Meet the Team

Our team of meteorologists are degreed and certified with decades of collective experience in forecasting, broadcasting, and consulting. Learn more about our team of weather experts!
Paul Douglas

Paul Douglas

Co-founder, President and Senior Meteorologist

Paul Douglas, Co-Founder, President, and Senior Meteorologist, leads the team of Praedictix meteorologists with over 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

Susie Martin

Susie Martin, Director of Operations & Meteorologist

Susie has spent the last 11 years of her professional career as a meteorologist at Praedictix and currently leads the team as the Director of Operations. With over 15 years of experience as a meteorologist, Susie specializes in on-air broadcasting, weather consulting, and forensic weather. Her television and radio segments have aired on local television stations across the country, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She also is the general manager and climate analyst of Climatrends, a company specializing in climate scenario analysis to help companies become more adaptable and resilient in the face of climate change.

Susie graduated cum laude from the University of Miami in 2005. She grew up in Costa Rica and is bilingual.  Susie is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) and is on the bilingual CBM reviewing panel for the American Meteorological Society. 

In her spare time, Susie enjoys camping, piano, and cycling. Most of all, she loves spending time with her husband, son, and dog. 

Todd Nelson

Todd Nelson

Account Manager & Meteorologist

Todd 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.
Joe Hansel

Joe Hansel

Meteorologist

Joe 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!
Gretchen Mishek

Gretchen Mishek

Meteorologist

Raised 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 Kayser

Daniel Kayser

Meteorologist & Data Specialist

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.