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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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  • It's official – June 2015 is cloudiest on record

    Even though his sunshine recorder clicked off 77 percent of possible sunshine Tuesday, Chicago's veteran weather observer Frank Wachowski calculated our June 2015 total sunshine to be only 46 percent of possible sun, making this the cloudiest June since sunshine records were first measured in 1893. The previous record low June sunshine was 48 percent of possible sun set 73 years ago in 1942 — the average for June is 65 percent of normal.
  • June 2015 is one for the record books for rain and clouds

    Clouds, and perhaps lingering showers are expected to bring a fitting end to what has been one of the wettest and cloudiest Junes on record. As of Monday evening, the month's rainfall at Midway airport totaled 8.36 inches, making this the fifth wettest...

    New rainfall expected to aggravate river flooding

    As of Wednesday night, Midway weather observer Frank Wachowski reported that our current monthly sunshine is a mere 45 percent of possible sunlight. Clouds, periodic showers and thunderstorms are expected for much of the remainder of the month. Several...

    Severe weather threat for Chicago to peak Monday evening

    With sunshine intensity at its maximum across most of the northern hemisphere Sunday, temperatures climbed to the mid and upper 80s across the Chicago area once clouds parted. A similar temperature trend is expected Monday. Scattered morning...

    More rain on tap for Chicago area as wet June continues

    Since June 1, 6.29 inches of rain has been observed at Midway Airport. This total represents 232 percentof the normal amount of rainfall received through June 19. Rain has occurred on seven of the last 10 days. After a dry Friday, more rain is...