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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: Storms In KC Possible Again (SUN-7/6)

    Good afternoon…temperatures are coming up and the humidity is thick, although I don’t think today will be the hottest day of the year thus far unless we stage a late afternoon rally. Still toasty though. A trend I’ve noticed this season is how some of the modeling is over aggressive with forecasting the heat in KC. Perhaps it’s all the rain we’ve received and the green terrain that is holding the stronger heat at bay. Forecast: Rest of this afternoon: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Heat Will Come + A “Complex” Forecast (SAT-7/5)

    I hate when forecasters say it’s a “complex” forecast…they are almost always complex…we try and predict things that don’t exist many times and what those future systems may end up doing. In today’s case though a “complex” forecast isn’t complex…it’s about complexes. These darn thunderstorm complexes, like the one that is slowly fading in NC/NE MO are enough to drive a meteorologist crazy…will they move south? Will they move east? With they fade? Will they generate outflow boundaries? Grrrrr. Forecast: […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Saturday Storm Chances (FRI-7/4)

    Happy 4th to one and all…another great day shaping up for the KC region and the good weather will continue this evening for all the fireworks. Forecast: Rest of today: Sunny and mild but still comfortable for the region with dewpoints in the 50s this means that the humidity levels will again be very reasonable for the area. Highs today should be 82-85°. Tonight: Clear skies and pleasant with lows in the 60s. South winds may increase a bit overnight […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Back In The Saddle Again (THU-7/3)

    I’m back…for some that is good news…for others…never mind. At least the weather is perfect out there. Certainly a Top 10 Day of 2014…and when you combine the fact that the weather is this cool and comfortable in early July with bright sunshine no less…perhaps a Top 3 weather day for 2014! Forecast: Tonight: Perfect with lows 55-60°. Record tomorrow (7/4) is 54° set in 1997…I don’t think we get there but another night where the A/C won’t work too […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Quiet Times/Perfect Summer Weather (TUE-7/1)

    After the hottest day of the year yesterday (91°) we ended the month of June 1/2° above average. The big story was the rainfall through the region…nicely above average with close to 7″ at KCI which was about 1.7″ above average…many got more than that! Forecast: Rest of Today: Clearing skies today and pleasant highs with readings near 85°. Tonight: Clear and dare I say crisp for early July…lows in the 50s. Tomorrow: Fabulous weather with highs in the 70s […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Severe Weather Risk Again (MON-6/30)

    As we finish off the month of June…a month that has featured only one 90°+ day officially at KCI at least…we’ll end it on a toasty note…and potentially this will be the hottest day of the year thus far. Forecast: Rest of today: Hot and very humid with increasing S/SW winds ahead of the next cold front. Highs should be in the 90-95° range with heat index values near 100°. Tonight: T/storms are likely, some potentially severe (winds/hail are main […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storms Still Possible But No Slam Dunk (SUN-6/29)

    Good afternoon…quite a complicated mess out there today with remnant decaying MCS’s (Mesoscale Convective Complexes) around the area complicating the atmospheric set-up. Also helping in a large sense in reducing the instability in the atmosphere despite dewpoints that are approaching 75° out there…it’s thick air that needs something to trigger it and that something is still somewhat questionable for our area. The latest satellite loop shows a spinning in the clouds, If you look carefully you can see it near […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain/Storms Firing Up (SAT-6/28)

    Just wanted to give you a brief update as far as the latest radar trends as the rain continues to increase in coverage though eastern KC as of this writing with some locally heavy downpours. Radar shows a nice uptick in the rainfall on the KS side. The rain is moving towards the east with individual cells moving towards the northeast. As this continues through the afternoon rain will overspread a good chunk of the viewing area over the next […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Models Say Yes…But Reality Is Tricky (THU-6/26)

    Good morning…as I mentioned a few days ago…blog updates will be a bit more infrequent and may be more weather dependent since I’m on vacation this week… Forecast: Today: Filtered sunshine…there are some scattered t/showers out there…I’ll post radar in the discussion part of the blog. We may see more clouds this afternoon. Highs should be in the mid 80s or so. Tonight: Partly Cloudy skies with lows in the 60s Tomorrow: No real changes with a bit more of […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Summer Settles In (TUE 6/24)

    Good morning…overall a rather bland look to the weather pattern in the KC area for the time being, but in it’s blandness there are still opportunities for additional rainfall, once again there are major questions how things play out and typically the model data will not be very helpful in trying to figure out the specifics and the details. Forecast: Rest of today: Overall not a bad summer day although with the extra sunshine we should warm-up more compared to […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Beneficial Rains Fade (MON 6/23)

    Good morning…the rains from overnight are over for the area as many locations received at least 1/4″ with a good chunk of the area getting more than 1/2″. Some got several inches of rain in localized spots. Once things fell into place the rains came hard enough and were persistent enough on the back side of the storms in general that we got what we needed after some hot humid weather lately. Forecast: Today: Lots of clouds that will gradually […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Storms Yes But Questions (SUN 6/22)

    Good afternoon…getting hotter by the hour out there today as temperatures are popping with the sunshine in place. As of the noon hour we’re already well into the 80s and 90s for some are coming, especially downtown KC. Forecast: Rest of today: There have already been some thunderstorms across NE KS and NW MO early this afternoon. We’ll need to see if that activity can throw out an outflow boundary or two and ignite renewed activity in spots later this […]