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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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  • 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...
  • Ask Tom: Why are day, night not equal on equinox?

    Dear Tom, On Sept. 26 the sunrise and sunset times (6:42 a.m./6:41 p.m.) "crossed over" to less daylight, yet the autumnal equinox has passed. Why? — Jim Spicer Dear Jim, The autumnal equinox occurred Sept. 22 at 9:29 p.m. when two conditions...
  • Ask Tom: Can a day with clouds be 100% sunny?

    Dear Tom, Recent weather pages have referred to 100 percent sunny days. Does that mean there isn't a single cloud all day? — Greg Stricharchuk Dear Greg, Using the times of sunrise and sunset, the total number of minutes of possible sunshine can...
  • Roy Leonard, beloved WGN Radio personality, is dead at 83

    Roy Leonard, beloved WGN Radio personality, is dead at 83
    Roy Leonard, a courtly, erudite New Englander who became one of Chicago radio's biggest and most durable stars, a celebrity interviewer of national stature, and a trusted and thus highly influential critic of Chicago-area arts and entertainment, died...
  • Cool streak a record-setter

    Cool streak a record-setter
    The chilly weather moved into record-setting territory this weekend, with Chicago experiencing one of the longest stretches of cool weather this early in the fall. According to the National Weather Service, Sept. 11, 12 and 13 were the earliest that the...
  • Record rainfall in Chicago puts damper on summer fun

    Record rainfall in Chicago puts damper on summer fun
    Chicago’s ninth wettest season on record has some Chicago businesses that rely on sunny skies and warm weather feeling like the summer’s been a bummer. From rec softball and volleyball leagues to lakefront Jet Ski rentals, businesses say the...