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Tom Skilling

Tom Skilling
Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist, appears weekdays on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. He celebrated his 30th anniversary with WGN-TV in August 2008. Since 1997, Skilling has masterminded the weather page in the Chicago Tribune. In the city of Chicago and beyond, he has become the superman of meteorology: when in doubt, it is Tom that the city turns to when figuring out the mysteries of nature. WGN-TV received the 2005 Environmental Reporting Award from the Audubon Society, an accomplishment that is due to Tom's performance.

Tom's passion for weather, his graphics-packed presentations and tireless attempts to explain the weather, led to a daily column...
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Tom Skilling, WGN-TV chief meteorologist, appears weekdays on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. He celebrated his 30th anniversary with WGN-TV in August 2008. Since 1997, Skilling has masterminded the weather page in the Chicago Tribune. In the city of Chicago and beyond, he has become the superman of meteorology: when in doubt, it is Tom that the city turns to when figuring out the mysteries of nature. WGN-TV received the 2005 Environmental Reporting Award from the Audubon Society, an accomplishment that is due to Tom's performance.

Tom's passion for weather, his graphics-packed presentations and tireless attempts to explain the weather, led to a daily column and his own weather page in the Chicago Tribune and a weekly series on WGN News, "Ask Tom". Tom is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the National Weather Association, and Sigma Chi. He serves on the AMS nominating committee and holds the AMS's Television Seal of Approval. In January 1995, Tom received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.
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  • Driving Santa: Extreme Nerves at 2 MPH

     
    As an automotive journalist, I've piloted 500-horsepower supercars at high speeds. I've driven on some of the best tracks in the country, with professionals offering me tips. Exotic cars with price tags hovering near the balance of my mortgage have...
  • Ask Tom: Is it ever truly too cold to snow?

    Dear Tom, Is there any truth to the adage, "It's too cold to snow?" — Will Schaller Dear Will, It's a familiar refrain and we have all heard it, but the truth is that meteorological theory and direct observation of "weather in action" contradict...

    Ask Tom: What causes huge chunks of ice to fall from the sky?

    Dear Tom, What can cause a random megacryometer to fall from the sky? — Kevin O'Connor, North Aurora Dear Kevin, Megacryometers are huge chunks of ice that on rare occasions fall from a cloudless sky. Weighing from 2 to 400 pounds, they have...

    Ask Tom: Is snow possible after Chicago area's recent 70-degree high?

    Dear Tom, We've already had a 70-degree high this spring. Are we likely to get more measurable snow? — Jonathan Hodges, Kankakee Dear Jonathan, Longtime Chicago residents have learned that early-season warmth does not equate to the end of the...

    Ask Tom: Does lightning help 'feed' crops and plants?

    Dear Tom, Do thunderstorms produce free fertilizer for crops and other plant life? — Mike Leighly, Batavia Dear Mike, Indeed they do. Plants require nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium for growth, the major components of plant fertilizers. It is...