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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.


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…