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 high temperature for Chicago this Thursday afternoon

    Unseasonably warm humid air flowed over the Chicago this afternoon with the thermometer reading topping out at 92-degrees at Chicago’s official observing site on O’Hare International Airport – tying the the old record for September 20 set just last year. At Midway Airport the high was 95-degrees – a new record —–surpassing the old record 92-degrees observed at that site last year. The peak heat Index this afternoon hovered in the 95 to 100-degree range across much of the Chicago […]

  • Scattered thunderstorms move off to the east

    Update 9AM CDT… The band of scattered showers/thunderstorms has moved east out over Lake Michigan. Clouds should gradually break with warmth/humidity increasing later this morning/afternoon. A few showers/thunderstorms could redevelop today, but the next best chance of rain looks to be later tonight as a cold front approaches our area. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CHICAGO — Thunderstorms have been quite active across southern Wisconsin overnight and before daybreak this band of storms started to work its way south across northern Illinois. Thunderstorms will […]

  • Scattered showers across northern Illinois into NW Indiana this Tuesday afternoon/evening

    Update 3:30PM CDT… Some widely scattered showers with isolated embedded thunder will move east-southeast across northern Illinois into northwest Indiana late this afternoon into the evening hours. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Scattered showers and thunderstorms are moving southeast out of southern Wisconsin into northern Illinois this Tuesday morning associated with a weak cold front. Locally brief heavy downpours and vivid lightning along with gusty winds out of the north will accompany some of the stronger storms. The activity will most likely weaken later […]

  • Dangerous Rip and Structural currents could develop along the Lake Michigan shoreline today

    With 10 to 20 mile-per-hour northerly winds, wave action could develop dangerous rip and structural currents along the Illinois and Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline today. A Beach Hazards Statement/Advisory is in effect until 4PM CDT this  Tuesday afternoon (light-blue-shaded area on the highlighted map).

  • Segments of the Rock, Fox and Pecatonica Rivers continue in flood Friday

    Runoff continues across the Chicago area due to current and previous rains with flooding on segments of the Rock, Fox and Pecatonica Rivers. Moderate flooding is expected along the Rock River at Rockton and Latham Park. Rivers in flood are  depicted in light green on the highlighted map. Following is a summary of river stages/flood forecasts prepared by the Chicago National Weather Service Office. Hydrologic Summary National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 730 AM CDT Fri Sep 7 2018 Location Flood […]

  • Beach Hazards Statement – high wave action/dangerous swimming conditions along the Lake Michigan shoreline Friday through the weekend into Monday

    A Beach Hazards Advisory/Statement is in effect along the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline into northwest Indiana Lake County shoreline until Monday. The Advisory actually extends farther north to Sheboygan, Wisconsin (light-blue-shaded counties on the headlined map). With a northeast wind gusting at times in excess of 25 miles per hour, waves will build on the lake and work their way toward shore, running 3 to 7 feet along the shoreline and creating high wave action and dangerous Rip and Structural […]

  • Several rivers continue in flood across northern Illinois this Thursday morning

    Runoff from previous recent heavy rains and current rains continues to cause significant rises on northern Illinois rivers and streams with many running at bankfull or in minor flood. Moderate flooding is expected along portions of the Rock River. The Kishwaukee River at Belvidere and  Perryville and the Des Plaines River at Gurnee were expected to fall below flood stage later this afternoon or overnight. Rivers in flood are  depicted in light green on the highlighted map. Following is a […]

  • Hazardous swimming conditions along the Lake Michigan shoreline until later Thursday evening

    A Beach Hazards Advisory/Statement is in effect along the Illinois and Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline until later Thursday evening.  The Advisory actually extends farther north to Sheboygan, Wisconsin and farther east and north to the shoreline at the southwest tip of Lower Michigan (light-blue-shaded counties on the headlined map). With a northeast wind gusting at times in excess of 25 miles per hour, waves will build on the lake and work their way toward shore, running 3 to 7 feet […]

  • Marginal risk of strong/severe storms tonight

    A wide band of showers and thunderstorms will accompany and follow, as a cold front works its way southeast across the Chicago area late this afternoon/evening into the overnight hours. As the band of showers/thunderstorms slowly sinks to the southeast, individual cells will be moving in an east-northeast direction. The National Storm Prediction Center has outlooked our area in a Marginal Risk for severe storms (dark-green-shaded area on the headlined map) – the main threat being possible damaging winds. As […]

  • Several rivers continue in flood across northern Illinois this Wednesday morning

    Runoff from recent heavy rains continues to cause significant rises on northern Illinois rivers and streams with many in minor flood. Moderate flooding is expected along portions of the Rock and Kishwaukee Rivers. Rivers in flood are depicted in light green on the highlighted map. Following is a summary of rivers stages/flood forecasts prepared by the Chicago National Weather Service Office. Hydrologic Summary National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 730 AM CDT Wed Sep 5 2018 Location Flood Stage Time 24-hr […]