Paul Hamill, Earth Science Instructor

Paul Hamill with studentsWhen a storm is brewing west of the Mississippi and heading toward Crystal Lake, MCC administrators rely on MCC’s own meteorologist Paul Hamill to provide the most up-to-date forecast and its impact on the campus.

As an earth science instructor at MCC for nearly 15 years, Hamill has been interested in meteorology since he experienced his first tornado on his aunt’s farm at age five. Throughout childhood, he became fascinated with the environment and tried to predict the weather.

Earth science instructor and meteorologist Paul Hamill is McHenry County College’s Tom Skilling. Per the Northwest Herald

Hamill is always changing his lectures because the weather is always changing. But one thing remains constant – his love of sharing his knowledge with students.

“You have to be prepared, passionate and knowledgeable about what you’re teaching,” he said. “There is no better job than to teach about the things you love.”

“I want to instill passion in my students about the subject matter,” Hamill said. “I love seeing their eyes light up about a concept they didn’t know about before. I would like my students to walk away from my class with a better appreciation of the weather and how it affects their lives on a daily basis,” he said.

“After taking my class, they don’t need to watch the Weather Channel, they can use Internet models to make their own forecast,” he said.

When he’s not teaching in the classroom, Hamill oversees students who monitor the weather and display climate data from MCC’s weather station, located on the rooftop of Building A. The system displays weather conditions on 12 weather monitors in the science hallway. The monitors display wind speed, humidity, temperature, and many other meteorological variables.

In addition to meteorology, Hamill also teaches astronomy, geology and oceanography, and a Natural Hazards and Disasters. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geography and meteorology from Western Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in atmospheric science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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