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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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  • Is there a quick-and-dirty way to calculate the wind chill temperature?

    Dear Tom, Is there a quick-and-dirty way to calculate the wind chill temperature? Louis Mosbauer Dear Louis, There is: Multiply the wind speed by 1.5 and subtract it from the actual air temperature. For example, if the air temperature is 20 degrees...
  • Ask Tom: When will the first 70-, 80-degree days come?

    Dear Tom, In how many days might we expect our first day with temperatures in the 70s and 80s? — J. Hlava, Chicago Dear J., To some extent, it depends on your proximity to Lake Michigan. Chicago always experiences its first 70- and 80-degree...
  • Ask Tom: Is it ever truly too cold to snow?

    Dear Tom, Is there any truth to the adage, "It's too cold to snow?" — Will Schaller Dear Will, It's a familiar refrain and we have all heard it, but the truth is that meteorological theory and direct observation of "weather in action" contradict...
  • Ask Tom: Does the Feb. 29 leap day affect the weather?

    Dear Tom, I have always wondered if Feb. 29, "leap day," has any consequences for our weather. — Jason White, Chicago Dear Jason, It does not, at least as far as our day-to-day weather is concerned. The addition of a 366th day to the year...
  • Ask Tom: What's the record for most consecutive subzero days?

    Dear Tom, In early January, we had four days in a row with below-zero temperatures. What is the city's record for the most consecutive days with below-zero temperatures? — Charles Kennell Dear Charles, Chicago's longest string of subzero days is...
  • Ask Tom: Is Frostbite likely sticking hand out of moving car in 34 degrees?

    Dear Tom, My kids will sometimes put their hands outside the car window for a few seconds when we are driving like 60 mph on an expressway, and it's 34 degrees. Is frostbite possible? — Les Sender Dear Les, Frostbite is injury to the skin...
  • Light snow greets morning commute

    Light snow greets morning commute
    Light snow was expected Wednesday morning and afternoon, dusting the Chicago area with just under an inch of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-30s Wednesday before dipping into the mid-20s...
  • Ask Tom: What is the meaning behind the sailor's 'red skies' proverb?

    Ask Tom: What is the meaning behind the sailor's 'red skies' proverb?
    Dear Tom, What is the scientific reasoning behind the proverb, "Red skies at night, sailor's delight. Red skies in morning, sailors take warning"? — Ed Bara, Tinley Park, and John Gaughan Dear Ed and John, Variations of this adage can be...
  • Mild weekend to bring break from cold

    Mild weekend to bring break from cold
    Saturday's weather may trick some Chicagoland residents into believing that spring has arrived early. The day promises some sunshine and temperatures that will peak in the mid- and upper 40s, the mildest readings since Dec. 27, according to Tom...
  • Ask Tom: Does the North Pole get thunderstorms?

    Dear Tom, Can there be thunderstorms at the North Pole? — Terry Price, Asheville, N.C. Dear Terry, Thunderstorms are a genuinely rare phenomenon across the usually frigid far north of Alaska and Canada and northward from there across the...
  • Ask Tom: Does the 'January thaw' exist?

    Dear Tom, SLK The expected end-of-the-week warmup sounds a lot like the "January thaw." Do statistics support its existence? — Richard L. Ettlinger, Highland Park Dear Richard, They do. The "January thaw" is a weather singularity, an event...