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
  • Record flooding on segments of the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers

    Recent rains and continued snow melt in Wisconsin has combined to lift waters on segments of Rock River at Latham Park just north of Rockford and the Pecatonica River at Martintown, Wisconsin to record levels. Major flooding is occurring at Rockton on the Rock River and Shirland and Freeport on the Pecatonica. Minor to Moderate flooding is occurring on other segments of the Rock, Fox, Des Plaines, Kankakee and Illinois Rivers. Rivers in flood are depicted by green shading on […]

  • Band of wet snow south of Interstate-80 this Sunday morning

    Update 11:45AM CDT… Snow has moved off to the east Low pressure and the associated band of snow have moved off to the east into Indiana, leaving behind a wide band of 1 to 5-inches of snow that laid out to the north of the low center, extending from a little west of Moline/Davenport in Iowa all the way across Illinois into Indiana – generally along and south of Interstate-80. Greatest snow depth reported was 5-inches at Princeton in Bureau […]

  • Flooding on Chicago-area rivers

    Due to recent rains and snow melt, segments of the Rock, Fox, Illinois, Pecatonica, Kishwaukee, Des Plaines and Kankakee Rivers continue in flood.  On the Rock River major flooding is expected at Rockton and Byron with Record flooding forecast in Rockford and Latham Park. Major flooding is also forecast on the Pecatonica River at Shirland. River segments in Flood or under Advisory (close to flood) are depicted in green on the headlined map. Following is a Hydrologic summary issued by […]

  • Thursday Storm Reports across the Chicago area

    Severe thunderstorms hit many parts of the Chicago area late this morning into mid-afternoon. Following is a listing of storm reports across the Chicago area compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service: 0228 PM HAIL 5 SE VALPARAISO 41.42N 87.01W 03/14/2019 E0.70 INCH PORTER IN PUBLIC 0221 PM HAIL 4 N KOUTS 41.37N 87.03W 03/14/2019 E1.00 INCH PORTER IN AMATEUR RADIO ESTIMATED 60 MPH WINDS. 0153 PM HAIL 4 SW LOWELL 41.25N 87.46W 03/14/2019 E1.00 INCH LAKE IN TRAINED SPOTTER […]

  • Tornado Watch no longer in effect – showers/t-storms move off to the east

    Update 3PM CDT… The Tornado Watch for the Chicago area is no longer in effect. The occluded front and associated band of showers and strong to severe thunderstorms has moved off to the east. Slowly-weakening cyclonic circulation will continue around the low pressure as it moves into western Wisconsin and eventually Ontario, Canada. As a result, the Chicago area may still experience periodic cloudiness and a few showers across our area through the overnight hours into Friday morning, when we […]

  • Tornado Warning for Porter County, Indiana is no longer in effect

    Update 2:40PM CDT... The Supercell thunderstorm that had potential tornadic rotation has weakened and moved east. The Tornado Warning is no longer in effect. ______________________________________________________________ Update 2:30PM CDT... ...A TORNADO WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 245 PM CDT FOR EASTERN PORTER COUNTY... At 226 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Malden, moving northeast at 55 mph. HAZARD...Tornado and ping pong ball size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation. IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southern Lake County Indiana until 2:30PM CDT

    Update 2:05PM CDT... ...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 230 PM CDT FOR SOUTHEASTERN LAKE COUNTY... At 204 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Winfield, or over Lakes Of The Four Seasons, moving northeast at 55 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. Locations impacted include... Merrillville, Hobart, Crown Point, Lakes Of The Four Seasons and Winfield. ____________________________________________________________________ […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 2:30PM CDT for portions of Newton, Porter, Lake and Jasper Counties in northwest Indiana

    ..A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 230 PM CDT FOR NORTHEASTERN NEWTON...SOUTHWESTERN PORTER ...FAR SOUTHEASTERN LAKE AND NORTHWESTERN JASPER COUNTIES IN INDIANA... At 201 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Forest City, moving northeast at 50 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. Locations impacted include... De Motte, Hebron, Fair Oaks, Thayer, Sumava Resorts, Roselawn, Forest City, Pembroke […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning for southeastern Lake and north-central Cook county in Illinois until 2:15PM CDT

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Lake County and North central Cook County in northeastern Illinois... * Until 215 PM CDT * At 147 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Arlington Heights, moving northeast at 70 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Waukegan, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Palatine, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Hoffman Estates, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning for portions of Cook and Will Counties in Illinois and Lake County Indiana until 2PM CDT

    Update 1:45PM CDT... ...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 PM CDT FOR EAST CENTRAL WILL...SOUTHEASTERN COOK AND NORTHERN LAKE COUNTIES... At 139 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Crete, or near Steger, moving northeast at 50 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. Locations impacted include... Hammond, Gary, Calumet City, Portage, Merrillville, Chicago Heights, East Chicago, Schererville, […]

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