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
  • Strong thunderstorms expected over western Illinois this afternoon/evening

    The National Storm Prediction Center has issued the Mesoscale Outlook discussion below indicating a good chance  of strong thunderstorms – possibility a few severe storms over western Illinois Outlined area on highlighted map) this Wednesday afternoon/evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely in the Chicago area during this same time-frame. Mesoscale Discussion 1508 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0235 PM CDT Wed Aug 16 2017 Areas affected…Eastern Iowa…Western Illinois…Eastern Missouri Concerning…Severe potential…Watch unlikely Valid 161935Z – 162200Z Probability […]

  • Risk of severe t-storms across Chicago area the next 24 to 36 hours

    CHICAGO — The National Storm Prediction Center has a good portion of the Chicago area under a Marginal Risk (dark-green-shaded areas on the highlighted Wednesday-Wednesday night map above and the map for Thursday below) calling for strong severe thunderstorms late this Wednesday afternoon/early evening through the overnight hours into the daylight hours Thursday. A Marginal Risk depicts a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location – mainly damaging winds and localized flood-producing downpours here. Note […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm warning until 8:15PM CDT for portions of LaSalle and Livingston Counties

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Northwestern Livingston County in central Illinois… Southern La Salle County in north central Illinois… …Orange-shaded area on highlighted map… * Until 815 PM CDT * At 736 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Granville, or near Oglesby, moving southeast at 40 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * This severe thunderstorm will be near, Oglesby around […]

  • Locally heavy rains possible across southern portions of McHenry and Lake Counties, IL

    Between 5 and 6PM CDT eastward-moving thunderstorms, training (repeatedly moving over the same locations) have been developing and tracking east across the southern portions of McHenry and Lake Counties, IL. Rainfall totals in excess of an inch may cause some temporary local flooding problems across this area late this afternoon/early evening.

  • Updated Mesoscale Discussion on Severe Thunderstorm Watch covering northern Illinois/southeast corner of Wisconsin

    Mesoscale Discussion 1471 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0531 PM CDT Thu Aug 10 2017 Areas affected...Portions of the upper Great Lakes region Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 445... Valid 102231Z - 110000Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 445 continues. SUMMARY...A threat of damaging winds and large hail will likely continue for at least a few more hours this evening, primarily across/near southern portions of WW 445. DISCUSSION...Strong to severe thunderstorms have evolved primarily towards eastern and southern […]

  • Marginal Risk of severe storms later today into the evening across Chicago area

    CHICAGO — The National Storm Prediction Center has included much of northeast Illinois including Chicago in a Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms later this Thursday afternoon into the evening hours. The dark-green-shaded area on the highlighted map depicts a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location. The main threat with be damaging winds and large hail and localized downpours in the strongest storms. A cold front will move east across northern Illinois preceded and accompanied […]

  • Cold front bears down on Chicago – storms move through near-west and southern suburbs and on through Chicago by 10-10:30PM

    Update 10:20PM CDT… Strong thunderstorms continue in far southern sections , but have weakened and moved off to the east elsewhere in the Chicago area. Areas affected by the southern branch of storms until 11PM CDT are associated with a line of thunderstorms which at 10:15CDT was: along a line extending from Surrey to Rossville. Movement was northeast at 60 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Rensselaer, Fowler, Kentland, Morocco, […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm warning until 10PM for central Porter County in northwest Indiana

    Update 10PM CDT… The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has expired. There was a report of two trees downed on power lines near Valparaiso at 9:40PM CDT. Storms have weakened and moved off to the east. _______________________________________________________________________________ The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Central Porter County in northwestern Indiana… * Until 1000 PM CDT * At 938 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Lincoln Hills, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD…60 mph […]

  • More strong thunderstorms moving through portions of Will, Grundy and Kankakee Counties until 9PM CDT

    ..SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWESTERN WILL…SOUTHEASTERN GRUNDY AND KANKAKEE COUNTIES UNTIL 900 PM CDT… At 835 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Channahon to near Herscher. Movement was northeast at 40 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Bradley, Channahon, Manteno, Wilmington, Manhattan, Braidwood, Coal City, Diamond, Elwood, Herscher, St. Anne, Chebanse, Braceville, Aroma Park, Lakewood Shores, Essex, South Wilmington and […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 8:45PM CDT for Kendall County

    Update 8:30PM CDT… …THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN KENDALL COUNTY IS CANCELLED… The storm which prompted the warning has weakened below severe limits, and has exited the warned area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled. However gusty winds are still possible over far eastern Kendall County. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Update 8:20PM CDT… …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT FOR NORTHEASTERN KENDALL COUNTY… At 818 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Oswego, moving east at […]