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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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Top Tom Skilling Articles

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  • Warming trend to continue over holiday weekend

    Bright sunshine allowed temperatures to rebound across portions of the Chicago area Friday. Afternoon readings peaked in the mid-70s from Rockford, through Aurora and Kankakee. Meanwhile, east winds held lakeside areas in the upper 50s. Warmer air is...
  • Slight cooling to precede warmup for holiday weekend

    Oddly enough, heated northwest winds out of Canada warmed up the Chicago area Thursday. Officially, the high at O'Hare Airport reached 68, a jump of 20 degrees from 24 hours earlier, when the city was being swept by winds off Lake Michigan. Winds are to...
  • Chicago to feel a chill again before Thursday's warmup

    Northerly winds on the leading edge of cool Canadian-source high pressure brought unseasonably cold temperatures to the Chicago area on Tuesday. During the afternoon, winds became more easterly, keeping readings in the 40s along the lakefront. The 53-...
  • Ask Tom: Is it extraordinary for Flagstaff in Arizona to get lots of snow?

    Dear Tom, My brother lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., and he sent me a photograph of several inches of snow that fell there May 7. I can't believe it! — Bonnie Boilini Dear Bonnie, A mention of Arizona often brings to mind images of barren deserts...
  • Weekend to warm to 80s, but storms threaten

    If temperatures warm into the 80s on Saturday and Sunday as expected, it will be the warmest weekend since last August. Winds are expected to come from the southwest Friday, steering the leading edge of warmer, moist air into the Chicago area. An upper-...
  • Ask Tom: How do you forecast a windy day 2 or 3 days in advance?

    Dear Tom, What factors need to be in place for you to forecast a windy day two or three days in advance? — Alan Klehr, Chicago Dear Alan, Your question is complex and can be answered only in general terms. Differences in air pressure cause wind;...
  • Showers later Thursday, but real warmup begins Friday

    On Wednesday, northeast winds off the cool waters of Lake Michigan gave Chicagoans their fourth-consecutive day with sub-normal temperatures. Highs ranged from the upper 40s along the lake to around 60 well inland. Chicago's official high at O'Hare was...
  • Ask Tom: Has a tornado hit while there was significant snow on the ground?

    Dear Tom, Has a tornado ever struck while there was significant snow on the ground? — Rich Palmer, Gurnee Dear Rich, We posed your question to two experts from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, director Russell Schneider and warning coordination...
  • Ask Tom: Has Miami ever gotten snow?

    Dear Tom, Has it ever snowed in Miami? — Roberta Palmquist Dear Roberta, Yes but only once: Jan. 19, 1977. It dusted only the palms, and it soon melted, but it was there. It all started Jan. 14, when a huge, bitterly cold Arctic air mass crashed...
  • A perfect May day at the beach

    A perfect May day at the beach
    Friends Juanita Alvarado and Lorinda Evanich, of Hammond, met at the gym Thursday for their regular workout. It didn't take much persuasion, though, to skip it. "We decided to go to the beach," said Alvarado as she sat on a blanket at Lake Street...
  • Storms may threaten during Friday's evening rush hour

    Storms may threaten during Friday's evening rush hour
    Thursday brought the warmest year-to-date temperatures to the Chicago area. The 83-degree high registered at O'Hare International Airport was the city's first official 80-degree reading of the year. Gusty southwest winds spread the warmth across just...