Paul Dellegatto is the chief meteorologist for FOX 13. Paul can be seen weekdays on FOX 13 News from 4 p.m. to midnight. Paul leads a staff of five meteorologists who have all been certified by the American Meteorological Society.
As a native of Natick, Massachusetts, Paul attended one of the most prestigious meteorology schools in the country, Lyndon State College in Vermont. He eventually graduated from the University of Rhode Island with degrees in Meteorology, Geography, and Marine Affairs.
Paul began his career in meteorology preparing weather forecasts for clients of a private weather company in Ithaca, New York. Later, he took a similar position outside of Boston with Weather Services Corporation, one of the nation's top private forecasting companies, where he helped develop the USA Today's familiar color weather page. Some of the clients he provided meteorological information for included the Boston Red Sox, more than 50 radio stations across the country, and public works departments across the northeast.
In 1984, he became a Meteorologist for WGME-TV in Portland, Maine. He then went on to become the Chief Meteorologist at WXII-TV in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he stayed for four years.
Paul has been with WTVT since 1990, and became the chief meteorologist when legendary meteorologist Roy Leep retired 1997.
Paul is the longest tenured chief meteorologist in Tampa Bay television. He has continued WTVT's legacy of being a weather pioneer and one of the top television weather departments in the country. He was the first meteorologist in the country to show the various spaghetti models that illustrate the complexity of tracking tropical systems.
FOX 13 continued to be a weather innovator under his leadership by adding ultra-high resolution satellite pictures utilizing McIDAS HD. WTVT is the only station in the country that receives satellite pictures directly from space via its earth tracking station.
Paul's weather passion is severe weather and tropical meteorology, which serves his viewers well.
Paul spends his free time visiting schools and civic groups talking about the fascinating science of meteorology.