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
  • Line of thunderstorms approaching the far western suburbs

    Late this morning, a line of strong thunderstorms is approaching the far western portions of the metro area. Though not severe at this time, this line is expected to produce a period of heavy rain and wind gusts to 50 mph. Small hail is also possible. Radar imagery shows a mid-level, thunderstorm complex-induced circulation just east of the Quad Cities. This feature will track east through early afternoon bringing a threat of heavy rainfall, especially along the I-88 corridor.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch cancellation.

    Severe thunderstorm watch #455 is no longer in effect. Storms have exited the area and weakened, ending the threat of severe weather. Thunderstorms may redevelop over Iowa and southern Minnesota later tonight. Some of these storms could reach the Chicago area during the overnight hours.  

  • Scattered t-storms to continue this evening.

    Radar and satellite imagery show that strongest thunderstorm activity has moved off the lake Michigan shoreline. Scattered, non-severe storms extend southwest across NE Illinois. Brief heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible as these cells move east, across the metro area through this evening. Although no severe weather is currently occurring in our area, severe thunderstorm watch #455 remains in effect until 9:00 PM .  

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch for northeast Illinois until 9 pm

    CHICAGO — The NWS Storm Prediction Center issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of northeast Illinois, southeast Wisconsin and Lake Michigan from 3:40 p.m. Thursday until 9 p.m. According to the NWS, a fast-moving line of thunderstorms will continue eastward into the watch area, posing a risk of locally damaging winds of up to 70 mph and hail as large as 1.5 inches in diameter. As of 6:30 p.m., northern portions of the line are beginning to weaken, according […]

  • Strong thunderstorms continue across Lake and northern Cook counties.

    …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR LAKE AND NORTHWESTERN COOK COUNTIES UNTIL 715 PM CDT… At 640 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking several strong thunderstorms along a line extending from near Beach Park to Palatine. Movement was east at 30 mph. Half inch hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Waukegan, Arlington Heights, Evanston, Schaumburg, Palatine, Skokie, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Hoffman Estates, Glenview, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Northbrook, North Chicago, Gurnee, […]

  • SPC update on severe thunderstorm watch #455.

      Concerning…Severe Thunderstorm Watch 455… Valid 272317Z – 280115Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 455 continues. SUMMARY…The severe threat continues across eastern portions of WW455 in far eastern Wisconsin and northeast Illinois with severe wind as the primary threat. Strong/severe storms may move out of the watch across portions of eastern Lake Michigan, southwest Michigan, northeast Illinois, and northwest Indiana. DISCUSSION…A line of thunderstorms capable of producing severe wind continues to move eastward across far eastern Wisconsin […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for a small portion of Lee and De Kalb counties until 6:45 PM.

    The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for… Southeastern Lee County in north central Illinois… Southwestern De Kalb County in north central Illinois… * Until 645 PM CDT. * At 606 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Paw Paw, or 9 miles northeast of Mendota, moving east at 15 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, […]

  • Special marine warning for southern lake Michigan until 7:15 PM

    Special Marine Warning National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville 520 PM CDT Thu Jun 27 2019 The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a * Special Marine Warning for… Lake Michigan from Wilmette Harbor to Michigan City in 5NM offshore to Mid Lake… Lake Michigan from Winthrop Harbor to Wilmette Harbor IL 5NM offshore to Mid Lake… Northerly Island to Calumet Harbor IL… Wilmette Harbor to Northerly Island IL… Winthrop Harbor to Wilmette Harbor IL… NEARSHORE WATERS FROM WINTHROP HARBOR TO […]

  • Severe thunderstorm warning for SE Wisconsin and adjacent lake Michigan waters until 6:15 PM.

    …A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING  IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 615 PM CDT FOR WALWORTH…RACINE AND KENOSHA COUNTIES… At 517 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Mukwonago to near Harvard, moving east at 50 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE…Trained weather spotters.  These storms have a history of producing wind damage across Rock County. IMPACT…Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include… Kenosha, Racine, […]

  • Strong outflow winds from t-storm complex pushing across northern Illinois

    …SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR WESTERN LAKE…DE KALB…KANE AND MCHENRY COUNTIES UNTIL 600 PM CDT… At 509 PM CDT, Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorm outflow winds along a line extending from near Harvard to Belvidere to Rochelle. Movement was southeast at 45 mph. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible with these storms. Locations impacted include… Elgin, Carpentersville, St. Charles, Algonquin, McHenry, Woodstock, Grayslake, Round Lake, Sycamore, Antioch, Wauconda, Fox Lake, Harvard, Lake Villa, Island Lake, Marengo, Sandwich, […]

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