Paul received his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University before attaining a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Paul’s professional career began as a civilian instructor with the USAF, teaching military personnel subjects including radar and satellite meteorology, and atmospheric physics. Paul transferred to the National Weather Service, Chicago office in 1984, where he served as a forecaster until retiring in 2011. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis University at Romeoville, IL, teaching Aviation Meteorology. Following retirement from the weather service, Paul has been a Chicago Weather Center blogger.


Recent Articles
  • Strong cold front approaching, turning sharply colder by late afternoon

    CHICAGO — The leading edge of much colder air is approaching the area from the northwest. Temperatures have plummeted about 25 degrees in an hour along the Mississippi river where rain has changed to freezing rain. Farther west, precipitation changes to snow as readings drop into the teens. A closer look at area temperatures shows the cold front entering north central Illinois. This front is expected to  pass across the Chicago metro area between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Unseasonably […]

  • Light snow possible overnight

    Radar imagery shows a band of light snow developing as milder air approaches the area from the Plains. The air within 5 thousand feet of the surface is quite dry, and much of this precipitation is evaporating before reaching the ground. Nonetheless, some intermittent light snow is possible across the metro area during the overnight hours. Any accumulations will be minor, but roads may become coated with a layer of snow late tonight.

  • Cancelled: Tornado watch in effect for part of northern Illinois until 1 AM CDT.

    Update 1:55AM CDT…Tornado Watch cancelled for the Chicago area as of 1AM CDT… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ALLOW TORNADO WATCH 501 TO EXPIRE AT 1 AM CDT EARLY THIS MORNING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ILLINOIS THIS ALLOWS TO EXPIRE 7 COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS LIVINGSTON IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS FORD IROQUOIS IN NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS LA SALLE IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS GRUNDY KANKAKEE KENDALL THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF KANKAKEE, MORRIS, OSWEGO, OTTAWA, PIPER CITY, PONTIAC, AND WATSEKA. ________________________________________________________________________________________ […]

  • Heavy showers, storms redeveloping; Flash flood watch remains in effect until 4 AM.

    Radar trends suggest thunderstorms will increase in coverage across the area this evening.  Unseasonably warm, moist air over Missouri and central Illinois is being drawn northward, and being lifted over the rain-cooled air to the north, leading to repeated thunderstorm development. Clusters, or waves  of showers and thunderstorms will be moving across northern Illinois into the overnight hours. Through 3 PM, 3, to greater than 4 inches of rain has already fallen generally along and just south of I-88.  Lisle […]

  • Heavy downpours shift south…for now. Flash flood watch remains in effect.

    Radar imagery indicates that heavier showers and thunderstorms have shifted south, extending from near Streator, in southern LaSalle county, northeastward to Gary, and NW Indiana. The southward shift of heavier rainfall is due to southbound outflow from rain-cooled air to the north, and the passage of a weak disturbance aloft, which was moving into SW Michigan  at 2 PM.  Lighter, fairly steady rain can be expected across most of the Chicago area the rest of the afternoon. Temperatures in the […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for Winnebago and Boone counties until 3:15 PM.

    Update 3:15PM CDT…   …THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR WINNEBAGO AND NORTHWESTERN BOONE COUNTIES WILL EXPIRE AT 315 PM CDT… The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area. Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire. Remember, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning still remains in effect for portions of Boone, McHenry, and Dekalb Counties unti 345 pm. …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 315 PM CDT FOR WINNEBAGO AND NORTHWESTERN BOONE COUNTIES… _________________________________________________________________________________________ At 253 […]

  • Summer weather due to return in coming days

    Northeast winds gusting over 20 mph overspread the area in the wake of Sunday morning’s cold front. By mid-afternoon, flow off the 60-degree waters of Lake Michigan held air temperatures in the 60s across most of the city. These readings, more typical of late September, were about 15 degrees below normal. Satellite imagery also showed a plume of cloudiness streaming off the lake much of the day, adding an autumnal feel to the air. Meanwhile, residents of St. Louis sweltered […]

  • Flash flood watch expanded to include far south portions of the metro area

      …FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING… The National Weather Service in Chicago has expanded the * Flash Flood Watch to include portions of Illinois and Indiana, including the following counties:  in Illinois… Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, and Livingston. In Indiana… Benton, Jasper, and Newton. * Through Thursday morning. * Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall rates of over one inch per hour are expected to move across portions of central Illinois and northwest Indiana overnight into early Thursday morning. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for portions of Kendall and Grundy counties.

      The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Kendall County in northeastern Illinois… Northern Grundy County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 1015 PM CDT * At 933 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Newark moving east at 30 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include… Joliet, Yorkville, Morris, […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for La Salle county until 9:15 PM.

      The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Central La Salle County in north central Illinois… * Until 915 PM CDT * At 834 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Peru, moving east at 30 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include… Ottawa, Peru, Marseilles, Oglesby, La Salle, […]