Our On-Air Meteorologists
Co-founder, President and Senior MeteorologistPaul Douglas is Co-Founder, President and Senior Meteorologist at Praedictix, with 40 years of experience consulting for media and weather-sensitive businesses. Focused on personalizing the weather experience for corporate needs and consumer applications, Douglas is working with the development team to find new ways to add value. Previous companies include EarthWatch Communications, which brought 3D weather graphics to TV stations worldwide. Steven Spielberg used his graphics in the movies “Jurassic Park” and “Twister”. His previous company, Digital Cyclone, was the first company to put an app on a cell phone in 2001. Garmin acquired Digital Cyclone in 2007, allowing Douglas to build a new team — one focused on next-generation weather solutions and applications for an always-on, mobile-centric world.
Susie Martin, Director of Operations & MeteorologistSusie has always been fascinated by nature and Earth science. When it came time to pick her major in college, it was between Geology and Meteorology. Weather won that battle, a decision that she still stands by. After graduating cum laude from the University of Miami, Susie landed her first broadcast job in Davenport, Iowa, as a bilingual meteorologist. Her television and radio segments aired in a multitude of local television stations across the country and Mexico. In 2008, after 3 years in the Quad Cities, Susie moved to Minnesota and joined the Praedictix team. Susie is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) and is on the bilingual CBM reviewing panel for the American Meteorological Society. Susie grew up in Costa Rica and moved to Florida when she was a teenager. She loves spending time outdoors (camping and hiking) and loves animals, especially dogs. Susie is a foster and volunteer for a Minnesota dog rescue group. She also is an avid PC video gamer, dabbles in photography and casually plays the piano.
MeteorologistTodd earned his meteorology degree from St. Cloud State University and moved to Duluth, MN to cover lake effect snow storms along the shores of the coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. Soon after, he became Chief Meteorologist at a start-up station in Duluth, KQDS Fox 21 News. Here he successfully created and launched the weather brand for the station that was Emmy nominated for best newscast in the Upper Midwest for 2007 and 2008. During his time in Duluth, he could have been heard giving weather reports to various local radio stations, seen in the local newspaper with his daily weather column and surfed on the web with his daily weather blog. Todd’s passion for weather is clearly displayed during his on-air reports.
MeteorologistThe reason Kristin became a meteorologist is a little different than most. Kristin grew up in Pennsylvania, the only daughter of two meteorologists. Choosing weather as a career was only natural! Kristin studied at Penn State University and graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology. As a certified meteorologist, Kristin was one of the youngest meteorologists to ever receive the coveted CBM Seal (Certified Broadcast Meteorologist) from the American Meteorological Society. As a meteorologist and a mountain biker, Kristin has combined her passion for weather and cycling into 2WheelWeather: a national community about weather and its impacts on cycling. Kristin also provides relevant weather information for cyclists across the state of Minnesota through her weather blog on the Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists website.
MeteorologistJoe graduated with a bachelor’s in meteorology with a minor in mathematics from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He also interned at Studio One in UND while earning awards as a student broadcaster and teaching assistant along the way. During summers off from college, Joe was the weather intern for the KSTP weather team based in the Twin Cities. Joe then worked as the morning meteorologist for 2 years at KCWY in Casper, Wyoming; then 4 years as the morning meteorologist at WSJV in South Bend-Elkhart, IN. There, Joe became a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) through the American Meteorological Society and still owns the earned seal. In his spare time, Joe likes to have fun with friends and family, read, run, work out, play video games, drink coffee, watch his Vikings and learn violin. And of course to spend plenty of time with his Siberian Husky. You can call him the smallest member of Team Hansel, Jeffy the Weather Puppy!
MeteorologistRaised in Minnesota, Gretchen studied Meteorology at the University of Miami in Florida and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, graduating from Miami with a major in Meteorology and minors in Physics and Mathematics. Gretchen interned in weather broadcasting with KMSP in Minneapolis before joining the media meteorologists at Weather Central Inc. There she trained television meteorologists and managed the implementation of weather graphics systems in 35 states from Maine to Hawaii as well as in Canada, Latin America, and the UK. In addition to local stations, she has also made technological and aesthetic contributions to three major networks (ABC, NBC, and Univision). Gretchen and her husband have a son and a daughter.
Daniel (D.J.) Kayser grew up with a passion for weather, knowing from the age of four that he was going to be a meteorologist. He graduated in the spring of 2012 from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. At Praedictix, D.J. produces graphics for usage on-air and online as well as researches weather stats and data. You can also find him as part of the on-air, forensic and weather briefing teams. Outside of work, he and his wife, Rebecca, enjoy spending free time out in the great outdoors.