk about often though, for many of you that’s OK. You hate the stuff…and odds are the vast majority of people do…for […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather whiplash warning (SUN-2/5)

    This is going to be one of those weeks where the weather is ALL over the place. Temperatures will warm up..get colder…it may(?) snow a bit…it will dramatically warm up again…all in the next 6 days…your head will be spinning by the end of next weekend…and the forecast will show gyrations like a dancing Elvis! Forecast: Tonight: Initially clear by clouds coming i towards 3AM. Lows will drop off into the 35° range then steady off and perhaps rise a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Either something or nothing at all (SAT-2/4)

    Good afternoon. Windy out there as gusts are clocking in at near 40 MPH in areas…it’s also very cloudy in the region from KC southwards, but we should see more sunshine this afternoon in the KC metro area…towards Sedalia though it may be a struggle for several more hours. Temperatures are warming up but it feels colder with the winds cranking away. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear skies and chilly with lows down into the upper 20s Sunday: Actually a pretty […]

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    Joe’s Groundhog…errrr…Weather Blog: Ups and downs for 10+ days (THU-2/2)

    Happy Groundhog Day. It’s all about the kids enjoying and talking about the weather so it’s all fine by me. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today (somehow) on a cloudy and at times snowy morning. That means 6 more weeks of winter however as I mentioned yesterday the longer term trends look a bit milder overall for the KC region for the month as a whole. There will be some cold shots (like today) though…and another one is coming next […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: We’ll always have Monday (WED-2/1)

    It’s a new month… and we’re now saying goodbye to January, which, in the end, turned into a rather mild month overall for the KC area. We had a couple of chilly stretches (namely the 5th-9th or so…but really with 22 days of above average temperatures…you can’t complain too much…unless you really like the cold. It was another month that featured the continuation of the snow drought in KC. The last time we had above average snow in KC for […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather seminars (TUE-1/31)

    I thought I’d devote this blog to the various seminars that the NWS puts on throughout the region each winter and early spring…plus give you some information about how you can take a follow-up class in March and learn more about storms/safety and also some other things (severe weather related). I went to the 1st session last night that was held in Olathe at Mid America Nazerine University. It was packed with well over 500 folks of all ages…ranging from […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A Monday surge then a slow chill (SUN-1/29)

    Today is turning brighter by the minute an temperatures are responding rather nicely. already as of 1PM we’re into the mid 40s and it appears we should nudge near 50° during the afternoon. That’s warmer than I thought from yesterday due to my cloud cover expectations…we’re getting more sunshine and we deserve it! Forecast: Tonight: Mostly Cloudy…then clearing towards daybreak. Lows in the 30s Monday: Spring fever weather! It will be cool in the morning though…and the best warmth will wait […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: OK weekend ahead…bumps next week (FRI-1/27)

    Happy TGIF! Even the sun is finally shining on the day. We’ll take it. Temperatures are into the 40-45° range and overall the weekend is going to be OK…we’ll be fighting clouds, especially on Sunday…maybe even a few flakes as well early Sunday. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly with lows in the 20s Saturday: Mixed clouds and sunshine. Highs in the 40s Saturday night: There is a chance of some light snow showers coming through the region, especially on […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Ups and downs for 10 days (THU-1/26)

    Good afternoon…there were a few pokes of sunshine out there earlier…and before that there were some flurries too. KCI had another trace of snow…and yesterday they had a trace too. So we’re having a “trace” of a winter it seems…at least in reference to the snow situation. The good news, for those getting tired of the gray blahs we’ve had…is that we should brighten the skies a bit on Friday. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing skies and colder with lows near 20°…and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Wanting snow…then head north (WED-1/25)

    Good afternoon…I know this is going to shock you…but the clouds have returned to the region again as colder air moved into the area yesterday. As a matter of fact temperatures, in some cases SW of KC, are running 30° colder today compared to yesterday. So it goes…more typical January weather has arrived in the region and a seasonable chilly will take us into the weekend. Forecast:  Tonight: Cloudy with lows 25-30° Thursday: Mainly cloudy through mid afternoon and blustery with highs […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: This ?!?@#$! freezing fog (MON-1/23)

    Good morning…and once again we’re starting out our day with fog and freezing fog in the area…and my opinion is that this has the earmarks of one of those days that we’re going to really struggle to break out into sunshine again…hopefully we will in the afternoon…but again today temperatures will struggle. We’ll try to stir the air more tomorrow and sort of start breaking this repetitive pattern that we’ve been in for the last several days. I want to […]