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Tampa weatherguy Paul Dellegatto named "Worser" person by Keith Olbermann

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Dellegatto_2 WTVT-Ch. 13 chief meteorologist Paul Dellegatto is such a mild-mannered guy, it's hard to imagine him in a televised throw-down with one of cable TV's most outspoken anchors.

But that's what happened Wednesday night, when MSNBC's Keith Olbermann named the Tampa weatherguy to second place in that evening's "Worst Person in the World" listing, citing a recent statement by Dellegatto during a newscast saying there are some signs that runaway global warming isn't happening.

In the Tampa Bay area to take in some spring training games, Olbermann dinged Dellegatto for "putting in global warming denial propaganda into the local freaking weather forecast of the local freaking Fox station." He accused the weatherguy of downplaying "the whole global warming doomsayer theory," noting sarcastically that global warming can make some areas on the Earth unseasonably cooler as well.

(UPDATE: After trading Facebook messages with Dellegatto earlier today, I had hoped to interview him about Olbermann's criticisms. But Fox declined to make him available -- instead, a spokesman released a two-line statement:

"Nobody cares about Keith Olbermann. He's irrelevant.")

The clip from Wednesday's show is below.
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