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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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  • Walter A. Bohan, leader in meteorology, 1922-2014

     Walter A. Bohan, leader in meteorology, 1922-2014
    After a mistaken diagnosis of an eye problem grounded his plans to be a military pilot in World War II, meteorologist Walter A. Bohan found another way to immerse himself in Earth's atmosphere. "He chose meteorology to stay involved in the sky," said...
  • How realistic is the 2015 of 'Back to the Future Part II'?

    How realistic is the 2015 of 'Back to the Future Part II'?
    The future — at least Chicago-born director Robert Zemeckis' idea of the future, as envisioned in 1989 — arrives, in our present space-time continuum, in 553 Earth days. That date, Oct. 21, 2015, is when "Back to the Future Part II" is set,...
  • When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?

    When can I see the lunar eclipse in Chicago?
    A rare celestial show will be visible in the early-morning sky Tuesday in Chicago--if the weather cooperates. A full lunar eclipse will unfold over three hours beginning at 12:58 a.m. Tuesday as Earth's shadow falls across the moon, shifting its color...
  • Long time coming: 70s this weekend

    Long time coming: 70s this weekend
    Saturday should be the first official 70-degree day since leaves were still on the trees, but we're already behind schedule for this kind of weather. We usually see the 70s by the end of March, according to the National Weather Service.  Two years ago,...
  • Snow falls again in Chicago, more on the way: 'It's not over yet'

    Snow falls again in Chicago, more on the way: 'It's not over yet'
    The lake-effect snow that fell this morning will not be the last Chicagoans will see this week. Another inch or two is expected during a storm system on track to arrive Monday afternoon or evening, said David Beachler, a meteorologist with the...
  • Decision day for Illinois primary election voters

    Decision day for Illinois primary election voters
    Illinois primary election day dawned Tuesday with voters getting to shape the Republican and Democratic fall tickets for contests ranging from governor and U.S. Senate down to the state legislature and county board. Polls opened across the state at 6 a....
  • Snow is in tonight's forecast

    Snow is in tonight's forecast
    The springlike weather Friday will revert to something more like January today and Sunday, with temperatures expected to drop into the teens and with some snow on the horizon. The snow isn't expected to be much, with the National Weather Service...
  • This winter has its sunny side

    This winter has its sunny side
    Here's a bright spot on the weather: Nearly 60 percent of the days this month were sunny, way above normal. February has so far seen 59 percent of the possible sunshine, 13 percent more than normal and 24 percent more than a year ago. But that was...
  • 'Full-purpose winter storm' looms

     'Full-purpose winter storm' looms
    It is fitting perhaps that this winter would give the Chicago area a wisp of spring hope, only to wallop the region with yet another storm. This one could be a "powerhouse" that might feature flooding, a mix of snow, sleet, rain and hail. And, yes, 50...
  • A 'powerhouse' punch of snow, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms

    A 'powerhouse' punch of snow, sleet, freezing rain, thunderstorms
    A "powerhouse storm" will hit the Chicago area late tonight through Thursday morning, packing thunderstorms, freezing rain, sleet and maybe some heavy snow, the National Weather Service warns. Temperatures could reach the lower 50s by Thursday...
  • Thundersnow confirmed in downtown Chicago, Tom Skilling says

    Thundersnow confirmed in downtown Chicago, Tom Skilling says
    The snow storm moving through Chicago is about to get loud.  WGN Meteorologist Tom Skilling told RedEye on Monday that the storm has already produced "thundersnow," or lightning in the air during a snow event, around Chicago, including in the Loop. ...