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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: Rain chances for KC + Matthew update

    Good morning. Another fabulous weather day in the area with bright sunshine…a few clouds and warm temperatures. We should be warmer over the next few days…into Thursday it appears…then we’ll see a rather sharp downturn in the temperatures into the weekend…although I’m not sure how cool reality will turn out to be. Forecast: Today: Mostly sunny skies and warmer with highs well into the 70s. Tonight: Breezy and mild with lows near 60° Tuesday: Increasing clouds and windy. Warm as […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Busy weather week ahead (SUN-10/2)

    Good afternoon and thanks for spending a few minutes reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog. A rather pleasant day for many while areas east of the state line by about 30 miles and eastwards are stuck in the cloud cover and the cooler weather. These were the clouds that we’re straddling the KC area yesterday. Forecast:  Tonight: Clear skies except cloudy farther east of KC. Lows in the 50s although near 60° where the clouds are prevalent. Monday: Partly cloudy […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Expected clouds trimming highs (for now) (SAT-10/1)

    Good afternoon. As I wrote about yesterday…clouds have indeed become a major issue in the region today. They will stick around for the rest of the day reducing our high temperature potential. This is why I forecasted yesterday and it’s playing  out perfectly. The warmer weather that I expect to move into the area will do so early next week before a seasonably strong cold front moves into the region on Wednesday I also need to update you on the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Clouds creep into area + Matthew (FRI-9/30)

    Good afternoon. We’re finishing off the month of September on a high weather note today. Sunshine and temperatures up into the 70s have created more spectacular weather in the region. That’s really been the case all week long. Over the weekend however things will be changing as clouds will encroach on the area during the wee hours of Saturday and it appears the day may be much grayer than the weather we’ve seen lately. Forecast: Tonight: Clear skies this evening. After […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: What is going on in Alaska? (THU-9/29)

    Good afternoon. Another perfect fall day with temperatures approaching 70° as I type this. Overall I expect the good weather to continue into the weekend BUT we may start to add clouds to the Saturday skies in the region. We will also see a moderating trend in the temperatures heading towards the end of the weekend and early next week. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp with lows in the 45-50° range. Friday: Mostly sunny and more or less like today […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The perfection continues + Matthew (WED-9/28)

    Our great stretch of weather continues and there won’t be anything significant weather-wise happening around these parts for about a week or so. There will be some temperature fluctuations (we’re seeing some today) but overall the forecast is very nice as we’re enjoying, potentially the best fall weather stretch of the season that ends in mid December. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly clear. There may be some clouds at times. Temperatures should tank into the 40s. On the assumption that the cloud […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fall has finally arrived (SUN-9/25)

    Good afternoon and while it’s not the prettiest of days…and yes there is still more rain/drips out there early this afternoon…we should see some slow drying over the next few hours and the weather has certainly cooled down. Remember how I was saying we’d be about 35° cooler today than what it felt like earlier in the week with a heat index of 100°…well I was wrong. It “feels” 40° cooler. at noon the temperature at KCI was down to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Falling raindrops and temperatures (SAT-9/24)

    Good afternoon. Another rather warm day around the region as temperatures as of the noon hour are into the middle 80s and we should scrape close to 90° in some areas before the day is done. Dew points are approaching 70° also. So there is a bit more of a muggy “feel” to the air today. This is in advance of a cold front that won’t move through the area till tomorrow after daybreak. It’s effects though will be noticeable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Now we’re talking Fall! (FRI-9/23)

    Good afternoon…I know the 1st full day of autumn still feels a lot like the last day of summer but things are going to change over the next 5 days…and while the changes mean an end to summer for the year…I’ve got some beautiful weather on tap for next week…cool mornings and great (perfect) afternoons on tap. We’ll need the rain we see over the weekend because it looks dry for awhile afterwards. Forecast: Tonight: Clears skies and pleasant with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It may feel 35° cooler this weekend! (THU-9/22)

    Good morning…great weather to start the new season today as fall arrives at 9:21 this morning. On the other hand the heat and the humidity will continue through the region for another 2 days. It may be a good idea to get some fertilizer down and maybe some grass seed (read more about that in the discussion). Some potentially significant rains are coming towards the area later into the weekend. Sunday’s weather will be a MAJOR change to what we’ve […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Goodbye summer…hello summer (WED-9/21)

    Good morning…with heat index values around 100° over the past couple of days…it’s been anything but fall-like weather around these parts. With fall starting at 9:21 AM on Thursday…the weather will not be turning on a dime. More hot and humid weather is expected into Friday…beyond that some significant changes are on tap…including the potential for heavy rains and also highs in the 60s! The timing on this though may affect outdoor activities later Saturday into Sunday…and potentially at least […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Tidying the desk day in the summer heat (MON-9/19)

    Good morning…actually a comfortable start to the day in the region with temperatures in the 60s but we’re going to heat up fast and by the end of the afternoon, highs will be more July-like than late September-like. It’s going to be one of those weeks. Summer goes out on a hot note. Please see some of my previous blogs for more detailed KC weather information. Just for fun though…right now we’re running about 1.8° above average for the month. […]