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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: Does extreme weather ever catch us by total surprise?

    Dear Tom, Has there ever been extreme weather — heat, cold, rain or snow that was not predicted — that's been a complete surprise? — Elaine Phillips Dear Elaine, Weather forecasting accuracy has increased by leaps and bounds in the...
  • Ask Tom: Does ice ever fully cover Lake Michigan?

    Dear Tom, Does Lake Michigan ever freeze over? Our Lake Simcoe (in Canada) freezes, usually to a depth of 20 to 28 inches. — George Leggett, Barrie, Ontario Dear George, Environment Canada and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
  • Ask Tom: Why aren't normal daily temperatures reliable?

    Dear Tom, It seems as if Chicago's normal daily temperatures aren't reliable because the actual high temperature on a day rarely matches the day's normal high. Your thoughts? Alan Bennington Dear Alan, "Normal" temperatures are average temperatures...
  • Ask Tom: When will our 1st big snowstorm come?

    Dear Tom, When will we get our first big snowstorm? — Kevin Clauser (grade-schooler), Berwyn Dear Kevin, Chicago has already logged its first official snow of the season — just a few snowflakes in the air Oct. 4 — but you're...
  • Tom Skilling: Chill expected to ease

    Record cold on Saturday, and near-freezing temperatures across portions of the Chicago area Sunday morning, were the product of a deep, stationary storm system north of Lake Superior. Known to meteorologists as a "cut-off" low, typical west-to-east...
  • Ask Tom: Which decade was hottest for September?

    Dear Tom, Which decade set the record for the most 90-degree-plus days in September? My guess is the 1950s as I recall sitting and sweating in hot elementary school classrooms. — Jeff Kehoe, Oswego Dear Jeff, Your guess is correct. The 1950s...
  • Ask Tom: Why is humidity higher in morning?

    Dear Tom, Why is the humidity reading so much higher in the morning than later in the day? — Carey Morrisson, Valparaiso Dear Carey, Relative humidity is the ratio, expressed as a percentage, of the water vapor present in the atmosphere to the...
  • Ask Tom: What is the sunrise/sunset location in Chicago?

    Dear Tom, What is the location for the sunrise/sunset times published on the Chicago Tribune weather page? — E. Foertsch, Chicago Dear E. Sunrise and sunset times across a large metropolitan area can vary by several minutes depending on the...
  • Tuesday could be hottest day of summer

    Tuesday could be hottest day of summer
    Chicago could be in for the hottest day of the summer Tuesday, with temperatures in the 90s to go with higher humidity. The National Weather Service is predicting heat indexes – which combine temperature and humidity into one uncomfortable...
  • Next week a July 'Polar Vortex'? Depends on who you ask

    Next week a July 'Polar Vortex'? Depends on who you ask
    Next week will bring a span of unseasonably cool days and nights that could dip into the 40s in some Chicago suburbs, say weather forecasters. In a tweet on its official Twitter feed, the National Weather Service in Romeoville described the system in...
  • WGN shuffles anchors as it expands evening news

    WGN shuffles anchors as it expands evening news
    WGN-Ch.9 is shifting its anchors throughout the day to accommodate the expansion of its evening news to two hours beginning Sept. 8. Mark Suppelsa and Micah Materre, who co-anchor the WGN News at Nine, will do the same for the evening news from 4 to 6...