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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: Living On The Edge (FRI-3/13)

    Some may consider the 2nd FRI the 13th (of the year) as bad luck (there is one more in the fall I think)…but Mother Nature is treating us kindly today…while areas not that far away are dealing with gray and rainy conditions…specifically down towards the I-44 corridor into S MO and AR as well. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and pleasant once again with lows near 40° Tomorrow: Slightly cooler but still fabulous with highs in the 60s. We may be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: What A Stretch Of Weather! (THU-3/12)

    I’ll tell you what…if you wondered what the folks in the desert SW live with for most of the winter months…it’s this type of weather. Bright sunshine and rather low dewpoints…and not a lot of wind. That’s been the thing that has intrigued me a bit about this stretch of weather…the lack of any significant wind. Typically you need that that wind to stir the air and allow “full mixing” but we’ve managed to get well into the 70s without […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather season starts soon (MON-3/9)

    Good morning…another fabulous day is on tap for the region as light winds and mild temperatures should be the rule through the KC area…we’re living large as far as the weather goes and that trend will continue through the week and likely into the weekend. Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny this morning with some higher clouds moving through in the afternoon. Highs should make 60°, perhaps even a few degrees warmer. Tonight: Fair and cool with lows near 32° Tomorrow: Sunny […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Desk-cleaning day (FRI-3/6)

    Good afternoon…every so often I like to write a blog with the scraps that come along into the weather office via twitter or whatever I’m thinking about at the time…the blog rarely has a format to it…just random tweets and observations on my part. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant for early March. Lows in the 30s Tomorrow: Sunny and milder with highs in the 60-65° Sunday: Ditto. Discussion: > Did you know that 21 of the last 22 days […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The warmth you’re waiting for (THU-3/5)

    Good afternoon… Bright sunshine but deceptive sunshine is filling the skies across the region today. The good news is that starting tonight the core of the cold weather is moving away and from here we start to moderate…and it will last for at least a week! Forecast: Tonight: Not as cold as earlier this morning (6°). Temperatures will drop initially this evening, perhaps into the teens, then level off and perhaps even go up a few degrees by daybreak. Tomorrow: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 2 more days of cold… (TUE-3/3)

    Good afternoon…short blog today on my day off but just wanted to update you on the the progress of a cold front that has moved through the region and temperatures have started to fall off…not too quickly though. Forecast: Tonight: Turning colder with clouds. Temperatures dropping to near 10-15° or so. Maybe a flurry. Tomorrow: Variable clouds and colder with highs 25-30°. There may be a flurry or even a patch of light snow in the AM…something to watch although […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Water spout + people flying + severe weather + strong cold front (MON-3/2)

    Good afternoon…this blog will have some amazing video in it of a water spout hitting a beach in Brazil yesterday…it was strong enough so that people were actually picked up and thrown by the strong winds. Also since it touches on severe weather…I need to mention that this is “severe weather awareness” week in KS and MO. That means you’ll hear a siren test tomorrow at 1:30 I believe Also we have a VERY changeable next 36 hours heading towards […]


    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hello Meteorological Spring (SUN-3/1)

    Welcome to meteorological spring! Also it’s NEXT Sunday that we set our clocks ahead 1 hour as daylight saving time begins in KC. Forecast: (1PM Update) Tonight: Some clearing and potentially some fog as well. Lows in the teens Tomorrow: Variable clouds and sunshine and not as cold but still well below average. Highs in the mid 30s. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy and mild. Temperatures warming to near 50° then falling in the PM hours behind a cold front. There may […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Waves Of Snow (SAT-2/28)

    I’ll have various updates on the weather blog during the course of the day…so check back often between newscasts for my latest thoughts…also don’t forget to follow me on twitter @fox4wx for updates in the PM as well as updated graphics. 10PM Update: Patches of snow have solidified in the area especially from Excelsior Springs to near KCI to Lawrence, KS…moving towards the ENE and NE. It’s snowing pretty good and accumulating again here at the studios of FOX 4. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend snow-maker on track (FRI-2/27)

    Good evening (9PM Update): I’m going to bed soon and won’t be able to stay up and check out the overnight models…but the 1st model of the evening (the NAM model) is carrying on with what it’s been doing for awhile now…basically giving us 1-2″ of snow with higher totals towards the SE/S of the metro (over 4″). We get the 1st wave of snow in the late AM>PM tomorrow but we miss out on most of the 2nd wave […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Accumulating snow likely SAT (THU-2/26)

    Good afternoon…plenty of cold sunshine out there today with temperatures approaching 20°. With the wind blowing in the region though the sub-zero wind chills have been replaced by single digit wind chills in the region…so I guess that’s a step in the right direction. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp to say the least as temperatures will tank to near 0-+5°. While skies will be clear early…we should see a rapid increase in the higher clouds moving through the region. Tomorrow: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Running to 60° with a chance of snow (WED-2/26)

    The month of February is almost done…temperatures are running about 7° below average for the month…and today will be nice an mild ahead of a strong cold front that will make the temperature “feel” some 50-60° colder tomorrow…quite the day weather-wise ahead for the region. Forecast: Today: If you’ve been reading the blog I’ve been banging the drum about how today could be a “surprise” warm-up day. Sure enough it’s even going to exceed my expectations I think. We are […]