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Studied meteorology at the University of Wisconsin,, Madison from 1962-1967.

BS in Meteorology, 1966.

Forecaster at the National Weather Service in Chicago from 1962-1999.

WGN-TV/Chicago Tribune Meteorologist since 1999


Recent Articles
  • Severe thunderstorm watch #445 issued for all of the Illinois portions of the Chicago Metro area and will be in effect until 9pm CDT

    Update 9PM CDT.. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is no longer in effect. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Update 6:48PM CDT… The following northeast Illinois counties have been dropped from the Severe Thunderstorm Watch…Boone, Lake, McHenry, Ogle and Winnebago. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a severe thunderstorm watch that includes all of the Illinois portions of the Chicago Metro areas. WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 445 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 247 PM CDT THU AUG 10 2017 THE NATIONAL […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for portions of Boone and McHenry counties has expired, but gusty thunderstorms with hail still possible

    No severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for the Chicago Metro area at this time, but Severe Thunderstorm Watch #445 remains in effect for portions of the area until 9 pm. Thunderstorms with gusty winds, hail, and downpours are possible in the next half hour in portions of McHenry County. …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR NORTHWESTERN MCHENRY COUNTY UNTIL 500 PM CDT… At 428 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm near Hebron, or near Harvard, moving east at 30 […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for portions of Boone and McHenry counties until 4:30 pm

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Northwestern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois… Northeastern Boone County in north central Illinois… * Until 430 PM CDT * At 406 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Sharon, or near Harvard, moving east at 35 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * This severe thunderstorm […]

  • Strong/severe thunderstorms approaching the Chicago area- Hail, high winds and downpours possible

    Strong to severe thunderstorms are developing ahead of a cold front across portions of eastern Iowa, southern Wisconsin and northwest Illinois. The storms are headed east and will reach the Chicago area late this afternoon and early this evening. In anticipation of the severe weather the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has placed much of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin under Severe Thunderstorm Watch #445 valid until 9 pm. The watch extends as far south as the I-80 corridor and north […]

  • Approaching thunderstorms prompt areal flood advisory for portions of north-central Illinois

    UPDATE: 9:45 pm Rainfall report Dixon 1.21″ of rain from  8-9:30 pm   The areal flood advisory has been extended east into Winnebago County and will be in effect until  3am CDT. The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for… Winnebago County in north central Illinois… * Until 300 AM CDT * At 936 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. This will cause urban and small stream […]

  • Thunderstorms approaching from western Illinois could produce small hail, gusty winds and heavy rainfall

    A line of thunderstorms has developed in eastern Iowa ahead of a cold front. The storms have crossed the Mississippi River and are now pushing east through western Illinois. No severe weather has been reported from these storms and no warnings or watches are in effect at this time. Rainfall has been heavy with several totals in excess of  1.50 inches as these storms moved through eastern Iowa into western Illinois. A Flash Flood warning valid until 2 am CDT has […]

  • Gusty thunderstorms developing this afternoon, but severe thunderstorm watch unlikely- Small hail and gusty winds possible in the stronger storms

    UPDATE: 2:25 pm Fox Lake 3/4 inch hail reported at 2:16pm ==================================================== Mesoscale Discussion 1408 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0103 PM CDT Sun Jul 23 2017 Areas affected…Portions of IL…IN…OH…southern Lower MI…southern WI Concerning…Severe potential…Watch unlikely Valid 231803Z – 232030Z Probability of Watch Issuance…5 percent SUMMARY…Thunderstorms will increase in number and intensity through the afternoon and continue into the evening, posing some isolated severe risk. Watch issuance will be unlikely. DISCUSSION…Air-mass modification continues in the wake of an […]

  • Showers and thunderstorms to continue overnight- heavy rain and flooding remain the prime concern, but hail and gusty winds still possible especially west and south of Chicago

    A stormy Friday night is evolving into a stormy early Saturday morning.   Heavy rain and flash flooding remain the top concern with a Flash Flood Watch in effect for the entire Chicago area through 9 am Saturday morning. The National Weather Service has extended Severe Thunderstorm Watch #429 until 2 am for areas west and south of Chicago. Flash flood warnings continue overnight across much of extreme northern Illinois extending from the Iowa border on the west east through McHenry […]

  • Portions of Severe Thunderstorm watch #429 including the immediate Chciago area expire as scheduled at midnight, while west and south portions are extended to 2am

    WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCH 429 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL 1149 PM CDT FRI JUL 21 2017 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ALLOW SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 429 TO EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT CDT TONIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN ILLINOIS THIS ALLOWS TO EXPIRE 3 COUNTIES IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS COOK DUPAGE LAKE IL IN INDIANA THIS ALLOWS TO EXPIRE 2 COUNTIES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA LAKE IN PORTER THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF CHICAGO, DOUGLAS PARK, GARY, HUMBOLDT PARK, HYDE PARK, […]

  • The latest storm reports.. just into the WGN Chicago Weather Center

    UPDATED:11:45pm CDT Wind gusts to 50 mph just east of Brooklyn IL at 11:43pm Ottawa at 11:40 pm 5 inches of standing water on Route 6 west of the Fox River ================================================================== Libertyville 1.01 inches through 9:42 pm  with 0.60″ in just 10 minutes Somonauk rainfall so far today 3.10 inches through 9:54 pm Rochelle area- Intersection of 251and 10th is flooded as well much of 7th  Street .  Standing water also reported in Flagg Center. Heavy rain at Wauconda- 0.91 […]