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Paul Dellegatto(Full name: Paul N. Dellegatto)is an American meteorologist and television weather forecaster. He is the chief meteorologist at WTVT in Tampa, Florida.
Before coming to WTVT, he became a Meteorologist for WGME-TV in Portland, Maine in 1984.
He then went on to become the Chief Meteorologist at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Paul has been with WTVT since 1990, and took over for Roy Leep as the chief meteorologist in 1997 “he previously served as morning meteorologist until 1997”.
Dellegatto is AMS Certified and one of the five meteorologists that are certified broadcast meteorologists of the WTVT weather department.
The only other certified broadcast meteorologists outside of WTVT in the market are Mike Clay, Josh Linker, Brian McClure, and Juli Marquez of Bay News 9, Tammie Souza of WTSP, and Steve Jerve and Leigh Spann of WFLA. Dick Fletcher of WTSP also held the seal prior to his passing in 2008.
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Paul N. Dellegatto is an American meteorologist and television weather forecaster. He is the chief meteorologist at WTVT in Tampa, Florida. He was born on August 3. 1960 in Natick, MA. Paul Dellegatto ids 58 years old as of 2018.
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He was born in Natick, Massachusetts to his late parents, Antonio Lawrence Dellegatto(father) and Rita Nicoletta Dellegatto.
His father fought in World War 2 as well as Korea, and honorably served his country. He still embraces a great amount of respect for both of his parents.
Paul received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Marine Affairs / Speech Communications and Meteorology from the University of Rhode Island. He completed his study in Meteorology from Northern Vermont University, Lyndon.
Paul Dellegatto Wife
Paul is happily married to his wife, Mary Ann Dellegatto of Tampa, Florida. The couple has three daughters, namely Rachel, Caitlyn, and Lindsey Dellegatto together.
Mary Ann is a real estate professional who works in real estate in the Tampa Bay Area. She is a realtor at Keller Williams Realty and is entirely indulged in her profession. The family lives together in Tampa Bay with their daughters and Golden Retriever, Sparky.
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Paul Dellegatto is a chief meteorologist and weather forecaster in Fox 13 Tampa, Florida.
He has continued the Fox 13’s legacy to be the top television weather departments in the country.
However, his career wasn’t always flamboyant. Back when he was working in North Carolina, the people couldn’t understand his Boston accent.
The issue became so severe that he decided to end his career in meteorology ultimately. He then joined a speech school in Dallas and worked on improving his accent, which brought a tremendous leap into his career.
Paul Dellegatto earns an estimated salary of $76,000 thousand dollars as of 2019. He has an estimated Net Worth of $10 million dollars as of 2019.
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FOX13 weatherman Paul Dellegatto has a warning about Florida’s daylight saving plan
Among the many bills waiting for action by Gov. Rick Scott is one asking Congress to decide whether Florida should be a state that enjoys daylight saving time year-round.
Under HB 1013, called the “Sunshine Protection Act,” the state would ask Congress to pass a law to let the Sunshine State move from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time (when you set your clocks ahead one hour) year-round. Daylight saving time runs from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November and well, it just started Sunday.
Sen. Marco Rubio says he’s ready to push for the legislation in Congress.
But have we thought about the real-life effects of such a change? Of being on a different clock than the rest of the East Coast?
Paul Dellegatto, the chief meteorologist at FOX13 in Tampa, has been tweeting out some such thoughts.
If approved, Florida would join two other states that have exempted themselves from the 1966 law that set a uniform time for all time zones across the country. Hawaii and most of Arizona are on standard time year-round. Published
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WTVT meteorologist Paul Dellegatto overcame gloomy beginning to succeed
Just as hurricane season brings turbulent times, so did the beginning of WTVT-Ch. 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto’s career in North Carolina.
It was his first gig as a chief meteorologist, and the rough start wasn’t for a lack of knowledge or understanding of weather; it was for something equally as important: his Boston accent.
The locals couldn’t relate to a “Yankee” and the “funny” way he talked. The issue became so serious that he considered quitting meteorology altogether. The Tampa Bay Times spoke with Dellegatto about how he overcame the obstacle.
Tell me about your experience as the chief meteorologist in Winston-Salem, your stop prior to Tampa Bay.
I only had one year of TV experience, was 25 years old and was offered the job. Prior to accepting that job, I had never left New England before. All of my roots are in the Northeast. This was my first time in the Bible Belt. I was a bit naive at that age and perhaps a bit insecure.
It became apparent it wasn’t working out too well. I couldn’t connect with the viewers. They didn’t understand me and, frankly, didn’t like me very much. It got to the point where I was getting numerous unflattering letters from viewers.
A lot of (the viewers) had ties with an airline that was headquartered in Winston-Salem back then and they were sending me one-way plane ticket vouchers back to Boston.
I worked on changing and covering my Boston accent. I was sent to a speech school in Dallas by the station for two weeks.
I came back from Dallas and had improved my speech, but prior to that, I found myself asking, “Why am I doing this?” I’d call my Mom. I wanted to come home, but I hung in there and after four years I became pretty popular. When I was leaving for Tampa and Fox13, I got letters from viewers saying, “Don’t go, we love you.”
