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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 was the weather like the day of the Eastland disaster?

    Dear Tom, The recently discovered video of the Eastland disaster shows the day to be overcast. What was the weather like the day the Eastland sank? — Steve Ignots, Elk Grove Village Dear Steve, It was nearly a century ago when the fully loaded...
  • Ask Tom: Is there a way to raise humidity levels in music room?

    Dear Tom, For my viola to sound its best, the music room where I practice is supposed to be kept at a relative humidity level of at least 40 percent. Despite humidifying the room practically nonstop in this frigid weather, the best I can do is the low...
  • Too close for comfort: February not likely to break record for coldest

    Too close for comfort: February not likely to break record for coldest
    The cold is going to have to kick it down another level if it wants to break a record for February. As of midnight, the average temperature for the month was 15.8 degrees, nearly 12 degrees below normal but still 1.2 degrees shy of the coldest...
  • Bundle up for below-zero temperatures by Thursday

    Bundle up for below-zero temperatures by Thursday
    Low temperatures are expected to hit Chicago on Thursday morning, with wind chills dipping as low as minus 30 degrees. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures could possibly tie the 1936 record for Feb. 19 of minus 7 degrees. As of...
  • Dangerous wind chills forecast for Wednesday night, Thursday

    Dangerous wind chills forecast for Wednesday night, Thursday
    A wind chill advisory has been issued for the Chicago area from Wednesday evening through the middle of Thursday when temperatures could get as low as 10 below with dangerous wind chills of 30 below. An Arctic high pressure will move out of the northern...
  • 'Ice volcanoes' are a frozen Chicago beach phenomenon

    'Ice volcanoes' are a frozen Chicago beach phenomenon
    Leave it to the Chicago winter to make "ice volcano" part of our seasonal vernacular.  A video of a cone of ice on a Chicago beach made its way to the top of Chicago's subreddit Thursday, showing water splashing out of the top similar to a real, much...
  • Ask Tom: How big can snowflakes get?

    Dear Tom, How large can snowflakes become? — Steven Ippoliou Dear Steven, Most snowflakes are less than one-half inch in diameter, but snowflakes that consist of a large number of individual snow crystals can, on rare occasions, be huge. Certain...
  • Milder weather for the weekend, maybe rain

    Milder weather for the weekend, maybe rain
    Milder temperatures are in the weekend forecast for the Chicago area. The weather is expected to be in the upper 20s and mid 30s and mostly dry over the next couple of days until Wednesday, when temperatures are expected to drop to the teens,...
  • Ask Tom: What is black ice?

    Dear Tom, What is black ice? — Trudy, Libertyville Dear Trudy, Black ice is just regular ice that forms on streets, sidewalks and driveways. It is nearly invisible because it takes on the color of the pavement, often black on an asphalt surface....
  • 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...