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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: Much Needed Rain On Tap (THU-12/4)

    Good afternoon…we’re sort of stuck in the muck today with a pretty low gray overcast that’s not going anywhere over the next few days…add in a cold rain tomorrow and the weather to finish off the week will not be pretty. The good news is that the rain tomorrow is very much needed and will be a good soaker for most parts of the area. Forecast: Tonight: A dry evening through 12AM then between 3-6AM rain will start to move […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Some Friday Rain? (WED-12/3)

    Good morning…starting the day with a lot of clouds in the region and that’s going to be a common theme over the next several days…clouds. The good news is that temperatures will be near average so we should not be as cold as we’ve been for awhile at least. Forecast: Today: Mixed clouds and sunshine with highs 40-45° Tonight: Cloudy with lows in the lower 30s Tomorrow: Cloudy with some drizzle possible. This will need to be watched in the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: The Start Of Meteorological Winter (MON-12/1)

    Good morning…cold out there again with temperatures this morning dropping into the teens through the region. we’ll start to see “less cold” weather beginning tomorrow afternoon and continuing through the weekend and into at least part of next week as the pattern relaxes a bit and gets away from the cold air surges that we’ve seen for the past month or so. Forecast: Rest of today: Increasing amounts of sunshine moving into the area as the skies start to clear […]

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    The 2nd Annual Lighting Of The “Joe”

    Yes…while KC has very special traditions this holiday season, this one I’m sure will never turn into that. Last year we had the 1st and this year it was time to turn it up a notch. Add this viewing as part of your holidays. This year I even had a budget for myself of $100. JL

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A See Saw Week + Where’s The Snow? (SUN-11/30)

    Good afternoon…we’ll we were expecting the return of the arctic air near daybreak…and sure enough it got here between 4AM-7AM through the region and now cold air is pouring southwards. We’re going to see some sunshine this afternoon so the temperatures should hold steady or maybe even go up a few degrees before the day is done. Forecast: Tonight: Clearing and cold with lows of 10-15°. Winds will taper off, but whatever breeze there is will create wind chills near […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: 2 “Warm” Days-2 “Arctic” Days

    The winds today are a good thing and a bad thing…without the wind, we probably would be as warm…temperatures as of this writing are in the 55-60° range and tomorrow should be even warmer. With the wind today though we’re trying to “mix” down some of the warmer air just above the surface and that’s the reason why we’re above average for temperatures for a change. Heads up: BIG changes Sunday! Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies with somewhat steady temperatures. Wind […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: My Winter Forecast 2014-15 (WED-11/26)

    Over the last couple of days I’ve shared with you the forecasts of the FOX 4 Weather Team on an individual basis and as a group average and the reasoning by my colleagues about their approach to this upcoming winter. Now it’s my turn to lay out my rational or potentially my irrational thoughts about what is ahead over the next few months, through mid April when the snow season shuts down in KC (we hope). A caveat (one of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s Winter Forecast Time (TUE-11/25)

    Good morning…clear and crisp out there with temperatures around 20° this morning. I’m watching a fast moving disturbance that will zip through the region overnight…it may produce a wintry mix and or snow in parts of the area later tonight and early tomorrow morning. Today is also Winter Forecast Day @ FOX 4. The way it will work is that I will reveal the winter forecast in graphical form in this blog, then have the personal thoughts of my colleagues […]

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    Weather Blog: Winter Forecast Thoughts From Karli, Michelle And Mike

    Here are Karli’s thoughts…   “It’s that time of the year again! The Fox 4 weather team puts together our individual forecast as well as averaging the four of us together as a team to give you an idea on our thoughts for the upcoming winter. It’s no secret that I’ve had some stellar years and some not so great forecasts as well. Let’s see how this one pans out!I’ll let you know my top four thoughts and different things […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: And Now Back To Previous Programing (MON-11/24)

    A reminder that the Winter Weather Forecast is coming on Tuesday 11/25 starting at 5PM. We’ll reveal each of our thoughts during the individual shows then have our team average at 10PM Tuesday night. Yup the cold air is back, although this time it’s not as dramatic as the cold weather before the two day warm-up we enjoyed over the weekend. Consider that though just a brief interlude. Although there are some more warm-ups in store, especially as we head […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It Was Fun While It Lasted (SUN-11/23)

    Good afternoon… A reminder that the Winter Weather Forecast is coming on Tuesday 11/25 starting at 5PM. We’ll reveal each of our thoughts during the individual shows then have our team average at 10PM Tuesday night. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: Scattered light showers in the area combined with patches of drizzle/mist. Temperatures steady in the mid-upper 50s until a cold front moves in after 4PM or so. After 3-6PM: Falling temperatures and gusty NW winds along with increasing areas […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Weekend Drips Then Another Shot (SAT-11/22)

    Good afternoon…well at least we’re milder today than what we’ve experienced in the last 10+ days as we’re finally into a nice south flow. Temperatures are nearing 60° and a mild night is in store for the area…it will again change though, probably by dinner time. Forecast: Tonight: Mild with cloudy skies. Intermittent sprinkles/drizzle patches with perhaps some showers developing towards daybreak. Lows holding in the 50s Tomorrow: Showers are likely during the day with the heaviest overall rain amounts […]