Paul said it would be like this….
If you grew up in the Tennessee Valley, you know that phrase. It originated in the 1980s when Paul Barys, the weatherman with a beard, was new to Chattanooga.
Today, it’s a phrase still used in association with Paul’s accurate forecasts and severe weather coverage. Now, it takes on new meaning as Paul announces his retirement after 35 years of service. Paul plans to make his last day on air at Channel 3 in July 2021.
Name any weather event in the past 35 years, and Paul Barys has been at the center of it. He predicted the Blizzard of 1993. In 2011, he stayed on air for hours working to guide people to shelter as tornadoes touched down across the region causing widespread damage and dozens of deaths. Then again, in April 2020, Paul provided that same voice of calm as a deadly storm moved through our area. His accuracy and steady presence kept tens of thousands of people safe for generations.
Paul joined Channel 3 in 1985 after forecasting at stations in North Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio. Now after more than 35 years of forecasting for the Tennessee Valley, Paul is forecasting more time with his grandkids.
Upon Paul’s retirement, Channel 3 is fortunate to have David Karnes begin duties as the station’s Chief Meteorologist. David has worked alongside Paul for the past 13 years, and as someone who spent part of his childhood in Soddy-Daisy, he is an experienced forecaster and familiar face to Tennessee Valley viewers.