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
  • tuesday-1

    Winter Storm Warnings/Advisories for heavy snow tonight and Wednesday to the north and far west of Chicago

    Winter Storm Warnings (pink and purple-shaded areas on the headlined map above) are in effect for tonight and Wednesday calling for heavy snow in excess of a foot in Nebraska and South Dakota and 6 to 12-inches across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa into Wisconsin. Here in Chicago rain is expected Wednesday changing over to wet snow Wednesday night with a few inches accumulation possible in Illinois counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin border. A center of low pressure is forecast […]

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    Seasonably mild damp weather continues into mid-week

    As a center of low pressure tracks off east up the Ohio River Valley, the associated broad band of cloudiness will probably persist over the Chicago area Monday. Seasonably mild damp air will hold here as another center of low pressure moves northeast out of the central plains Tuesday – clouds and rain spreading this way in advance of the approaching system. Rain should arrive here later Tuesday/Tuesday night, continuing into Wednesday when cooler air behind the departing low pressure […]

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    Rivers up Chicago-area wide – Minor flooding continues at a few locations

    Most rivers are flowing at higher levels due to recent rains with minor flooding at a few locations. The Pecatonica River at Shirland will experience minor flooding until later this week. The Illinois River at LaSalle affecting LaSalle and Putnam Counties will be in minor flood until mid-week. The Kankakee River near Shelby affecting Newton and Lake Counties in Indiana will continue minor flooding until the latter part of the week. The Des Plaines River near Russell affecting Lake County […]

  • sunday-2

    Dense Fog Advisory extended until Noon CST for Northern Illinois/northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin

    Dense fog blankets the entire Chicago area this Sunday morning with some locations reporting visibility down to 100 feet or less – a Dense Fog Advisory will be in effect until noon CST. An extensive area of dense fog actually covers much of the Midwest and western Great Lakes this morning from Minnesota through Wisconsin across Lower Michigan and south into parts of Iowa, northern and central Illinois and northern Indiana (see grey-shaded area on headlined map above). Below is […]

  • saturday-3

    Chicago official Saturday high temperature misses record by 3-degrees – Dense Fog Advisory tonight/early Sunday

    Update 10:30PM CST… A Dense Fog Advisory (grey-shaded area on highlighted map above) is in effect until 9AM CST Sunday morning for all but the southernmost portion of the Chicago area. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A mostly sunny Saturday with Chicago’s veteran weather observer Frank Wachowski recording 93 percent of possible sunshine allowed afternoon temperatures to warm into the upper 50s to lower 60s area-wide. The official high temperature at the O’Hare International Airport observing site topped out at 59-degrees, just 3-degrees shy […]

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    Benign winter weather to continue after weekend mild spell

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    Saturday’s temperature just short of the record high

    Winds picked up out of the south-southwest Saturday, the fog lifted and the sun broke out, allowing afternoon temperatures to warm into the upper 50s and lower 60s area-wide. The high of 59-degrees recorded at Chicago’s official observing site at O’Hare International Airport ended up just 3-degrees shy of the record January 21 high of 62-degrees set back 111 years ago in 1906. Readings hit 59-degrees in the Loop and 58-degrees Waukegan, right up to the shoreline, where a 25-degree […]

  • Flooding8

    Recent rains have boosted levels – minor flooding on a few Chicago-area rivers

    Recent rains have increased runoff into Chicago area rivers and streams with minor flooding occurring at a few locations. Additional anticipated showers Sunday and a potentially heavier rain later next Tuesday could increase or extend high river levels. The Des Plaines River is up and minor flooding is forecast to continue into the middle of next week near Russell in Lake County. Ice has decreased significantly on the Rock River, but a small ice jam just north of the Dixon […]

  • saturday-2

    Dense fog has lifted in most portions of northeast Illinois – still a few pockets of fog until 11AM CST

    Update 9:20AM CST… Visibility has improved significantly across most of the Chicago area as of 9AM this Saturday morning. With still a few locations where visibility has been slow to lift, the Dense Fog Advisory has been extended until 11AM for a few portions of the northeast Illinois counties shaded in grey on the updated headlined map above. Check the current visibility map below to pinpoint areas still experiencing dense fog. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Update 5:15AM CST… Visibility will improve dramatically early […]

  • thursday-1

    Many Chicago-area rivers near bankfull or in minor flood – more rain expected/increased chance of flooding

    Due to recent rains and subsequent rapid runoff of frozen soils, many rivers across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana are flowing near bankfull with a few in minor flood (green-shaded areas on headlined map above). Ice jams have caused some problems on the Rock River and a few smaller streams. A low pressure system is forecast to spread rain with embedded thunderstorms across the Chicago area later this Thursday afternoon and overnight bringing potentially another half-inch to an inch of […]