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
  • Cold weather could be to blame for depression

    Sub-zero temps/wind chills across NE Illinois/NW Indiana today

    Temperatures are in the single-digits above and below zero this Wednesday morning area-wide a light west to southwest wind supporting very cold wind chills ranging from near zero close-in to nearly 20-degrees below zero farther inland to the west and south. Just before sunrise coldest local airport temperature and wind chill was at Rochelle (-6 temperature and -20-wind chill)  with far west and south locations Rockford, DeKalb, Aurora, Peru-Ottawa, Morris and Kankakee not far behind. Bundle-up  and protect your face, […]

  • Lake-effect snows finally winding down over northwest Indiana – sub-zero wind chills return

    Update 10:30PM CST… The lake-effect snow showers have worked their way east out of Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and will gradually diminish as the night goes on. However, with over a half-foot of snow in some areas during the past 24 hours,  roads will still be icy and traffic slow around the south end of Lake Michigan traveling  into northeastern Indiana and north into southwest Lower Michigan. Temperatures are falling off across the Chicago area and by early […]

  • Another winter storm, another slow commute around Chicago area

    Accumulating snow showers continue close-in Chicago area tonight – wind chills -10 to -20-degrees far west and far south later tonight/Tuesday forenoon

    Accumulating snow showers will continue over northeast Illinois Monday night, gradually shifting into northwest Indiana before ending later Tuesday night. A couple inches or more may fall in Lake and Cook Counties in Illinois tonight and early Tuesday, as an impulse associated with departing low pressure moves southeast out of Wisconsin. An inch or so additional snowfall may occur tonight  in counties north of Interstate-80 and east of Interstate-39. West to northwest winds gusting over 20 mph will cause some […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory continued across the Chicago area until at least mid-afternoon

    Update 2PM CST… The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire Chicago area until mid-afternoon and may have to be extended through the evening commute in at least a portion of the area, even though light snow/snow showers are slowly diminishing from the west. As the center of low pressure moves out over Lake Michigan winds are picking up out of the west, gusting over 20 mph causing blowing/drifting of snow, especially on north-south highways/roads. Driving will continue […]

  • Accumulating snow begins later this Sunday afternoon – continues overnight into Monday

    Snow is forecast to begin in the Chicago area later this afternoon and continue overnight into Monday with 2 to 5-inches of total snowfall expected. The snow will spread into westernmost portions along the Interstate-39 corridor and Fox River Valley mid to late afternoon, reaching Chicago into northwest Indiana by late afternoon/early evening. Roads will become snow-covered and slick overnight, making for a slow hazardous Monday morning commute. Additional snow may continue to fall Monday-Monday night across northern sections, especially […]

  • A chilly morning across the Chicago area

    Single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chills prevailed across the Chicago area this Saturday morning. Lowest temperatures were west of the Fox River Valley, close to the Interstate-39 corridor with a  1-degree low at Rockford and 2-degrees at Rochelle and DeKalb. A 10 to 15 mph northwest wind was generating wind chills generally in the -5 to -15-degree range. Arctic-source high pressure will dominate the weather today with snow showers gradually diminishing over the northwest corner of Indiana just south of […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory ends – next up possible accumulating lake-effect snow

    Update 10AM CST… The Winter Weather Advisory has been discontinued and the band of snow has moved off to the east. Next up – possible accumulating lake-effect snow around the  south end of Lake Michigan starting this afternoon and continuing overnight into Saturday. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ An additional inch or two of snow will occur this Friday morning east of Interstate-57 mainly in northwest Indiana causing snow-covered highways/streets and slick driving conditions (Winter Weather Advisory in effect until noon across the purple-shaded […]

  • As temperatures fall through the 30s and 20s – slick roads ahead for the Chicago area tonight

    Update 7:15PM CST… The Winter Weather Advisory continues for the entire Chicago area until at least midnight – overnight in northwest Indiana. A wintry combination of scattered light freezing drizzle and snow flurries is occurring west along the Interstate-39 corridor and the Fox Valley with temperatures dropping through the 20s into the upper teens this Thursday evening – the main threat being spotty slick spots causing by the scattered freezing drizzle/light snow as well as moisture on pavement and cold […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for PM sleet, freezing rain across Chicago area

    CHICAGO — A Winter Weather Advisory calling for a period of sleet and freezing rain spreading from west to east across the Chicago area is forecast to occur this Thursday afternoon/evening. The Advisory runs from 3PM CST until Midnight, affecting the area along and west of Interstate-39 by mid-afternoon and then east into Chicago and northwest Indiana by late afternoon/early evening. This will impact afternoon/evening rush-hour/commute traffic, so the earlier start you can get the better, as roads are likely […]

  • The Dense Fog Advisory across the Chicago area has been discontinued

    Update 9PM CST… The Dense Fog Advisory has been dropped. Very strong south to southwest winds gusting to 40 miles per hour have so “mixed” the air close to the ground that visibility has lifted significantly in the past couple hours (see current visibility map below).  With winds this strong, fog is no longer a threat. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ A Dense Fog Advisory calling for frequent visibility less than a quarter-mile in fog will be in effect for most of northeast Illinois […]