Paul Douglas (meteorologist)

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Paul Douglas (born June 12, 1958; real name Douglas Paul Kruhoeffer)[1] is a meteorologist, author, entrepreneur, and software expert in Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota. He is a nationally recognized meteorologist with over 30 years of broadcast television and radio experience.

Early Career[edit]

During his first radio job in high school, the General Manager of WHEX-AM in Columbia, Pennsylvania, interviewed him on the phone and asked him what his name was. When he told him “Doug Kruhoeffer” there was a long pause. He said, "Our DJs can’t even say their own names. What’s your middle name?” Douglas told him “Paul”. He said, "Okay, from today on, if you want to collect a check for $25/week, your on-air name is Paul Douglas." This was 1975, and once he started using the Paul Douglas name on WHEX, it was hard to switch back.[2]

Douglas had a consulting company called Total Weather when he was at Penn State working for WNEP-TV from 1976-1982, about a dozen radio stations, and a construction company. He resurrected Total Weather in Minnesota during his KARE 11 days in Minneapolis from 1985 to 1992. In addition to being on WLOL (with Hines and Bergland and Roger too!), he did morning radio spots with Steve Cochran at KDWB and provided weather forecasts for M.A. Mortenson, the construction company that put up the Mall of America. During his WCCO-TV days, he also did radio for WCCO-AM and WLTE-FM during the afternoon drive. [3]

Douglas graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980. While a senior at Penn State University, he broadcast the weekend weather for WNEP-TV in Wilkes Barre/Scranton - where he was promoted to the weekday position in 1980. [4]

In 1982-1983 he worked at Satellite News Channel in Stamford, CT, delivering 21 national weather shows daily. He was also tapped for appearances with Ted Koppel on ABC News Nightline.[5]

Meteorologist[edit]

From 1983 to 1994, Douglas was employed by KARE-TV in Minneapolis, MN. While there, he began a daily weather column in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper. He authored a book, "Prairie Skies; The Minnesota Weather Book", and taught a broadcast meteorology class at St. Cloud State University in 1992-93. His most recent weather-related book, "Restless Skies; The Ultimate Weather Book", was released nationwide by Barnes and Noble in late 2004. It's now coming out of its second printing with Sterling Publishing. [6]

From 1994 to 1997, Douglas worked at WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he made occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. [7]

Douglas received a Seal of Approval from the AMS, The American Meteorological Society. In 2005, he passed a rigorous exam to become Minnesota’s first CBM, or Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, recognized by the AMS in Boston. He served as Chief Meteorologist for WCCO-TV in the Twin Cities from 1997 to 2008. [8]

He worked at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota from December 1997 until he was laid off in April 2008 as part of nationwide cutbacks by CBS.[9][10] He currently leads a number of companies that he founded or co-founded, including WeatherNation (as CEO), Broadcast Weather (as CEO) and Smart Energy (as President).[11] Douglas regularly writes and speaks about global warming and is critical of those who say that it is not occurring or is not caused by human actions.[12]

Douglas wrote a daily weather column for the Star Tribune from 1997 until his replacement by the WCCO-TV weather team in February 2009. He provided forecasts for three local radio stations. He remains a reporter for the Twin Cities Public Television show Almanac.

Douglas received a B.S. in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1980.[13]

Other work[edit]

He founded EarthWatch Communications in 1990, which created weather visualizations for the films Jurassic Park and Twister. He made a cameo appearance in a weather center scene in the latter. He also co-founded Digital Cyclone in 1998. The company creates weather applications and supplies content for wireless devices under the My-Cast brand name. Douglas sold Digital Cyclone to Garmin in 2007 for $45 million.[14]

Douglas has authored two books, Prairie Skies (1991) and Restless Skies[15] (2004).[16]

He makes monthly appearances on Twin Cities Public Television’s Almanac program where he discusses current weather trends and issues. He currently provides daily weather reports (print, video, and web) for the Star Tribune, additional daily blogs for the St. Cloud Times, Conservation Minnesota, and his company Media Logic Group, LLC.

In 1998, Douglas founded Digital Cyclone, Inc (DCI), which personalized the weather forecasting experience for consumers on the web, e-mail, and cell phones. His goal is to create personal weather channels for every consumer on a new generation of data-enabled cell phones. The service, Mobile My-Cast, is currently available on iTunes and Android platforms, enabling consumers to see location-based weather alerts and hourly weather reports and even see custom weather graphics, including Doppler radar, lightning, and severe storm tracking on cell phones, making the weather experience unique for every user. In January 2007, Douglas sold DCI to Garmin, Inc, the leader in global navigation systems, for $45 million. There were over 100 local Minnesota investors in Digital Cyclone. [17]

In 2007, he co-founded SingularLogic LLC, a patent holding company, and founded Broadcast Weather LLC and NoozMe LLC, which hope to capitalize on SingularLogic's patents.[18][19][20]

In 2009, the St. Cloud Times took him on as the head of their meteorological team[21][22] and Conservation Minnesota partnered with him to create MNWeatherCenter, a hub for Minnesota weather.

