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
  • Flood warning issued for the far north suburbs.

      The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Winnebago County in north central Illinois… Boone County in north central Illinois… * Until 1215 AM CDT Tuesday * At 609 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing torrential rainfall across the warned area. these storms are producing rainfall of up to two inches per hour. This heavy rain will likely result in flash flooding this evening. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… […]

  • Severe thunderstorms moving east along I-88 corridor.

    Radar shows a line of severe thunderstorms moving through DeKalb and Kane counties. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, hail, and torrential rain can be expected as these storms move into the western suburbs through 10 PM.  

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for portions of north central and northeast Illinois until 9:45 PM.

        The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Northwestern Kendall County in northeastern Illinois… Southeastern Ogle County in north central Illinois… Northeastern Lee County in north central Illinois… Southern De Kalb County in north central Illinois… Southwestern Kane County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 945 PM CDT * At 854 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Malta, or near Shabbona, moving east at 40 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and […]

  • Flash flood watch in effect until 10 a.m.

    Though the threat of severe weather is likely to continue diminishing, continued thunderstorm development may result in flooding rains. Storms producing heavy rainfall will be moving through Du Page and Cook counties through 1 AM. Elsewhere, radar shows another cluster of storms over northeast Missouri, lifting northeastward into Illinois. —————————————————————————————————- The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and Indiana, including the following areas, in Illinois, Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, […]

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 5 AM CDT

    Though thunderstorms have begun to diminish in intensity overall, stronger cells may produce marginally severe¬†wind gusts and hail heading into the overnight hours. Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 67 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1050 PM CDT Wed May 2 2018 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northern Illinois Extreme northwestern Indiana Lake Michigan * Effective this Wednesday night and Thursday morning from 1050 PM until 500 AM CDT. * Primary […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Boone and McHenry counties until 9:30 PM – Severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until (;)) PM for Lake and Porter counties.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Northeastern Winnebago County in north central Illinois… Northwestern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois… Northern Boone County in north central Illinois… * Until 930 PM CDT * At 831 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Clinton, or 7 miles northeast of Beloit, moving southeast at 35 mph. HAZARD…Golf ball size hail and 70 mph wind gusts. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…People and animals outdoors will be injured. […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for Lake and NE McHenry counties until 10:00 PM CDT

        The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Lake County in northeastern Illinois… Northeastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 1000 PM CDT * At 908 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Richmond, or near Twin Lakes, moving southeast at 50 mph. HAZARD…Golf ball size hail and 60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…People and animals outdoors will be injured. Expect hail damage to roofs, siding, windows, and vehicles. […]

  • Thousands of power outages after storms hit Chicago area

    Wind, hail wreak havoc across the metro area.

    Brief summary of storm reports as of 7:45 PM: 4:45 PM….Trees down…………………………Crest Hill (Will) 4:45 PM….Power poles snapped………. 5 mi. S of Romeoville (Will) 4:51 PM….67 mph wind………………………Midway airport (Cook) 4:52 PM….1″ hail/trees/pwr lines down/some structural damage….Summit (Cook) 5:15 PM….1″ hail………………………………….Bourbonnais (Kankakee) 5:46PM….Wind damage………………………Lowell (Lake-IN) 6:16 PM…..1.75″ hail…………………………….Lee (De Kalb) 6:20 PM…..61 mph wind……………………..Dunns bridge (Jasper) 6:40 PM…1″ hail…………………………………..De Kalb (De Kalb) 7:06 PM…1.5″ hail……………………………….Gilberts (Kane) 7:18 PM….65 mph wind……………………..Hoffmann Estates (Cook)    

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for portions of the north suburbs until 8:00 PM CDT

      The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Southeastern Lake County in northeastern Illinois… Northeastern DuPage County in northeastern Illinois… Northeastern Cook County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 800 PM CDT * At 723 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Rolling Meadows, moving east at 45 mph. HAZARD…70 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect considerable tree damage. Wind damage is also […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for portions of the northwest and north suburbs until 7:45 PM CDT

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Southwestern Lake County in northeastern Illinois… Northeastern Kane County in northeastern Illinois… Southeastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois… Northern DuPage County in northeastern Illinois… Northwestern Cook County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 745 PM CDT * At 702 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Elgin, moving east at 50 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to […]