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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: BIG Rain + A Chill + Royals Forecast (THU-10/2)

    Good afternoon…some big time gully washers out there today but the heaviest activity is shifting away and while there may be additional rains this afternoon it won’t be as intense or as flood creating as what’s happened these last few hours. Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies with a lingering evening shower or two possible. Temperatures will drop into the 40s overnight tonight. Winds will increase towards daybreak as a secondary front is moving in. This 2nd front is what will […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: What A Night + A Stormy Night (WED-10/1)

    Welcome to October! Guess what…we’re still playing baseball in KC! What an amazing night…I was so worked up after the game that I didn’t get to bed till about 3AM. Up early this morning listening to all the coverage out there and reading my twitter timeline (@fox4wx) with all the various stats etc about last night’s truly bizarre…frustrating…exhilarating…depressing…heart-stopping…and finally winning game…it was amazing. I’ll never forget that experience in the stands for as long as I live…never seen anything like […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Much Needed Rain Coming + Storms Too! (TUE-9/30)

    Our fantastic run of weather is going to gradually transition to cooler days and better rain chances…it will be a process but it does appear that compared to what we’re enjoying now, temperatures on FRI/SAT will be about 20-25° cooler (for highs) than what they have been over the past few days. Forecast: Rest of today: Mixed sun and clouds with more wind compared to what we’ve seen lately. Winds will increase from the south at 10-20 MPH and pick […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Slowly But Surely It Will Cool Off (SUN-9/28)

    Good afternoon…another Chamber of Commerce day out there as we’re enjoying a mix of clouds/sun with temperatures near 80° as of this writing. The great weather will continue for a couple ofmore days before the advertised changes start to occur on Wednesday. Forecast: Through Tuesday: Clouds/sunshine with highs 80-85° and lows near 60°. Wind will pick up on Tuesday a bit. Wednesday: Showers with some embedded thunder are possible during the day, Rain chance is 60% at this point. It […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Are Those BIG Changes Certain? (FRI-9/26)

    Good morning…you may be hearing about the potential for some significant changes and trends to MUCH colder weather in about 6-7+ days or so…in my opinion this is NOT a certainty…there are major model flip flops occurring which tells me to “proceed with caution”…at least for a few more days. More on that shortly. Forecast: This morning: A few scattered showers and t/showers have developed near daybreak. They may hang around for a few hours but overall skies will be […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Rain For Some…Dry For Many (WED-9/24)

    Good morning…depending on where you live or where you’re going today, you;’ll either be totally dry or be fighting occasional sprinkles or some light rain. Radar will be in the discussion part of the blog as will the satellite pictures. Temperatures will struggle today because of the clouds in place. Forecast: Rest of today: Occasional showers for some, dry for many…especially farther SE/E away from I-35. Lots of clouds all day with highs near 70° Tonight: Cloudy skies again with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Starting To Dry Out Again (TUE-9/23)

    Good afternoon…after a near perfect weather day yesterday, while still very comfortable in the area this afternoon we are fighting a lot of clouds that have moved into the region. We should see more sunshine though this afternoon at times. Now the question is will there be any showers that creep into the region overnight? Forecast: Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of some sprinkles or showers later this evening. I’m still wondering IF there is too much […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Welcome To San Diego Days (SUN-9/21)

    Good afternoon…fabulous out there today with temperatures in the 70s and a nice north breeze blowing away…some great weather continues for a few days with some clouds every so often. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp with lows tanking to 45-50°. Perhaps even a couple of degrees cooler closer to the IA border. Tomorrow: As near perfect as can be for mid-late September. Sunshine with highs 70-75° again. Lighter to calm winds Tuesday: Increasing mid-level clouds…temperatures again in the 70-75° range. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Brief Summer Affair (SAT-9/20)

    Temperatures are warming up rather nicely early this afternoon around the KC area. As of the noon hour we’re approaching 80° and we should max out around 80-85° or so…plenty warm and actually above average for a change around these parts. Downtown KC may nudge close to 85°. Humidity levels are also at the typical summer time levels as well with dewpoints near 70. Forecast: Tonight: Updated @ 5PM:  It’s looking less and less promising for a lot of coverage […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Stuck In The Muck (THU-9/18)

    Not exactly a Chamber of Commerce morning out there with low clouds and/or fog starting off the day indicative of a ton of moisture in the lowest level of the atmosphere. Once again we’ll struggle to clear up this afternoon from I-70 southwards especially. Temperatures for KC will again be below average for highs. Forecast: Rest of today: Clouds/fog take there sweet time in clearing and we may not get sunshine till the middle of the afternoon. Yesterday we never […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Big Rains For Some…Now About Odile (WED-9/17)

    Stormy early morning…with some significant rainfall in parts of the Metro while others had only a few drops…the heaviest rains were in the Gardner/Olathe area of JOCO and also into Miami and Cass Counties…maps forthcoming. Forecast: Rest of today: Most of the rain is moving away and while there may be a few lingering showers…clouds will hang around for awhile. Things should improve a little in the afternoon with highs in the 70s. Tonight: Partly cloudy skies with lows in […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Odile May Deal Us Some Rain (TUE-9/16)

    Good morning…beautiful out there this morning with some fog in the usual low lying spots (not as thick as Saturday morning though) and a nice day coming…I think we have two chances for rain over the next 10 days… Forecast: Rest of today: Sunny and beautiful with highs 65-70°. Light winds from the east and southeast. Great fall weather except the average high for today’s date is in the upper 70s. Tonight: Fair early and cool then increasing AM clouds. […]