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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: Snow And Record Low Potential (FRI-11/14: 10PM)

    Good morning…as expected clouds have infiltrated the region again. Our morning low was 11°. St Joseph dropped to 6° missing tying their record by 1°. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6AM Saturday through midnight early Sunday morning. Forecast: (Updated at 10PM) Tonight: Variable clouds but dry. It may not be as cold as this morning assuming we still have plenty of clouds in place. Lows may be around 20° Tomorrow: (Update @ 10PM) Winter Weather Advisory for […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: SAT Snow + Too Much Cold (THU-11/13:10P)

    Good evening…I’ve been inspecting the latest model data and while there is still one rather bullish model for snow totals (the latest GFS model) Other models are following my thoughts from earlier today and so I really see no major change that’s needed in my forecast. Another blog update will be written around 10AM Friday with afternoon updates before 4PM tomorrow as well. I have an event tomorrow evening that I will be MC’ing so I’ll try and get a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Accumulating Snow Chances Increasing (WED-11/12)

    Good afternoon…was hoping to take a day off from writing about the weather but Mother Nature had other plans and indications yesterday of the potential of snow over the weekend are growing strong and since I know many of you are interested in that…let’s get to business. Forecast: Tonight: Fair and cold with lows near 10°. Once again, like last night…should there be clouds in the area we may not be as cold. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and cold with highs […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s Here…Now What? (TUE-11/11)

    Good morning…I spent yesterday afternoon taking all the summer clothes out of the closet and putting the winter stuff back in. Hit a few golf balls, went to the car wash…then the store…then got home at the exact minute the cold front hit my neighborhood. So the timing worked out perfectly I guess. Forecast: Today: Decreasing clouds and needless to say it will be cold. Highs today should be in the 30s…probably close to 30-35° or so. Wind chills in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Novembuary Cold Ahead (MON-11/10)

    Good morning…today will be a day noted for the wind ahead of the wind forecast but the good news is that we should make a serious run towards 70° this afternoon before the big cold front sweeps through the area… Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny skies will give way to more clouds later on. South winds will increase this morning to 20-35 MPH as temperatures soar to near 70° with some lower 70s possible in spots. It’s the last day of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: One More Decent Day Coming (SUN 11/9)

    Good afternoon…a lot of filtered sunshine out there but temperatures are in the 60s right now but with the breeze blowing it feels a little cooler. As I’ve talked about for quite some time…if you can try and get those outdoor chores done before tomorrow evening, because while we should warm up again before the end of the month, the middle third of the month is not going to be pleasant. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and SW winds will allow […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 2 Days Before The Arctic Chill (SAT-11/8)

    Good afternoon…sunny but chilly across the area today as temperatures as of this writing are in the lower 50s. I expect a pretty quick drop-off tonight before temperatures start to level off. Sunday and Monday will be milder and breezy…then not so much. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear skies and cold with lows dropping rather quickly into the 30s and then starting to level out. The winds will lighten…then switch towards the SW and that should slow down the temperature drop. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Arctic Blast 3 Days Away (FRI-11/7)

    Good morning…by now you’ve heard of the impressive shot of Arctic air heading this way…it will be sustained and not pleasant to be outside for any major length of time. Temperatures will be running some 20°+ degrees below average for almost 1 straight week. Monday will be the last day that it will be “mild” for awhile…although once this runs it course…it may take till Thanksgiving week though…we should moderate for a few days I think. Forecast: Rest of today: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Arctic Attack Looms (THU-11/5)

    Good afternoon…cool but overall not too bad out there today with a “refreshing” NW wind bringing in cooler and drier weather to the region. The main concern of this blog will be talking about the the potential of a very cold (for mid-November) air heading this way for next week… Forecast: Tonight: Fair and chilly with lows dropping off into the low 30s or so. Winds will switch towards the south near daybreak. Tomorrow: Breezy and a little milder with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: MAJOR Cold Shot For Veterans Day (TUE-11/4)

    Good afternoon…my confidence continues to grow regarding a significant to major cold shot of winter-like air heading this way early next week. The change from MON>TUE will be dramatic…highs on MON may surge while temperatures tank on TUE…consider this another heads up about this significant change. Forecast: Tonight: We’ve got a stream of moisture moving in from the SW…more on that in the discussion. These high clouds, despite the fact that we can see the blue skies to the W/NW […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Epic Storm In AK…How It Affects Us In KC (MON-11/3)

    Good morning…over the weekend some of our in-house models were showing the metro picking up 1-2.5″ of rain right along the I-35 corridor for today>tonight. I’ve learned over the years of doing weather that sometimes what you DO NOT SHOW on the air is more important than what you do show. I knew the modeling was off the deep end so I didn’t show that to you. I thought 1″ or so would be on the high side of this […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some Rain And Loading For Cold (SUN-11/2)

    Good afternoon…as expected it’s pretty darn windy out there. As of the noon hour, gusts are running at 30-35 MPH and we may get even windier over the next few hours. Temperatures are popping with the strong winds and extra sunshine as well. This morning I upped the highs into the mid 60s and that appears to have been the correct decision. Forecast: (Updates at 9PM Sunday) Tonight: Windy with mild temperatures although the gusts will not be as strong […]