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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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  • Ask Tom: Why is New York warmer than Chicago in winter?

    Dear Tom,
  • Cold Chicago February leads to dry, cracked skin and dandruff

    Cold Chicago February leads to dry, cracked skin and dandruff
    As if braving the frigid February temperatures hasn’t been bad enough, Chicagoans have been in the depths of a serious dry spell. While the sub-zero temperatures—which contributed to last month's tying the coldest February on record—...

    Tips for making a Chicago apartment less dry

    Tips for making a Chicago apartment less dry
    Since we’ve established that Chicago’s current dry spell is just as obnoxious as the cold, is there really anything we can do about it? Meteorologist Tom Skilling and engineer Konrad Witek of Buffalo Grove-based HVAC retailer ecomfort.com have...

    Ask Tom: What was the weather like the day of the Eastland disaster?

    Dear Tom, The recently discovered video of the Eastland disaster shows the day to be overcast. What was the weather like the day the Eastland sank? — Steve Ignots, Elk Grove Village Dear Steve, It was nearly a century ago when the fully loaded...

    Ask Tom: Is there a way to raise humidity levels in music room?

    Dear Tom, For my viola to sound its best, the music room where I practice is supposed to be kept at a relative humidity level of at least 40 percent. Despite humidifying the room practically nonstop in this frigid weather, the best I can do is the low...