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
  • Several rivers across northern Illinois remain in flood Sunday afternoon

    After last night’s additional rains, major flooding continues on the Des Plaines River at Russell with moderate flooding on the Des Plaines River at Gunree, Lincolnshire and Des Plaines and the Rock River at Algonquin. Minor flooding continues on other segments of the Kishwaukee, Pecatonica, Rock and Fox Rivers. Flood Advisories are in effect at a few other portions of the Rock, Des Plaines and Fox Rivers where the river is near or forecast to reach bankfull. All river segments […]

  • Several northern Illinois rivers in flood Saturday

    Flood Warnings are in effect for segments of the Kishwaukee, Pecatonica, Des Plaines and Fox Rivers in northern Illinois this Saturday afternoon. Major Flooding is forecast for the Des Plaines River at Russell, Gurnee and Lincolnshire with Moderate flooding on the Des Plaines River at Des Plaines and on the Kishwaukee at Belvidere. Minor flooding will continue on other segments of the Kishwaukee, Pecatonica, Rock and Fox Rivers. Flood Advisories calling for near bankfull conditions are in effect for other […]

  • Heavy 2- day rains cause extensive flooding of lowlands and northern Chicago area rivers

    Two- day rainfall totals ranging from 3-7 inches occurred across northern Illinois in the past couple days.  Highest total reported thus far has been 7.04 inches at Bull Valley followed by 6.39 inches at Long Lake (see list of additional sites below). As has been reported there has been extensive flooding of lowlands and streams with rises occurring on the Des Plaines River where major flooding is forecast at Russell, Gurnee and Lincolnshire as well as additional flood warnings for […]

  • Thunderstorm Watch issued for Chicago area

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for several Chicago area counties until 2 a.m. Counties include Boone, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Winnebago.   A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for counties west of #Chicago. #ilwx https://t.co/R1FQDodqUe — Mike Janssen (@MikeJanssenWX) September 12, 2019 An unstable, moisture-laden atmosphere in the vicinity of a warm front, coupled with a  pronounced radar rotational signature, has prompted the warnings. At 4:15 pm the storm was located near […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning for northeastern Lee and central DeKalb Counties until 4PM CDT

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Northeastern Lee County Central De Kalb County * Until 400 PM CDT. * At 305 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Shabbona, moving northeast at 20 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include... Sycamore, Genoa, Shabbona, DeKalb, Cortland, Maple Park, Malta, Kingston, […]

  • Strong thunderstorms in portions of Ogle, Lee and DeKalb Counties until 3:15PM CDT

    ...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SOUTHEASTERN OGLE...NORTHEASTERN LEE AND CENTRAL DE KALB COUNTIES UNTIL 315 PM CDT... At 247 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Rochelle, moving east at 20 mph. Nickel size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include... Sycamore, Rochelle, DeKalb, Cortland, Hillcrest, Maple Park, Malta, Creston and Steward. Including the following interstates... I-39 between mile markers 93 and 103. I-88 between mile markers 73 […]

  • Flooding in Lake, McHenry counties; more thunderstorms possible later today

    LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — As a cold front pushed south, thunderstorms dumped over 4 inches of rain in portions of Lake and McHenry counties Wednesday night. A Flood Warning is in effect for those two counties until mid-afternoon with widespread road, small stream and viaduct flooding reported. With heavy runoff, eventual flooding on portions of the Des Plaines and Fox Rivers is also anticipated. Early reports indicated 4.35 inches in Long Lake and 4.04-inches at Buffalo Grove, with many other […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warnings cancelled – strong storms still possible

    The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook Counties has been cancelled. The band of showers and thunderstorms continues to sag south and east out of the northernmost tier counties adjacent to the Illinois-Wisconsin state line into DeKalb, Kane, DuPage and Cook Counties with a few of the strongest storms will still be capable of producing wind gusts in excess of 50 mph, small hail, vivid lightning and brief heavy downpours. Wind gusts to 60 mph were reported […]

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 11:15PM CDT for McHenry, Lake , Kane and Cook Counties in Illinois

    Potentially severe thunderstorms moving out of southern Wisconsin into northern Illinois counties have prompted a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 11:15PM CDT for Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook Counties in northern Illinois.  Strong storms are also developing into Winnebago and Boone counties, sagging south into northern DeKalb, Cook and Kane Counties. -. Damaging wind gusts to 70 mph, dime-sized hail and heavy downpours are possible with the strongest storms as they move south and east.

  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 10:30PM CDT for McHenry and Lake Counties in Illinois

    Potentially severe thunderstorms moving out of southern Wisconsin into northern Illinois counties have prompted a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 10:30PM CDT for Lake and McHenry counties in northern Illinois.  Strong storms are also developing into Winnebago and Boone counties, sagging south into northern DeKalb and Kane Counties.  Damaging wind gusts to 70 mph, dime-sized hail and heavy downpours are possible with the strongest storms as they move south and east.

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