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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: Changes in the wind (SAT-8/15)

    Good afternoon…another near perfect summer time day in the region with temperatures in the 80s and dew points in the mid-upper 60s or so. At 1PM the temperature was 85° at KCI…over the past few days at 1PM the temperature was (going backwards) 83°/82°/83°/81°. So we’ve been creeping upwards as expected. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant with lows in the upper 60s Tomorrow: Mostly sunny with highs near 90° Monday: Partly cloudy with some scattered afternoon storms possible, it […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Getting a little crisp out there (FRI-8/14)

    Good morning…another lather…rinse…repeat sort of day today as temperatures started in the mid 60s again this morning and highs today should make it in the 85-90°  range. Humidity (dew points) still in the bearable range with just a slow creep up over the weekend. Overall a typical summer weekend is on tap for the region. Forecast: This weekend: Mostly sunny skies with a few more PM clouds. Light winds overall with highs near 90° (give or take a few). Next […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Perseids return + Tidbits (WED-8/12)

    Good morning…nearly perfect out there again this morning as temperatures and dew points are in the 60s with a touch of some valley fog in some areas that will quickly burn off this morning…once again yielding a day much like yesterday with highs in the mid 80s. There really isn’t a lot to get in depth about but there are highlights from my twitter feed (@fox4wx) that I want to touch on… Forecast: Today: Mainly sunny and pleasant for mid […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Where are the hurricanes? (SUN-8/9)

    Good afternoon…I’m looking out my window right now…and I see sunshine on the east window…and outside the west window there are raindrops coming down. It’s just one of those days in KC. The clouds overall are keeping a lid on the extreme temperatures but regardless of which window I look out of, I know there is a lot of moisture in the air because the dew points are near 75° which is pretty darn thick for us, but with the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The falsehood that computers can take over forecasting (SAT-8/8)

    Interesting day already in the region as a area of rain with embedded thunder and then some flat out severe thunderstorms rumbled through the region earlier this morning…skies have now started to clear up a bit and the temperatures will be slowly recovering this afternoon. It will be hot out there again this afternoon…but overall it will be similar to yesterday. Forecast: Tonight: There is a chance of some storms up towards the north of KC…near the IA border. Odds […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hyping the weather (THU-8/6)

    Good morning…odds are the title of the blog caught your attention…more on that in the “discussion” part of the blog. Meanwhile we’ve started out with clouds in the area this morning after clearing out last night. The clouds should gradually break up this morning and we should see a decent day overall today with highs still running a few degrees below average. Rain chances creep back into the forecast heading towards the weekend. Forecast: Today: Clearing skies and mild. Temperatures […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain fades away…heat creeps back (WED-8/5)

    Good morning…I’ll be filling in this evening and tomorrow for Mike who is off for the next couple of weeks. The weather will be challenging and after this minor (for KC) rain moves away, things may start to dry out for a few days. The rain has certainly been steadier and heavier the farther south of KC you go and also towards the south and west of Topeka. Rainfall amounts of 3″+ totals have been reported out there. Forecast: This […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Outflows win the weather battle (TUE-8/4)

    5PM Update: Mother Nature wins…outflow boundary finally lit up this afternoon on the south side and has created a line of storms from the WNW to the ESE. Areas from KC southwards have the best chance of seeing the storms that may produce some locally heavy rain in spots. Can’t promise the entire metro getting the rain though. Let’s see if these new storms can push out some rain cooled air to fire off additional storms. +++++++++++++++++++ Every so often […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Front may straddle area today (MON-8/3)

    Some strong thunderstorms continuously blasted parts of northern MO overnight. 50-60 + MPH winds were reported and hundreds lost power at various times because of tree damage to the NNE of the KC area. The storms had a tough time holding together once they got south of 36 highway however (mostly) and they also threw out various outflows that are complicating today’s forecast in addition to helping to lay out a cold front near the KC region this morning. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Front watching + storm chances (SUN-8/2)

    Good afternoon and thanks for taking a few minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog. All is quiet in the area as I write this and odds favor it to stay that way through the afternoon. Temperatures are seasonable with readings now well into the 80s and heat index values into the 90s. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and muggy with lows in the 70s Tomorrow: Variable clouds and hot and humid. Cooler conditions in northern MO but closer to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Routine summer weather on tap (SAT-8/1)

    It’s August (in case you didn’t know) and we’re typically in mid-summer form  in KC during this time of the year, and at least for the next few days it appears that we will be. 90-95° days are common and that’s whats ahead with typical Midwest humidity levels as well making it feel more uncomfortable. This morning on the news I mentioned the potential of isolated storms in the forecast. There were already a couple this morning and a few […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Hello August in KC! (FRI-7/31)

    Tonight marks the 2nd full moon of the month…that means it’s called the “Blue Moon” and we should get a good view of it overnight as skies should be mostly clear, especially into early tomorrow AM. Pleasant weather is once again expected in the region this evening. The next blue moon won’t be till 2018. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies. I’ll be watching storms trying to develop across SE NE and SW IA. As written and talked about lately, we’re in […]