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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: January Thaw Commences Friday (WED-1/14)

    We’re almost halfway through “meteorological” winter in the KC area…and while the 1st 45 days or so are on the cooler end of the winter spectrum (39th coolest through yesterday) many would probably say that it hasn’t been that terrible of a winter. Odds are the reason being that we’ve had little snow of significance to write and/or talk about. We’re still shy of 5″ of snow at KCI. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly cloudy skies and seasonable. Highs should […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Where Oh Where Is The Real Snow? (MON-1/12)

    Good morning…colder and drier air has swept through the region and temperatures are down into the teens as I type this with wind chill factors in the single digits. The moisture we saw yesterday and aided by a touch of snow and sleet overnight in KC proper didn’t dry out in time early this morning as the cold air dove in…the result, black ice and this was expected to occur. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny breezy and cold with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Last Arctic Shot For Awhile (SUN-1/11)

    Good afternoon…low clouds continue to expand across the region but temperatures are now easily above 32° and whatever forms will be in the liquid variety as opposed to anything else for the rest of the afternoon. Forecast: (Updated @ 10PM) Tonight: Light showers may turn to light snow showers or mixed with snow/sleet showers towards 9PM or so…then eventually over to all snow after that. The length of falling snow will be short so minor, if any, accumulations are possible. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Still Cold But The Thaw Comes (SAT-1/10)

    Good afternoon…a bright one out there but chilly with the wind blowing as wind chills today will mostly be in the teens and 20s while the actual temperatures are in the 30s. The majority of the weekend will be dry in the KC area…however as we head into tomorrow night, we may see some wintry precipitation. Forecast: (Updated @ 10PM SAT) Tonight: Mostly clear and breezy. Not as cold as this morning (6°) with lows in the lower 20s. Tomorrow: […]


    Joe Weather Blog: More Arctic Shots To Come (THU-1/8)

    Well if nothing else we were awfully cold yesterday and this morning…our low temperature yesterday ended up at -3° at around 10:15 or so in the evening…then we hit -3° again at around 12:30 this morning…so we’ve had back to back sub-zero lows in KC. Just one of the ways things worked out that they happened within 3 hours of each other. Temperatures were actually on the increase overnight thanks to return flow and some cloud cover. Forecast: Rest of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Pressure Is Getting To KC (WED-1/7)

    Not exactly a Chamber Of Commerce type day out there is it? Clouds, bitterly cold wind chills and dropping temperatures have conspired to bring some miserable to be outside conditions to the KC area and the rest of the Plains this morning. Forecast: Rest of today: Gradual clearing this morning and bitterly cold. Winds will continue to drive wind chills in the 10-20 below 0 range for the rest of the morning into the early afternoon. Winds will gradually slacken […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Dangerous Cold On The Move (MON-1/5)

    Today is the anniversary of the highest atmospheric pressure reading in KC. On this date in 1924 the pressure hit 31.11″ or 1053.5 millibars (mbs). It’s a weird record in a sense…and it’s a record that will be watched more carefully on Wednesday due to the massive area of high pressure building into the Plains region. Forecast: Tonight: Steady temperatures mostly with south winds switching towards the west ahead of a clipper low moving through IA. Eventually in the wee […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow Gone…Now The Cold…And Lots Of It! (SUN-1/4)

    The snow is winding down as expected, the timing and amounts played out mostly as expected, and the temperatures are doing what I thought they would do…tanking and it’s going to be tough to get any recovery for the work week of significance. It’s very possible temperatures stay below 32° all week long till the weekend. we also have several nights where temperatures may drop to near, if not below 0°. Forecast: Rest of today: Mostly sunny and cold with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Saturday Storm Update (11PM)

    11PM Update: Snow started to pour down here at the station around 9PM and it took no time for the grass to be covered. Other areas have not switched over yet as I type this, while some only have had enough snow to barely white the ground. The arctic air is moving into the metro as I type this. The front has cleared most areas N/W of I-35 and is moving southwards. The cold air is being pushed by 20-30 […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Quick Hitting Snow + Long Lasting Cold (SAT-1/3)

    Thanks for taking a few minutes and reading the FOX 4 Weather Blog…interesting day continues through the area. As I type this clouds are thinning fast on the KS side…while at the same time some nasty cold air is plunging into the Plains + we have our storm kicking out of the SW Plains region…IF the last two items were to merge, we’d have a decent snow…as is it appears that won’t happen (missing a connection by a few hours) […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog; Wintry Weather + Arctic Air Blast #2 (THU-1/1)

    Good morning…Happy New Year and all of us in the FOX 4 Weather department hope you have a wonderful 2015! The weather has gone according to forecast for the past week or so…and I feel that things are slowly coming into more clarity concerning the weekend. There are still issues to be resolved including how much mixed precipitation we get with temperatures near 32° then of course comes the snow aspect of things and how much we get with that. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cold End To 2014…Better 2015 Start (WED-12/31)

    Good morning and Happy New Year! It’s a bitterly cold end to 2014 around the region as temperatures dropped to 0-5° this morning…the good news is that we should enjoy enough sunshine for awhile today to allow some moderation to the cold airmass in place…then the coldest air spins away overnight tonight and into the start of 2015. The cold will come back with a vengeance though by Sunday morning. Forecast: Rest of today: Fair skies and chilly again this […]