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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: Which Chicago Christmas was the coldest? The warmest?

    Dear Tom, When did Chicago experience its coldest and warmest Christmases? — Stephen Verhaeren, Palos Park Dear Stephen, As unusual as it seems, Chicago's coldest and warmest Christmases came back to back in 1982 and 1983. Christmas 1982 was...
  • There's snow in Christmas Eve forecast -- but it may not stick

    There's snow in Christmas Eve forecast -- but it may not stick
    The National Weather Service is calling for snow on Christmas Eve, although it isn't clear yet whether it will accumulate in Chicago. Ben Deubelbeiss, meteorologist at the weather service in Chicago, said snow accumulation in the area between Chicago...
  • December could be cloudiest on books in Chicago

    December could be cloudiest on books in Chicago
    Baby, it’s gray outside. This month is on track to be one of the cloudiest Decembers on record in Chicago, according to National Weather Service data. Monday is the 15th day this month without a scrap of sunshine, according to WGN-TV meteorologist...
  • Ask Tom: What is used to measure sunshine duration?

    Dear Tom, Sometimes you mention that Chicago has had a 100 percent sunny day, and you give the number of hours and minutes. The National Weather Service does not provide that information. Where do you get it? — Steve Klein, Bolingbrook Dear...
  • Ask Tom: How many times has 10 inches of snow or more fallen in one day?

    Dear Tom, Recently you talked about the climatology of Chicago's daily 6-inch-plus snowfalls. How many days has the city received 10 inches or more of snow in a single day? — Brian Dunne, Westmont Dear Brian, While Chicago has logged more than...
  • Ask Tom: What was city's greatest temperature deviation from normal?

    Dear Tom, What was the city's greatest temperature deviation from normal on any day in its history? — Allen Moody, Island Lake Dear Allen, The date was Christmas Eve in 1983, the coldest day in Chicago's history based on the average temperature....
  • Ask Tom: What is dew point?

    Dear Tom, What is "dew point"? — Ray Cook, Wheaton Dear Ray, It's a question we hear frequently. Here's the definition: The dew point is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order for saturation to occur. And here are some related...
  • Ask Tom: What's the chance of 6 inches of snow on Christmas?

    Ask Tom: What's the chance of 6 inches of snow on Christmas?
    Dear Tom, A local car dealer had a Black Friday promotion in which anyone who bought a car would get it for free if Chicago officially records 6 inches of snow on Christmas Day. It seems like a risky proposition. Is it? — Larry Mayerhofer,...
  • Ask Tom: Will winter be mild or pack a wallop?

    Dear Tom, What kind of a winter are we going to have? — Lisa Collins Dear Lisa, The environment sometimes provides reliable clues about the nature of the upcoming winter, but now we're receiving mixed signals. Consider these factors: A strong El...
  • Ask Tom: Has city had a white Thanksgiving without a white Christmas?

    Dear Tom, Has Chicago ever had a white Thanksgiving but not a white Christmas? — Chuck Kennell and Doug Memler, Naperville Dear Chuck and Doug, According to Chicago's snowfall records, which date to winter 1884-85, during the previous 130...
  • Ask Tom: What are williwaws?

    Dear Tom, My father commanded a ship during World War II that was based in Attu, an island in the Aleutian chain. He told stories of incredibly high seas caused by the "williwaw." Are there details on those storms? — Lucy (Alden) DeLap, Dundee...