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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: Record Lows And More Rain (SAT-9/13)

    Good afternoon…unusually cool out there today with readings approaching 60° as of this writing. That after morning lows in the 30s which was record territory. The fog/low clouds that were out there at the start of the day have burned off. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies with clouds possible towards 12AM. Winds will switch towards the SE overnight. Lows should again drop to 45-50 towards 1AM then level off and perhaps even go up a few degrees towards daybreak. Frost (if […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Miserable But Getting Better (FRI-9/12)

    Good afternoon…not pleasant out there with some sprinkles and a cold wind blowing through the KC region. At 3PM KCI was down to 50° with north winds around 15 MPH…miserable for almost mid-September. Forecast: Tonight: Clouds hang around into the wee hours of the morning…temperatures this evening will be in the upper 40s…and even at midnight may still be well into the 40s. What happens after that though is the key to how cold we get tomorrow AM near daybreak. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Impressive Cold Shot Means Frost Potential (THU-9/11)

    Good afternoon…is it me or are we seeing earlier than typical fall colors showing up. In think I’m even seeing some maples turning already…which seems a few weeks earlier than average around these parts… Forecast: Tonight: Cloudy skies and pretty steady temperatures. Lows in the 50s. Maybe a few sprinkles as well as we cool off overnight. Tomorrow: Cloudy skies with showers and light rain developing after 9AM in the KC area through 4PM or so. Rainfall should be rather […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Floods To Drips (WED-9/10)

    Well some had flooding while many on the south side and south of KC had little to nothing in terms of rainfall. The N MO situation though was pretty rough with 1-5+” of rain and in some cases some severe weather. Forecast: Rest of today: Variable clouds with perhaps a few showers through early this afternoon. Then we should see a little more sunshine. Temperatures in the 70s early this AM dropping into the 60s as the day moves along […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer Heat And A Fall Chill (TUE-9/9)

    A muggy morning out there today as dewpoints have climbed nicely overnight into this morning. This increased moisture plus a cold front coming in tomorrow AM will all lead to an increased storm threat…then a different airmass(s) comes in in waves dropping temperatures significantly. Forecast: Rest of today: Warm and humid with increasing south winds. Skies will be partly-mostly cloudy at times today. Highs should be well into the 80s. It’s not out of the question there could be some […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Powerful Fall Cold Fronts Coming (MON-9/8)

    Good morning…as we start the day with abundant sunshine and pleasant temperatures the deserts of AZ are getting flooding rainfall…by the end of the week some in our viewing area may have some patchy frost. An interesting weather week is on the way to the Plains region. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny and nice with comfortable humidity. Some clouds will form in the PM hours. Highs in the 80-85° range. Tonight: Mostly clear with increasing dewpoints and muggier weather […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Late Summer/Fall Fronts Strengthen (THU-9/4)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are now into the 90s in parts of the area with heat index values somewhere between 95-100°. We’ll see highs today in the low-mid 90s…just a reminder that yes we’re still in summer. Those though who dislike the more intense heat will be happy with what’s ahead. Forecast: Rest of today: Hot and humid with highs in the 90s. Tonight: Clear skies and muggy with a nice breeze. Lows in the 70s. A cold front will move through […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fog And Storms (TUE-9/2)

    Not surprisingly we’re starting the morning on a foggy note in the KC region and elsewhere. This may take a few hours to burn off because while the summer sun will work on the fog/low clouds the winds are nearly calm…so that typically adds a bit of time to the process. The fog/low clouds will gradually lift as the morning moves along…eventually though during the after we should turn partly cloudy. Forecast: Rest of the day: Becoming partly cloudy and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Impressive Rain + Weekend Changes Ahead (MON-9/1)

    Well the rain was much needed and more or less welcome for about 1/2 the area…and in particular the area south of I-70. We’ve missed out on a lot of the significant rainfall these last few weeks (since 8/6) so the 1.5-2 1/4″ or so of moisture will help us out tremendously. Forecast: Rest of today: Partly cloudy skies. Temperatures near 80°. Not much wind. The risk of storms re-firing seems to me to be about 50-75 miles further south […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm Chances And The Royals (SUN-8/31)

    Boy last night’s Royal’s game still is leaving a bad taste in my mouth…all those opportunities just wasted…we’ll try again tonight at 7:07 on ESPN2…good luck to the boys in Blue. IF you’re going to the sold out game, tailgating will be fine but hot…most, if not all of the game will be dry. Should the game be another 4 hour+ marathon like last night there would be a chance of some late game showers but odds are the rain […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: An Active Early September (SAT-8/30)

    August 31st (tomorrow) is the end of meteorological summer. Fall though on the calendar runs till September 23rd…so we still have some 25 days to go. Also for those interested Winter starts in 114 days and Christmas is 118 day away. Just mentioning those tidbits… Forecast: Rest of today: Very nice with light to no wind and temperatures between 85-90° (pretty seasonable). Tonight: Clear and seasonably muggy with lows 65-70° Sunday: Partly Cloudy with a slight chance of a mid-day […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Another Frustrating Storm (FRI-8/29)

    I had been hopeful that while we’d see some rain that at least for some of us it would be of the beneficial type and not a wasted storm system. It appears right now it’s turning into the latter and not the former. We’re not totally done with the rain potential however. Forecast: Rest of today: The late AM rain is moving away and clouds will give way to sunshine and warmer temperatures. Highs today rebounding to near 85°. As […]