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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 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)

Recent Articles
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    Joe’s Weather Blog Fast Hitting Snow In KC (TUE-2/17)

    1:30pm Update: Another fast moving disturbance that you can clearly see on radar is moving towards the area early this afternoon and will impact the evening commute. One thing working in our favor for this one, as opposed to the AM one is that temperatures are closer to 30° and the pavement temperatures are warmer thanks to the sunshine so what falls may tend to melt more at least initially on the pavement. There will be some bursts of moderate […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold And More Snow Chances (MON-2/16)

    Good afternoon… Well it was a tricky one for sure…no doubt about it…but in the end despite taking a couple of early body blows with the changing forecast (snow…no snow…snow) the amounts that were forecasted and the timing worked out as well as could be expected. The sleet aspect for the I-70 and south corridor was a surprise to all of us. See the 7:30 blog update about that aspect and about why that occurred. Overall I’m pretty happy with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow Now Likely For KC Area (SUN 2/15)

    12:15AM MON Update: Well after talking a couple of forecast body blows yesterday morning through 3PM…there has been a nice recovery in terms of how things play out. Signal Hill and Olathe have had 1-3″ of snow…and that seems to be a nice average for many through the KC area. There were some higher totals NE of the metro into Ray and Caldwell Co. More on that tomorrow. Some areas, not surprisingly missed out on anything more than 1″ or […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Seeing 50 Shades Of Brown (SAT-2/14 9PM)

    For those hoping for snow…you’re probably going to see 50 shades of red after reading the weather blog today…for whatever reason we’re just not in the spot this year to see anything worth anything when it comes to snowfall in the area. The south side of KC may not have even had 5″ of snow this season. The north side (@ KCI ) has had 8.7″ and there are some 10″ amounts scattered around 150 highway on the north side […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Definite Long Lasting Cold…Snow Chances (FRI-1/13)

    Temperatures are struggling a bit to get into the mid 40s this afternoon but skies are mostly sunny as I type this and we should enjoy some more decent for February weather into Saturday morning…from there though it doesn’t look pleasant really as more typical mid-February weather comes down the Plains and lingers for quite some time it appears. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and mainly steady temperatures. We may initially drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s or so…then […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: No Doubt Cold…Snow Questions (THU-2/12)

    Good afternoon…chilly out there today as the days of milder weather will be fewer and fewer over the next 7 days (at least). There are snow systems that need to be watched…but nothing is too firmly set at this point as has been the case for the winter thus far. Forecast: Tonight: Clouds and steady temperatures with readings near 20° or so…it may be a few degrees milder tomorrow AM though as south winds start kicking in. Tomorrow: Skies should […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold Weather Will Get Colder (WED-2/11)

    Trends next week are aren’t looking the greatest for those who enjoy the mild days we’ve experienced more or less for the last few weeks…colder temperatures and snowfall potential will be a sign of winter’s return into the area. we’ll get a taste of it today through tomorrow and another shot over the weekend of chilly weather…next week overall though is wintry. Consider yourself forewarned…although we’ve talk about this for quite a few days already. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog; Rollercoaster 7 days + Then A Longer Dip (TUE-2/10)

    Our feature photo of the day is of yours truly and Cassidy from Mill Creek Upper Elementary School in Belton!  She was kind enough to nominate FOX 4 to the the “Kindest Kansas Citian” for our work in the weather department as well as other aspects of the station’s community endeavors. Cassidy we thank you! Skies have cleared out for many in the area and after a frosty start we should see some nice moderation to the afternoon temperature…really the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Beware The Colder Forecast (MON-2/9)

    Good morning…chillier out there today as north winds and clouds are going to conspire to keep temperatures about 20-25° cooler than yesterday. We ended up hitting 62° at KCI and 67° in Downtow0n KC. We’re done with that type of weather for awhile…and while this will be an up and down week for temperatures…next week continues to look colder than average…and that chill may stick around for awhile. Forecast: Today: Cloudy skies with some thin spots in the afternoon possible. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Back To Dullsville In A Good Way (SUN-2/8)

    Good afternoon…and yet another wonderful weather day in the area as NW winds behind a weak cold front haven’t really brought down much cool air…as a matter of fact since we started off so mild…it’s not taking much for us to warm up into the 60s again this afternoon. You know you’re living right when a cold front in FEB no less doesn’t deliver much cold weather. Another cool push though will move in tomorrow and that will bring more […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A Saturday Record High? (FRI-2/6)

    Good afternoon…we’re slowly getting into the 50s from KC southwards…bit of a struggle today despite the winds trying to stir things up. There are some clouds filtering out the sunshine and that is probably holding us back. Forecast: Tonight: Partly Cloudy skies and steady temperatures with lows in the mid 30s. Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warmer. Temperatures should be 65-70° from KC southwards…there will be cooler weather the further north you go through N MO up I-29 and I-35. The […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Fast Turn-Around Coming To KC! (THU-2/5)

    You know when I think of my ill-fated winter forecast…and the coldest temperature I predicted, I think -14° for KC (which won’t happen)…let alone my snow forecast which, unless we have a “Boston-like” turnaround…which will be a big bust…I look at a city like Kirksville, MO. This morning they tanked to -16° because of the deep snowpack across N MO…so close…yet so far. Heck Chillicothe dropped to -7° and St Joseph dropped to -6°. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and steady […]