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Kansas City’s first podcast dedicated to the world of weather is now online.

Join FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria for “Joe’s Weather World” as he talks about all things weather. He’ll answer a lot of the why’s and what’s that make our weather (and the weather elsewhere) so fascinating.


What we know about flooding potential for 2020

After last years terrible floods, many folks who were directly affected want to know if this spring will be a repeat. This podcast with Scott Watson, a hydrologist with the NWS, talks about the the differences this year compared to last year and why we can’t let our guard down right now.


Why the 2019 flooding was among the worst in history

Last year was one of the most devastating years for flooding throughout the Midwest. For more than 270 days in 2019, parts of the surrounding Kansas City area were under flood warnings. Scott Watson, a hydrologist from the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, talks to Joe about the setup to last year and what made the flooding some of the worst in history.


Predicting weather for private businesses with Sara Croke

If you run a private business, especially if you rely on specific weather information to either make or lose money, there is a weather service based out of Kansas City that can help you stay ahead of the competition. I talk to Sara Croke from the private weather company “Weather Or Not” based here in KC about her business and her career. Some of you may remember that she was on TV back in the day. 


Weird Winter: Temperatures, snowfall and flood predictions

No polar vortexes? We’re about halfway through the winter season, and we’re seeing some strange things happen. FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria discusses odd temperatures in Kansas City mixed with changing snowfall across the country (what’s up with all the snow in Texas?). All of this, plus an uneasy feeling about flooding predictions come this spring. 


The Top 4 Weather Events of 2019

2019 has ended, and what a year it was in the weather world in the KC area. Sure there were the usual nice days, but there was a tremendous amount of active weather… ranging from blizzards to flooding rains and a lot of other events in between. Meteorologist Michelle Bogowith sat in on Joe’s Weather World as they discussed the Top 4 weather events (and other stuff) of 2019!

Climate Change: What’s Happening on a Global Scale?

As part of my continuing podcasts regarding the changing climate, Jimmy Adagoke, a professor of Geosciences from UMKC and an award winning climate scientist, stopped by to chat. My conversation with him is dedicated to the difference between climate and weather, what climate change is, how greenhouse gases are factoring into the changes and some of the science behind the changes taking place. Our discussion is split into two parts, and this is the first.


Climate Change: How It’s Different From Weather

As part of my continuing podcasts regarding the changing climate, Jimmy Adegoke, a professor of Geosciences from UMKC and an award winning climate scientist, stopped by to chat. My conversation with him is dedicated to the difference between climate and weather, what climate change is, how greenhouse gases are factoring into the changes and some of the science behind the changes taking place. Our discussion is split into two parts, and this is the first.


Tackling Climate Change in Kansas City

As the weather and the climate changes, an organization in Kansas City is looking at ways of adapting to the changes and work with others to try and affect ways of adapting. The group is called Climate Action KC, and this podcast is about their efforts and what they hope to achieve in our communities. I spoke with Lindsay Constance and Mike Kelly about the organization.


Legacy Kansas City weatherman Joel Nichols: Part 2

In part 1 of my podcast with veteran Kansas City TV personality, Joel Nichols, we visited about some of his favorite parts of doing television. In this podcast we revisit his weather casting career. Find out what happens when you cover severe weather at the same time that the 10 Commandments is airing on your station. He also brings us up to date about what he’s doing these days.


Legacy Kansas City weatherman Joel Nichols: Part 1

Longtime Kansas City TV personality and weatherman Joel Nichols has worn many hats on the air, but his start in weather was pretty unconventional. FOX4 meteorologist Joe Lauria asks him about his start and how he got down to Kansas City. Nichols also unveiled some of his favorite parts of his career. This podcast was so much fun to do that we split it into 2 parts.


Cleaning Up After a Tornado with Emergency Manager Chuck Magaha

The 2019 EF-4 tornado that hit the Linwood, Kansas area was devastating. This podcast features the emergency manager of Leavenworth County, Chuck Magaha. He reveals some of the lessons learned from the tornado and the recovery process that is still ongoing in southern Leavenworth County.


Chasing and Reporting an EF-4 Tornado

In this special edition of Joe’s Weather World, Meteorologist Michelle Bogowith, Meteorologist Karli Ritter and Photojournalist Jerry Paauwe talk about their experiences covering the May 28th tornado that tore through the KC metro. The storm became an EF-4 and crossed right in front of Bogowith and Pawee, injuring 18 people in the Kansas suburbs along its 31-mile path.


Deadly Weather in Kansas City

FOX4 Meteorologist Joe Lauria sits down with Bill Snook of the Kansas City Health Department to talk about the deadliest form of extreme weather in KC, and why you should pay attention to more than tornadoes and flooding.


Talking Grass with The Royals

FOX4 Meteorologist sits down with the Senior Director of Grounds and Landscaping, Trevor Vance, from the Kansas City Royals to talk about how the weather affects what he does, and how he keeps the field so green while all of our grass turns brown. He has a lot of challenges in his job, and he’ll explain how he overcomes them during this sit-down.


The Weather Triad: Emergency Management

There are 3 important facets of the weather enterprise…all 3 work together to prepare you and to help keep you safe when life threatening weather occurs. We cover the media aspect…we covered the National Weather Service aspect and this podcast covers the Emergency Management aspect. Emergency Managers are import for a variety of reasons…but are in every county and they are here for you too. This podcast talks about their importance and the role they play in keeping you safe.


Air Quality: Understanding and Acting

The Mid America Regional Council or MARC helps TV meteorologists with air quality forecasts each day. During the spring and summer months depending on weather conditions and other factors, sometimes the air quality can be harmful. This podcast is dedicated to why that occurs and what those alerts really mean. Also what all of us can do to try to help out with the state of our air!


The Weather Triad: The National Weather Service

There are many facets of the weather enterprise. TV is the most known…but a group of dedicated men and women at the National Weather Service do tremendous work in providing TV stations with reliable and life saving information that we relay to you our viewers. I interviewed Andy Bailey from the NWS in Pleasant Hill, MO about their role in alerting the public about the weather and severe weather especially.


How To Become a Meteorologist

So many people tell us about their kids who are interested in meteorology and what is needed to get into the field of weather as a career. I talk to KU student Gabriella Gomez, who’s about to graduate this spring, about her decision and what she has gone through to get her degree in meteorology. The ups and downs of her decisions and the hardest parts of completing her studies.


Recapping 2018’s Crazy Weather

From the heat and drought to the record-breaking cold temperatures, Joe breaks down his biggest weather events of 2018.


Unusual Temperatures and Arctic Epicenters

This podcast talks about the crazy weather the KC area has experienced.  Joe talks about the snow so far this year and what it means for the winter.


Welcome to Joe’s Weather World

Joe talks about his first podcast and the weather in KC.

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