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
  • Stronger storms shifting east of the area.

    At 7 PM, surface analysis showed a cold front passing through the Chicago area, ushering drier, cooler air into the region. Radar trends have shown an overall decrease in storm coverage and intensity across northern Illinois and far NW Indiana, with the more intense storms clustered across southern lower Michigan, NE Indiana and NW Ohio. In Illinois, storms containing heavy rain and small hail continued over downtown Chicago. Another strong storm was over southern Grundy and NE Livingston counties, moving […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for central Cook county until 6:45 PM.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… East central Cook County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 645 PM CDT. * At 601 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Bedford Park to Hyde Park, moving east at 15 mph. HAZARD…Quarter size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Damage to vehicles is expected. * Locations impacted include… Chicago, Cicero, Oak Lawn, Alsip, Justice, Chatham, Summit, Worth, Lyons, Stickney, Willow Springs, Midway Airport, Northerly […]

  • Thunderstorms continue to rumble across Chicagoland.

    Though no severe thunderstorm warnings are currently in effect, strong thunderstorms persist over parts of the metro area. At 6 PM, strongest storms were located near Buffalo Grove, moving east along the Lake/Cook county line, and near Minooka in western Will county. Stronger storms will contain wind gusts to 50 mph and penny-sized hail. A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect until 9 PM, and may be extended to include the far southern counties of the Chicago area.

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for portions of Lake and McHenry counties until 5:30 PM.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Lake County in northeastern Illinois… Eastern McHenry County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 530 PM CDT. * At 424 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Channel Lake, or near Camp Lake, moving southeast at 30 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… […]

  • Special marine warning for portions of southern lake Michigan.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Special Marine Warning for… Lake Michigan from Winthrop Harbor to Wilmette Harbor IL 5NM offshore to Mid Lake… Winthrop Harbor to Wilmette Harbor IL… NEARSHORE AND ADJACENT OPEN WATERS FROM WINTHROP HARBOR TO WILMETTE HARBOR… * Until 630 PM CDT. * At 428 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Racine to 6 nm southwest of Pleasant Prairie to 22 nm west of Winthrop Harbor, […]

  • Thunderstorms pelt parts of the metro area with hail.

    Strong, to severe thunderstorms moving through parts of the Chicago area this afternoon have produced numerous hail reports. Larger hailstones have been reported at Berwyn (1.50 in.), and Hometown (1.00 in). As of 4:30 PM no damaging wind reports have been received.

  • Strong thunderstorm over central Cook county.

    …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR EAST CENTRAL COOK COUNTY UNTIL 545 PM CDT… At 512 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking two thunderstorms, one near Bridgeport and one over Lyons. Movement was east at 30 mph. Penny size hail and winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Maywood, Brookfield, Hinsdale, Westchester, La Grange, Forest Park, Justice, Summit, Lyons, Burr Ridge, Riverside, Stickney, Midway Airport, Northerly Island, Navy Pier […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning/special marine warning issued for a portion of cook county and adjacent lake Michigan waters.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… East central Cook County in northeastern Illinois… * Until 415 PM CDT. * At 332 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Riverside, moving east at 25 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… Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Maywood, Brookfield, Westchester, La […]

  • Strong thunderstorms over the north suburbs.

    …SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT… At 318 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm over Fox Lake, moving east at 30 mph. Half inch hail and winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with this storm. Locations impacted include… Waukegan, North Chicago, Gurnee, McHenry, Zion, Grayslake, Round Lake, Antioch, Beach Park, Fox Lake, Lake Villa, Park City, Gages Lake, Pistakee Highlands, Venetian Village, Long Lake, Lindenhurst, Johnsburg, Lakemoor and Spring Grove. Including the following interstates… I-94 between mile […]

  • Strong thunderstorms have developed over southern Wisconsin.

    A cluster of strong thunderstorms producing frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and heavy rain have developed over south central Wisconsin. Analyses and satellite imagery suggest these storms may quickly develop ESE into McHenry and Lake counties in Illinois by 4:00 PM. The air over NE Illinois has become quite unstable, signaling the potential for rapid storm development into the northern suburbs. On the chart above, higher values show where the atmosphere possesses the greatest buoyancy, and the tendency for more vigorous storm […]

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