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
  • High waves and strong rip/structural currents create dangerous swimming conditions on Lake Michigan beaches in NW Indiana through this Monday evening

    A Beach Hazards Statement is in effect through this evening along the northwest Indian Lake Michigan shoreline in Porter and Lake County Indiana. Dangerous swimming conditions will exist today into the evening hours as strong northwest winds gusting over 30 miles per hour build 3 to 6-foot waves which in turn will create strong rip and structural currents along the Porter and Lake County, Indiana Lake Michigan shoreline.

  • Chicago-area rivers trending lower

    Most Chicago-area rivers are slowing falling, although minor flooding continues on the Illinois River at LaSalle, the Pecatonica River at Shirland, the Fox River at Montgomery and Algonquin and the Kankakee River at Shelby. All Rivers in flood, except the Illinois River at LaSalle are expected to fall below flood by this weekend or early next week. Flood Advisories are in effect on segments of the Kishwaukee and Rock Rivers where they are experiencing near bankfull or “action” levels. Rivers […]

  • Overnight rains should cause rivers to rise once again across the Chicago area

    While many rivers were still falling this morning, others are back on the rise and last night’s rains of three-quarters inch to over two-inches should have almost all in a rising mode by later today/early tomorrow. Greatest rainfall was 2.46-inches at Sleepy Hollow, 2.33-inches at Palatine and 2.30-inches at Huntley. Flood Warnings are up at Shirland on the Pecatonica River, Algonquin and  Montgomery on the Fox River, LaSalle on the Illinois River, and Shelby on the Kankakee River. Flood Advisories […]

  • Risk of severe thunderstorms shifted east to cover a good portion of the Chicago area tonight

    Update 10PM CDT… Showers and thunderstorms have developed in eastern Iowa and tracking east – crossing the Mississippi River and headed into the Chicago area. Also a line of thunderstorms has moved southeast out of Minnesota across SW Wisconsin – approaching our area from the NW. As a result, showers and thunderstorms, some strong and a few possibly severe will move across the Chicago area, eventually passing through Chicago into NW Indiana. Greatest threat from the strongest storms will be […]

  • More rain overnight maintains/boosts river levels across the Chicago area

    Many area rivers continue to rise, extending or slightly boosting current levels with the latest overnight rains that again produced totals well over an inch at many locations. Greatest totals were in westernmost sections, as well as along and south of the Interstate-80 corridor. Amboy, Dixon and Sublette in Lee County led the list with 1.73-inches, 1.60-inches and 1.61-inches respectively. Flood Warnings are up at Shirland on the Pecatonica River, Bolingbrook on the East Branch of the DuPage River, Algonquin, […]

  • Some risk for severe storms here – but to occur late at night in a weaker mode

    The National Storm Prediction Center has most of the Chicago area under a risk for severe thunderstorms in the next 12 hours (note the headlined map has the portion north of Interstate-80 in the Marginal Risk and south of the Interstate in the Slight Risk). However the expected arrival of the showers/thunderstorms around or after midnight (band of storms approaching from the southwest), in most likely a weakened form lowers the probability of severe storms here considerably. Once again there […]

  • Latest rains boost rivers once again – bring us close to a record May total for Chicago

    Rivers are on the rise after the latest rainfall that ranged from around a half-inch to over 2-inches across the Chicago area. Chicago’s official observation site at O’Hare International Airport registered 0.71-inch the past 24-hour, brnging the month’s total to 8.04-inches, just 0.17-inch shy of the all-time May record set just last year. Greatest 24-hour totals were observed in LaSalle County with 2.01-inches at Streator and Ottawa and 2.00-inches at Sheridan. Flood Warnings are up at Shirland on the Pecatonica […]

  • Updated: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for overnight

    Update11:10PM CDT… Thunderstorms will continue to develop in eastern Iowa and western Illinois and move east over our area tonight. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch will likely be dropped before it expires at 1AM CDT, as strongest storms seem to have heavy, in some cases brief flood-producing downpours, but no damaging winds or large hail. Flooding looks to be our main problem for the overnight hours into early Wednesday morning. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 1AM CDT for […]

  • Update: Heavy rains/potential flooding expected across the Chicago area overnight

    As the wide band of showers and thunderstorms spreads east over our area overnight, there will be an enhanced threat of flood-producing downpours in some of the stronger storms. “Training” of storms (storms forming and repeatedly tracking over the same locations) could also give high rainfall totals. Rainfall totals may easily exceed an inch in many areas and some locations in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana could record over 3-inches. Following is a recently-issued Mesoscale heavy rainfall discussion that includes […]

  • Flash Flood Watch expanded to include additional counties in northeast Illinois

    ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... The National Weather Service in Chicago has expanded the * Flash Flood Watch to include portions of northern Illinois, including DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, and Will Counties (dark-green-shaded on the highlighted map). * Through Wednesday morning * Showers and thunderstorms are expected to spread over the watch area by mid evening and these storms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall rates of 1 to 1.5 inches per hour. * […]

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