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
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    1 to 2-inch snowfall most likely over northwest Indiana this Tuesday morning

    Update 6:10AM CDT… Indications are that most intense lake-effect snowfall will occur from right along the immediate Chicago/Cook County shoreline into northwest Indiana this Tuesday morning. The heavier 1 to 2-inch accumulations look to most likely end up in Lake and Porter Counties Indiana. Snowfall should taper off west to east – first in Chicago/Cook County and finally in Lake/Porter County later this morning . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Snow could accumulate 1 to 2-inches close-in along and inland of Lake Michigan early […]

  • Light snow continuing along/south of Interstate-80 Saturday night

    Update 9:30PM CDT… Patchy areas of light wet snow or light rain will become all snow tonight generally along and south of Interstate-80. The snowfall will be light but steady and could accumulate to as much as an inch in some areas. With temperatures in the lower 30s, most roads will remain just wet, with accumulations mainly occurring on cold surfaces/grassy areas. Precipitation should taper off after sunrise. See latest Regional Weather Radar Mosaic below. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Snow spreading across northern […]

  • A woman protects her eyes from the stinging snow as she walks down LaSalle Street in downtown Chicago. — Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune, March 5, 2013

    Sticking snow, icy conditions likely over portions of the Chicago area Thursday

    CHICAGO — Cold air continues to dominate our weather with sub-normal readings continuing into next week. The cold temperatures will result in snow spreading north across the area Thursday, as low pressure lifts north out of southern Indiana. A Winter Storm Warning for 5 to 7-inches+ snow will be in effect for southern Illinois with Winter Storm Advisories in effect for southern and central Indiana and central Illinois. Jasper, Newton, Kankakee under a Winter Weather Advisory. There will still be […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for southernmost portion of the Chicago area this Thursday morning

    Winter Weather Advisories (purple-shaded counties on the highlighted map) have been extended farther north out of central Illinois and Indiana into the southernmost portion of the Chicago area this Thursday morning. Sticking snow and slippery driving conditions will develop this morning as far north as the immediate Chicago area with 1 to 2-inch accumulations to the south. A Winter Weather Advisory for two-inches of wet snow mixed at times with sleet is in effect until midday for Ford, Iroquois, Livingston […]

  • No record at O’Hare, but area-wide temperatures in the teens this chilly Wednesday morning

    Under cold high pressure, clear skies, and light winds, most temperatures dropped off into the teens Chicago-area-wide this chilly Wednesday morning. Actually the lowest readings were the 12-degrees registered at Rochelle and Freeport. Chicago’s record low temperature of 14-degrees for this date set back in 1916 still stands – the official reading at the O’Hare site bottomed-out at 17 degrees. Midway Airport in the Chicago “heat island” recorded a low of 20-degrees. Farther north in Wisconsin Antigo hit zero, Rhinelander […]

  • Frigid start but sun boosts afternoon temperatures

    The very cold Arctic-source high pressure air mass will be departing to the east today, but it could leave behind some record low temperatures Wednesday morning. Early morning temperatures in the teens area-wide will see readings in some of our colder spots drop below Chicago’s record low on this date of 14 degrees set back in 1916. With the center of cold high pressure overhead Tuesday, our official high of only 29 degrees was below normal for even January. The […]

  • Single digit wind chills area-wide this Saturday morning

    Strong westerly winds gusting at times well over 30 mph, clear skies and very cold Canadian-source high pressure moving into our area produced widespread low temperatures in the teens to lower 20s and single-digit wind chills across NE Illinois, SE Wisconsin, and NW Indiana this morning.  Lowest temperature at an area airport location was far western Sterling/Rock Falls at 14 degrees and Freeport as well as Rochelle at 15 degrees.  The low wind chill was 1 degree at Sterling/Rock Falls, […]

  • Showers moving out of Illinois into northwest Indiana this Thursday evening

    An area of showers is moving east-northeast out of Illinois into northwest Indiana and southwest Lower Michigan this Thursday evening. The northern edge of the showers may wet a few streets in Chicago, before the band moves on east and out of the area later tonight. The current Regional Weather Radar Mosaic is shown below…

  • Showers/thunderstorms developing/spreading east and south ahead of approaching cold front

    A line of showers and embedded thunderstorms is developing and spreading east and south across northern Illinois along and ahead of an approaching cold front this Tuesday afternoon. Locally heavy downpours and gusty winds could accompany some of the strongest storms (follow storm movement on the weather radar mosaic below). Unseasonably mild moisture-laden air is riding southerly winds into our area ahead of the approaching cold front with temperatures in the 60s and lower 70s (73-degrees at Pontiac and 71-degrees […]

  • Rivers continue to steady-off or slowly fall – only segments of the Pecatonica River in flood

    Rivers across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana this Thursday morning have nearly leveled off or continue to slowly fall. The Pecatonica is the only the River in flood with minor flooding at Shirland where the forecast is for a continued slow steady fall. The flooded portions of rivers are depicted in light green on the headlined map. Following is the latest River Summary issued by the Chicago National Weather Service… Hydrologic Summary National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 730 AM CDT […]