By David Carroll

dcarroll@wrcbtv.com

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-  WRCB Chief Meteorologist Paul Barys hit a major milestone on Thursday August 12, celebrating 25 years at Channel 3.  He extends his record as the longest-running continuous weather forecaster in Chattanooga television history.

Paul graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Meteorology in 1973.  He worked for a private weather service in Chicago in 1974.  The next year, he began his television career as a meteorologist/reporter/photographer at WITN-TV in Washington, North Carolina.  There he met his future wife Sarah.  They have now been married 33 years.

In 1977, he moved to a larger city, becoming chief meteorologist at WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  His next move was to "the big time," working with Al Roker (now with NBC) at WKYC-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.

In August 1985, WRCB, having gone through ten weather forecasters in a ten-year period, needed some stability. They turned to Paul Barys, who has certainly filled the bill.

He's welcomed more than 1200 Junior Forecasters, and has helped find homes for more than one thousand puppies in his weekly "Paul's Pet" segment.  He's also hosted dozens of Backyard Barbecues, including an annual event for his Sky Watchers, who report each day from their hometowns.  And he guided the Tennessee Valley through the famous "Storm of '93", the 20-inch March snowfall that he correctly predicted five days in advance.

We congratulate Paul, his wife Sarah, and daughters Maggie and Jamie for his outstanding record of longevity and accuracy at WRCB!