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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)


Recent Articles
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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend rain chances increase (THU-4/16)

    I’ve got the evening shift tonight so I thought I’d get a blog update out for you this morning…although to be honest with you…at this point I see no reason to change all my previous thoughts regarding the weekend chances of rain. They’re there and it appears that while SAT/SUN won;t be total wash-outs, it may not be a bad idea to have a plan B ready, especially for Saturday as we’ll have the threat of rain around off and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Timing the rain is the trick (WED-4/15)

    Good afternoon…as expected a pretty gloomy Wednesday around these parts with temperatures struggling in the 50s and clouds dominating. Not a lot of sunshine is expected in the area this afternoon and with the winds out of the east and SE…it will be a struggle to warm up. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy with some clearing later tonight. Lows in the 40s. Tomorrow: Actually a pretty nice day with a mix of sun/clouds and highs well into the 70s Friday: Variable […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Messy forecast down the road (TUE-4/14)

    Boy it seems you can almost hear the grass growing out there and the dandelions as well. It’s almost like one minute you look at the yard…then 5 minutes later there is a new dandelion where there was none before. That rain we saw on Sunday into Monday AM definitely jump started the growing process and more rain is on the way. Forecast: Today: Variable clouds and seasonable with highs in the 60s Tonight: Some scattered light showers are not […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Another rain threat overnight (SUN-4/12)

    Good afternoon…a good rain (for many) fell this morning with widespread 1/2-1″ rains reports especially south of the I-70 corridor. Some didn’t need the rain most though did and there is another chance overnight tonight into early Monday morning. Forecast: This afternoon: Variable clouds and seasonable with highs 65-70° Tonight: Dry initially but storm/rain chances increase later tonight. Temperatures will be pleasant this evening then turn cooler towards daybreak as a cold front moves through the region. Lows eventually in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Moisture Deficit Update + Some Rain Ahead (SAT-4/11)

    Good afternoon…pretty day out there despite the high clouds filtering out the sunshine. Temperatures are in the lower 70s and a nice rest of the day/evening on tap for the region. Rain chances arrive later tonight through tomorrow. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies early and pleasant. Then a chance of scattered storms/rain developing after 1AM or so. This will last through 10AM Sunday (Chance #1). Lows tonight down into the mid 50s. Tomorrow: Several storm chances…1) through mid too late morning […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dodging severe weather but drying out (FRI-4/10)

    Good afternoon…a beautiful day in the region with bright sunshine and after a chilly start, milder weather moving into the region as I type this. Skies are blue and will stay that way for the rest of the day. Overall the weekend will be split between nice weather on Saturday and dicey weather (but probably not a rainout) on Sunday. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly with lows into the 30s Tomorrow: Sunny and mild with highs near 70° Tomorrow […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weather Settles Briefly

    Good afternoon…the thunderstorms that are on the MO side will be out of the viewing area in a matter of minutes, perhaps by the time this blog is posted for reading. A Tornado Watch is in effect for the far eastern part of the viewing area into central MO until 8PM. The higher threat of tornadic storms are across NE MO and E IA into IL this afternoon. Forecast: This afternoon: Dropping temperatures with blustery winds from the west at […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather threat fades (WED-4/8)

    This blog will be updated several times today so check back in often for my latest thinking because the forecast will be an evolving one as we wait and see about the northward progress of a warm front and then storm development. There are many chaotic forces at work today with regards to the severity of the storms, but as we saw last night, it wasn’t that hard, once the cap broke to get some powerful thunderstorms to form, which […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe weather threat increasing (TUE-4/7)

    Good afternoon…the low gray overcast that’s been with us since Sunday evening is finally starting to break up from the west to the east and temperatures are about to respond fast. Highs today, despite the sluggish start, may soar to 80-85° on the KS side (maybe even higher towards Ottawa and Garnett). The question for today is will there be thunderstorm development? On then MO side highs should be well into the 70s Forecast: (updated at 8PM) Tonight: We should […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Updating severe weather chances (MON-4/6)

    It’s Opening Day and Mother Nature has cast a gray sky through the region as the moisture that moved in yesterday late afternoon/evening has thickened up as expected…now the issue is will we clear out or at least break up the cloud cover a bit towards the late afternoon hours…it’s going to be tough. Forecast: Today: Cloudy skies with mist/drizzle around through lunch. Temperatures this morning will struggle in the 50s then hopefully get into the 60s in the PM. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Time to think about severe weather (SUN-4/5)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are in the 60s as I type this and the weather is starting to go through a typical spring gyration as a storm off the western part of the country gradually turns into a severe weather machine over the next 6 days or so…at first there will be little severe weather…then by Wednesday the area will be under the gun and by Thursday parts of the area may be vulnerable to additional storms. Do you know what to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Lunar eclipse SAT AM…next week troubles? (FRI-4/3)

    Good afternoon…a rainy and stormy start to the day with some sort of weird hail/sleet combination in the area as rush hour was going. Didn’t last too long but lots of reports about it. Now skies are trying to slowly clear out. Forecast: Tonight: Continued clearing with lighter winds moving into the region…with the drier air and the lighter winds temperatures will fall to near 30° in the AM…that means a frosty start to the day tomorrow (gardeners alert) Saturday: […]