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
  • A Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms across the Chicago area Saturday

    The National Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Outlook for Saturday includes the Chicago area in a Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms today (green-shaded area on the highlighted map depicting a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of given location). The main risks will be for damaging winds and localized flood-producing downpours. The National Weather Prediction Center has outlooked our area for a Marginal Risk of Excessive Rainfall and the possibility of localized flooding (see green-shaded area on the […]

  • Scattered showers/thunderstorms across the Chicago area into the overnight hours

    Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move east across the Chicago area into the overnight hours. In general, the activity should be on a slow decline, but it still could persist well past midnight into the early morning hours. Brief heavy downpours, gusty winds and vivid lightning could accompany strongest storms. Latest weather radar mosaic…

  • Strong thunderstorms in portions of Ogle and Lee Counties until 9:15PM CDT

    Update 8:55PM CDT... At 847 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Polo to near Deer Grove to Walnut. Movement was east at 35 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include... Dixon, Oregon, Walton, Amboy, Polo, Franklin Grove, Nelson and Harmon. Including the following interstate... I-88 between mile markers 45 and 63. This includes... Castle Rock State Park, Lee County Fairgrounds, Sauk Valley College, […]

  • Mesoscale outlook – strong to severe thunderstorms in southeast Wisconsin until 11PM CDT

    The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 276 continues. SUMMARY...Isolated damaging thunderstorm winds will remain possible across far southeast Wisconsin for the next one to two hours. DISCUSSION...Composite radar imagery at 8:30PM CDT depicts a line of thunderstorms from near Fond Du Lac to Lake Geneva WI and then into northwest IL. The threat for isolated strong/possibly damaging winds will exist for the next 1 to 2 hours as storms move across far SE WI.

  • The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for portions of Winnebago and Ogle Counties has expired

    Update 8PM CDT… The storms which prompted the warning have weakened below severe limits, and no longer pose an immediate threat to life or property. Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire. A report of a 3-foot diameter tree uprooted by damaging winds was reported 3 miles east-southeast of Durand at 7:45PM CDT. As the storms move northeast heavy rain and cloud to ground lightning is still possible with these thunderstorms. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Update 7:41PM CDT… ..A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING […]

  • Mesoscale outlook – strong to severe thunderstorms expected to move through northwest Illinois between 6:30 and 9PM CDT

    The threat for damaging winds will continue across the Severe Thunderstorm watch area this evening, while a risk for isolated damaging downbursts will exist just south of the Watch area across northwest Illinois early this evening. The southern end of the band of storms could pass close to and south of Rockford along the I-39 corridor  before moving northeast into Wisconsin. A small bowing line of severe thunderstorms extended from far southwest WI into northeast IA at 6:15PM CdT, with […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch skirts Chicago area to the north

    The National Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch effective until 11PM CDT for central and southern Wisconsin and the northwest corner of Illinois (blue-shaded counties on the headlined map). The watch does not include any counties in the Chicago area, but runs along the Illinois-Wisconsin state line to our north. Jo Daviess and Stephenson are the only Illinois counties in the Watch. Following is the National Weather Service Watch description… The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued […]

  • Marginal risk of severe t-storms this evening into overnight

    The National Storm Prediction Center has the northern portion of the Chicago area, generally north of Interstate-88 and I-290 in a Marginal Risk of severe thunderstorms mainly later this evening/overnight (green-shaded area on the highlighted map depicting a 5% chance of severe storms within 25 miles of a given location). The greatest risk will be strong damaging winds along with potential localized flood-producing downpours. Thunderstorms, a few of which could become severe are expected to develop this afternoon/evening over southern […]

  • Updated Air Quality Alert continues in effect Friday for a good portion of the Chicago area

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has extended the Air Quality Alert  for the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area, including the northeast Illinois counties (grey-shaded on the highlighted map) from Midnight Thursday night until Midnight Friday night. An air pollution action day is declared when weather conditions are such that widespread ozone and or particulate levels are expected to be at or above the unhealthy for sensitive groups category of the air quality index. Active children and adults especially people with pulmonary […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect in Chicago, northern Illinois, Excessive Heat Warning continues

    [WEATHER ALERT] A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Chicago, northern Illinois until 8 p.m. Sunday. Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8PM for most of the Chicago metro area. Damaging thunderstorm winds are the #1 threat. Severe Threats This PM/Evening: Damaging wind: ModerateDamaging hail: LowTornado: Very LowFlash Flooding: Low#ILwx #INwx — Mike Hamernik (@MikeHamernik) July 1, 2018 A line of thunderstorms continues to develop across northwest and west central Illinois. This line is forecast to begin impacting far […]