Paul is a Penn State meteorologist and AMS Fellow with 45 years of television and radio experience. A serial entrepreneur, Douglas has launched 7 businesses, including EarthWatch Communications, Digital Cyclone and Praedictix, which provides content, consulting and severe weather briefings for media and corporate interests. EarthWatch created 3-D weather special effects for Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” and “Twister” and Digital Cyclone was first to put Doppler radar on cellular phones in 2001. Today developers manage unique streams of weather data and imagery for corporate optimization, worldwide, via AerisWeather, which was sold to Vaisala in early 2022. With a daily print and online weather column at Star Tribune, Paul provides daily weather updates on WCCO Radio in the Twin Cities. A contributor to the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, Douglas has authored 4 books, including a focus on climate, faith and science in 2017 with “Caring for Creation, the Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment”. Paul’s latest illustrated book is “A Kid’s Guide to Saving the Planet”. A frequent contributor to MSNBC on the link between climate and weather, Douglas was featured in NOVA’s “Decoding the Weather Machine”. With a home in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities and a cabin on Pelican Lake, Minnesota, Paul has been married for 38 years, with two sons and a 2-year-old grandson, Jordan.
Not F-F-Fake News: How Arctic Cold Fronts Are Actually Good For Us
"There is nothing between the Northland and the North Pole but a barbed wire fence" someone once explained to me. No mountain ranges, no warming oceans to get in the way. We get fresh arctic air, not the used cold fronts that plague so much of America...
Top of Your Bucket List ? How to Be The Match and Save a Life
“We were all meant to save many lives. God is always trying to save lives, and it seems like He usually uses the least likely people to do it.” - Bob Goff We are here to help and encourage each other, and every now and then you might get an opportunity to do the unthinkable: a selfless, personal action that helps someone else, even a complete stranger, continue to live. Maybe it's...
Will Heavy Winter Snow Increase Spring Flood Threat Across Northland?
With a snowy start to the winter season, how will it impact the chance of flooding this spring?
Numb & Number: Is the Northland Experiencing Fewer Subzero Nights?
Northland winters are not for the faint of heart, and that won't change anytime soon. But some of the sting has worn off in recent decades.
Surprising Weather Proverbs With The Most Scientific Validity
Are commonly-used weather phrases scientifically accurate? Here are some of the most accurate sayings you've likely heard.
A Green Comet Is Returning For First Time in 50,000 Years – When Can You See It?
A comet last seen by the earth in the time of the Neanderthals is returning. Here's when you can see it for yourself.
No, Your Vehicle Does NOT Feel the Wind Chill
Another winter with more inevitable questions about wind chill. Many normal, sane, almost-bright friends of mine are still convinced that their cars and trucks "feel" the wind chill. I hate to burst their bubble, but that simply isn't the case...
Armchair Meteorologist Alert! Here are Some of the Best Links for Weather Watchers
Do you keep tabs on the weather? Not just the forecast, but current conditions, snow reports and weather model predictions? The Northland has some of the most extreme weather on the planet - only Siberia has more extremes in temperature and moisture than the Upper Midwest of the United States...
Fear of Icy Injuries? How To Lower Your Risk During a Northland Winter
Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from a winter injury this season.
Perpetually Sad? Lack of Sunlight May Be To Blame – But It’s Treatable
This is the time of year I have an uncontrollable urge to hibernate. To sleep in more and take more naps. The long nights probably have something to do with that. You may not have as much energy in January as you did back in July, and experts say that's normal...
Holy Snowballs! This Country Has 421 Different Names for Snow
So many ways to refer to the frozen white stuff!
Minnesota’s Most Bizarre Laws: Folklore, Fiction and Fact
My goal is to break as few laws as possible. I don't look good in stripes. The challenge is staying up to speed on Minnesota's laws, regulations and restrictions. Ignorance isn't an excuse. Laws change over time, and it's difficult to weed through a myriad of obcure laws on the books to see what is current, and what "unusual" laws have lapsed...