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
  • Hazardous driving conditions – Dense Fog over Lake Michigan expected to edge inland this Monday morning

    A weak east to northeast lake breeze is expected to develop, allowing the dense fog over Lake Michigan to drift inland along the Illinois and northwest Indiana Lake Michigan lake shore this Monday morning, dropping visibility in some spots to a few hundred feet or less. A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for southern Lake Michigan until 1PM, so this fog could edge its way inland until it begins to lift later this morning. The dense fog will not […]

  • Current weather radar mosaic – track low pressure movement through and north of the Chicago area

    A northeastward-moving center of low pressure will pass just to the west of Chicago around midday, reaching the middle of Lake Michigan this afternoon and northern Lower Michigan later this evening. You can follow the movement of the low pressure by noting the counter-clockwise shower circulation around the center of low pressure. Occasional rain or drizzle will persist with temperatures rising through the 50s early this afternoon, as winds gradually shift from the southeast to the south. Winds will eventually […]

  • Showers, thunderstorms expected across the Chicago area Saturday into Sunday

    Update 5:45PM CDT… The Risk of severe storms has been lowered to a Marginal Risk except maintaining a Slight Risk in the area immediately adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico for this evening/overnight. The Chicago area can expect showers and isolated thunderstorms overnight into Sunday. _________________________________________________________________________________ A center of low pressure and associated warm and cold fronts is expected to slowly move north out of the southern plains – eventually reaching our area Sunday. Periods of showers and a few […]

  • Strong thunderstorms in Lake, Winnebago, McHenry and Boone Counties until 7:30PM CDT

    ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WESTERN LAKE...EASTERN WINNEBAGO...MCHENRY AND BOONE COUNTIES UNTIL 730 PM CDT... At 645 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from South Beloit to near Cherry Valley. Movement was east at 55 mph. Dime to Nickel size hail will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Rockford, Beloit, Algonquin, McHenry, Belvidere, Woodstock, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Lake Zurich, Round Lake, Wauconda, Fox Lake, Barrington, Harvard, Island Lake, South Beloit, Rockton, Marengo, […]

  • Mesoscale Thunderstorm development Discussion affecting the Chicago area north of Interstate-80 into southern Wisconsin

    Mesoscale Discussion 0313 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0628 PM CDT Thu Mar 23 2017 Areas affected...Southeast Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 232328Z - 240100Z Probability of Watch Issuance...5 percent SUMMARY...Thunderstorms will continue this evening. isolated large hail will be the primary threat. DISCUSSION...Elevated thunderstorms are developing across the upper Midwest on the nose of the 850-millibar moist, warm-air advection. These thunderstorms are on the eastern edge of the steeper mid-level lapse rates (between 7-8 C/km) […]

  • Strong thunderstorms northwest of Chicago in Ogle, DeKalb, Winnebago and Boone Counties – nickel-sized hail possible

    ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHERN OGLE...NORTHWESTERN DE KALB...WINNEBAGO AND BOONE COUNTIES UNTIL 645 PM CDT... At 617 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from 7 miles northwest of Lake Summerset to near German Valley. Movement was east at 55 mph. Nickel size hail will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Rockford, Belvidere, Loves Park, Machesney Park, South Beloit, Rockton, Genoa, Rockford Airport, Roscoe, Poplar Grove, Byron, Cherry Valley, Winnebago, Pecatonica, Kirkland, Durand, […]

  • Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms south and east of Chicago this afternoon

    The National Storm Prediction Center has the portion of our area from Chicago south and east into northwest Indiana in a Marginal Risk 9dark-green-shaded area on the highlighted severe weather outlook map) for severe storms midday this Monday into the early-mid afternoon. A Marginal Risk calls for a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location. The storm complex that hit our area overnight/early this morning has moved off to the east into Indiana and Ohio, […]

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    Scattered thunderstorms slowly weakening this Monday morning

    CHICAGO — While locally heavy downpours will continue to create potential flooding problems, the trend is for the wide band of showers and thunderstorms over northern and central Illinois into western Indiana to continue to very slowly weaken during the pre-dawn hours this Monday morning. For the most part, the number of hail reports and the size of the hailstones has diminished – from early reports of quarter-sized diameter hail to infrequent pea-sized. As the large area of showers and […]

  • Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory until 8AM CDT for portions of Kendall, Will, DuPage and Cook Counties

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for… Kendall County in northeastern Illinois… Northern Will County in northeastern Illinois… Southeastern DuPage County in northeastern Illinois… Southeastern Cook County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 800 AM CDT * At 353 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. Estimates of between an inch and an inch and a half have already fallen across portions of the advisory area. Additional heavy […]

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    Significant Weather Advisory until 4:30AM CDT for a strong thunderstorm over southeastern Livingston County

    ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHWESTERN LIVINGSTON COUNTY UNTIL 430 AM CDT... At 358 AM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Gridley, or 15 miles southwest of Pontiac, moving east at 30 mph. Nickel to Quarter size hail will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include… Pontiac, Fairbury, Gridley and Flanagan. Including the following interstate… I-55 between mile markers 188 and 197. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may lead to localized […]