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
  • Chicago-area Hydrologic River Stage and Flood Forecasts

    Heavy rains ranging from 2 to 8-inches has resulted in significant rises on area rivers and widespread low-land flooding. Following are the river stages and projected crest forecasts this Sunday morning. Hydrologic Summary National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 730 AM CDT Sun Oct 15 2017 Location Flood Stage Time 24-hr Flood Stage Today Change Forecasts North Branch Chicago River Chicago Albany Ave 7.0 5.45 07 AM Sun 2.84 Des Plaines River Russell 7.0 3.98 06 AM Sun 1.45 Gurnee 7.0 […]

  • Latest Chicago-area rainfall/severe weather reports

    Update 1:15AM CDT… Light to moderate rain continues..mostly along and south of Interstate-80…Wrapping up for the evening…Looks like Midway had 5.11-inches storm total, O”Hare approximately 4.18-inches. Report from Elmhurst 6.07-inches… __________________________________________________________________________________ Update 12:30AM CDT… Following is a preliminary severe weather report listing compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service Forecast office… PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE IL 1228 AM CDT SUN OCT 15 2017 ..TIME... ...EVENT... ...CITY LOCATION... ...LAT.LON... ..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE.... ..REMARKS.. 1130 PM […]

  • Flash Flood Warning until 6AM CDT for portions of several northern Illinois counties including Cook County

    Update11:25PM CDT… …THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 AM CDT SUNDAY FOR KENDALL…NORTHERN LA SALLE…NORTHWESTERN WILL…SOUTHEASTERN LEE…SOUTHERN DE KALB…KANE…DUPAGE AND COOK COUNTIES… At 1113 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across a portion of the warned area. Four to six and a half inches of rain have already fallen over much of the warned area since late Friday night. Flash flooding is occurring in some locations and expected to begin in others shortly. This […]

  • Heavy rains trigger widespread river Flood Warnings across northeast Illinois

    Due to extensive 3 to 7-inch rainfall totals across the area this evening, Flood warnings are in effect for the following rivers in northeast Illinois… River/location…degree of flood/time Des Plaines River at Riverside…Moderate flooding…Sunday-Monday Des Plaines River at Des Plaines…Minor Flooding…Sunday DuPage River at Shorewood…Moderate Flooding…Sunday DuPage River at Plainfield…Minor Flooding…Sunday-Monday East Branch of the DuPage River at Bolingbrook…Major Flooding Sunday into Tuesday West Branch of the DuPage River at Warrenville…Minor Flooding…Sunday Fox River at Dayton…Moderate Flooding…Sunday-Tuesday Fox River at […]


    Strong thunderstorms with wind gusts to 50 miles per hour and heavy downpours moving through portions of Kendall, Livingston, LaSalle, Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Ford Counties until 11:30PM CDT. See interactive radar display at the top of of the page. At 1041 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from 6 miles east of Newark to 9 miles south of Seneca to near Pontiac. Movement was east at 50 mph. Isolated wind gusts up […]

  • Flash Flood Watch in effect today and tonight along and north of Interstate-80 in Illinois

    Update 10:15PM CDT..Flash Flood Watch continues until 4AM CDT… …FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CDT SUNDAY… The Flash Flood Watch continues for * Portions of north central Illinois and northeast Illinois, including the following areas, in north central Illinois, Boone, DeKalb, La Salle, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago. In northeast Illinois, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake IL, McHenry, and Will. * Until 4 AM CDT Sunday. * Another wave of showers and thunderstorms will move across […]

  • Cancelled: Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 9:45PM CDT for northwestern Porter and central Lake Counties in Indiana

    Update 9:25PM CDT…Severe Thunderstorm Warning cancelled… …THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHWESTERN PORTER AND EAST CENTRAL LAKE COUNTIES IS CANCELLED… The storms which prompted the warning have weakened below severe limits, and no longer pose an immediate threat to life or property. Therefore the warning has been cancelled. However heavy rain nad gusty winds are still possible with these thunderstorms. _____________________________________________________________________________________ 9:15PM CDT Update on Severe Thunderstorm Warning for portions of Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana. …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM […]


    Strong thunderstorms in northwest Indiana until 9:45PM CDT…see interactive radar at the top of this page… At 920 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Beverly Shores to near Boone Grove. Movement was east at 55 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Valparaiso, Chesterton, Porter, De Motte, Hebron, Boone Grove, Dunns Bridge, Lincoln Hills, Malden, Forest City, Sumava Resorts, Roselawn, Kouts, Town Of […]

  • Mesoscale Discussion regarding continuation of Tornado Watch until 1AM CDT

    Following is a discussion pertaining to the continuation of the Tornado watch until 1AM CDT… Mesoscale Discussion 1717 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0904 PM CDT Sat Oct 14 2017 Areas affected...Parts of south/east central Missouri...central and northeast Illinois...northern Indiana Concerning...Tornado Watch 501... Valid 150204Z - 150330Z The severe weather threat for Tornado Watch 501 continues. SUMMARY...Thunderstorms may continue to be accompanied by a risk for potentially damaging wind gusts as the develop eastward late this evening into the […]

  • Flood Advisory for a good portion of the Chicago area until Sunday morning

    Update 9:05PM CDT… A foot of water on Lake-Cook Road at Deer Park Blvd. __________________________________________________________________________________ Update 8:40PM CDT… Flooding has been reported on parts of Barrington and along the Lake-Cook corridor.  Ponding reported near Addison. __________________________________________________________________________________ Update 8PM CDT… Roads covered in Hoffman Estates near the intersection of Higgins and Golf Roads. Also reports of street flooding in St. Charles. _________________________________________________________________________________ The highlighted map (light-green-shaded area) depicts counties under the Flood Advisory discussed below. The National Weather Service in Chicago […]