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
  • Severe storms bring winds of up to 70 mph, toppling trees across the region

    CHICAGO – A severe thunderstorm system moving southeast from Wisconsin plowed through the Chicago metro area Sunday, bringing high winds, lightning and heavy downpours. The Chicago Pride Parade was forced to end early after severe thunderstorms headed towards the parade route. Revelers were initially told to seek shelter, but officials eventually canceled the rest of the event. Between about 1 pm and 4:15 pm Sunday, the storms produced some hail, but the main hazards were high winds and heavy rainfall […]

  • As of 4:45 pm no severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect across the greater Chicago Metro area

    The severe weather has now moved out of the area.  A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the northwest Indiana  counties of Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper and Benton until 6pm, but could be canceled earlier is no more severe weather develops. Some showers and thunderstorms are still occurring in southern portions of the Chicago Metro area and there is a possibility of additional showers and thunderstorms moving back into the entire area later tonight.

  • More storm reports

    Just into the WGN Chicago Weather Center Earl Park  Benton County IN Wind gusts to 65 mph at 4:24 pm Bourbonnais  many large trees uprooted at 2:50 pm Morris Numerous trees uprooted at 2:25 pm Book IN  Newton County Wind gusts to 60 mph at 3:30pm Wilmington widespread tree damage at 2:27 pm Route102blocked by large trees across the road      

  • Severe weather event has ended for most of the Chicago area as the severe thunderstorms have passed south of the Chicago area- Severe thunderstorm warnings remain in effect only for Benton County Indiana and south portions of Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana until 4:45 pm

    A severe thunderstorm complex with origins in the upper Midwest moved southeast through Wisconsin this morning then turned south-southeast as it plowed through the Chicago Metro area this afternoon between about 1 pm and 4:15 pm. The storms produced some hail, but the main hazards were high winds and heavy rainfall that produced widespread tree and power line damage and flooding. Highest wind gusts were in Kankakee County with a 74 mph gust measured at Manteno.  Rainfall totaled just shy […]

  • More storm reports

    Just into the WGN Chicago Weather Center Peotone-   5-inch diameter tree down Crescent City, IL in Iroquois County 1.33 inches of rain in 40 minutes at 4:08 pm Beaverville, IL in Iroquois Brick wall collapsed at 3:22 pm Wind gusts to 43 mph at Lake Village IN  and 60 mph at Kentland IN at 4:06 pm Wind gusts to 58 mph at Kentland Airport  in southern Newton County at 4:06 pm Byron   Ogle County- Several trees downed at 12:50 pm […]

  • Storms finally moving out of the Chicago Metro area- Warnings issued for far southern counties of Ford and Iroquois

    BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE 321 PM CDT SUN JUN 30 2019 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR… FORD COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS… SOUTHERN IROQUOIS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS… * UNTIL 415 PM CDT. * AT 320 PM CDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR MOROCCO TO NEAR ONARGA TO 7 MILES NORTH OF GIBSON, MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 45 […]

  • Damage reports keep rolling in

    The very latest, just into the WGN Chicago Weather Center   Manteno- many large branches 6-12 inches in diameter downed from wind gusts to 74 mph  at 2:42 pm Grant Park IL in Kankakee County Wind damage at 3:00 pm power lines down, shingles off roofs,  30-foot tall tree snapped  

  • New severe thunderstorm warnings issued for northwest Indiana- Portions of Newton, Jasper and Lake counties until 4:15 pm

    BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE 304 PM CDT SUN JUN 30 2019 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... NEWTON COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN INDIANA... SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN INDIANA... JASPER COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN INDIANA... * UNTIL 415 PM CDT. * AT 303 PM CDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NEAR BEECHER TO NEAR GRANT PARK TO NEAR HOPKINS PARK TO CLIFTON, […]

  • Severe thunderstorms packing very high winds approaching- Warning for portions of Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois counties until 3:45 pm

    BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO/ROMEOVILLE 301 PM CDT SUN JUN 30 2019 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR... SOUTHEASTERN KANKAKEE COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS... CENTRAL FORD COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS... NORTHERN IROQUOIS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS... * UNTIL 345 PM CDT. * AT 300 PM CDT, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM MOMENCE TO ST. ANNE TO NEAR CLIFTON TO […]

  • More storm reports

    Manteno Semi overturned on I-57 at 2:50 pm Kankakee  Wind gust to 63 mph at Kankakee Junior High School at 2:51 pm Crest Hill  2.00 inches of rain in 30 minutes Manteno 74 mph wind gust at 2:53 pm    

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