Chief meteorologist Paul Wetzl will celebrate the 25th anniversary of meteorology at the WKBN

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(WKBN) – A Tuesday Celebration here at WKBN – Chief Meteorologist Paul Wetzl will celebrate the start of his 25th year at First News!

Of course, we couldn’t pass up this anniversary, so we spoke to some of the people you’ve worked with over the years.

The first forecasts published by Paul date back to 1998.

Gina Marinelli: Meet our new weekend weatherman Paul Wetzl
Tom Holden: He comes to us from Mississippi but he is originally from the neighboring city of Lisbon. Paul, welcome home
Paul: Well thank you. It’s good to be back home

For 25 years, Paul has been forecasting the valley’s weather, rising through the ranks from weekend forecaster to WKBN’s chief meteorologist.

Two men Paul idolized in his early days at the station and broadcast legends Don Gutherie and Rich Morgan to this day.

“Paul was just a natural. When Don saw him – when I saw him, we both felt he was the guy we needed. He was just perfect to work with us,” Morgan said.

If you ask Morgan, Paul taught him as much as he taught Paul, especially when it came to the computer and those animated graphics.

“I didn’t know computers, so luckily Paul was working on the weekends, but he came during the week and I had a list of questions for him every day and I was like, ‘Paul, Paul, Paul!'” says Morgan.

One thing we all know and love about our chef, Paul is always willing to share his love and knowledge of the weather forecast, giving tours around the resort and making wishes come true.

He inspired so many future meteorologists, many of whom trained under him and now work here today.
Meteorologist Ryan Halicki considers Paul a dear friend and mentor.

“Besides the friendship we have there, it’s just a respect I have for him. It’s so cool to work with someone that I remember watching too when I was young,” Halicki said.

When you tune into our severe weather coverage and these two are on screen, they don’t miss a beat – often finishing each other’s sentences.

“He’ll just mumble something and I already know what he’s looking for or he knows what I’m looking for – and that just comes from working alongside someone so close,” Halicki said.

Whether he knows it or not, many of us here at Channel 27 look up to Paul. His expertise, his passion and his love of the Valley shine every time he appears on screen.

It is dedicated to giving you a prediction that means something.

“Paul is a farmer, a real farmer, so when he gives weather forecasts he is very concerned about how it works from hour to hour,” Morgan said.

“His predictions mean more than just a job giving you the predictions and helping you plan your day. He himself relies on those predictions to plan his day and time when he’s not around to keep busy. cows,” Halicki said.

Don’t worry, Paul says he’s not going anywhere and WKBN is his home.

It’s been another 25 years!

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