In 2010, the Star Tribune rehired him as a weather blogger.[23]

In the summer of 2011 a new, national 24x7 weather channel, WeatherNation TV was launched, with offices and studios in Denver and Minneapolis. WeatherNation TV can now be found in millions of cable homes and can also be viewed online.

A separate subsidiary, HAMweather, provides custom data and graphics services to thousands of websites and applications nationwide with its Aeris Weather Data API and Aeris Weather Maps. Polaris, among other cutting-edge companies, is tapping HAMWeather’s new generation of location-specific apps, tying in with social media to enhance consumer engagement and satisfaction. [24]'

Alerts Broadcaster is a commercial alerting service. It provides weather and natural hazard alerts as well as briefings and situation reports, lowering risk of threats with custom messaging and prompt information. No business is exempt from weather situations, and Alerts Broadcaster helps close the gap of uncertainty. Alerts Broadcaster offers location specific alerts, location custom messaging, phone, email and text alerts, mobile monitoring, custom briefings and phone conferencing.

Douglas is also co-founder of Singular Logic, a separate technology and patent-holding company, attempting to reinvent advertising by allowing consumers to choose the categories of ads they have to watch on their PCs, TV sets, cable systems, and mobile apps.

A third company, Smart Energy, is focused on fine-tuning forecasts for wind farms, utilities, and energy traders, with optimization algorithms extending into the HVAC and irrigation markets. Teaming with LaCrosse Technology, an additional company, Data Direct, launched in 2012, providing data and support for a new generation of consumer and corporate weather sensors deployed to maximize efficiency, save money, and personalize alerting services. [25]

In 2012, Douglas and his partner Todd Frostad formed the company Media Logic Group, LLC to encapsulate the family of companies listed above. As one of the most sophisticated organizations in the weather and data industry, Media Logic Group combines a diverse background with unparalleled expertise across its distinct family of companies.

Personal life[edit]

Born in 1958, Douglas became interested in weather and public service at a young age. After suffering through a devastating tropical storm (Agnes) in 1972, which flooded much of his hometown of Lancaster, PA, he developed a network of flood gauges, which were monitored by ham radio operators during flash flood situations. [26]

At the age of 16, he became Weather Officer for Lancaster Country Civil Defense. An Eagle Scout, Douglas still teaches weather and astronomy merit badge to fellow scouts. He’s actively involved with the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts and a former board member for the Minnesota Planetarium Society, as well as Smartkey Corporation, which has created a revolutionary device for vehicles that may someday make DUIs a thing of the past. [27]

He is also the spokesperson and public face of SAVE, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, a non-profit company based in Bloomington, which counsels people suffering from depression, educates the public about warning signs, and helps to identify at-risk people nationwide. [28]

Douglas continues to volunteer his time for school talks, charitable fundraisers, and speaking engagements on such topics as his entrepreneurial career, tornado chasing, and climate change. He serves on the Climate Science Rapid Response Team (CSRRT), providing meteorological input along with 130+ climate scientists delivering highly accurate science information to media and government representatives. [29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The World Wide Web's Local Weatherman
  2. ^ By personal e-mail...
  3. ^ By personal e-mail...
  4. ^ By personal e-mail...
  5. ^ By personal e-mail...
  6. ^ By personal e-mail...
  7. ^ By personal e-mail...
  8. ^ By personal e-mail...
  9. ^ WCCO layoffs
  10. ^ MinnPost — Roxane Battle: With Douglas out at 'CCO, TV anchors are no longer 'safe'
  11. ^ Paul Douglas's LinkedIn profile
  12. ^ Brauer, David. "Paul Douglas: 'I’m a recovering Republican, and I don’t recognize my party any more.'" Minnpost.com. Oct. 28, 2010
  13. ^ Bio on Paul Douglas Foundation web site
  14. ^ Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, April 4, 2008
  15. ^ Paul Douglas, Restless Skies: The Ultimate Weather Book, Sterling Publishing, New York, 2007
  16. ^ publisher notes
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  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ Paul Douglas's LinkedIn profile
  20. ^ Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal article on new ventures
  21. ^ City Pages, March 30, 2009
  22. ^ St. Cloud Times Weather
  23. ^ Feb 14, 2010 post, "On Weather" blog
  24. ^ By personal email...
  25. ^ By personal email...
  26. ^ By personal email...
  27. ^ By personal email...
  28. ^ By personal email...
  29. ^ By personal email...

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