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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: Winter forecast is Wednesday (TUE-11/22)

    Just a reminder that the 2016-2017 Winter Forecast is being released Wednesday evening on the air and Wednesday afternoon in the blog. It may look a bit wintry out there with the clouds and the rain…but there is NO snow coming anytime soon it appears. Forecast: Rest of today: As I type this blog…there is a batch of rain along the state line that is going to move towards the NE early this afternoon. There will be intermittent showers through […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Winter forecast is Wednesday night (MON-11/21)

    Just a reminder that our annual Winter Forecast is coming out on Wednesday evening starting at 5PM. We do ours a bit different than others. We all have our opinions about how things may play out…sometimes those opinions align…other times then don’t necessarily. For example this year our forecasts on an individual basis vary by 10″ in terms of snow totals for KC. Now usually I’m the one who forecasts the highest snow amounts…this year that is not the case […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A bit of moisture…better than nothing (SUN-11/20)

    Good afternoon. Not surprised that we’re fighting through high clouds today. There is filtered sunshine out there along the I-70 corridor…and many areas are bright and sunny this afternoon. It was chilly this morning as lows bottomed out into the teens in N MO and in the 23-28° range around the KC metro area. Yup it’s November and it’s starting to feel like it for sure. Forecast: Tonight: Fair skies and chilly with lows near 30° Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A more typical November pattern finally (SAT-11/19)

    Good afternoon. Bright and clear across the region on this Saturday afternoon. Temperatures today are actually cooler than average (shocking) and today is the 1st time in about a month that highs have been below average in 28 days…since October 28th. So we really can’t complain. The good news is that the coldest part of this air mass, above the surface at least, is now moving away and temperatures will gradually moderate into Tuesday Forecast: Tonight: Clear and crisp with […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A cold pill to swallow (FRI-11/18)

    I continue to get more intrigued by what I’m seeing heading into December. I am becoming somewhat more confident that despite the incredible warmth we’ve seen this fall (with a little more on the way too) that there is going to be some cold weather to work with during December (unlike last December) that may just create some rather wintry weather around these parts. Now that I’ve got your attention… The forecast from last weekend has worked out very nicely […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: It’s only a speed-bump (say it 10 times) (THU-11/17)

    At 2PM today the temperature @KCI (official reading for KC)  was 76°. That my friends is a record high temperature for today. The previous record for 11/17 was 75° set in 1969 and tied in 1999. So we have that going for us. We also have a ton of wind…gusts have exceeded 40 MPH in a few areas (Lees Summit gusted to 47 MPH) with many gusting right to 40 MPH or so. It’s not surprising that the two are […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Record warmth…45 mph winds…blizzard…so this is November (WED-11/16)

    Good morning…more spectacular weather is on tap for the area for the next 2 days…it will abruptly end on Friday morning though…as a cold weekend is on tap for the area. Nothing outrageous but more typical cold weather for the month of November…something that we haven’t seen this month yet…so it will be a shocker…especially with the winds blowing on Friday and Saturday. Forecast: Today: Sunny and breezy with developing S/SSE winds of 15-25+ mph. Highs today into the 70s […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: In the air…it’s a bird…it’a a plane…it’s SUPERMOON (SUN-11/13)

    Give me a break already with this SUPERMOON stuff. This has been happening since the earth and the moon were created. The explanation is simple…it’s happened various times before in your life (although tonight is a bit more special). In the last 10 years we seem to have a need to refer to an event as super this or super that. I’ll explain the rant in just a few minutes. At least we’ll be able to see the moon tonight. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: From <32° back to the 70s (SAT-11/12)

    Good afternoon. KC officially dropped to 31° this morning. So the record for the latest 1st freeze (11/24) will go on for at least another year. We were through 6AM was 35° but the sun’s warmth doesn’t really kick in now till about 7:45 AM or so…so it happened in that window. Another frosty morning is on tap for Sunday as well. Forecast: Tonight: Clear and frosty with lows in the 30s Sunday: Sunny and pleasant although a bit breezy. […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: Briefly cold then another warm-up (FRI-11/11)

    As I promised you this past weekend…a cooler air mass has moved into the region heading into the weekend. It will be fleeting, but at least for today and tomorrow…temperatures are closer to average. Yet with the average high being 56° today and 55° tomorrow…we’ll still be above average. As a matter of fact through the 1st 10 days of the month…this is the 7th warmest start in KC weather history. The beat goes on for most of next week […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: A few mild days…a few chilly nights (THU-11/10)

    Another stellar fall afternoon out there as skies are bright and blue and temperatures are nice and mild for November. We’re now 9 full days through the month and the average temperature in KC so far is running 11.1° above average. Yesterday I blogged about the dry air…and how the longer nights allow temperatures to drop efficiently…but with enough sunshine and a SW wind…and also being ahead of another cold front, you can still warm up nicely. Today is a […]

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    Joe’s Weather Blog: My 1st frost this season (WED-11/9)

    Good morning. A bright and chilly start today with more areas of frost out there this morning compared to other mornings this fall. I had my 1st frost of the season this morning. Others are getting some too compared to previous cold mornings. I suspect there may be more tomorrow morning…then widespread frost and or a light freeze for many areas on Saturday morning. Forecast: Today: Sunny and pleasant with highs around 60° Tonight: Clear and chilly with lows in […]