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
  • Risk of strong to severe thunderstorms here increases Wednesday, then continues Thursday into Friday

    The National Storm Prediction Center has included the Chicago area (northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana) in a Slight to Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms beginning later today and tonight through Thursday into Friday (see highlighted map for Wednesday/Wednesday night and maps below for Thursday and Friday. The yellow-shaded Slight Risk area depicts a 15% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location, while the dark-green-shaded Marginal Risk area depicts a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 […]

  • Risk of severe storms across the Chicago area later Wednesday into Thursday

    The National Storm Prediction center has outlooked a Slight Risk of severe storms (yellow-shaded area on the highlighted map indicating a 15% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location )reaching into the westernmost portions of the Chicago area, primarily west of Interstate-39 later Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. A good portion of the  remainder of northeast Illinois is in a Marginal Risk (dark-green-shaded area depicting a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a […]

  • Band of showers/thunderstorms moving southeast through the Chicago area early this Friday morning

    A band of showers and thunderstorms with vivid lightning,  brief gusty winds and locally heavy rains will move southeast across northeast Illinois through Chicago into northwest Indiana early this Friday morning. In addition to the vivid lightning, stronger storms could carry wind gusts 40 to 50 miles per hour and produce heavy localized flood-producing downpours. Winds will shift to the north-northwest behind the front with most thunderstorms well to the south and east of our area by mid to late […]

  • Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms across the Chicago area later this afternoon/tonight

    CHICAGO — The National Storm Prediction Center has northeast Illinois into the northwest corner of Indiana, generally along and north of the Interstate-80 corridor in a Slight Risk for Severe Thunderstorms late Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours (yellow-shaded area on the highlighted map depicting a 15% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location). The remainder of the Chicago area to the south is in a Marginal Risk (dark-green-shaded area depicting a 5% chance of severe […]

  • Widely scattered strong thunderstorms to continue across southernmost counties of the Chicago area past midnight

    The southern and central portions of Livingston, Ford and Iroquois Counties in Illinois and Benton County in Indiana will continue to experience widely scattered easterly-tracking strong thunderstorms with gusty winds and heavy, potentially flood-producing downpours well past midnight CDT. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is on schedule to expire at 1AM CDT in the counties that remain.

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 11:30PM CDT/12:30AM EDT for southeastern Iroquois County in Illinois and Benton County in Indiana

    Update 11:20PM CDT…12:20AM EDT… …THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR SOUTHEASTERN BENTON COUNTY WILL EXPIRE AT 1230 AM EDT… The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area. Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 200 AM EDT for northwestern Indiana. ______________________________________________________________________________ Update 11:06PM CDT/12:06AM EDT…  ..A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1230 AM EDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN BENTON COUNTY…THE WARNING IS DISCONTINUED FOR IROQUOIS COUNTY At 1206 […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 11:15AM CDT for portions of Iroquois County, Illinois and Newton, Benton and Jasper Counties in Indiana

    Update 11:15PM CDT… Warning has expired. ____________________________________________________________________________ Update 11:08PM CDT… …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1115 PM CDT/1215 AM EDT/ FOR NORTHEASTERN BENTON AND SOUTHERN JASPER COUNTIES… At 1107 PM CDT/1207 AM EDT/, a severe thunderstorm was located over Remington, or near Wadena, moving east at 35 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include… Wadena and Remington. ________________________________________________________________________________ Update  10:48PM CDT… …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN […]

  • Thousands of power outages after storms hit Chicago area

    Storm reports for Saturday evening

    4:39PM CDT…Bartlett (DuPage CO)…1.03-inches total and 0.72 inch rain fell in 15 minutes 4:55PM CDT…6 miles east of Harwood Heights (Cook CO) …0.68 inch rain fell in 15 minutes 5:33PM CDT…Stillman Valley (Ogle CO)…strong wings moved a propane tank, down trees/power lines, shed and metal building in trailer parks 7:35PM CDT…5 miles Southeast of Rockford in Winnebago CO…0.75-inch of rain in 25 minutes 8:16PM CDT…1 mile north of Marengo (McHenry CO)…1.03-inch of rain in 32 minutes 8:29PM CDT…Algonquin (McHenry CO)…60MPH […]

  • Update 9:55PM CDT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 1AM CDT for a portion of Chicago area northeast Illinois counties

    Update 9:55PM CDT… See outlined area on updated highlighted map… Also note that Benton, Newton and Jasper Counties in Indiana have been added to the Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 1AM CDT Sunday. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is no longer in effect for Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Lake and Will Counties in Illinois and the adjoining waters of Lake Michigan. ________________________________________________________________________________ Update 9:15PM CDT… The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is no longer in effect for Boone, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Livingston, Ford and Iroquois counties

    Update 10:30PM CDT… …THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR SOUTHERN FORD AND SOUTHWESTERN IROQUOIS COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE AT 1030 PM CDT… The storm which prompted the warning has moved out of the area. Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire. However… additional thunderstorms with heavy rain are still possible. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 100 AM CDT for east central Illinois. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Update 10:16PM CDT… …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1030 PM CDT FOR […]