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
  • It’s official: Chicago ties record with 9 consecutive days of measurable snowfall

    CHICAGO — Chicago logged a record-tying ninth consecutive day with measurable snowfall on Sunday, equaling similar nine-day runs from Jan. 29-Feb. 6, 1902 and Jan. 6-14, 2009. Measurable snow has now been logged daily from February 3-11. No snow is expected Monday, so the record should not be broken. The past week has watched as the snowfall deficit has been overtaken by a surplus for the 2017-18 snow season. The final tallies of our latest round of snow, which Frank Wachowski says […]

  • Another snowy morning in the Chicago area

    Chicagoans  are waking up to another snowy morning. Measurable snow has now fallen in the Chicago area for a record-tying ninth straight day, equalling similar stretches from January 29-February 6, 1902 and January 6-14, 2009. The last snowfall totals Arlington Heights 3.5 inches Addison 3.0 inches Yorkville 3.9 inches Somonauk 4.0 inches Chicago McKinley Park 3.5 inches NWS/Airport totals taken at 6 am O’Hare 3.2 inches Midway 3.5 inches Romeoville 3.8 inches Rockford 2.2 inches      

  • More snow totals just in- Palos Hills the new leader with 13.0 inches

    The latest snow totals just into the WGN Chicago Weather Center Kankakee 3.8 inches Palos Hills 13.0 inches Frankfort 12.8 inches Burnham 9.6 inches Berwyn 9.0 inches Joliet Shorewood area 10.0 inches Harwood Heights 6.7 inches Chicago- Sheridan and Montrose 6.9 inches Orland Park 10.5 inches Valparaiso 6.0 inches Peotone 6.2 inches Mokena 10.3 inches Downers Grove 8.7 inches Elburn 8.1 inches Chicago Harlem and Devon 6.5 inches Romeoville 8.5 inches Ottawa 6.0 inches Joliet Shorewood 9.5 inches Alsip 10.1 […]

  • Winter weather advisories posted for Kankakee and Livingston counties as snow band moves south

    The city’s biggest snowfall since February 2015 is winding down as a band of heavy snow pushes south of the area with winter storm warnings set to expire at 6pm. Snowfall across the area has generally been in the 6-10 inch range, but this afternoon a band of intense snowfall across the south suburbs pushed totals there in the 10-12 inch range. As this band moves south into Kankakee and Livingston counties winter weather advisories, valid until 9pm, have been posted there for […]

  • Snow really piling up in the south portions of the Chicago Metro area- 10-12 inch totals becoming common

    A band of heavy snow continues to blast the southern portions of the Chicago area Joliet 9.5 inches Earlville 9.5 inches Plainfield 10.3 inches Lake-of-the Four-Seasons 10.0 inches  

  • Heavy snow blasting the south suburbs- 12 inches reported at Lemont

    While the snow has ended across northern portions of the Chicago area, a band of intense snowfall has set up across the south portions of the metro area, where the visibility has dropped to one-half mile or less, with near whiteout conditions in some locations. Snowfall is now up to  12 .0 inches at Lemont, 9 .0 inches at Palos Heights and 8 inches at Joliet,  with heavy snow  also being reported at Tinley Park and Orland Park. The winter storm warning will […]

  • Snow continues to fall in central and south portions of the Chicago Metro area-Latest snowfall totals

    Here are the latest snowfall totals through 1pm O’Hare 7.3 inches Midway Airport 6.8 inches Pell Lake WI 8.0 inches Batavia 6.2 inches Naperville 8.0 inches Arlington Heights 7.0 inches North Aurora 10.0 inches Somonauk 8.0 inches Carol Stream 6.5 inches Joliet 7.0 inches Crown Point 7.5 inches Chicago Heights 8.4 inches Evanston 6.0 inches Hobart 6.5 inches Orland Park 6.5 inches Roscoe 6.0 inches Bolingbrook 7.0 inches        

  • Snow continues to fall across the central portions of the Chicago area where winter storm warnings remain in effect until 6pm

    The latest area snowfall totals through 10 am Berwyn 6.2 inches Ottawa 2.5 inches Momence 1.3 inches Boulder Hill 4.7 inches   Arlington Heights 6.5 inches Valparaiso 4.5 inches Hawthorn Woods 5.8 inches St. Charles 6.5 inches Manhattan 4.5 inches Schaumburg 5.9 inches Wheaton 7.0 inches Steward 6.0 inches Lansing 5.7 inches Deerfield 6.4 inches Lake Zurich 6.0 inches Chicago Heights 6.2 inches McHenry 5.8 inches        

  • Forecast: Heavy snow for Friday’s commute, over a foot possible this weekend

    CHICAGO — Snowfall across northern  Illinois started light Thursday evening, but the latest trends indicate an area of heavy snow with accumulation rates of about one inch an hour are setting up across northern Illinois, mostly north of the I-80 corridor. Look for increasing snowfall with lowering visibilities during the overnight hours with the heaviest snow arriving in the Chicago area by midnight. The Chicago area remains under a Winter Storm Warning through Friday morning, with the warning extending through 9 a.m. […]

  • Visibilities lowering, snowfall totals increasing as snow intensifies

    Snowfall intensities are picking up across the Chicago area this evening and the snow is expected to become heavy by midnight when it will likely accumulate at the rate of about 1 inch an hour in many locations. Here are the latest snow totals so far St. Charles 1.5 inches Rockford 1.7 inches Schaumburg 1.5 inches Carbon Hill 1.2 inches Valparaiso 1.0 inch Freeport 1.4 inches Stockton 1.5 inches Morrison 1.5 inches