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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: When will the first 70-, 80-degree days come?

    Dear Tom, In how many days might we expect our first day with temperatures in the 70s and 80s? — J. Hlava, Chicago Dear J., To some extent, it depends on your proximity to Lake Michigan. Chicago always experiences its first 70- and 80-degree...

    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: Does the Feb. 29 leap day affect the weather?

    Dear Tom, I have always wondered if Feb. 29, "leap day," has any consequences for our weather. — Jason White, Chicago Dear Jason, It does not, at least as far as our day-to-day weather is concerned. The addition of a 366th day to the year...

    Ask Tom: What's the record for most consecutive subzero days?

    Dear Tom, In early January, we had four days in a row with below-zero temperatures. What is the city's record for the most consecutive days with below-zero temperatures? — Charles Kennell Dear Charles, Chicago's longest string of subzero days is...