Minnesota’s first CBM broadcast meteorologist with a meteorology degree from Penn State, Paul has spent 33 years in broadcasting, radio, television, web production, print and reporting. Although Douglas grew up in Pennsylvania, he has spent nearly his entire career in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, 11 years at KARE11, another 11 years at WCCO-TV. In addition to 3 years at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Douglas has appeared on ABC Nightline, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. A serial entrepreneur, Douglas started EarthWatch, the first company to bring 3-D weather graphics to broadcasters in 1991. In 1998 he started Digital Cyclone, the first company to have an application on a cell phone in 2001. Garmin purchased Digital Cyclone in 2007, allowing Douglas to focus his efforts on his next venture, WeatherNation.
Douglas teamed with Barnes and Noble to write a national book on weather, “Restless Skies, the Ultimate Weather Book.” He has taught college classes on broadcast meteorology, lectured extensively on climate change, and he still writes a daily weather column for the Star Tribune newspaper. His software was used Steven Spielberg’s movies “Jurassic Park” and “Twister”, and his reporting and television weathercasting has garnered AP Awards and a local Emmy. Married to an architect, Douglas lives less than 2 minutes from the state-of-the-art WeatherNation studios west of Minneapolis. His oldest son, Walt, is a junior at Penn State, his youngest son, Brett, has entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His passion for weather and all things meteorological has created exciting synergy with La Crosse Technology, which has launched Weather Direct and www.theweatherclub.com, where he provides daily weather reports. As Director of Meteorology for La Crosse Technology, Douglas abides by the principal “the best way to predict the future is to invent it."
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