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
  • Cold weather could be to blame for depression

    Wind Chill Advisory tonight and Friday morning Chicago area-wide

    CHICAGO — Temperatures dropping well below zero combined with northwest winds gusting at times over 30 miles per hour will cause dangerous wind chills of -20 to -30-degrees and even colder across northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana tonight and Friday morning. Frostbite can occur in 10 to 30-minutes, if skin is exposed to these elements, so when outside dress appropriately. Temperatures should peak around 20-degrees today and then with the passage of a strong cold front begin to fall through […]

  • Update – A Wind Chill Advisory for close-in Chicago and south – Wind Chill Watch for northeast Illinois north and west of Chicago Thursday night into Friday morning

    Updated 4PM CST… A Wind Chill Advisory (light-green shading on map below) for dangerous wind chills 20 to 30-below zero is in effect for close-in Chicago and south of Interstate-80 Thursday night into Friday morning. Northwest winds gusting well over 30 mph along with frigid temperatures falling below zero will set the stage for dangerous wind chills here. A Wind Chill Watch (dark-green shading on map below) is out for Thursday night and Friday covering the area just to the […]

  • Winter Storm Warnings/Advisories for accumulating snow continue until late morning

    CHICAGO — The morning commute will be impacted by accumulating snow that will continue this Wednesday morning generally from Chicago west and north. 1 to 4-inches additional snow are expected with greatest amounts north along the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. Associated Winter Storm Warning (pink) and Winter Weather Advisories (purple) for snow depicted on the headlined map are in effect until noon. Snow will diminish and end during the afternoon. There is a sharp transition line (depicted on the Regional Weather […]

  • Wintry mix of ice, rain and snow to last overnight, threaten morning commute

    CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for McHenry County. It will remain in effect until noon Wednesday. Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings remain for several Chicago-area counties including DuPage, Cook, Lee, Lake, Kankakee, Kane, Will, Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle, DeKalb A wintry mix of snow, ice and freezing rain is blanketing the Chicago area and will carry through to Wednesday morning. Some schools are closing early Tuesday due to the weather. Check for the […]

  • Tuesday evening Chicago area Winter Storm Warning/Weather Advisories update

    Hazardous travel/outdoor activity will continue tonight into Wednesday. A wintry mix of freezing rain/sleet and wet snow will cover northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana this evening into the overnight. As the we approach midnight, precipitation will likely turn over to all snow generally north of Interstate-88 including Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, and Ogle counties (under a Winter Storm Warning calling for 4 to7-inches of snow by noon Wednesday. Snow will accumulate 2 to 5-inches in Lake, Lee, DeKalb and Kane and […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for freezing rain mixed at times with sleet and snow, spreading over most of the Chicago area Tuesday

    Winter Weather Advisory for a wintry mix of wet snow, freezing and sleet  across the Chicago area from 9AM to 6PM CST Tuesday. With temperatures well below freezing Tuesday morning rain mixed with sleet and some wet snow will move into southern and western portions of the Chicago area mid-morning Tuesday, spreading over most of northeast Illinois by afternoon. Travel conditions are likely to become very hazardous – roads, highways, streets sidewalks and parking lots will become ice-covered and very […]

  • Huge differences in temperatures and wind chills across the Chicago area due to  Lake Effect clouds/flurries

    Overnight low temperatures recorded at area airports ranged from -15 degrees in far northwestern Freeport to 8 degrees at Midway. At O’Hare – Chicago’s official observing site, the lowest reading was 3 above – we still haven’t observed a negative temperature there so far this winter.  Wind chills ranged from -25 in Freeport and a -24 in Pontiac to 1-degree at Kankakee. Thickest lake-effect clouds and snow showers were occurring close-in along and just inland of the Lake Michigan shoreline […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for 2 to 4 inches of lake-effect snow in northwest Indiana this evening – frigid cold sets in Chicago-area-wide tonight

    Update 4:45PM CST… A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this evening until 9PM CST for Porter County and Midnight CST for Lake County in Indiana. Accumulating lake-effect snow will continue across northern portions of Lake and Porter Counties in northwest Indiana this evening, laying down an additional 2 to 4-inches in some locations. Snow showers should weaken and possibly drift back across the border into Illinois, just south of Chicago late tonight. Under the influence of arctic-cold high pressure […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for accumulating snow due to lake effect snow showers tonight into Sunday for Illinois and Indiana counties adjacent to Lake Michigan

    Update 6:45PM CST… Bands of southward-moving lake-effect snow will swing across northeast Illinois overnight, and while heaviest accumulations are likely right along and just inland of the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline, snow showers with minor accumulations are likely farther inland. Two to 5-inch accumulations are likely in Illinois Lake and Cook Counties, but farther west and south across McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Kankakee Counties an inch or two is certainly possible. The lake-effect showers will gradually increase into […]

  • Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow across the Chicago area remains in effect until this Saturday afternoon

    Heavy snow totaling generally 4 to 8-inches with blowing and drifting will continue over the Chicago area this morning and then gradually diminish from the west this afternoon, except lake-effect snow showers will continue along and just inland of the Illinois Lake Michigan shoreline where an additional 2 to 5-inches could accumulate this afternoon and overnight, possibly reaching into the northwest corner of Indiana before ending Sunday. The center of low pressure will move northeast out of northern Arkansas through […]