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
  • Chilly morning across northeast Illinois/Chicago area – Record low at Rockford

    Temperatures dropped into the mid and upper 20s across northeast Illinois early this morning with the 24-degree reading at Rockford setting a new record low temperature for this date, breaking the old record of 25-degrees established 62 years ago in  back in 1956. With the center of cool high pressure almost directly overhead, clear skies and light northerly winds have allowed maximum radiational heat loss. The northerly breeze off the snow cover that still exists along and north of the […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for 1 to 3-inches of snow Wednesday across northern Illinois counties adjacent to Wisconsin

    A Winter Weather Advisory (purple-shaded area on the highlighted map) 1 to 3-inches of snow from 10AM Wednesday to 1AM Thursday in northern Illinois counties along and adjacent to Wisconsin has been issued by the Chicago National Weather Service Forecast Office.  Counties under the Advisory are Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake and also Ogle. Initially a band of rain and sleet will spread over the area from the west Wednesday forenoon. Then as colder air follows across northeast Illinois, precipitation will […]

  • April snow causes slick roads, crashes during AM commute

    CHICAGO —  A Winter Weather Advisory in parts of the Chicago-area made for a messy commute. Multiple crashes were reported in Cook, Lake, DuPage, Kane and Will Counties in Illinois, as well as in northwest Indiana. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20 allowed accumulations of 1 to 2-inches.  The most accumulation was in counties generally along and north of Interstate 90, but there will be at least a dusting of snow with spotty slick spots in areas a little […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect for northern Illinois counties

    The Winter Weather Advisory continues until 7PM CDT for Winnebago, Boone, Mc Henry and Lake Counties in Illinois. As the center of low pressure passes over and moves east of the Chicago area, snow will continue over these northernmost counties, and as the afternoon progresses, rain will gradually change over to snow from west to east across the remainder of northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana. Snow showers or flurries will continue overnight into Monday morning with minor accumulations possible, especially […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 1PM CDT Sunday for glazing from freezing rain and sleet in Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake Counties in northeastern Illinois

    A Winter Weather Advisory (purple-shaded area on highlighted map) has been issued for Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake Counties in Illinois this Saturday evening, as temperatures have dropped to around 32-degrees and the wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow in southern Wisconsin has slipped south into the adjacent Illinois counties. With precipitation expected to continue overnight into Sunday morning, an inch or so of snow and sleet and a tenth-inch of glaze from freezing rain could develop across […]

  • Lakeshore Flood Warning continues in effect for northeast Illinois until 10AM CDT Sunday – winter storm rages to the north

    Update 7:45PM CDT… The Lakeshore Flood Warning (Dark green-shaded area on the highlighted map)  continues in effect for the Illinois lake Michigan shoreline in Cook and Lake Counties until 10AM CDT Sunday. Strong east to northeast winds gusting to 40 miles per hour will continue to build 10 to 15-foot waves which will in turn threaten to inundate low-lying flood-prone areas along the shoreline. The Wind Advisory for northeast Illinois expired at 7PM CDT and was not extended..east to northeast […]

  • A chilly sunrise Sunday – many nearby locations drop below Chicago’s record low this Sunday morning

    The thermometer bottomed-out at 13-degrees at the Rochelle airport this Sunday morning with the airport location at Aurora (Sugar Grove) not far behind at 15-degrees. The record low for Chicago stands at 20-degrees set at Midway Airport back in 1972 – our official station now at O’Hare recorded a low of 21-degrees this morning, just missing the record. Many other area locations ended up with low temperatures in the teens – below is a listing of area airport low temperatures […]

  • Update: Winter Storm/heavy snow to our north and potential severe weather to our south Tuesday

    Update 12:30PM CDT… Maps for Winter Warning/Advisories as well as severe storm outlook have been updated…slight changes in the narrative below reflect these updates. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Winter Storm Warnings/Advisories calling for 4 to 12-inches of snow will extend from South Dakota, southern Minnesota and northern Iowa across much of Wisconsin into Michigan today and tonight (pink and purple-shaded areas on the highlighted map). Travel to the north out of Chicago into the Warning/Advisory areas  will be extremely hazardous with the combination […]

  • Low pressure moving over Chicago to produce winter storm/heavy snow to our north and potential severe weather to our south Tuesday

    Winter Storm Warnings/Advisories calling for 4 to 12-inches of snow will extend from Montana through the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Iowa  through Wisconsin into Michigan during the next 24 to 36 hours (pink and purple-shaded areas on highlighted map). Travel to the north out of Chicago will be extremely hazardous with the combination of heavy wet snow and strong winds causing slick snow-covered roads and poor visibility. At the same time severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hail and […]

  • A Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms generally south of Interstate-80 Tuesday

    Update Noon CDT… The Marginal Risk of Severe Thunderstorms area for tonight has been shifted farther south across the southern half of Illinois and Indiana. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ The National Storm Prediction Center has the portion of the Chicago area generally along and south of Interstate-80 for a Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms later this Monday night and Tuesday (dark-green-shaded area depicting a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location shown on the highlighted map). The primary […]