Friday, January 11, 2013

KHOU names David Paul the chief meteorologist

KHOU 11 has named David Paul as the chief meteorologist for the Belo station.

This after former chief Gene Norman suddenly vanished last November (more on what Gene Norman is up to now below).

Paul has been a familiar face at the station since 1996 as the morning weather guy on duty. It was last August when I broke the news that he, and Chita Johnson, were moving shifts. Paul went to afternoons, Johnson to mornings.

As the Houston Chronicle reported, Norman sent some tweets out concerning those changes where he referred to Johnson as 'blondie.'

Since Norman took off a few months ago, Paul has become the main weather dude in waiting. Now he has a ring on his finger though. What happens at a weather bachelor party?  Stuff like this?

“Houston is David’s hometown. He grew up here and watched our area’s weather patterns long before he began his career,” said Susan McEldoon, KHOU 11 President and General Manager in a statement. “That connection to the Houston area and our viewers, combined with his experience, delivery and knowledge made him the clear choice as KHOU 11’s Chief Meteorologist.”

According to his bio, Paul moved to Houston at the age of two and graduated from Westfield High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from Mississippi State.

“David knows the ups and downs of Gulf Coast weather, and that kind of expertise is invaluable when it comes to staying on top of dangerous conditions and giving our viewers the information they need to stay safe,” said Phil Bruce, KHOU 11 Executive News Director. “It’s also a huge plus that David knows the people here and loves being so engaged in the community. If you see him at the supermarket or at a kid’s soccer game, it’s the same David you see on TV---completely natural and always glad to meet a new friend.”

Before his time at the Allen Parkway studios, Paul worked at WCBD-TV in Charleston, South Carolina and KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has earned the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society as well as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation.

And if you didn't think the weather kept him busy enough, Paul and his wife Miranda have two sons and share their home with their beloved pets – three dogs and two cats.

As for Norman, he still has a twitter account where he has linked to his new venture called genenormanweather.com. I emailed Norman a few days ago about this, but have not heard back from him.

"It has been an honor for me to help Houstonians deal with severe weather," Norman told mikemcguff.com. "I'm looking forward to expanding my role as a severe weather expert for the Houston area and beyond. As I continue to pursue media opportunities, I am developing services to help people deal with severe weather incidents through my web site genenormanweather.com."

Here is the description of what Norman's Wise Weather, LLC does:

Wise Weather, LLC is a full service weather consulting firm providing a precision range of services including research, expert weather testimony, and safety talks.
With over 25 years of experience interpreting and forecasting a variety of meteorological conditions including severe and tropical weather, we obtain the essential knowledge and expertise needed for expert forensic research and analysis.
From tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, windstorms, and droughts, we’ve anticipated the threats and provided accurate life-saving information.
We deliver clear, concise, and targeted messaging on weather safety topics that you and your business, customers and staff need to know. When weather is on the move you need reliable, local intelligence for decisions that can drastically affect your environmental surroundings and people. Wise Weather is the natural choice when you need unique weather solutions from:

• Insurance
• Legal
• TV / Film Location Shoots
• Safety Training & Meetings
• Research
• Commercial, Academic, Government

Sounds like Norman and Wayne Dolcefino's Dolcefino Communications LLC could team up. Both are using their TV backgrounds in a consulting manner. I say we will probably be seeing more and more instance like this in the future.


20 comments:

  1. Hey Mike McGuff, Since David Paul became the chief meteorologist, Will KHOU 11 hire a fourth meteorologist to join David Paul, Chita Johnson and Mario Gomez according to Houston Chronicle.

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  2. Guess anything is possible according to the Houston Chronicle.

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    1. And with the recent history of KHOU, anything IS possible.

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  3. Gene is already missed. He was smart and engaging. And he made the weather segment interesting, fun and something to look forward watching. - Anonymous.

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  4. Last Tues when we were awaiting the storm KPRC did its usual overhype with reporter hacks wherever in Houston that they thought it would flood. And the Iwen/Lauren/Reyna amateur effort was also full tilt. So I switched to KHOU, and Chita sounded like a gravely voiced cheerleader with no clue. I'm now a KTRK guy when it comes to weather. The others are terrible.

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    1. Local 2 hype? You haven't seen this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=mQf1RQA-GjA

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  5. Best of luck to Gene Norman and his new venture. He'll be missed on air.


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  6. Miss Gene already!

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  7. Hey Mike McGuff, CBS reported that the Texans lost to the Patriots, 41-28, That means Bob Allen's last broadcast will be January 18, 2013.

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    1. Just heard Bob Allen say that his last day will be this Thursday at 10pm(Jan 17th 2013)

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  8. some how I think Chita is not going to be renewed after this. (not that she is a prize) David Paul is a great guy...Norman has worked at all the great spots to make him a little more experienced and knowledgeable. Its a shame they tossed him out the door.

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    1. I do miss Gene already!

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  9. Gene is greatly missed forecasting the weather!! He oozed experience, carisma and confidence…this David Paul guy makes the 10 pm news look like amateur hour and a tryout for "Weather Idol"....jeez…… channell 11 finally got something right and screw it up again!

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  10. Miss me my Norman Number. I like David Paul but he's in my opinion better suited in the morning. Since he was switched to evenings I quit watching Ch. 11
    Chita is a joke and has no business forecasting the weather in a top ten market where she has no experience.
    Bring back GENE!

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    1. Thanks Gene
      Glad to know you're still posting

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  11. I also miss Gene and really haven't watched 11 since. I don't really know the details of what happened but a suspension would have been sufficient of what I understand transpired. What a loss to channel 11.

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  12. I miss Gene. Enjoyed him explaining the weather in terms I can understand. Smart and brilliant man. I do not like the tag teaming on 11 news. Since the change, I do not watch channel 11 news at all. I watch KTRK. Better presentation all around.

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  13. Great for David Paul. I loved him in the am and now he will be great in the pm segment.

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  14. David Paul is smokin' HOT!

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