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
  • Sunday Chicago-area river stage/flood forecasts

    Segments of several Chicago-area rivers in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana are still running near bankfull or are it of banks in minor flood. Moderate flooding is still anticipated at Algonquin on the Fox River. The Illinois River at Ottawa and the Fox River at Dayton are expected to fall below flood later this afternoon. The Des Plaines River at Des Plaines should fall below flood tonight. We look to still have a break in rain that will last until […]

  • Saturday Chicago area river stage/flood forecasts

    After heavy rains soaked the region the past couple days, rivers Chicago-area-wide are up, approaching bankfull and in minor flood in some areas and already beginning a slow fall in others. The Fox River at Algonquin is the only locations moderate flooding is forecast. Rivers in flood are shown in light green on the headlined map. Following is the latest Hydrologic River Summary of river stages and flood forecasts issued by the Chicago National Weather Service Forecast Office: Hydrologic Summary […]

  • Chicago area river stagee/forecasts

    Heavy rains the past two days have created rises on all Chicago-area rivers and streams, many of which are now or are forecast to be in minor flood. Moderate flooding is forecast for the segment of the Fox River at Algonquin. Following is the Friday morning river stage statement issued by the Chicago National Weather Service with flood forecasts: Hydrologic Summary National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville IL 730 AM CDT Fri Jun 22 2018 Location Flood Stage Time 24-hr Flood Stage […]

  • Heavy rain floods roadways across Chicago area

    CHICAGO — Another day of heavy rain and storms is making for a messy morning commute and causing flooding in several parts of the Chicago area. Widespread showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will occur Friday. Because soils are saturated and rivers are running near bankfull or in flood, additional rains may collect quickly, causing additional localized flooding of creeks, streams and low-lying flood-prone areas. The Flash Flood Watch covering the portion of the Chicago area along and north of […]

  • Rainfall 1 to 3-inches widespread across the Chicago area

    Update 9:10PM CDT… With more rain expected tonight into Friday, amounts reported thus far continue in the 1 to 3-inch range, but a few spots have exceeded the 3-inch total..latest was a 3.46-inches reported 6 miles south of Rockford at 7:20PM CDT and a whopping 4.86-inches at Cullum in Livingston County read at 6PM CDT. A few more reports this evening… Wonder lake   2.39-inches as of 7:30PM Somonauk   2.40-inches at 7PM Yorkville   1.83-inches at 5PM Loves Park   1.30-inches at 6PM […]

  • Flash Flood Watch in effect until 10AM Friday for Chicago area

    Updated 5:25PM CDT Thursday… The Flash Flood watch remains in effect until 10AM CDT Friday. Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana have been added to the Watch. Widespread rains of 1 to 3-inches have occurred with additional 1 to 3-inch rains possible tonight into Friday forenoon. Should the upper-end (2 to 3-inches) additional rainfall occur during the next 12 to 18 hours, many rivers and streams will rise into flood, in addition to those that are currently in flood or […]

  • Chicago area Thursday morning river stage/flood forecasts

    Update 4:25PM CDT… Due to recent rains the the segments of the Fox River at Montgomery and Algonquin and the East branch of the Du page at Bolingbrook are expected to rise above food stage this evening and their forecasts have been revised (see stage/flood forecasts below). Segmnents of several other area rivers could rise to flood levels should we pick up an additional 1 to 3-inches of rain tonight into Friday. ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Update 2:50PM CDT… With latest rainfall data […]

  • Flood Warning for Cook, DuPage and a portion of Will County continues until 9PM CDT this Thursday evening

    Update 4PM CDT… ...A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT Until 845 PM CDT FOR eastern Will...DuPage and Cook Counties... At 331 PM CDT, Doppler radar and rainfall observations indicated that one to locally upwards of three inches of rain had fallen through early this afternoon over portions of Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties. While a lull in the widespread heavy rain is expected through early evening, heavy rain could redevelop later this evening or overnight. Areas of flooding are expected […]

  • First day of summer brings heavy rain, flood warnings for Chicago area

    CHICAGO — The first day of summer has brought heavy rain, storms and flooding to much of the Chicago area. An inch or more rainfall will cause minor flooding of low-lying flood-prone areas and some rivers streams that were near bankfull this morning. The Flood Watch for a good portion of the Chicago area (dark-green-shaded area on the headlined map) will continue in effect until late morning Friday. Addition waves of showers/thunderstorms are expected to occur over our area later […]

  • Rain overspreading the Chicago area tonight

    A wide area of showers and embedded thunderstorms approaching from the west will  first spread over the Interstate-39 corridor, while a band of showers/thunderstorms approach Interstate-80 from the south – both making a move on the close-in western and southern suburbs, eventually reaching the city of Chicago into northwest Indiana later tonight. Latest Regional weather radar mosaic…