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 Zach Paul

Zach Paul

Chief Meteorologist

School: University of Missouri

Hometown: Independence, Missouri

Year Joined KRCG 13: 2003

It is my pleasure to be the Chief Meteorologist for KRCG 13 and lead the Weather Authority team. You can get your accurate and dependable forecast weeknights on KRCG 13 Live at 5, 6, and 10.

Whether it's off to work, school, the lake, or the river you can expect an accurate and precise forecast you can plan your day around. Of course, you will always stay ahead of any storm with MAX 13 Radar. So, as you plan your evening or make your plans for tomorrow, you will not want to miss the forecast.

I joined the KRCG team in May of 2003. But before this, I was an assistant weather producer at KMBC in Kansas City. It was there I learned from one of the best meteorologists in the nation, Bryan Busby. Bryan was a major influence on me at a young age. In third grade, Bryan came and visited my elementary school and I was bitten by the weather bug. This is why I try to visit as many schools as possible each year. Teachers let me know if you’re interested.

Growing up in Independence, MO has allowed me to witness Missouri weather firsthand. Like many kids, I was afraid of thunderstorms as a child. But I’ve since made this fear a passion. Before the Eldon and Jefferson City tornado on May 22, 2019, the most active day that sticks with me is March 12, 2006. An F-3 passed near the towns of Marshall, Arrow Rock, and Moberly; as well as an F-2 passing right through Sedalia and Gravois Mills. Today, the Eldon and Jefferson City tornado are events that I'll never forget. Our coverage of this event was recognized with several awards, including a National Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage.

While studying atmospheric science at the University of Missouri I researched the Frequency of Occluded Frontal Occurrences over North America that was submitted to the Electronic Journal of Operational Meteorology and presented this information at the National Weather Association’s annual conference in 2004. Since then I’ve furthered my education in meteorology at Mississippi State University.

When not forecasting, I like to stay busy and help out in my community. I’m currently on the Board of Directors for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service in Jefferson City and have previously served as the Vice-Chair. I’m am also on the advisory board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson City and the board of governance for the United Way of Central Missouri. On top of this, I’ve been an active supporter of Special Olympics Missouri since 2005 and regularly participate in the annual polar plunge as a super plunger. We do 24 plunges in 24 hours. I regularly emcee events for many local organizations and charities and welcome the opportunity to give back to the community that continues to graciously support me.

In my free time, I like to travel but also enjoy the occasional lazy day too. I love spending my downtime with my family, son Cameron, and friends.