Paul earned his BS in Math-Physics at Ball State University. As a weather Officer in the Air Force he had a year of study in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has a Masters in Meteorology from Purdue University with additional studies at Rutgers University. He entered the National Weather Service in 1962 and held various positions over the ensuing years – Pennsylvania State Climatologist, Lead Forecaster in Indianapolis and Des Moines, Central Region Chief of Operations in Kansas City, Meteorologist-In-Charge(MIC) at Cincinnati and MIC at Chicago (1990-2002). WGN-TV/Chicago Tribune Meteorologist since 2002.

Recent Articles
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    Risk of severe storms across Chicago area Friday late morning/afternoon

    The National Storm Prediction Center has placed the entire Chicago area in a Slight Risk of severe storms Friday (yellow-shaded area on the Friday severe weather outlook map below depicting a 15% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location) including damaging winds, large hail and the possibility of tornadoes with the strongest potential for severe storms late morning into the mid/late afternoon. Note an even stronger Enhanced Risk of severe storms exists over Indiana into Lower Michigan (tan-shaded […]

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    Chicago sets record with 6 straight 60+ degree days between Dec. and Feb.

    CHICAGO — Chicago temperatures at O’Hare tied the record of 68 degrees set in 1922, as temperatures have set new benchmarks over 5 of the past 6 days in Chicago. It also marked the 6th consecutive day with 60-degree or warmer temperatures, which has never happened between December and February in recorded weather history. As of 3pm, record high temperatures for the date were established at the Midway and Rockford airports. At Rockford the temperature actually moved higher than the […]

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    Dense Fog Advisory for most of the Chicago area into central Illinois until mid-morning

    CHICAGO — Dense fog will drop visibility to less than a quarter-mile over much of northern Illinois into southern Wisconsin, central Illinois and northwest Indiana, including the Chicago area early this Wednesday morning. The Dense Fog Advisory will be in effect until 9AM CST. Driving conditions will deteriorate with near zero visibility in many locations leading to a very slow-go for the morning drive. Generally clear skies, high dewpoint air and the still cold ground/pavement will create conditions conducive to […]

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    Five consecutive days in the 60s – first time in February records here

    The 65-degree high at Chicago’s official O’Hare International Airport weather observation fell short of the 67-degree record February 21 high temperatures set back in 1930, but it did mark the 5th consecutive day with temperatures reaching 60-degrees or higher – a record for the month of February (records dating back to 1871). The old record of 4 consecutive 60-degree days was set back on February 24-27, 1976. The 64-degrees at Midway Airport also fell short of the 66-degree record at […]

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    Chicago has most 70-degree days in February since 1871

    The mercury soared to 70 degrees Monday for the second time in three days making it the fourth straight day for rewriting Chicago’s record book. The NORMAL high in Chicago does not reach 70 degrees until May 15th, which underscores how unusual this warmth truly is. Never before in 146 Februarys dating back to 1871 have there been two 70 degree or warmer days. And, while clouds and light rain Tuesday morning are likely to keep readings a bit cooler […]

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    Sunday marks the third straight day with record high temperatures across the Chicago area

    High temperatures have soared into the mid to upper 60s for the third consecutive record-breaking day across the Chicago area. Between 1 and 2PM CST Chicago’s official observing site at O’Hare International Airport registered a 68-degree reading – three degrees higher than the previous record high of 65-degrees for February 19th set 87 years ago in 1930. Rockford at 66-degrees easily surpassed their previous record high of 63-degrees for this date also recorded back in 1930. At Midway, the thermometer […]

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    Chicago temperatures hit 70’s in February for 4th time since 1871

    CHICAGO — Weather history was made again on Saturday when temperatures reached 70 degrees, obliterating the old record of 62 degrees set in 1981, but this is the second earliest temperatures reached those levels on record since 1871. By noon CST Saturday temperatures had reached record high levels across the Chicago area. The official observing site for Chicago at O’Hare International Airport reached 63-degrees at 11:35AM CST breaking the old record of 62-degrees set back in 1981. At Midway the […]

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    Record high temperatures across the Chicago area this Friday afternoon

    CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CST record high temperatures for February 17 were recorded at O’Hare, Midway and Rockford – all posting readings in the lower 60s. The 62-degrees at Chicago’s official O’Hare International Airport observing site broke a 137-year record of 60-degrees set back in 1880. At Midway airport the 63-degrees snapped the 58-degree record set in 2011. And the 62-degree reading at Rockford easily exceeded the old record of 59-degrees set at that location in 1981. With sunny […]

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    Northwest winds gusting over 40 miles per hour this afternoon

    West/northwest winds have strengthened steady since late morning and at 2PM CST gusts have exceeded 40 miles per hour at several area airports. Highest gusts as of 2PM  were at 48 mph at the Gary Airport, 46 mph at the Midway Coop and Morris , while Kenosha and Burlington in southern Wisconsin reported 49 mph and 47 mph respectively. Winds will remain very strong and gusty the remainder of the afternoon into the evening across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana, […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory for 2 to 4-inches of snow today south of I-80

    Update 2:20PM CST… The band of snow south of Interstate-80 has weakened and is expected to end from west to east later afternoon and evening. Snow accumulation increases as you go south..latest reports indicating less than an inch just south of Interstate-80 to around 3-inches in the southernmost portions of Livingston, Ford and Iroquois Counties. At 1:30PM CST… ODell in Livingston County…3.0 inches Ottawa in LaSalle County 1.0 inch At 10:30AM Chatsworth in Livingston County measured 1.5 inches ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The […]