Paul received his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University before attaining a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, from the University of Illinois at Urbana. Paul’s professional career began as a civilian instructor with the USAF, teaching military personnel subjects including radar and satellite meteorology, and atmospheric physics. Paul transferred to the National Weather Service, Chicago office in 1984, where he served as a forecaster until retiring in 2011. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis University at Romeoville, IL, teaching Aviation Meteorology. Following retirement from the weather service, Paul has been a Chicago Weather Center blogger.


Recent Articles
  • Thunderstorms continue across SE portions of the area

    The severe thunderstorm warning for Porter has been canceled. The storm that prompted the warning has diminished. Elsewhere across northwest Indiana and east central Illinois, strong thunderstorms can be expected to produce frequent lightning and heavy downpours. Brief hail and strong, gusty winds are also possible, but widespread severe weather is not expected: NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0521 PM CDT Mon Aug 06 2018 Areas affected…Portions of central Illinois and northwest Indiana Concerning…Severe potential…Watch unlikely Valid 062221Z – […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for Porter county

    …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 600 PM CDT FOR NORTHERN PORTER COUNTY… At 530 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Chesterton, moving east at 30 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. this severe thunderstorm will remain over mainly rural areas of northern Porter County, including the following locations: Dune Acres.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch cancellation

    Severe thunderstorm watch #331 issued earlier this evening has been canceled. The line of storms that prompted the watch has weakened. Scattered thunderstorms are possible overnight, mainly north of the I-88 corridor. These storms are not expected to be severe, but locally heavy downpours are possible.      

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch canceled

    CHICAGO — The NWS Storm Prediction Center canceled a Severe Thunderstorm Watch Sunday night after the line of storms that prompted the watch weakened. Scattered thunderstorms are possible overnight, mainly north of the I-88 corridor. These storms are not expected to be severe, but locally heavy downpours are possible.

  • Severe weather threat ends-watch number 253 is canceled for most of the viewing area.

    The NWS has canceled most of severe thunderstorm watch number 253 issued earlier this afternoon. Gusty, rain-cooled outflow has stabilized the atmosphere, and further storm development is not expected.  Ahead of the gust front, over east central Illinois and NW Indiana, the watch is still in effect.   Radar imagery continues to show activity weakening, with only spotty showers and patchy light rain remaining.  The rain across areas west of the city is expected to move east of the area by around 7 […]

  • Showers/thunderstorms moving into the Fox valley.

    Radar imagery shows a line of showers and thunderstorms moving through the far W-NW suburbs, and into the Fox valley.  Though there has been signs of weakening with the line as a whole, discrete storms may produce wind gusts of 50 mph or more, and brief heavy downpours. In addition, the air along and just ahead of this line has become very unstable, and storm development/intensification can occur quickly. The entire metro area remains under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 […]

  • Line of thunderstorms approaching NE Illinois and lake Michigan

    A line of thunderstorms continues to develop across northwest and west central Illinois. This line is forecast to begin impacting far western portions of the metro area between 3:30 and 4 PM CDT.  All of NE Illinois and NW Indiana remain under a severe thunderstorm watch until 8 PM CDT. Persons planning outdoor activities late this afternoon and early this evening should consider the likelihood of strong thunderstorms with a potential for damaging winds, hail, intense cloud-to-ground lightning, and heavy downpours. […]

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 8 PM CDT

      The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Central and Northern Illinois Northwest Indiana Lake Michigan * Effective this Sunday afternoon and evening from 100 PM until 800 PM CDT. * Primary threats include… Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible Isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible SUMMARY…Scattered thunderstorms will are developing over western Illinois and will spread across the watch area through the afternoon.  The […]

  • Flood warning issued for the far north suburbs.

      The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Winnebago County in north central Illinois… Boone County in north central Illinois… * Until 1215 AM CDT Tuesday * At 609 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing torrential rainfall across the warned area. these storms are producing rainfall of up to two inches per hour. This heavy rain will likely result in flash flooding this evening. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… […]

  • Severe thunderstorms moving east along I-88 corridor.

    Radar shows a line of severe thunderstorms moving through DeKalb and Kane counties. Wind gusts in excess of 60 mph, hail, and torrential rain can be expected as these storms move into the western suburbs through 10 PM.