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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: Fog And Storms (TUE-9/2)

    Not surprisingly we’re starting the morning on a foggy note in the KC region and elsewhere. This may take a few hours to burn off because while the summer sun will work on the fog/low clouds the winds are nearly calm…so that typically adds a bit of time to the process. The fog/low clouds will gradually lift as the morning moves along…eventually though during the after we should turn partly cloudy. Forecast: Rest of the day: Becoming partly cloudy and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Impressive Rain + Weekend Changes Ahead (MON-9/1)

    Well the rain was much needed and more or less welcome for about 1/2 the area…and in particular the area south of I-70. We’ve missed out on a lot of the significant rainfall these last few weeks (since 8/6) so the 1.5-2 1/4″ or so of moisture will help us out tremendously. Forecast: Rest of today: Partly cloudy skies. Temperatures near 80°. Not much wind. The risk of storms re-firing seems to me to be about 50-75 miles further south […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storm Chances And The Royals (SUN-8/31)

    Boy last night’s Royal’s game still is leaving a bad taste in my mouth…all those opportunities just wasted…we’ll try again tonight at 7:07 on ESPN2…good luck to the boys in Blue. IF you’re going to the sold out game, tailgating will be fine but hot…most, if not all of the game will be dry. Should the game be another 4 hour+ marathon like last night there would be a chance of some late game showers but odds are the rain […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: An Active Early September (SAT-8/30)

    August 31st (tomorrow) is the end of meteorological summer. Fall though on the calendar runs till September 23rd…so we still have some 25 days to go. Also for those interested Winter starts in 114 days and Christmas is 118 day away. Just mentioning those tidbits… Forecast: Rest of today: Very nice with light to no wind and temperatures between 85-90° (pretty seasonable). Tonight: Clear and seasonably muggy with lows 65-70° Sunday: Partly Cloudy with a slight chance of a mid-day […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Another Frustrating Storm (FRI-8/29)

    I had been hopeful that while we’d see some rain that at least for some of us it would be of the beneficial type and not a wasted storm system. It appears right now it’s turning into the latter and not the former. We’re not totally done with the rain potential however. Forecast: Rest of today: The late AM rain is moving away and clouds will give way to sunshine and warmer temperatures. Highs today rebounding to near 85°. As […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Sweating The Rain Chances (THU-8/28)

    Good morning and thanks for spending a few minutes reading my weather thoughts for today…the forecast still looks promising for at least some rain in the area…and the holiday weather outlook is OK but Monday could be an issue with rain possibilities. Forecast: Rest of today: Clouds should give way to increasing PM sunshine. Muggy. Dewpoints are in the 70s and with light winds again today stuffy conditions are expected. Rain chances are rather small as the rain to the […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: So Close And Yet So Far (WED-8/27)

    Man was it coming down across NW MO and NE KS earlier this morning…and for the immediate KC area, as expected, zippo so far. although outflow from that convection is moving through the KC area as of this writing and between that and the clouds coming through for the AM hours…temperatures again today may be more in the 85-90° range for many, especially from KCI northwards. Forecast: Rest of today: With the outflow, which is sort of like a cold […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Still Hot For Many (TUE-8/26)

    Looking at radar this morning is a cruel thing at times…the rain is so close yet still so far but it’s not out of the question the rain may creep a little closer to KC today…we’re still though not in a great location with the various boundaries and outflows from said ongoing storms that are running around. Forecast: Rest of today: partly cloudy and perhaps not as hot as we’ve been lately. Temperatures should top off near 90° from KC […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Lather…Rinse…Repeat (MON-8/25)

    So the beat goes on…and on…and on. Not a lot of active weather to write about today so depending on how my mind works in the next hour, this may end up being a rather short weather blog…let’s see. Forecast: Today through Thursday: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. Rain chances are minimal but perhaps we could see a little uptick in activity closer to the I-35 corridor tomorrow. It’s not worth counting on a this point though so with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Cristobal Forms + More Heat (SUN-8/24)

    Good afternoon…another toasty one out there as temperatures as of this writing are already in the lower 90s which is 6° warmer than yesterday at this time…at this rate today some may well knock the door of 100° with all the sunshine in place. At 2PM it was 94° @ KCI…so we slowed down a bit in the heating at the airport. Forecast: Today through Wednesday: Hot with the only thing keeping us from the 95-100° potential being clouds at […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Snow And 100s (SAT-8/23)

    Good afternoon and thanks for stopping by. Remember that when we talk about the current temperatures we are talking about readings taken in the shade. Likewise for expected heat index value calculations…they too are for the shade. IF you’re out in the blazing sunshine add about 10-15° or so to the reported temperature….IF you’re on pavement/concrete add another 10-15° or so. You see where we are with this IF you plan on tailgating later today. Forecast: Today through Tuesday: Hot […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat Persists For Awhile (FRI-8/22)

    Good morning and thanks for stopping by the FOX 4 Weather blog…interesting morning for areas across N MO and NE KS as storms continue to rumble through areas north of KC…for the KC area…let’s see how much some of the cloud cover will influence the temperatures over the next 6 hours…clouds are blowing off from the storms and drifting from north to south. Forecast: Today through the weekend: Not a lot of change…basically fair skies with hot/humid conditions during the […]