Phil Schwarz
Phil Schwarz has been a meteorologist for ABC 7 since 1995. He presents the weather primarily on weekends and fills in during the week. When not covering the weather, Schwarz reports on environmental and weather-related stories. Schwarz is one of the ABC 7 meteorologists who has received an Emmy Award for his severe weather coverage.

Previously, Schwarz was the primary meteorologist at WNYW-TV in New York, N.Y., where he reported the weather for their 10 p.m. newscast. Before that, he served as weekend meteorologist at KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities.

Schwarz began his on-air career in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, where he was the weekend meteorologist for WJRT-TV, the local ABC affiliate. During this time, he also owned and operated a private weather forecasting service with several clients throughout the Midwest.

Schwarz earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1983. He holds the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, and earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal as well.

A participant in numerous volunteer activities, he is a board member of the Les Turner ALS Foundation. This charitable group raises money to help those afflicted with ALS and also contributes to the research being conducted at Northwestern University. All of the money raised by this charity stays in the Chicago area. Each year Schwarz emcees the ALS Walk for Life which is held in late September.

Schwarz resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife and has two grown children.

This is the kind of weather that many of us will be telling our grandchildren about years from now. But there is also some pretty fascinating meteorological phenomena being produced by this historic cold.
Temperatures are expected to fall dangerously low Tuesday through Friday, with wind chill advisories and wind chill warnings in effect.
As researchers studying ALS met Monday in Chicago, patients are hopeful that their work will lead to a cure.
Fall colors are approaching peak across much of the Chicago area. Near the lake, the foliage won't hit their pinnacle for about another week.
The drowning of a 13-year-old Chicago girl earlier this month has some community members hoping to improve water safety along Lake Michigan.