It was a huge transfer. They didn’t want me to leave. It was a great learning experience, but I was looking forward to working in an even bigger market. I worked under (Roy) Leap for seven years, before being promoted to a chief meteorologist.
Did the speech school help or did the locals in North Carolina just need to get acclimated to your Boston accent?
North Carolina is a great state with great people. It’s not a very transient state. They stick up for their own and I wasn’t their own.
It was a matter of getting used to me and getting accustomed to me. It took them a while, but they finally started to say, “He’s funny, he’s likable, he’s a good forecaster, good humor.” There was definitely a learning curve.
What ignited your passion to study weather and become a meteorologist?
I don’t really have an answer. It’s just in my genes. I loved the snow. I loved the storms. I’m one of those people that does a job that I’ve wanted to do my entire life. I never had any other job aspirations. I love it now as much as I did when I first started.
Some people are born and they know they want to be a stockbroker or a lawyer. When I was born, I knew I wanted to be a meteorologist.
That’s how it was all the way through school. I was a science geek. I used to always stare at the snow through the window at class in school.
Do you have a favorite time of the year to track weather? A personal favorite season?
I like when stuff is going on. I like weather action. This time of the year is great. I don’t want to see anyone get hurt, obviously, but I love hurricanes.
I couldn’t work in San Diego, Phoenix or Los Angeles. I would get bored. I need something that people are watching. Here, it’s 5 p.m. and I know people are watching.
I want a reason for people to watch. The exciting season is definitely the summer-hurricane season. Personally, I do enjoy the sunny, low humidity, 72 degrees in winter, but as a forecaster it’s boring.
What will your weekend be like with Isaac looming out in the Caribbean?
I will pretty much be on this storm 24/7 until we are out of harm’s way. Anytime we are dealing with a weather situation that potentially will have a major impact on our region, we cover it from every angle possible.
Viewers have come to trust our station as an important source of accurate, nonhyped weather analysis and forecasting, and I personally take that responsibility seriously. How we cover big storms leaves an important lasting impression with our viewers, so we have to do it right.
How does Tampa compare to the other cities you’ve lived in?
Every place has its own personality. I love it down here. I love that I’m close to so many sports; I’m a huge sports fan. I’ve had season tickets for the Rays, Lightning, and Buccaneers.
A lot of it, to me, is having sports nearby. The ability to go to the beach and being near the water is also important for me. I don’t miss the snow. I don’t miss the long winters. The people here are great. I’ve made some great, unbelievable friends.
I can’t tell you enough great things about Kelly (Ring), John (Wilson), Chip (Carter) and Mark (Wilson). Not only are they professional, but they’re also great people to work with. I’ve already been here for 22 years and it goes by so fast.
What does it mean to you to be the veteran chief meteorologist of such a large metropolitan area?
It’s a big, big honor. I took Roy Leap’s place and he was a big part of it. They had a number of directions they could have decided to go in. I had huge shoes to fill. Roy was considered one of the big weather pioneers, not only in the area but in the country.
The fact that I was chosen to follow in his footsteps was a really big deal. I try to think about him a lot and remember what he meant to this TV station.
He gave good science first but also exhibited his personality. As the years go by, people can turn to the Internet, apps on their smartphones and lots of other places to get weather.
This didn’t really exist five or 10 years ago. You have to really step up your game and do a good job because they can turn to a lot of other places if you don’t get the job done. Judging by the ratings, people do turn to us for severe weather — that’s my report card. Adapted from WTVT.
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#TD3 will skirt east coast of #Florida with no impacts to #Tampa Bay area. We will become unsettled mid-week as pool of moisture moves in from Gulf with above-average clouds and rain. #Skytower pic.twitter.com/jt6lDGU3u6
From a 10% chance of development last night to a Tropical Depression this afternoon. #NHC will start advisories on #TD3 at 5 pm.
Depression will bring rain and gusty winds to #Florida southeast coast before weakening. No impact to #Tampa Bay area. pic.twitter.com/tgA6X7kHhd
Cool cloud shadows tonight. Thunderstorm doing a nice job of blocking light from setting sun in Palma Sola. Credit: Brenda Little Reichle #Skytower pic.twitter.com/UNl8Z5gcXC
Tampa weather guy Paul Dellegatto named “Worser” person by Keith Olbermann
Here’s what happens when a TV meteorologist speaks his mind
WTVT-Ch. 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto is such a mild-mannered guy, it’s hard to imagine him in a televised throw-down with one of cable TV’s most outspoken anchors.
But that’s what happened Wednesday night, when MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named the Tampa weather guy to second place in that evening’s “Worst Person in the World” listing, citing a recent statement by Dellegatto during a newscast saying there are some signs that runaway global warming isn’t happening.
In the Tampa Bay area to take in some spring training games, Olbermann dinged Dellegatto for “putting in global warming denial propaganda into the local freaking weather forecast of the local freaking Fox station.”
He accused the weather guy of downplaying “the whole global warming doomsayer theory,” noting sarcastically that global warming can make some areas on the Earth unseasonably cooler as well.
(UPDATE: After trading Facebook messages with Dellegatto earlier today, I had hoped to interview him about Olbermann’s criticisms.
But Fox declined to make him available — instead, a spokesman released a two-line statement: “Nobody cares about Keith Olbermann. He’s irrelevant.” Published on March 13. 2019 by Anthony Watts.