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Don Paul

Don Paul is a frequent contributor on weather/climate for The Buffalo News. He is also a staff meteorologist for WKBW and a former chief meteorologist for WIVB.


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I confess I had difficulty grasping why climate scientists and climate modelers were so confident humankind was the main (not the only) contributor to the global warming that has been occurring for decades. My difficulty, frankly, was due to a degree of ignorance as to how these scientists had reached such a strong consensus. It took some time and some research, but now I…

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Don Paul, the meteorologist who retired from Channel 4 earlier this year after more than 30 years on Buffalo TV, is bringing his talents to The Buffalo News as a contributing writer of articles on weather, climate and related sciences. This is the first of those articles. As we enter the muggies season, I can tell you the dewpoint is a more accurate representation of how …

Storm Watchers By John D. Cox Wiley 252 pages, $24.95 Contemporary meteorologists work with a vast database (still incomplete), with a very educated understanding of how the weather works (still incomplete) and with powerful computer models, satellite imagery and Doppler radars. Weather forecasting is more accurate than ever (it's still inaccurate too ofte…

I'm not a seasoned military analyst. My experience was limited to a relatively short tour of duty as a noncombatant junior infantry officer. But even before I graduated the Army Infantry School Officer Basic Course, I knew the success of a military operation could be crippled by a lack of surprise.Are our leaders, including the brilliant (that's not sarcasm) Defense Secret…

THE CHANGE IN THE WEATHER By William K. Stevens Delacorte 320 pages, $24.95"The Coming Global Superstorm" is hitting the bookshelves at the same time as "The Change in the Weather." The former is co-authored by national radio talk show host and fear monger, Art Bell, along with another over-the-top auditor, Whitley Streiber. Which title do you think is the grabbier? Whi…

Michael Kukla's recent column on global warming confuses the strong scientific consensus on global warming with a much weaker consensus on the extent of man's contribution to such warming.The vast majority of meteorologists and climatologists generally agree that significant warming has been under way for about 150 years. In addition to an expanding body of surface and sea…

In Part 4 of last week's depressingly illuminating News series on upstate economic woes, reporter Jerry Zremski made several references to "good" Florida weather, it being allegedly "far less taxing."This is not meant to be one of those patronizing "we're-so-lucky-to-be-here" soliloquies in which Buffalo news and weather people so often indulge. But I do offer a cautionary…

When I returned from the recent Clinton-Gore meeting with weathercasters, I read in an Associated Press story that I'd gone from skeptic to "convert" about global warming, all in a day and a half.What I actually told the reporter was that I'd finally been convinced we must move ahead toward some international efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, even if only minimal…

Lucky for me, the likes of you like weathercasts. Actually, there are bales of audience research taken by TV stations that show the weathercast to be the most important segment of the newscast to the greatest number of viewers. Not to say everyone out there embraces my meteorological balm (and bombs)."Just tell me if it's gonna snow tomorrow," you snarl in a Bob Dolesque p…