Studied meteorology at the University of Wisconsin,, Madison from 1962-1967.

BS in Meteorology, 1966.

Forecaster at the National Weather Service in Chicago from 1962-1999.

WGN-TV/Chicago Tribune Meteorologist since 1999


Recent Articles
  • Rapidly-falling temps to cause quick freezing of standing water across Chicago area

    Much colder air will sweep into the Chicago area this evening and overnight,  quickly ending the area’s  recent thawing period.  Late this afternoon temperatures  in the Chicago area were still in the middle and upper 30s,  but were crashing in areas to the west and north of the city.  Readings in the I-39 corridor have dropped into the lower 30s and were down to around 20 along the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities. The crashing temperatures will cause rapid […]

  • A frigid evening across the Chicago area as dangerous levels of cold and wind chill continue

    Dangerous cold persists across the Chicago area this evening. Temperatures are holding in the minus 10 to minus 20 range with wind chills ranging from 30  to 40 below.  A wind chill warning remains in effect for the entire area through noon Thursday.

  • One more frigid night, followed by a snowy warm-up- Wind chill warning continues through noon Thursday

    Despite plenty of sunshine, temperatures remained dangerously frigid across the Chicago Wednesday afternoon with temperatures  climbing only to the 10 below to 18 below range, after falling to minus 20 or lower across most of the region overnight. Dangerous wind chills which dropped as low as 50 to 60 below were still running in the 25 to 35 below zero this evening. The dangerous cold will continue tonight and the wind chill warning will remain in effect through noon Thursday […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory for Chicago area in effect early Monday

    CHICAGO — A developing storm system will likely bring freezing rain to Chicago, and areas north and west of the city early Monday morning, according to a Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Chicago. With  temperatures hovering near-freezing, freezing rains and minor ice accumulation are possible in northwest Cook County early Monday morning, although the glazing will likely clear by mid-morning as temperatures rise into the day. Up to 0.1″ are possible in counties west and […]

  • Dense fog continues to shroud portions of the Chicago Metro area tonight

    Dense fog is blanketing portions of the Chicago area this Friday evening, reducing visibility to less than a quarter-mile in many locations. Shortly after 7:30 pm the lowest visibilities were being reported along the I-39 and I-88 corridors.  

  • Dense fog expected to develop across much of the Chicago area tonight-Visibility will drop to less than 1/4 mile in many locations

    At 4pm visibilities were near zero in the I-39 corridor in north-central Illinois as well as in areas from south of Chicago into southwest Michigan. WINNEBAGO-BOONE-MCHENRY-LAKE IL-OGLE-LEE-DEKALB-KANE- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF ROCKFORD, BELVIDERE, WOODSTOCK, WAUKEGAN, OREGON, DIXON, DEKALB, AURORA, AND ELGIN 410 PM CST FRI DEC 14 2018 ...DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST SATURDAY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM CST SATURDAY. * […]

  • Heavy snow and blizzard conditions spreading across northern Illinois into the Chicago Metro area tonight

    The latest mesoscale discussion from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma highlights the latest storm status MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1664 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 0654 PM CST SUN NOV 25 2018 AREAS AFFECTED...NORTHERN IL AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF EASTERN IA/SOUTHERN WI CONCERNING...BLIZZARD VALID 260054Z - 260700Z SUMMARY...HEAVY SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO A LARGER PORTION OF NORTHERN IL THIS EVENING. AS STRONGER WINDS MOVE IN FROM THE WEST, BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL EXPAND LATER TONIGHT ACROSS THE REGION. DISCUSSION...00Z SURFACE […]

  • Visibilities continue to lower as snow totals increase

    Heavy snow is spreading back into the Chicago Metro area this evening with many locations reporting visibilities well below one mile. The latest totals just into the WGN Weather Center Winnebago 6.0 inches Wonder Lake 6.0 inches Forreston 7.0 inches Belvidere 6.0 inches Rockford Southeast side 6.5 inches Paw Paw Thundersnow Moline 6.0 inches Bettendorf IA 6.0 inches Galesburg 1/2 mile visibility in heavy thundersnow wind gusts to 50 mph Mooar IA 5.0 inches

  • Snowfall increasing again across areas north and west of the city as storm’s main snow shield arrives

    A northward-moving band of snow moved brought as much as 7 inches of snow to areas north of Chicago this afternoon and evening with heaviest totals near the Wisconsin state line. Snow decreased in the early evening as the band pushed north into southern Wisconsin, but now more snow is moving in from the west as the storm’s full fury begins. Visibilities are quickly lowering as the snowfall picks up with the leading edge of the heaviest snow falling  in […]

  • Latest snowfall totals- Thundersnow, high winds and whiteout conditions in north-central Illinois

    UPDATE: 5:30 pm Amboy reporting thundersnow Stillman Valley reports  near whiteout conditions Lindenhurst 4.9 inches Loves Park 5.0 inches     Snowfall has been heaviest this afternoon in an east-west band along and just south of the Wisconsin state line where totals are already approaching 7 inches. The latest totals into the WGN Weather Center through 5pm Pell Lake WI 3.0 inches Pleasant Prairie WI 2.0 inches Paddock Lake WI 2.5 inches Forreston IL 6.5 inches Some other Midwest totals […]

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