Paul Poteet is a 40-year media veteran who joined the Weather Authority team in January of 2018. He can be seen weekend evenings and at various times on selected weekdays.
Paul is a Hoosier who was born in the northeastern Indiana town of Huntington, pretending to do TV weather in the basement of his boyhood home. He would watch carefully, noting the positions of weather systems on television maps that would seem prehistoric in these days of high definition storm tracking. The first major weather event he remembers is the “Super Outbreak” of tornadoes on April 3, 1974. Twisters struck in his region on the same day they devastated Xenia, Ohio.
He began his career on the air while a teenager as a radio DJ in Fort Wayne, Ind. But Paul first turned to television weather in Indianapolis in the mid-80s, and stayed there for more than thirty years. His continuing interest in Mother Nature prompted further study. Paul is a graduate of the Mississippi State Broadcast Meteorology program.
The meteorologist is also an entrepreneur, with a history of working directly with tourist agencies and media publishers to develop and produce content that incorporates a particular area’s events into a video weather update. He also owns a forensic meteorology business that researches past weather events, and reports those findings to insurance companies and attorneys.
Paul met his wife at a radio station way back in 1979 and they married in 1981. She’s long since retired, giving her more time for hiking and biking. Paul hits the hiking trail with her and also likes to run. He has completed a couple of marathons, including events in New York City and Indianapolis. The couple has two adult sons and two grandsons. Paul would skip the maps and charts every time and just show pictures of the grandchildren on Local 12 if he could get away with it.
After such a long time in the same location, he and his wife are excited about leaving their empty nest and exploring new places. The weatherman in Paul is also excited about being able to see hills and the Ohio River behind him when a “tower cam” is being shown. Mrs. P’s background is German, so she’s excited about all the Festivals here in the Tri-State. So whether you see Paul out eating sausage and sauerkraut, or running off that food along a trail---say hi. He's always happy to talk about the weather!