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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: Just how cold will it get tonight? (THU-1/5)

    The well predicted snow event, going back to last week, pretty much played out as expected…snow amounts around KC were roughly in the 1″ to about 2.5″ range on average. There were a few locally higher totals…but I haven’t seen anything more than 3.5″ or so. St Joseph had 3.4″. Smithville had 3.3″. Everybody else was roughly 2+” or less… Blog readers know that this has been talked about for a bit of time…so imagine my surprise when this occurred […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow likely + cold guaranteed (WED-1/4)

    A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for all the FOX 4 viewing area for tonight and Thursday morning..clouds are on the increase as I type this and there may already be a few flurries falling in parts of NE KS and NW MO. Important to note that our KC issues won’t occur until later this evening. Forecast: (10:15 pm Update) Tonight: Snow has been falling across N MO for much of the evening where amounts have already teetered over 1″. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Frigid air is here and snow on target (TUE-1/3)

    If you watched me last week…I was shaking up the #fox4snowglobe and I kept mentioning the risk of light snow this Thursday. I also for about 10 days talked about the arctic air coming in today. Well one is here and the other is still likely…although it won’t be a “big” snow storm…it may be enough to cause some problems out there for THU AM in some areas. It’s worth paying attention too…in addition to the cold temperatures that may […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Mild then much colder into next weekend (SUN-1/1)

    Happy New Year my friends and thanks so much for reading and spending part of 2016 getting updated on the weather blog. This was the 1st weather blog in KC and one of the longest continuous weather blogs by any TV station in the country. I’ve written thousands of blogs over the years…typing in 10s of millions of words into this format. I’m trying to remember when the 1st blog came out…I want to say sometime in the late 90s…early […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: arctic cold air will dominate next week (FRI-12/30)

    Good morning…mostly clear and crisp out there today with some jet contrails to start our Friday. Winds were under 10 MPH last night…and despite being from the south…temperatures still dropped to 20-25°. Our average low is around 20° during this time of the year so overall it was a seasonable morning. Our average high is just shy of 40° but we’re going to blow by that before the middle of the afternoon. Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny with increasing south winds developing. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Enjoy now because the arctic hounds are howling (WED-12/28)

    Temperatures in the region are nicely above average once again today for the 12th time this month and for a month that had some bitterly cold weather from the 6th>19th (more or less) we’re only about 3 degrees below average and that will shrink somewhat more before the month is done. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly with lows 25-30° Thursday: mostly sunny and breezy. Cooler too with highs in the mid 40s Friday: After a chilly start…breezy and a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Quiet end to 2016…but 2017 will start COLD! (TUE-12/27)

    Our weather this week will be rather quiet in the Plains…that’s great news for those who have some outdoor plans or will be travelling from point A to point B. For us weather folks though…it’s going to be rather boring which I guess is OK after a somewhat active weather month that produced a few nice rain events…a relatively minor snow event (but then considering our luck with snow over the past few years…I guess it was OK in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Christmas weather complications (SUN-12/25)

    Good afternoon…as of 3:30 PM today…storms are rumbling through central KS and are moving towards the east at close to 30 MPH as a line…the individual cells though are moving much faster. Temperatures in the area this afternoon have popped into the mid 60s from KC southwards. We do have some patchy areas of drizzle out there now…but again the main area of rain is still about 100 miles west and SW of KC. Forecast: (3:30 Update) Tonight: Storms will zip […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: We’re in a Christmas fog (SAT-12/24)

    On Christmas eve…it’s gray and cold out there and it’s going to mainly stay that way for the rest of the day it appears. That means temperatures will not change much for the rest of the afternoon. Some are in the mid 30s…others in the low 40s and I expect just a few extra degrees today. The areas that had sunshine this morning, except for northern MO are “stuck in the muck” right now as the satellite picture below will […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Not a lot of winter for awhile (FRI-12/23)

    Not too bad out there today as skies are in the process of clearing out for some areas…and the temperatures have responded nicely. Some, especially from KC westwards may make a run towards 50° before the afternoon is over with. Not too shabby since we started the day before daybreak with some snow and sleet in spots. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies with frost. Lows 25-30° Saturday: Mixed clouds and sunshine and highs well into the 40s Saturday night: Temperatures may […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Friday & Christmas Day issues + can Santa swim? (THU-12/22)

    Good afternoon. Not too bad out there today with temperatures around 40° and light winds. A LOT of higher clouds are filtering out the sun today…and that is keeping the highs from reaching near 50° like yesterday. A lot is going to happen around here over the next few days…so let’s get into it. Forecast:  Tonight: Filtered moonlight for awhile then a gradual increase in some lower clouds towards daybreak. Lows tonight near 32° Friday: There may be some rain […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Sunday’s game may FEEL 60-70° warmer (WED-12/21)

    It’s winter! It started earlier this morning (astronomical wise) but it’s felt like winter for almost the whole month of December. For snow lovers though there will be no Christmas miracle. For those who need to get out and about…that’s great news. For others who were hoping for a White Christmas…sadly that won’t work out. As a matter of fact there is a better chance of a severe storm (wind) than there is of seeing a flake of snow on […]