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
  • Skilling: Storms, heavy rainfall tonight into tomorrow

    Latest guidance – still looking for 2 to 4-inches-plus rainfall here this weekend

    The latest guidance forecast out of the National Weather Prediction Center Quantitative Precipitation Branch is relatively unchanged from yesterday. After a band of showers/isolated thunderstorms moves through this Friday afternoon/evening with showers hovering over southern portions of our area tonight, the “main event” low pressure is expected to move northeast out of the Texas Panhandle spreading showers and thunderstorm downpours totaling 2 to 4-inches-plus over our area Saturday and Sunday into Monday. Widespread ponding, localized flooding and rivers expanding out […]

  • Skilling: Storms, heavy rainfall tonight into tomorrow

    Several inches of rain/flooding possible Saturday night/Sunday into Monday

    Update 2PM CDT… The forecasts for 2 to 4-inches-plus rainfall this coming weekend remains unchanged. The earlier maps were updated – now running from 7PM Saturday to 7PM Sunday showing a rainfall range of 1.5-inches to 3-inches across the Chicago area, and  7PM Sunday to 7PM Tuesday displaying a range of a half-inch far west to a little over an 1-inch east. _________________________________________________________________________ An expanding low pressure system is forecast to move northeast out of the Texas Panhandle spreading showers […]

  • Rain slowly pulling away – cold air arrives

    As the low pressure and cold front that brought overnight rains pulls away, rain will gradually diminish and end this suddenly chilly Thursday morning (see current radar mosaic below). Temperatures have dropped well into the 40s area-wide with coldest readings in the upper 30s at far western locations in Ogle, Lee and Winnebago Counties. Heaviest rainfall totals in excess of an inch were reported in the far west/northwest locations with a good portion of the Chicago area receiving between 3-tenths […]

  • Marginal Risk of severe storms across portions of the Chicago-area

    The Severe Weather Outlook map prepared by the National Storm Prediction Center has positioned the Chicago area on the northern edge of severe storm potential today into the overnight hours (see dark-green-shaded area on highlighted map depicting a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location). While showers and thunderstorms are possible this morning – mainly west, the best chance of strong to severe storms with damaging winds and possibly large hail here will be later […]

  • Risk of severe thunderstorms across the Chicago area  increases later Wednesday

    The National Storm Prediction Center has the Chicago area in a Marginal to Slight Risk of Severe thunderstorm potential Wednesday afternoon/evening (see yellow/dark-green shaded areas respectively on the highlighted severe weather outlook map). The center of strongest storm activity looks to be in Arkansas into southeastern Missouri (Enhanced Risk tan-shaded area on the highlighted map). A cold front preceded and accompanied by a band of strong to severe thunderstorms is forecast to cross the Mississippi River and approach Chicago from […]

  • Scattered light/moderate frost in many parts of the Chicago area overnight

    Scattered frost occurred in many parts of the Chicago area overnight. Temperatures fell off into the 30s at all airport temperature-sensing sites. With a very dry high-pressure air mass in place we experienced clear skies and light winds – conditions conducive to maximum radiational heat loss. The lowest readings were the 32-degrees registered at the West Chicago/DuPage, Rochelle, Aurora-Sugar Grove and Lansing airports. Not really considered in the Chicago area, Freeport in north-central Illinois did record a low of 31-degrees. […]

  • Clouds across the Chicago area defeat overnight frost

    The rather thick cirrus clouds that hung over northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana and southeast Wisconsin overnight trapped enough warmth radiating from the earth’s surface to maintain readings well above freezing at most temperature-recording airport sites. The coldest temperatures occurred to the west along or near the Fox River Valley – the lowest readings were the 35-degrees registered at the West Chicago DuPage and DeKalb Airports. Close behind was 36-degrees at Rochelle and 37-degrees at Aurora/Sugar Grove. At Chicago’s “official” […]

  • Strong/severe thunderstorms possible east of the Interstste-55 corridor this Thursday afternoon

    As a cold front works its way east through our area, afternoon heating should aid in the development of a band of showers and strong to severe thunderstorms along and ahead of the front. The National Storm Prediction Center has the portion of the Chicago area generally along and east of the Interstate-55 corridor included in a Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms (dark-green-shaded area on the highlighted maps depicting a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a […]

  • Limited risk of severe thunderstorms mainly tonight in the Chicago area

    Update 12:30PM CDT… With a band of showers/thunderstorms moving east out of our area early this afternoon, the next risk of strong to severe thunderstorms appears to be this evening into the overnight hours as a warm front lifts north out of central Illinois, moving through our area into southern Wisconsin by Thursday morning. The latest update (see highlighted map) of the severe weather outlook  by the National Storm prediction center has the entire Chicago area now in a Marginal […]

  • Wednesday Chicago-area hydrologic river stages and flood/advisory forecasts

    Segments of the Des Plaines at Russell and Fox River at Algonquin and Montgomery are not expected to flood, but are close to bankfull and Flood Advisories continue. The Illinois River at LaSalle and the Kankakee River at Shelby dropped below flood this morning and are forecast to continue to fall. The Flood Advisories are depicted in green strips on the highlighted map. Following are the latest river stages/flood forecasts compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service Forecast Office… HYDROLOGIC […]