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
  • Dense Fog Advisory far western and southern suburbs until 11AM CDT this Wednesday morning

    A Dense Fog Advisory (Grey-shaded counties on the headlined map) is in effect until 11AM CDT this Wednesday morning for a good portion of the far western Chicago suburbs where visibility has dropped well under a quarter-mile to near zero in some areas. Be prepared for a considerably slowed commute/drive in affected areas.  Poor visibility exists farther west and southwest in Illinois. Conditions should slowly improve by mid-morning. Latest visibility in miles or fraction of miles at local area airports…

  • Record cold temperatures this morning (and last night) across the Chicago area along with sub-zero wind chills

    With clear skies, diminishing winds, and a fresh snow cover and Chicago positioned under the coldest portion of Arctic-source high pressure, record-low temperatures were observed across the Chicago area this Tuesday morning. The 7-degree low temperature at Chicago’s official O’Hare International Airport observation site set a new record November 12th low for this date, breaking the old record of 8-degrees set back in 1986. At Midway the low of 9-degrees beat the old record of 10-degrees established also in 1986. […]

  • Nearly 1,000 flights canceled as record-breaking snow blankets Chicago

    CHICAGO — Nearly 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago’s airports as snow blanketed the area Monday. The Winter Weather Advisory is over, but the damage is done. As of 2 p.m., 856 flights were canceled at O’Hare International Airport while 94 flights were canceled at Midway International Airport. Delays at O’Hare are averaging about 86 minutes while delays at Midway are about 23 minutes. Icy conditions at O’Hare even caused a plane to skid off the runway. A number of […]

  • Widespread 4 to 5-inch snowfall totals so far – Record November 11 snowfall at O’Hare and Midway

    As we approach midday, snow has slacked-off, but continues to fall Chicago area-wide with several locations reporting 4 to 5-inches of accumulation thus far. Highest totals appear to be in the Rockford area and just to the west in Stephenson County  (5.0-inches tops) and McHenry County (4.9-inches at Bull Valley). As of late morning, Chicago’s official observation site on O’Hare International Airport had 3-inches on the ground – the old city record for November 11 was 1.9-inches set back in […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued across Chicago area, snow expected overnight

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the Chicago area Sunday, as accumulating snow is expected to overspread the region from west to east overnight into Monday afternoon. According to the NWS, between three and six inches of snow are possible from midnight until 2 p.m. Monday in counties across the Chicago region, except Kankakee and Newton in Indiana. Snow will begin in westernmost sections later Sunday evening and move east across the […]

  • Another round of Lakeshore flooding likely beginning later this Sunday evening

    Updated 7PM… The Lakeshore Flood Watch for the Lake and Porter Lake Michigan shoreline in northwest Indiana has been upgraded to a Lakeshore Flood Warning in effect Monday morning through Tuesday. The Lakeshore Flood Advisory for the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline  continues in effect from this Sunday evening through Monday into Tuesday. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Lakeshore Flood Advisory has been issued for the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline beginning later this Sunday evening and continuing into Tuesday. A Lakeshore Flood Watch that will […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for Chicago area counties along and north of Interstate-80 tonight into Monday afternoon

    Accumulating snow is expected to gradually overspread the Chicago area from west to east tonight and continue Monday. A Winter Weather Advisory for generally 3 to 6-inches of snow accumulating from tonight into Monday is in effect for counties along and north of Interstate-80 – purple-shaded counties on the headlined map. Snow will begin in westernmost sections later this evening and move east across the entire area by early Monday morning – temperatures falling into the 20s along with northerly […]

  • Lakeshore Flood Advisory continued for NW Indiana, discontinued NE Illinois

    Breezy winds out of the NW will continue this Thursday afternoon into the overnight hours. The subsequent on-shore flow will support continuation of the Lakeshore Flood Advisory for the northwest Indiana and southwest Lower Michigan Lake Michigan shoreline until Friday morning. The Lakeshore Flood Advisory has been discontinued for the northeast Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline due to the expected off-shore flow.

  • Rivers falling – minor flooding continues on the Illinois River at LaSalle

    Rivers across northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana are in the falling mode, but Minor flooding does continue just upstream and farther downstream of LaSalle on the Illinois River. Bankfull conditions also exist on the Fox River north of Algonquin to south of Montgomery. The Rock River at Latham Park and Byron is running near bankfull. The latest Hydrologic River stage and flood forecast summary follows: Hydrologic Summary National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 730 AM CST Wed Nov 6 2019 Location […]

  • Lakeshore Flood Advisories take effect this Wednesday evening

    A cold front will move south through the Chicago area this afternoon.  Winds will strengthen as they shift to the north behind the front with gusts reaching 30-40 mph later tonight and Thursday. A Lakeshore Flood Advisory will take effect this Wednesday evening and continue through Thursday afternoon along the Lake and Cook County Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline where the strong northerly winds will build 8-10 foot waves on top of the already near record lake-levels.  Coastal flooding and beach […]

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