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Paul Douglas, meteorologist



Paul Douglas (aka Douglas Paul Kruhoeffer) is a nationally respected meteorologist, with 28 years (2011) of broadcast television and 32 years of radio experience. Douglas graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 1980. From 1982 to 1983 Douglas was employed by Satellite News Channel, an all-news, sports and weather headline service on cable, based in Stamford, Connecticut. At “SNC” Douglas made numerous appearances with Ted Koppel on ABC News Nightline as a consultant.

From 1983 to 1994 Douglas was employed by KARE-TV in Minneapolis. While there he began a daily weather column in the Star Tribune newspaper. He authored a book, “Prairie Skies, the Minnesota Weather Book”, and taught a broadcast meteorology class at the Saint 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 and is now in its second printing (Sterling Publishing). He taught broadcast meteorology at St. Cloud State University in 1992.

From 1994 to 1997, Douglas was employed by WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he anchored the weather and contributed special reports on such topics as global warming and tornado research. While there he appeared on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather as a weather consultant. Douglas was awarded an Associated Press Award for a 10 part series on nuclear energy he produced in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979.

In 1989 Douglas founded a software venture called EarthWatch Communications. Hundreds of television stations in the United States and 20 other countries licensed EarthWatch’s three-dimensional weather graphics technology. In addition to applications for television, Steven Spielberg employed the special 3-D effects in the movies Jurassic Park and Twister.

Douglas, age 51, has 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. He makes monthly appearances on Public Television’s Almanac program where he discusses current weather trends and issues.

In 1998 Douglas founded Digital Cyclone, Inc (DCI), which personalizes the weather forecasting experience for individuals on the web, e-mail and cell phones. His goal: 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 from all major wireless carriers, 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.

Focusing on new media and almost limitless Internet opportunities, Paul Douglas is Director of Meteorology for La Crosse Technology, producing daily weather video reports for their ambitious, cutting-edge web site. As Founder and CEO of WeatherNation, Douglas and a team of 7 on-air meteorologists are producing and disseminating daily weather reports for web sites, cable channels, and TV broadcasters looking to cut costs, without sacrificing quality. He is also Founder of Singular Logic LLC, 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 PC’s, TV sets and cable systems. In 2009 Douglas co-founded a new company, Smart Energy LLC, focusing on high-resolution weather forecasts and visualization systems for wind farms, utilities and energy traders across North America.

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. 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 board member for the Minnesota Planetarium Society. He is 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, not only in Minnesota, but nationwide with a 1-800 call in number. Previously he was a board member on the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Memorial Blood Bank in Minneapolis. He continues to volunteer his free time for school talks, charitable fund-raisers and speaking engagements on such topics as his entrepreneurial career and climate change.

His wife of 26 years, Laurie, is a professional architect. They have two boys: Walt is a senior at Penn State and Brett, currently a second-year “youngster” at the U.S. Naval Academy. Douglas and his wife live in Tonka Bay, Minnesota – his offices are nearby in Excelsior.


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