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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: 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...
  • 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...
  • Finally, snow that will stick around, below-zero temps

    Finally, snow that will stick around, below-zero temps
    The next several days will show us just how spoiled we've gotten this winter. Snow or snow showers are in the forecast from Friday night through at least Tuesday, when an Alberta clipper will "dig across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes, bringing a...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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 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....
  • 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...